Hand Lettering for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Hand Lettering Tutorial. The Newbie's Guide to Getting Started with the Art of Hand Lettering, Brush Lettering, Modern Calligraphy, iPad Lettering, and Chalk Lettering.

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This guide will teach you the basics of hand lettering for beginners so you can get started with the art of hand lettering, brush calligraphy and modern calligraphy right away!


Hand Lettering Tutorial. The Newbie's Guide to Getting Started with the Art of Hand Lettering, Brush Lettering, Modern Calligraphy, iPad Lettering, and Chalk Lettering.


You see it everywhere. On Pinterest, Instagram, in the grocery store, the billboard, and in magazines.

The gorgeous, cursive lettering in the form of printables, wall art, letters, labels, and advertisements and it makes you drool and think that there’s no way you could ever do that yourself.

But you’re wrong.

Hand lettering is an extremely easy form of art and anyone can do it. If you have paper and a pen (and can hold it), then you can learn hand lettering and it may even become your new favorite hobby!

You don’t even need any fancy pens or tools to get started. Whatever you have in your home will do just fine.

So if you’re looking for a place to start your journey with hand lettering, then you’ve come to the right place!

In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started with hand lettering for beginners! And I’ll teach you exactly what you need to do to develop this skill that will bring you lifelong joy and happiness!


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This post is part of my 31 Days of Hand Lettering Series. You can read the rest of the posts here!


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Frequently Asked Hand Lettering Questions


1. What is hand lettering?

Hand lettering is essentially drawing letters instead of typing them using a keyboard.

It’s different from calligraphy, where we use basic strokes to form letters and words. Hand lettering is unlike typefaces & fonts, used to create a unique text that can fit a specific style perfectly.

Each letterer has a unique style and every time a hand lettering alphabet is created, it’s not supposed to be used in different situations. The created alphabet is developed to best fit the specific project in mind, and that project only.



2. Why should I learn hand lettering?

There are many reasons to learn hand lettering. Here are my top 3 reasons why you should learn this new skill:

  • Lettering provides you with a chance to put away your computer or your phone, and to forget all your must-dos, and just create.
  • You can create beautiful cards, bookmarks, letters etc. and surprise your recipient and make their day!
  • If you love to have people over, you can use your lettering skills to place cards and hand-written menus to your dinner parties or make labels for all the dishes in your buffet.

As you can see, there’s no reason not to learn hand lettering!



3. What can I do with hand lettering?

You can use hand lettering for everything. I swear!

All that’s stopping you is your imagination. You can create personalized place cards, envelope liners, design your wrapping paper, spice up your tablecloth, or any of the other 15 unexpected ways to use hand lettering from Brit + Co.



4. Can anyone learn hand lettering?

Yes! Most hand lettering artists are self-taught.

I’ve mostly been watching youtube tutorials and taking classes on Skillshare, but anyone can learn hand lettering by practicing, and then practicing some more.



5. What do I need to get started with hand lettering?

Having the right supplies will help make hand lettering easier, but you don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on pens and pencils or brush tips right away.

Instead of spending $50 on random stuff, I’d prefer if you just use what you have. And later on, if you find that you enjoy hand lettering and want to kick it up a notch, then you can invest in some good pens and paper.

But for now, a pencil, a felt pen you like and some lined paper will do just fine.



What You Need to Get Started

The Supplies

Like I mentioned above, you don’t need any fancy supplies in the beginning. But if you’ve gotten to the point where you want to take your hand lettering to the next level, you might want to get the following supplies:


Master the art of hand lettering with these books:

  • Hand Lettering 201 – This is the best hand lettering book out there and it will help you pick up hand lettering so easy. 
  • Creative Lettering and Beyond – A must-have for anyone who likes tutorials that are well structured with nice and clear graphics. 

  • Mastering Hand-Lettering – This book won’t disappoint you! It really breaks down each letter and gives an in-depth look at lettering.



How to Start Hand Lettering for Beginners

1. Get Inspired

The internet is full of hand-lettered quotes and images to inspire you. You can find inspiration on Instagram by searching #handlettered and scroll down the feed (for hours if you’re anything like me!) or check Pinterest and create a new board for your hand lettering inspiration.

When you get tired of scrolling through the feed, you can start studying the styles you like and note which aren’t as appealing to you.

You can also find inspiration just about anywhere you look. Check out the billboard while you’re waiting at the red light, analyze the fonts on the packages at the grocery store, and all of the advertisements in any magazine you have at home.

Pay attention to the letters around you, they’re everywhere!

What styles draw your attention?

What details do you fancy?



2. Learn the Anatomy of Letters

It can be helpful to at least understand the anatomy of letters, for example, what serif and sans-serif are and the effects it has on letters.

Knowing what impact adding shadows or dimensions to your lettering will also help you master the art of hand lettering.

You can find all of this information online, or you can speed up your learning process with one of my favorite lettering books like Hand Lettering 201.


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3. Just Get Started

Writing (and especially writing in cursive) is a dying talent. Everyone writes on their phone, iPad or computer nowadays and I have a slight fear that the teenagers of today won’t be able to sign things when they turn 18.

But even if you feel a little rusty, that’s okay!

Because in hand lettering there is no wrong or right. That’s what makes it so fun!

Just start playing around with letters and have fun with it.

Try to create your own alphabet to help you create your own style that like. Or you can download my practice sheet with letters for free here.



4. Practice, Practice, and Practice

The secret to mastering hand lettering is to practice!

Not the big revealing secret you were hoping on?

Well, that’s the thing about almost anything. The more you do it, the better you get at it! So stop hesitating and put your pen to the paper and just get started!

The more you practice and repeat writing the same words over and over again, your own unique style will become more distinct and your writing will begin to sink into the muscle memory of your hands.

Challenge yourself to practice hand lettering every day for a month. You can practice writing a different letter each day, different words, or make it a little more fun and write different song lyrics or movie titles each day.

Just do something that makes it more fun to actually practicing on a regular basis.




One Last Thing…

Want to develop your unique hand-lettering style but don’t know where to begin? This FREE Hand Lettering Course is the perfect place to start if you’ve been wanting to learn Modern Calligraphy or Hand Lettering!

If you’re looking for a basic roadmap for how to learn hand lettering and how to ultimately develop your very own lettering style, then you’re in the right place!

After spending way too much time learning this fun skill, I’ve created a FREE hand lettering course to help you jumpstart your lettering!

In this 5-day course, you will get tips, printable worksheets and homework assignments that will help you reach your end goal of creating beautiful hand lettering on your own!

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If you love FREE printables, you’ll find all of the printables available on the blog in one place at the resource library here.


The whole point of hand lettering is to have fun and spark your creativity.

In the beginning, you may spend a lot of time looking at what other people are doing and what their letters look like, but the most important thing here is to just start doing.

The only way to get good at hand lettering, and to develop your own style, is to create and practice on a regular basis. This is way more effective than just replicating the work of other artists works.

Don’t forget to  download your alphabet practice sheets for free here so you can keep practicing every single day!

I hope that I’ve convinced you to get started hand lettering! If you have any questions, please comment below.



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