If you know anything about bullet journaling and what a phenomenon it’s become, then you’ve likely seen gorgeous spreads that feature beautiful calligraphy-style handwriting. As a bullet journalist, it’s easy to feel envious when you look at these images – they’re so pretty! What you’re actually seeing, though, is a separate art form called “hand lettering”, or “brush lettering”. And guess what? It’s much easier to do than you think.
The great thing about learning how to hand letter is that you can use it in other areas of your life, too. Just think of all the crafty little projects and holiday cards you could make if you learn this art form!
If you love the look of brush lettering but feel that you would never be able to do it yourself, I’m here to tell you that you can – with a little practice and the right tools. Trust me, it’s not as intimidating as it looks. You learned to write when you were around four years old, right? If you learned that at such a young age, then you can learn this too.
I set a goal for 2018 to learn hand lettering. If I can do it, you can do it. So I put together a list of Youtube hand-lettering tutorials that have helped me get closer to my goal. I’m sharing tutorials that I think every beginner should watch. The videos below are not overwhelming, and the artists offer really helpful tips. Take a look!
If you’re going to learn brush lettering, you’re going to need the right pens. This video compares the different brands of pens out there, and shows which ones are ideal for beginners. Kelly has her own line of brush pens that you can find at Michaels, and she wrote a book titled The Art of Brush Lettering. Listen to Kelly, she knows her stuff!
Did you know that when you start learning how to hand-letter the alphabet, you shouldn’t start with the letter a? I didn’t. Kelly from Kelly Creates explains why.
This awesome video will show you why it’s important to practice your letters before anything else. She’s an incredible teacher and definitely someone you should look to for guidance.
Amanda Rach Lee has a really impressive Youtube channel.This particular video is helpful because she gives recommendations for what beginners can do to get the hang of hand lettering, and her instructions are easy to follow.
She starts out with pens recommendations and gives you the basics of typography. Follow her Youtube channel for more tutorials!
Kelly Creates is such an amazing resource so I’m throwing in another tutorial of hers. In this video, Kelly Klapstein gives 3 amazing tips to make the lettering journey a little easier for beginners. Head to her website for printables that you can use to practice your letters, and for blog posts that are full of helpful lessons. Check out her Youtube channel here!
This is Part 1 of an amazingly helpful tutorial series: Brush Lettering for Beginners by Loveleigh Loops. These twin sisters are talented! They make gorgeous creations for events like weddings and have their own online shop of printable lettering guides. In this video, they explain how hand lettering differs from handwriting – which is something every beginner should be aware of, and it shows you how to practice your thin and thick strokes so that you can start lettering properly.
Learn the 8 basic strokes of hand lettering! This video will teach you how. Who knew that there were so many strokes?!? Now you know, so now you can master them. HelloBrio.com is a wonderful resource, so check out Jennifer’s Youtube channel here.
Erica from EP Lettering is an incredible calligraphy artist. This video from Sakura America is explanatory and even soothing! Erica has a very clear way of explaining what hand lettering is, and what supplies you need, and why you need them. She talks about Koi Coloring Brush Pens, as well as the Micron Ink Pen, which are favorites among bullet journalists.
If you want to skip the fancy pens, you can start off by using Crayola markers. Some people actually find them easier to use then brush pens. This is a great tutorial that shows you how to use Crayola Super Tip Markers – and the results are awesome. How to Hand Letter is a Youtube Channel that you should check out regularly – she has loads of helpful and artful videos!
There you have it. These tutorials alone should be enough to get you started with hand lettering. Before you know it, you’ll be decorating that bullet journal of yours with amazing lettering!