How I Practice Brush Lettering (+ Free Printable Practice Guide!)
Ever since stumbling upon Random Olive's Instagram page, I've been obsessed with learning how to brush letter. I love the style of this type of lettering, but I had no idea where to start or how to learn to do it.
I decided to make it one of my January goals, to at least get started and practice some basic lettering, for the fun of it. I tend to use all my time each day for working or mothering/wife-ing/homemaking, and I really just wanted to learn something for me. It has since become one of my favorite quiet-time activities (along with coloring, of course!) So here is a quick breakdown of what I've learned so far.
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What it Brush Lettering?
The way I see it, brush lettering is like the cool, more casual cousin of calligraphy. It has some structure to it, but not much. It looks pretty and is fairly easy to learn, but a little trickier to master. All you really need is a paint brush or a brush-tipped marker or pen. I've seen brush lettering done with plain old Crayola markers, fancy Tombows, and everything in between.
As long as you have something that allows thin strokes and thick strokes, you're pretty much all set!
I happened to find some Sharpie Stained Brush Tip Fabric Markers at my local Walmart and they have worked great for me!
How I Practice Brush Lettering
After I bought these markers, I started just trying to wing it. I looked on Instagram and Pinterest for some images of letters I could try to mimic. I did alright with that, but I knew I wanted to practice keeping the letters consistent, so I set out to find a font that I loved and could use to create my own practice sheets.
Side Note: I'll share the practice guide I created with you at the end of this post, but if you want something much better and more professional, check out Random Olive's website. There are awesome practice guides available there! (I'm not an affiliate, I just love her work!)
So after much searching, I found a font style called Wrexham Script and I printed up some pages of letters to trace over. It definitely takes practice to keep the thin parts thin and the thick parts thick. I'm certainly not a professional, but I'm getting there!
That's really all there is to it. Now that I've got some practice under my belt, I'll search for fun little quotes that I want to letter and play around with.
If you are interested in using the practice sheets I created, just click the download link below and get instant access to the PDF file free!
Free Brush Lettering Practice Guide
Do you have any quiet-time activities that you enjoy doing? I'd love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments section!