Crafty Adventure Series: Handlettering (+ Giveaway)
This post will discuss different types of handlettering products and inspiration.
Ever since I discovered crafting, I’ve realized that most creative folks have similar interests. Many cardmakers are also into improving their handwriting. Instagram is a great place to discover talent and be regularly inspired! I will have a future post on how to make the most of Instagram so you can enjoy our experience there. I have discovered a lot of small businesses that teach techniques for cursive writing, calligraphy, and brush lettering. They offer practice sheets and other guides. I’ll go over a few of them below:
The Postman’s Knock – Lindsey was one of the first people I discovered when I researched calligraphy. If there’s one blog worth following, it is hers. Each post is comprehensive with stunning step-by-step photographs and endless inspiration. She offers Calligraphy Videos and Worksheets, with prices ranging from $4.25 to $10! She has two giveaways every Friday: one on Facebook and one on Instagram (and occasionally on the blog). She offers free printables on her blog.
Calligraphy – Melissa offers an online course on modern calligraphy. This is where I first discovered all the right tools to start with. Her course is only $95 (extra to include a kit), which is a really great price considering how expensive in-person workshops are.
Modern Calligraphy Summit – Just in time to mention this incredible summit that brings some of the top modern calligraphers together! Registration will open up again in early February so be sure to subscribe to the site for notifications. I believe the cost is approximately $300, but worth it considering there are 9 instructors and 2 live Q&A webinars and lifetime access! I was an early bird registrant so I’m excited for it to start end of this month. 🙂
Poppy and Mint Design – Molly is another awesome calligrapher/handlettering enthusiast. She offers many printables and prints in her shop. She loves using watercolors, Copic markers, brush pens, and other coloring mediums to create her beautiful prints. She inspires with her quotes and passion. I highly recommend following her on Instagram, and you’re bound to learn a lot!
Here’s a look at some sheets I have. I laminated a few to preserve them and hole-punched them to place into separate binders. 🙂
Random Olive – Olivia is such a talented sweetheart whose passion shines through in her work! She offers the Brush Lettering Practice Guide for $27, which is divided into printable sections for Basic Shapes, Lowercase Script, Numerals and Uppercase Script. You receive both a tracing version and blank lined practice sheets. You also get a practice schedule so you know how much to practice each day, but you can also self-pace it. The 45 days of practice will help you to improve your brush lettering and increase your confidence in your handlettering skills. I definitely recommend it and feel like the biggest challenge for me is the lighter upper stroke. Since it’s a downloadable PDF, you can print the practice sheets as often as you want! I printed mine and even laminated a few to make them last longer.
Pieces by Calligraphy – Sherisse is another brush calligrapher that I discovered on Instagram. She offers an amazing list of tutorials, supplies, and tips for beginners. You’ll find her 8-week basic stroke series. I love that she covers each letter! Follow her on Instagram to learn from her.
Here’s a look at some of the sheets from Random Olive and an image of me practicing downstrokes!
American Cursive Handwriting – A great guide + workbook to practice cursive handwriting. I’m pretty stoked about going through this. I just received it last week and love it!
Free Practice Sheets – You can print free handwriting worksheets! I printed a few sheets to practice some lowercase and uppercase scripts. I’m so used to writing fast that I never paid attention to my curves and strokes.
Here’s a look at the books I have, practice sheets I printed, and my own practice in a Rhodia Dot Pad.
My Little Doodle Book – I don’t know how to draw or doodle. I tried to decorate a mailing box once and ended up just writing positive quotes on it instead. When I discovered MLDB, I was really excited because if I wanted to learn doodling, I just had to practice. This basic instruction booklet was created by a 15-year-old! The purchase includes PDF and image files that you can print and use. I created a little booklet and have been practicing the last few days. Her Instagram account can be found here.
Brush Letter Practice Challenge: Random Olive offers free monthly prompts to help you practice and share. She also sells the traceable word practice sheets for every month, too! Here’s February Brush Lettering Practice for $7.50.
Letter It Challenge: Prompts by Jenny Highsmith for practicing your lettering.
#InCoWriMo: International Correspondence Writing Month – I already got started on my first letter. A little behind but I’m hoping to get some letters out this month!
Paper and Ink Arts – small business selling artist products, including calligraphy and brush lettering tools
John Neal Bookseller – You can find all kinds of art, calligraphy, lettering, and papercrafting products and books on this site.
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Today’s giveaway will be a 52-week Journal and small notebook from Studio Calico. I might throw in extra goodies. 🙂
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