I’m sharing with you how to hand letter P in different lettering styles. This is uppercase P and lowercase p using brush pen lettering. The goal is to help you with your hand lettering alphabet and give you some ideas of things you can change up in your lettering style. The letter P has so many variations, you get to decide what p you create to express your confident style. I hope these 10 ways to hand letter P gives you some lettering inspiration.
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Feel free to practice the letters in this image! The pens used for this post are Tombow Fudenosuke colors. In case you don’t know which brush pens to start lettering with, see my post 3 Best Brush Pens for Beginners.
Free Hand Lettering Worksheets
In my Insider Scoop (weekly newsletter) I email a free lettering practice each week. Right now I’m sending my 26 Ways to Letter practice sheets. I hope this gives you some brush lettering inspiration to branch out and create your own style. Along with the free practice sheet, I also give a Scoop of Confidence where I share something about confidence in lettering that has been on my mind for the week.
Hand Lettering P Inspiration
When I first started hand lettering, I didn’t know the difference between cursive and lettering because they are basically the same right? Not exactly. For one thing, the downstrokes in calligraphy are all thicker than the upstrokes. Cursive is a mono-weight. Another huge difference is that with lettering and calligraphy, you actually pick up your pen between each stroke. If you have never heard of the basic strokes, check out my blog post Hand Lettering the Basic Strokes. In cursive, you keep your pen on the paper for one continuous line for your word. Sometimes I get comments that I’m doing my cursive wrong because I’m lifting my pen.
When I started, all I knew was a cursive style. This determined the style I was using for certain letters because I was only thinking of the cursive style. For example with a cursive letter P, the descending stroke is a big loop. That is the style that I used for letter P for a while. It was only when I started trying different styles that I realized I didn’t need that loop. In fact, it looked odd because the rest of my letters were not very loopy.
Now, I normally just do a straight downstroke for the descending stroke and it fits my style much better. If I had never branched out and questioned what I thought I already knew, I wouldn’t have found something that works so well with my lettering style. In our lettering, we can always be learning and trying new things. We don’t have to do something the way that we’ve always done it. The goal is to try different things and decide what is a good fit for us. We want to do what expresses our most confident self, and sometimes that looks different than what other people think it might be.
With hand lettering, there are basic strokes and lettering worksheets to help you practice and know where to start. However, you don’t need to keep doing the same thing because it’s what you’re supposed to do. Your lettering gets to look how you want it to look. It’s an expression of you, not an expression of someone else.
26 Lettering Styles for Letter P
Do you want to practice your letters with me? Here is my YouTube video with 26 Ways to Letter P.
Free Resources to Learn Hand Lettering
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