Learn to Letter

Whether you got an "A" in art class as a kid or you're about as creative as a thumbtack, my philosophy is this: Anyone can learn just enough hand-lettering to put something pretty on their wall.
 


 

Learn "Faux" Calligraphy

This method uses a normal writing or drawing utensil to manually color in the thick and thins lines that are used to create calligraphy.

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Simple Script: A Free printable workbook

Simple Script started as a solution to one major problem I have wanted to solve as an in-person workshop instructor: Most of my attendees either A) have never learned cursive, or B) struggle to make their existing cursive consistent enough for hand lettering. Simple Script is the only method currently that doesn'trequire you to know or master cursive. It is a completely new method that borrows principles from line drawing and brush pen lettering to teach you calligraphy faster and easier than before.

 

Basic Hand-Lettering 1: Begin With Your Own Cursive

"Faux" calligraphy or hand-lettering is the art of turning your own handwriting into beautiful calligraphy—and because it does not rely on pen pressure, angle, or special tools, it is a great place for the beginner to start! Even better, you can begin with making only five basic changes to your own cursive. Read more...

Basic Hand-Lettering 2: Creating Depth

One of the hardest parts of learning calligraphy is knowing which parts of the letter should be thick and which parts should be thin—this knowledge is the essence of calligraphy! If you're a beginner, here's a lettering mantra for you: "thick downstrokes, thin upstrokes." Or even simpler, "thick down, thin up." But, you might ask, what does this even mean? Read more...

Basic Hand-Lettering 3: Creating a Smooth Curve

In this previous post, I discussed how to create calligraphic thicks and thins, and what it means to create thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes. However, it's one thing to define terms, to know which parts of the a letter should be thick and which should be thin, but it's entirely another to know transition smoothly from thick to thin, and vice versa. Read more...
 

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