Crafty Adventure Series: Handlettering (+ Giveaway)

Hello friends! Welcome to part three of the Crafty Adventure Series. If you missed out, here are earlier links: #1 Personal Development and #2 Planning & Journaling.

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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:

CALLIGRAPHY

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. 🙂

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BRUSH LETTERING

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!

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CURSIVE HANDWRITING

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.

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DOODLING

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.

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CHALLENGES

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.

Handlettered ABCs: Sherisse hosts the #handletteredABCs challenge on Instagram. You can find more details here and see how others are participating.

Passion Themed Life Doodles Challenge: #PTLdoodles challenge is for doodling. More information can be found on her Instagram.

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!

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SHOPS

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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GIVEAWAY #3:
To qualify, answer the following questionHow important is handlettering to you? Do you practice your lettering or prefer to write digitally? Are there any challenges you’ll be participating in or already practicing? 
For more entries, share the post and let me know where you shared it. 
For even more entries, connect with me (leave a separate comment for each):

Commenting ends Saturday, February 27 at 11:59 pm EST. All winners will be contacted via e-mail, and I will also post the list on my blog by Saturday, March 5.

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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Thank you for visiting! ♡


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63 Comments

  1. craftmommy

    February 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I love handlettering and i am trying to write in every challenge i do.I could do more challenges in the future that you wrote. I am proactising it daily. I love all the above said calligrahy, lettering, cursive handlettering and brush lettering too. Thanks for the wonderful information.

  2. Kim S.

    February 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for sharing so many resources on hand lettering! I think hand lettering will become a lost art soon. I haven’t practiced my lettering in awhile but I really enjoy using pointed pen with my Nikko g nib when I do

  3. Joan VanCourt

    February 24, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I haven’t tried the handwritting yet on my cards or scrapbooks. I have tried regular calligraphy. Handwriting is so important. I do hand write in all my scrapbooks, so that my kids will remember my handwriting. I have also saved letters from relatives, so that we can compare writing. I love watching Kristina werner do her lettering. So much to do, so little time. LOL>

  4. melissa

    February 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

    My handwriting is TERRIBLE and I feel like I ruin every card I make when I write in it! I really need to work on my lettering. I took and online course once, but I haven’t practiced enough, and that is the most important thing.

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  11. barb macaskilll

    February 18, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I am just getting into Hand Lettering and am practicing at least a few minutes each day! I have a journal that I am using for it and keeping notes on techniques that I really like, things I am trying, pens that I want to try and colors that I like and want or have already! Thanks for all the information!

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