January 22, 2020 100

How To: Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Tutorial + Tips!

How To: Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Tutorial + Tips!

(upbeat music) – Hey, everyone, it’s Amanda. Welcome back to my channel. Today’s video was super highly requested. A ton of you guys have asked me to do a video on my hand lettering slash brush lettering, slash calligraphy. I know it’s not like actual calligraphy, but it’s modern calligraphy kinda like the stuff that I’m sure a bunch of you have been seeing on
Pinterest and on Instagram. And it took me a while to learn. There’s definitely a
lot of tips and tricks that I found helpful, so hopefully today I can pass those on to you, and some of you find it useful. I wanted to make sure
that it is very detailed and in depth, so that you can really get the hang of it and learn about typography. Let me know if you wanna see more writing videos in the future. I can definitely do that for you. I will also have my whole bullet journal video playlist links
down below if you wanna check that out. But without further ado, let’s just get right into the tutorial. Alright, so getting
started with the materials and supplies that you will need. There’s a couple of different options that you can use. The first is the most popular, which is the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, these are kind of like a brush marker. And then we also have
the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens, kinda like the baby sister of the Dual Brush Pens. These are smaller and more precise. You can also use regular brushes. This one is a water brush so it has the water in it, standard
watercolor brushes, and then also you can
actually use Crayola markers. I have the super tips markers, but I’ve heard that the
fatter Crayola markers work as well. I’m also gonna be showing you guys how to use regular
fineliners for calligraphy. I’ll show you that later on, but these are just standard
fine-tipped fineliners. And lastly, you’re gonna wanna keep in mind the type
of paper you’re using because you wanna make sure the paper is smooth and not textured in any way because the texture will actually fray any marker tips that
you use and also make it harder for you to get a
smooth calligraphy stroke. If you’re a complete
beginner at calligraphy, I recommend doing these exercises, just kind of doing a wavy line. And what you’re gonna
wanna do is make sure that you are using less pressure on your upstroke and more pressure on the downstroke, and this will make it so that your upstrokes are thin and your downstrokes look thicker. Doing this exercise will also help you figure out the proper
grip you should be using. You wanna make sure you’re not using the tip perpendicular to the paper, kind of at a diagonal so that you have more control, and I’ll help you when you’re constructing your letters. So now on to the basics of
calligraphy and typography. I wanted to talk about this just because it’ll help you guys later on. As you can see, I’ve drawn sort of like a guide, kinda like what you would do in kindergarten when you’re learning to write letters. The middle space is for your x-height, the top space is for ascending letters, and then the bottom space
is for descending letters. So if you’re wondering about x-height, x-height is basically the height of all of these middle-sized letters, like, an a, an i, an x, of course, an n. As you can see, they fit perfectly within those middle lines. Characters that are descenders, obviously descend into the lower space, but as you can see, the x-height is still the same, they just hit that bottom line when they go down. So these letters would be your p’s, your j’s, your q’s all of that. Same thing goes for
letters that are ascenders, except these are for your h’s, your t’s, your l’s, anything that
hits that top line. What I would recommend is to practice doing the whole alphabet. That’s the only way you’re gonna get the hang of it. Just make sure you do a thin upstroke and a thick downstroke,
and you can practice this a ton of times, and this is how you’ll also find your stylistic preference because there’s different
ways that you can do every single letter
as I’m showcasing here. There’s like different variations of s’s that you can do, r’s, all of that stuff, and you’ll only find your favorite by practicing it. When you get the hang of writing letters and all of the downstrokes and upstrokes, it’s time to put it all together and this should be pretty simple if you’ve been practicing your letters because they kinda just
seamlessly connect. Just make sure you’re not going too fast or too slow, you wanna
be at a steady pace. If you really want, you can also draw those guidelines that I drew earlier, and that’ll help you to get your x-height and your baseline all the same if that’s the look that you’re going for. But of course, as you’re
gonna see very soon, you can actually switch things up and change the x-height and the baseline of all of these letters. This is something that you can do when you get a little bit more comfortable with calligraphy and hand lettering because it adds a little
bit more personality to your hand lettering. It looks a little bit
more whimsical and fun, and there really isn’t a formula for doing this, you kinda just get an eye for it once you practice it a lot. Here I’m just demonstrating what I mean by changing up the baseline. The top example, you can kind of draw a straight line across,
but the bottom one, as you can see, the baseline changes from letter to letter. Other things that you can do to switch up your calligraphy is change the spacing of your letters, so this one I’ve done it more spaced out and
more kind of italicized. And then on the flip side, I’ve also done an example where I’ve squished the letters closer together and made
them thinner and taller. So it’s really completely up to you. I wanted to show you guys the difference between each of the tools
that I mentioned earlier, and kinda talk about my tips and tricks for each one because they
are completely different. Obviously, the one that I’ve been using this whole time is the
Tombow Dual Brush Pen, but the Tombow Fudenosuke
Pens, as I mentioned, are kind of like the baby sister of the Dual Brush Pens. They come in hard tip and soft tip. I personally prefer the soft tip because it’s the most similar to the Dual Brush Pen. These work a lot better
for smaller lettering because they are quite thin, and you do have to add a bit more pressure than you do on the Dual Brush Pens. If you didn’t know, you can actually do calligraphy with Crayola markers, which is kinda like a cheap alternative to getting the brush pens. This takes a little
bit of getting used to, you have to kind of adjust your grip and be super light on your upstrokes and very heavy on your downstrokes, so you get that difference in the lines. Obviously, you can use
watercolor brushes as well, I guess this was kind of
like the original brush. The only thing is, with watercolor you do have to re-dip your
brush back into the paint quite often, or else it’s gonna have like a faded effect, unless of course that’s the look that you’re going for, which is totally cool. Okay, now I’m gonna show you guys how to fake calligraphy if you don’t wanna buy a brush pen. So I’m just using a normal fineliner and I’ve gone ahead and done some cursive lettering, and
what you’re gonna do is, on the downstroke of the letter, you’re going to add an extra stroke next to it. So it’s gonna make it look thicker on one side of the letter. You can kind of pretend
to redraw the word, and then on the downstroke
add that extra stroke. You can even leave it hollow like this, it kinda looks cool. But if you want to really emulate the brush pen effect, you just have to fill in those spaces, and there you go, you have your very own faux calligraphy. Obviously, it takes a
little bit more time, but I think it looks pretty accurate. So this was kind of like a quick overview, but if you wanna learn
even more about lettering, I definitely recommend
you check out Skillshare. I personally learned how to do lettering through their website. It’s the best. If you don’t know what
it is, it’s an online learning community with
over 15,000 classes in design, photo and more. You can take a class, you can teach one, and it’s only $10 a month
for a premium membership with unlimited access to
classes on mobile and offline. I’ve mentioned Skillshare before because I really do believe in what they’re doing and I love their platform so much, which is why I partnered
up with them again to give you guys a free two-month trial for the first 250 people to click the link in the description box. Definitely check them
out if you’re interested in learning new skills. It’s honestly such a great resource, you will not regret it. All right, guys, so those were all of my personal tips and tricks for hand lettering and calligraphy. I hope you guys learned something. If you wanna follow me on Instagram and see more of my art in calligraphy and all that jazz, you can follow me at AmandaRachLee and at AmandaRachDoodles. But other than that, make sure you check the description box. I will have a ton of important links and details there including
all of the materials and supplies that I used in this video. And while you’re there, you might as well just click that little bell button so you’re notified every
time I post a new video. I hope you have an awesome day, and I will talk to you in my next video. Bye, guys. (upbeat music)

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