In this video tutorial I'll show you a quick tip on how to center your brush calligraphy on your paper. While you can certainly bring your work into your computer and edit it later, sometimes it's nice to get it all done properly in one sitting (especially if you have to—for a commissioned piece or something you want to hang immediately).
In today's post and video I'll show you how to draw joins and letter pairs with brush calligraphy and brush lettering. In previous posts I've talked about basic strokes and drawing individual letters, but now it's time to learn how to join these letters together so you can create beautiful seamless brush calligraphy.
Brush lettering and brush calligraphy is popular these days. Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your craft, here are 9 ways to improve your brush calligraphy. Sometimes even more seasoned brush lettering artists need to go back to basics in order to check in with themselves!
In this week's post and video, I'll show you exactly how I use the Pentel Water Brushes with my watercolor palette. Read the full post for a list of tips for working with these Aquash brushes.
Learn how to make your own watercolor travel palette using a very inexpensive pill case. Watch the video to learn how I made my watercolor travel palette, what colors I used, and also to see it in action!
In this beginner brush lettering post, I will show you how to create each letter of the alphabet based on basic calligraphic strokes. Follow along with the detailed video demonstrations.
In this post, I'll walk you through how to get started with brush lettering. This post includes a video tutorial to help you learn the 8 basic strokes needed to create brush calligraphy letters. These basic strokes are fantastic to learn now, so you can practice them with lettering drills and help to perfect your brushed letters.
Want to learn, develop, and practice brush lettering? Here's a video showing you how to do just that, while using the free cursive handwriting worksheets I shared last week. You can easily start to develop your style by learning 5 new cursive styles, applying brush lettering techniques, and practicing until these letters become committed to your memory.
Cursive is a funny animal. While most schools aren't even teaching cursive anymore, hand letterers are scrambling to learn different styles in order to practice calligraphy and also help find their signature style.
Recently I read a book (a real, paper book!) called Script & Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting. While the book isn't as hand lettering focused as I'd hoped, the last chapter was a very interesting dive into asking the question, “Is Handwriting Important?”
You can guess my answer is a huge resounding YES, especially as a base for hand lettering and calligraphy. The super interesting thing about this chapter also is it explored different cursive teaching methods as of late, starting with the very scripty and elegant Spencerian script and ending with the very upright and almost-typeface looking “Handwriting Without Tears” method.
I wanted to share these five varieties with you, as I think it's important we go back to our roots, whip out some lined paper, and simply practice our handwriting with purpose.
Discover your own hand lettering style by exploring these five cursive methods! (Click to tweet)
Below are my five interpretations of these five cursive scripts, as well as an opportunity for you to download and print sheets to help you trace and practice various methods.
Handwriting Without Tears
These worksheets will help get you on your way to practicing these cursive styles on your own and seeing what styles you like best and why.
To download the worksheets, go to my homepage and click on the button that says "Get the Free Worksheets".
I'd love to know: What's your favorite of these cursive scripts? Comment below!
If watercolor is part of your brand’s aesthetic, it’s important you learn how to use watercolor in a digital form so you can continue to make branded graphics without having to hire a designer. This will save you time, money, and will add another tool to your creative entrepreneur toolbelt!