Hey babes! When I was working my 9-5, I really needed a creative outlet. It’s super important to spend time outside of your day job doing something you love! That’s when I found hand lettering and I’ve been in love with it ever since. There’s just something about pretty writing that draws me in. Anyone else?
I don’t necessarily consider myself to be advanced in the art of hand lettering, but I do know what’s working for me! Hand lettering is something that anyone can do, it’s really all in the tools you use!
Here are a few of my absolute favorites!
These pencils of course don’t have to be anything fancy. I would recommend .7mm lead though because anything smaller than that breaks easily. I sometimes use a pencil to draft out the quote before I take a pen to it. There is nothing worse than writing a quote all pretty in pen to realize you misspelled a word ‘insert face palming emoji’. Pencils are so helpful for mapping out your quote as well. To be honest, placement is still my biggest issue when it comes to lettering.
I love these pens so so much! They don’t bleed through the page so they are perfect for journaling, your to-do list, hand lettering and more. The tip is fairly small hence the name, and they vary in sizes as well. I currently have the 03 Micron Pen, but I might go for something larger like the 05 Micron Pen. Just to give you a heads up, you might see a lot of wavy lines when you first use these. That super fine tip will take a little bit of time to control so just keep at it!
You can do so much with the brush pens and that is why I love them! They are dual ended so one end is the brush pen and the other is a harder fine tip pen. The brush tip is perfect for getting a thicker down stroke in just one go rather than having to fill in the down strokes later. The other end is a fine tip marker that is just as easy to use for outlining the brush pen like I did here. You can of course use the fine tip on its’ own too!
This pen can be purchased in a hard tip or a soft tip. The hard tip is still flexible but requires more pressure placed on the down strokes. The soft tip is much more flexible so the pressure placed will be different. You really just have to play around with them to figure out how you want to use them. I use them for journaling in my interleaved journaling bible because they don’t bleed through and are perfect for really any size lettering.
As a beginner I would use anything I could get my hands on to practice. That typically ended up just being regular printer paper, a journal, or card stock that I had on hand. I still use these items most of the time since I’m just hand lettering for fun. If you are wanting to eventually make prints of your lettering I would use a higher quality paper. The book I mention below recommends paper with an 80# cover weight for digitizing. I have yet to digitize any of my projects, but that would be something fun we can learn together!
I have been following Sarah @chalkfuloflove on Instagram for quite a while. She is incredibly talented in the art of hand lettering and sells super cute hand-lettered goods. This book is a guide that any beginner could use in getting started. She dives into the basics, provides drills to practice, and ends with bigger projects. This book helped me get to where I am today with lettering!
She also has a second book that recently came out that I have had my eye on for a while. I’m sure one of these days I’ll break down and just make the purchase!
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I hope you find these tools helpful in your hand lettering practice!! Let me know if there is anything that you already use that I need to know about.