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I can’t believe I’ve been bullet journaling for almost a year. During this time, I’ve discovered many design ideas through Pinterest and the like, one of which includes brush lettering. Also called handlettering or modern calligraphy, brush lettering is that beautiful cursive writing style where the downward stroke is thicker than the upward stroke and produces a very aesthetically pleasing font. The only thing is it’s difficult to do and I admire people who are able to produce amazing brush lettering so effortlessly. I’ve tried various tutorials and pens, but I can’t make it work, so I’ve turned to ‘cheat’ methods for my brush lettering. Here are 3 brush lettering hacks that have helped me.
Something which is a common lesson at primary school and a useful one when it comes to handlettering. Write in pencil first! Once you have your basic text outline, repeat the process in pen, making the downward strokes thicker.
I found this trick from Amanda Rach Lee’s calligraphy tutorial video. With a normal pen, you write your word and then on the downward strokes, draw parallel lines and then fill in the gaps. It’s really simple and probably the closest to normal brush lettering.
Keep It Small
The few times I’ve produced fairly decent handlettering is when I keep my writing very small. This is because if you mess up a stroke, the letters are so close together it’s hard to tell you’ve made a mistake, whereas it’s more obvious with large lettering. A useful technique
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Another good fine liner for practising cursive writing is the Edding 1800 Profipen 0.1
I hope these handlettering techniques help you on your way to becoming a master calligrapher! Do you have any brush lettering hacks?
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