So you want to learn the art of hand lettering? Have you asked yourself, “How do I learn?” or “Where should I start?” You are in the right place because this post is all about the top resources to learn hand lettering. And even better, they are all free resources!
There are a lot of online courses and practice sheets you can buy, but I wanted to show you that if you live on a tight budget like me (I’m a physical therapy student’s wife…), you can still learn the beautiful art of hand lettering.
Now I want you to know, this is not a short post. If you really want to learn hand lettering, it is going to take a lot of time to learn and practice. I have done the research for you, it’s time for you to start learning and practicing.
The first thing you need to know is what tools you will need. Each of the resources below will share tips on that. You can also check out my list of favorite pens to start learning hand lettering. But also know, you can start with a pencil or a regular pen. I will tell you a secret. For the first 1.5-2 months of my lettering journey, I didn’t have a REAL brush pen. I had my pencil, my black Pilot G2 pen, and a set of Crayola markers. How can you letter with a simple pen? I got really comfortable with “fauxligraphy” which brings me to my first resource.
The Top 7 Free Resources to Learn Hand Lettering
- Lindsey at The Postman’s Knock
Lindsey’s blog is full of resources for beautiful calligraphy and paper crafts. This is the best explanation about “fauxligraphy” I have found. She call’s it “faux calligraphy” here. Once you master this skill, moving on to a brush pen will be so much easier. When you go to this tutorial, you might not be leaving her site for a few hours, so make sure to watch the time.
2. Sharisse at Pieces Calligraphy
As soon as you go to this brush lettering tutorial, you will be sucked in. Sharisse is very thorough and explains everything to the tiniest details. There is so much information that she is giving for free! She is so generous. If this was your only resource, you’d be on your way to an amazing hand lettering artist.
Brittany’s blog is full of amazing resources and motivation. She gives a very detailed list on everything you need to get started lettering. I especially love her list of Instagram Inspiration. She lists top lettering Instagrammers you should be following. I follow and love each of them.
Amanda was the first person I ever started learning hand lettering from. She is amazing inspiration and she is also so sweet to everyone. First, go to her site. On the home page you will see two free email courses that you must sign up for. The Letter Better Series and Flourishing Foundations have improved my lettering skills dramatically. And even better, they are free and they come right to your email. Next, you should click on her free resources and sign up to become an insider. She has amazing free resources that you don’t want to miss out on.
Amanda does have lettering courses you can buy which are expensive but would definitely be worth it if you are ready for that investment. Although I would love to take her courses, I am limited to free resources at this time (like I said, I’m a Physical Therapist student’s wife).
Last thing about Amanda; she is known for her “mix and match” letters (below). She explains her process in this Tombow blog post. This is a great way to start finding your own style because no two pieces will ever be alike.
5. Kiley at Kiley in Kentucky
I love this post by Kiley because it shows how very basic it is to start learning hand lettering. I especially love her third point to focus on finding your personal style. What will set you apart from other hand letter artists?
6. Liss at Liss Letters
Liss has some great resources throughout her blog. I was really impressed with her Introduction to Brush Calligraphy email course. It goes through the very basics. Just like Amanda Arneill’s email courses, it goes straight to your email. Easy learning!
7. Dawn at Dawn Nicole Designs
Dawn’s website is packed full of resources. You can spend days reading through everything. You should definitely get on her “Happy Email” list. Go to her Hand Lettering 101 post to see the resources specifically to learn.
Because Dawn is awesome, you can also learn how to do Bounce Lettering for free. For the longest time, I saw beautiful pieces where the letters seemed to be dancing, but I didn’t know how to do it myself. If you feel the same, make sure to check out this tutorial.
Last thing about Dawn, you will want to make sure to download her free Fun with Flourishing eBook. This will give you even more tricks to flourish. Flourishes can either make or break your piece. This along with Amanda Arneill’s Flourishing Foundations course (see above) are some of the best resources for flourishing.
BONUS RESOURCE: Are you a visual learner? I recently discovered a resource from thisdesignedthat.com with 20 video tutorials to learn hand lettering. Seriously, it is the best compilation of hand lettering video tutorials I’ve seen. If you are only going to use one of my free resources, this is the one! Go check out these 20 hand lettering tutorials.
So now you have the top resources to learn hand lettering, it’s time to start practicing! There are so many practice sheets out there. Some you have to pay for and some are free. Of course I am sharing with you the ones that are free.
My advice is to try a variety of practice sheets to find the ones that you like the most. They all have different fonts and work with different pens so you will want to know what pens you are most comfortable with as well. (Here is a trick if you are waiting to buy brush pens: for thick letters, use Crayola Broad Tips, for smaller letters, use Crayola Super Tips).
Free Practice Sheets
- Brush lettering from Tombow
- Brush lettering from Dawn Nicole Designs
- Brush lettering from The Postman’s Knock
- Brush lettering from Pretty Prints and Paper
- Practice 50 ways to letter each letter from Kiley in Kentucky
You can also grab my free basic strokes guides here. 🙂
Like I said in the beginning, if you really want to learn hand lettering, it is going to take a lot of time to learn and practice. I have done the research for you, it’s time for you to start learning and practicing. I am so excited for you! Lettering has changed my life for the better. 🙂
Are there some resources you love that I missed? Please let me know in the comments!