January 23, 2020 100

25 Bullet Journal Lettering + Handwriting Ideas!

25 Bullet Journal Lettering + Handwriting Ideas!


(upbeat instrumental music) – Hey guys, it’s Amanda. Welcome back to my channel. Today, we are gonna be
taking on a big task. We are gonna be doing 25 bullet journal font, slash lettering,
slash calligraphy, ideas. This is something that you guys
have been requesting a ton. So, I thought I would compile
all of my different ideas into one ultimate guide. If you guys didn’t know, I did something similar to this, where I did 50 different
bullet journal doodle ideas, so I will link that down below, if you haven’t checked that out. And if you’re in need of
some more inspiration, you can also check out my entire bullet journal video
playlist, which is there, and I have so many different videos that are available for you guys to watch. Back to this video, I’m
gonna be breaking it down and showing you guys some
of my personal favorite bullet journal, hand
lettering, and font ideas, ones that I love to use. And hopefully, you guys
will love to use them too. So, without further ado, I think we should just get started. Let’s get right into it. All right, so starting off
with a couple of basic fonts, this one is my standard all-caps, kind of spread-out font. I like to add a lot of
spacing in between my letters. Just kind of gives it a clean look. And then, this second one is
a more tall, vertical version. And these two are kind of
the two that I use the most, because they’re the
easiest and the quickest. If you want to spice things up with your basic, standard fonts, you can add these little tics
on the ends of the letters, and these are called serifs. And you can add this to both styles of the basic fonts, and it just kind of adds something a little bit different to your lettering. The next lettering idea is
your classic block letters. And these can be a little tricky. You can practice with pencil
underneath, if you are worried. But once you get the hang of it, you can go straight in with pen, and you get the hang of
how to draw each letter. And, as you can tell, I decided to go with more of an all-caps, tall look. But you can use block letters
with any sort of style. As you can see here, I’m doing it with regular, lowercase letters. And something that I like to do, to add a little bit more
impact to my block letters is add a drop shadow. So, I take a thicker fineliner, and add a shadow to
the side of the letter. In order to do this, you
have to pick one side and kind of stick with
it for all the letters. So, as you can see, I’m
picking the right side, and that’s the side of the letters that you have to make thicker. I hope this makes sense. But it really does add a nice
impact to your lettering, and it kind of makes things stand out in your bullet journal. Similarly, if you are not that great at doing hollow block letters, you can kind of make thicker block letters and fill them in, and then add a thin line drop shadow. As you can see, it kind of looks like there’s a 3D-ness to your lettering. Same thing, pick one side, and add the drop shadow to that side. Number seven is another
version of the standard font. So, as you can see, I’m starting off with the basic all-caps lettering that I mentioned at the beginning, but then, on all of the vertical lines, I’m making these hollow, thicker sections. And I really like the way this turns out. It’s an easy way to add a little bit of variance to your lettering. Here, you can see, I’m doing the same type of thing, but instead of leaving the vertical, thicker sections hollow, I’m filling them in. And then, I’m also going to be adding these little curly-cue flourishes at the end of the letters. And how I do this is, kind of, make a dot and fill it in, and then connect it to
the ends of the letters. It’s much more easier if
you just watch me do it. I really suck at explaining this. But, again, it’s kind
of a cute little idea. And, with all of these font ideas, you can just kind of mix and match them, depending on what you prefer. Number nine is kind of
similar to the last two, but I wanted to show you guys how, if you switch one little
thing about a font, it can look completely different. So, I’m doing the same type of thing, where I’m filling in all
of the vertical sections of the letters, and making it thicker, but since I used the tall, vertical font, it just looks a lot more
different from the previous two. Technically, this could be
considered two separate fonts, because, as you can see, I’m
adding serifs to this font, which makes it look completely different. But, same kind of thing, you start off with a standard font, and you add all of your
little details onto it. For number 10, we are
doing bubble letters. I decided to do all-caps, just because that’s what I tend to prefer. But, depending on what you prefer, you can do lowercase, or you
can even mix them together. But these ones are just kind of similar to the block letters. They’re just a little bit more blob-like. (laughs) And then, again, variation, wanted to show you guys that
the drop shadow technique can be done for any type of lettering. So, I decided to do the drop
shadow for some bubble letters, and this kind of makes it, again, look 3D. A cool idea would also
be to do the drop shadow in a different color, maybe with a marker, or a gray tone, depending
on your color scheme for your bullet journal. What I like about bubble letters is that they’re a bit less
precise than block letters, so you can do them a lot faster. And even if you mess up a little bit, it kind of adds to the handwritten effect, and makes it look a
little bit more quirky. But for the next one, number 12, we are doing bubble letters, but instead of a drop shadow, or instead of leaving it empty, I’m adding an inner line. So, I’m just using my thin fineliner, and tracing the inside to kind of give it a filled-in look, but
not completely filled-in. I don’t know how to describe it, but you guys can see. And then, a different
idea for a block letter would be to do a block
letter with these serifs. And, again, you’re gonna
see that this could be split up into three separate fonts, but I kind of combined it into one, because you could leave
it hollow like this, which I have done, or you can add the inner
line, like I did previously, or you can add the drop shadow. So, again, I just wanted to show you guys that all of these
different lettering effects can be applied to so many different fonts. And they just look completely different, depending on how you use them, and how you use different
colors with them, etc., because this in-line
technique can also be done with a marker, or a
different color fineliner. And it’ll just look totally different, depending on what you use. By the way, I forgot to
mention that any fineliners, or markers, or supplies
that I’m going to be using are linked down below, as usual. You guys always ask me what
fineliners and markers I use, so a whole list will be down below, so that you guys can check them out. But back to the lettering, this one tends to take
a little bit longer, so I’ll typically only
do this type of font if I’m doing an inspirational quote page, or something that I want to
just focus on a little bit more. But I find that hollow
letters take more time, because you have to be
more precise with it. If you want to avoid that hassle, you can do filled-in versions of these. As I mentioned before,
using a thicker marker, and then just going over it,
kind of gives the appearance of a block letter that was filled in, but you don’t have to be as
precise with your outlines. So, as you can see, I’m
doing an inverted version of number 13, so, with the black letters, and then I’m going to be using my white Uni-Ball Signo pen to do the inner line, to kind of give it some visual interest, and then doing the same
thin line drop shadow. I hope all of these terms
are making sense to you. These are terms that
I’ve appointed myself. But you guys will get the hang of it, and you’ll be lettering pros in no time. These types of things, the only thing you can really do to improve is practice, and to get inspiration from people, which you are already doing, so you have one step covered. But the next section of lettering ideas is more calligraphy and cursive ideas. I have a whole video on calligraphy, so if you haven’t watched that yet, I recommend you check that out if you want a more in-depth tutorial, because these are just
gonna be quick run-down. With that being said, number 15 is just a basic cursive lettering
with a standard fineliner. So, you have the consistent line thickness all the way through, super easy. Number 16 is kind of similar, but you’re just squishing them together and making them taller. Number 17, you’re not
connecting the letters as much. And then, number 18 is what I like to call faux or fake calligraphy, which I explain more in-depth
in my calligraphy video, but this is kind of to imitate
the look of a brush pen. You can choose to leave it hollow, or you can fill it in, depending on the look
that you’re going for. Number 19 is using an actual brush pen, and as you can see, this
gives your calligraphy a completely different look. And you can also give it different looks depending on the type of
brush pen that you use. The next one, I’m using
a very, very wide marker. This one is 1.0 in thickness. As you can see, it’s very thick, and that’s because I like
the look of doing this with a line drop shadow, giving it kind of that
3D, popped-out look. You guys are probably tired of hearing me say the word “drop shadow,” but it’s one of my favorite effects to do on any type of lettering, and it works just as well
on cursive, as you can see. We’re getting down to the end here. Number 21 is a super wide,
stretched out version of cursive, kind of giving
it a more linear look. And then, number 22, we are using the Tombow Dual brush pen. This brush pen is a lot thicker than the one that I used before, and it comes in a lot of different colors. So, what I like to do
is use a light color, and then outline it
with my black fineliner, just to make it pop out
of the page even more. And this is something that is super easy that you can do to switch up your regular Tombow calligraphy. The next idea is something
a little bit different, and it’s also more decorative
than I normally go for. But, again, starting off with
my Tombow Dual brush pen, just doing some standard cursive, pushing down hard on the
downstrokes, as usual. And then, on these thicker sections of the lettering, where
I did my downstroke, I’m adding a line of dots to decorate it. And then, later on, you’re gonna see that I outline it again, but this time, I only outline one side of the letter to give it a drop shadow look again. I know, me with the
drop shadows, I’m crazy. But it really is the best way to make your lettering look more professional. Like, look at that. Look at how much of a
difference that makes. I just love it so much. Okay, we are down to the second-last one. This one, I’m using my Dual brush pen, but you can really use any
marker that is a lighter color. And I’m doing a standard, tall all-caps, but then, on top of that, I’m doing these thin, stretched-out, linear cursive to give it a layered look. This is something that I’ve
seen on Instagram a lot, and I love how it looks. And then, finally, number 25, we are back to my thin, black brush pen. This is the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen, in the soft tip. And I always like to use the Tombow Dual brush pen underneath that. And this is a great, easy way to incorporate your color scheme, especially if your color of choice is a light pastel color. But there you go. Those were all of my ideas. Let me know in the comments below which one was your favorite. All right, guys, we made it to the end. 25 different bullet journal
font and lettering ideas. I hope you guys enjoyed, or found some sort of inspiration. As I mentioned in my last one, if you didn’t find
inspiration from this video, I don’t know what will, because there was quite a lot of content
happening here (laughs). So, if you enjoyed, and want to see more videos like this, be sure to subscribe down below, and hit the bell button so you can be notified whenever I post a new one. You can also follow me on Instagram, @AmandaRachDoodles. I post a lot of different art and bullet journal content there. And recently, I’ve been doing a lot more livestreams there as well. So, you can come join me
and be a part of those. But I think that’s pretty much it. So, I hope you guys have an awesome day. I love you, and I will
talk to you in my next one. Bye, guys. (upbeat instrumental music)

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