Practice Makes Progress

I’ve recently gotten into hand lettering and calligraphy quotes. I became inspired by a post from a friend about her latest hand written quote. My eagerness to learn soon consumed me and I had to know how she got started, the tools she used, and any tips and tricks for beginners. Here’s one of her sample pieces @amelancholyowl:

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Tools

My friend recommended the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack. I really like them and they’re very easy to use, especially for beginners. They create bold strokes and make for big lettering.

thehappyevercrafter ICI inspiration.jpgI also love the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen  – this post from @thehappyevercrafter ➡
on instagram was what inspired me to try out this brush pen. I’ve always wanted to glam up my planner with awesome calligraphy and designs and this pen is perfect for it!

Print out practice sheets – Tombow has their sheets on pdf here: Lettering Practice Worksheets


Ready, Set, Go!

Once you’ve gathered your materials to look like a boss, get to it and start practicing! I began with youtube video tutorials and people from instagram ✍

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***The most important take away in practicing and understanding how to use your pens/brushes is this video: going light and gliding your pen on upstrokes and pressing down on your downstrokes.***

Here are two of my first attempts at hand lettering quotes, you can see how I haven’t figured out the upstrokes and still learning:

I kept on practicing and here is my first post I felt comfortable enough to share:

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Here some other ones I did:

Using the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers

Using the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

I really enjoy the crude and vulgar quotes. If you know of any quotes or other tips and tricks, send them my way or share in the comments below!

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