Whew! It has been quite some time since I’ve posted anything. Life sure has been busy lately!
It’s finally starting to settle down though, so I decided to take up a new art – brush lettering. I’ve always been fascinated by fonts (I have hundreds of fonts downloaded to my computer, and I’ve always been drawn to typography). Last year, I took a hand lettering class on Skillshare, but that was more how to make signs using various fonts. I wanted to learn how to actually make the font myself, so I sat down to find the best guide I could to teach myself the art of brush lettering.
What is brush lettering? It is a style of font, with thicks and thins, made by using either a watercolor brush, or a marker that has a brush-like tip (anything that will allow you to make thick and thin lines just depending on the amount of pressure you put onto the tip).
After much research, I decided on learning how to brush letter using Random Olive’s Brush Lettering Practice Guide . Her guides were by far the most comprehensive I found – not only does it include both upper and lowercase as well as numbers, she also includes two sizes – large to start off with, and then smaller once you gain more control. All in all, for $27, you get nearly 300 pages of traceable practice sheets as well as a 45 day guide to get it all done in!
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I sent mine off to Office Depot to print, and put it all in a binder for easy organization. The great thing is that you can print off as many sheets as you want, so if in a few months you decide you need to brush up on your lettering (get it? brush up?), you can print off more; or if you’re having trouble with a certain letter (I’m looking at you lowercase k!), you can print off extra sheets of just that one letter.
The supplies needed to get started are minimal (but, once you become obsessed like me, you’ll see that there’s so much out there that you’ll
want errr… need!
I started with a set of Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush and Artist’s Loft Watercolors. You could use any watercolor brush, but the Pentel Aquash brushes hold water in the barrel so you’re not constantly dipping into a cup of water – definitely a time saver when you’re trying to concentrate on forming your letters!
When I started lettering, I started a second Instagram user account so I could track my progress (and you can follow along at TheLeftyLetterer !) I recommend this so that you can see just how far you’ve come – and there’s tons of other letterers out there with dedicated accounts so you can follow them to gain inspiration.
Once you get into it, you’ll find there’s so many wonderful supplies to assist you in your lettering. I got into gold leafing (another post on that soon – I was trying to find a way to mimic the Minc Foil Applicator that I couldn’t justify buying….just yet 😉 )
Hopefully soon I will be confident enough to start offering hand lettered signs in my Etsy shop!
How about you? Have you started in hand lettering? If not, why? What’s holding you back? Anything you’d like me to cover in a future blog post?
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