Have you seen all those cute chalkboard signs and fancy addressed wedding invites everywhere? I swoon over all the beautiful hand lettering, that I jumped on the opportunity to take a beginners hand lettering 101 class with some fellow bloggers and crafters. Since then, I’ve dived a little deeper into hand lettering. There’s so much to learn and you can continue to grow with this hobby because the possibilities are endless.
When choosing the pens – There are SO many different pens out there to use! A variety of sizes, shapes, colors. Do you want fine or thick or purple or pink?! What I’ve found is that you need to find what works best for you. To be honest, I splurged on 6 different pens to hand letter my sisters wedding invitations. I ended up using none. I stuck with a basic ol’ gold gel pen.
When just starting, start with a fine print sharpie and a regular sharpie. They are a cheap option and you can start to get a grasp on if you like thin or thick tips. Remember, if you start with a fine point tip, you can just color in certain areas of the letter to make it thicker. I haven’t tried out any of the calligraphy tips, but I do see that coming in my near future!
Finding your style – I feel like pretty early on you get a general idea of how you write and the general style that you’ll begin with. As time goes on you’ll start to experiment a little more with your style and get a bit fancier. I’m still at the basic level. I’ve found my style and I practice that style over and over. But, I’ve also come a long way since first putting that pen on the paper.
When just starting, start with random lines, circles, twirls, and swirls. Just to get the general feel for the pen, then start moving onto the alphabet – uppercase and lowercase. Practice certain letters over and over that you struggle with.
Excited to learn more, I received this book Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick from Blogging for Books for this review. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the book helpful at all. I figured it would be full of different hand lettering 101 styles, but really it only focused on one style (pictured above) and it’s not one that I find myself liking. I’m definitely planning on trying this style more with calligraphy tips, but with pens I didn’t find it to be my style at all. If you know of a good calligraphy book that shares all different styles, send it my way!