Hand lettering can be a fun way to dress up any wedding or special event paper products, from addressing envelops to escort cards and more. To help you master this skill, we’ve put together a simple booklet for practicing one of our favorite styles of brush lettering! There are a few products that will make practicing easier and soon you will develop your own personal style of lettering! Don’t be afraid to mess up – remember, every experienced hand-letterer had a “day one” just like you! Relax, have fun and let the lettering begin!
Before you start, download this PDF document we’ve attached for practicing. We’ve also included a few suggestions, based on our favorite markers and marker pads (*contains affiliate links, see our affiliate disclosure for more information):
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Markers
- Optional Marker Pads
These paper options are just that – optional. We have designed this booklet for you to practice right on each page. If you take a liking to hand lettering, the Rhodia Dot Pad contains sheets of paper with small dots (instead of lines) to help you keep your writing on a straight line. The Graphics 360 option does not include those small dots, but the paper is thin enough to lay over each page of our booklet, if you prefer not to write directly on each printed page.
Here you will see a few of our favorite colors for practicing lettering. We’ve done each letter in this booklet with the light pink (#772). This way, you can trace directly over each letter with a darker marker, and still see areas where you may be able to improve your strokes.
When you remove the larger colored cap of your Tombow Dual Brush marker, you will notice a larger, flexible felt tip. This end of the marker is what gets you those thick-to-thin brush strokes. The other end of the marker is a smaller, stiff felt tip, made for creating lettering with thin, even strokes.
Time to Letter!
After printing your booklet, grab a darker marker and trace! Each page contains real hand lettering we scanned in after completing. We know it may have been easier to tell you to just find a font to trace, but we feel it is important to see that true hand lettering is attainable!
Turn to the first page and you will notice a few lines of thick and thin lines. The brush marker will be able to achieve these strokes with ease, but it is always best to practice the amount of pressure you will need to achieve those strokes and transition from thick to thin (and vice versa).
As you will see in your booklet, thin strokes are for moving your marker from bottom to top, and thick lines are created when moving top to bottom. Take some time to practice these strokes before moving on to the lettering.
Once you have finished the thick and thin lines, it’s time to move onto the letters. We have drawn out both lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as a page of the entire alphabet, strung together. This page will help you practice transitioning from one letter to the next, without leaving any gaps.
Don’t forget, print this booklet out as many times as you need, or lay a translucent piece of paper over each page! No one does it perfectly the first time, so don’t be discouraged if your lettering isn’t perfect the first several tries – you’ll get it!
And remember – breath! Breathing through each movement of your brush marker will help for steadier lines. Enjoy!