Introduction to Brush Lettering (Includes Free Study Sheets!)

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Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing an introduction to brush lettering.

As I’ve mentioned I’m a big fan of using markers for brush lettering because I just feel like I have the most control. But I encourage you to test out a few different brush pens or even paint brushes!

Remember that the key to brush lettering and calligraphy is getting your upstrokes and downstrokes correct. This is why you study letters so that you can see which part of the letter should have what thickness.

I do want to point out, that there are certainly artists out there who don’t necessarily “follow the rules” of what part of the letter should have the downstroke. This can add character to the overall look, however I would recc getting the basics down before you get experimental.

A photo posted by Becky Kinkead (@becky_kinkead) on Jun 22, 2016 at 8:35am PDT

Once you get those right, you can experiment with how thick or thin you want the strokes to be, you can try really big bold letters, or on the thinner side. You can of course mix those styles, but that’s risky and you have to be really good.

You can have straight up and down calligraphy or go at an angle.

You can also try playing around with your baseline. You can have all of the letters on a straight baseline or have it more “ragged”.

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