5 Easy Tips to Improve Hand Lettering


Want to learn how to improve your hand lettering? These 5 tips will take you from beginner to beautiful lettering artist in no time flat.

Hello, everyone! I’m Kelly from Kelly Leigh Creates. Erin has been nice enough to let me take over posting duties for today. I know that many of you are interested in hand lettering and a few of the main questions that I get from readers when it comes to lettering is how to get started and how to improve hand lettering.

All it takes to learn or improve your hand lettering is a few simple tips and maybe a few things that you haven’t thought of yet. I’m sharing 5 lettering tips with you today that will help your hand lettering no matter where you are in your lettering journey. Sit back, grab yourself a cup of coffee and let’s letter!

5 Easy Tips to Learn and Improve Hand Lettering


 TIP #1

Choose a good lettering pen. The pens that I use for hand lettering are the Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the Tombow Fudenosuke. Tombow Dual Brush Pens have 2 tips. One tip is a brush-like tip that allows you to achieve thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes. The other tip is a small hard tip great for detail work.

Tombow Fudenosuke Pens come in a hard and soft tip. The soft tip pen allows for thicker downstrokes than the hard tip. Both these pens are great for detail work as well.

There are many other pens on the market. These are just the ones that I am familiar with and use. Whatever pen you choose, try it out and practice with it for a while to make sure that it works for the lettering style that you are trying to achieve.

TIP #2

Understand pressure. Hand lettering consists of thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes. To get this result, you need to put more pressure on your brush on the downstrokes of the letters and less pressure on the upstrokes. The Tombow pens are great for practicing this technique. The flexible brush tips allow you to vary the pressure to achieve thick and thin strokes.

TIP #3

Pause after each letter.  While you are practicing the thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes, get in the habit of drawing one letter at a time and picking up your pen after each one. This will allow you to complete one letter and then reset and focus on the next letter.  When you do this, the transitions between your letters will improve.

TIP #4

Practice. The best way to learn hand lettering (and improve) is to practice. A lot. Download some practice sheets and get to work.

TIP #5

Sketch your lettering first. Once you have mastered your letters, you will probably want to create some layouts with your lettering. When drawing more advanced designs, it’s always good to sketch out your design first in pencil and then go over it with your pens. Using a grid to layout your sketch helps keep everything in line.



Hand Lettering Workbook for Beginners

If you’re ready to take the next step in your lettering journey, I’d love for you to check out my new lettering workbook, Let’s Letter, available May 24. It’s filled with instructions and practice sheets galore so you can take your lettering from beginner to beautiful. All the details will be on the blog Monday, May 24.

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