January 30, 2020 2

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

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


– Hey Pashfam, my name is Karen and I am a creative
here at Passion Planner. I’ll be sharing with you three tips on how to start lettering using our favorite stationery brand, Tombow USA. So in this video I will
be sharing with you some of the lettering fundamentals. I think it’s really important because when I first started lettering it was really difficult for me
to actually get better at it, ’cause I overlooked these things. These are definitely the
essentials that you need in order to improve and hone your
craft, so that you can apply it to your planners and wedding invitations and pretty much anywhere
where you can write. All right, let’s get started. Tip number one is find your go-to pen. The most important part of lettering is finding a pen that suits you best. Our friends at Tombow
have been kind enough to send our team some of
their awesome products and we as a creative team
have actually been using it in a lot of our social media posts. So here are some of the
pens that we recommend you use for your Passion Planners. The first pen is the
Tombow Dual Brush Pen. And this is really awesome
for large lettering. There’s also the other side of the pen which is great for just
really basic writing. The second pen is the Fudenosuke Hard Tip. This is really great for beginners, because you can control the ink very well. I would say that if you’re
just starting use this pen only and try to improve your
skills with just using this. And lastly, this is not a brush pen, but it is the Tombow
TwinTone, which has a thin tip on one side and a thick tip on the other. This is great if you don’t
want to do brush lettering. But also, once you start understanding lettering fundamentals
then you’ll be able to have a little more fun
with thickness and whatnot. Also, the reason why we
like these pens so much is because it doesn’t
bleed through our paper. So you can literally use it
in any part of your planner, like the weekly, monthly or back pages, and you won’t have to
worry about bleeding. So for the rest of this video I am going to be using the Fudenosuke Hard Tip. Tip number two, lean the basics. When you’re first starting to letter it’s really important to
understand the anatomy of letters, because that way you understand
if your strokes are wrong or if they can be improved a little more. So I did this little anatomy
chart for you, of letters, so you can understand the basics of each line and what they signify. This area over here is called X-height. So everything between this dotted line and this line here is where
most of your letter will fall. So like lowercase A,
lowercase O, and so on. Next is the ascender, which
falls right above here. Oftentimes that is a capital
letter will fall onto, but generally it’s the very
top portion of letters, like for lowercase T or B, or lowercase H. Those lines at the top is where
you want to generally stop. And last we have this line
which is called the descender. Essentially when you have
letters like Y or lowercase J or lowercase G, that is where the end of the letter is dropped down to. So now we’re going to get started with actual lettering, just
the basics of the line work. Using my pen, I’m going
to aim to hold this up at a 45 degree angle,
and I will be using the basic motions of down
is thick and up is thin. So as you’re going down
you’re applying more pressure. As you’re going up you’re applying as little pressure as you can. It’s okay to adjust your
grip and change your pen however you want is comfortable. But always try to make
that 45 degree angle here and come down thick, and then come up. So generally if you’re starting off, I would recommend you to just
use the letter U, like this. Because it gets you used to the motion of going up and down, up and down. And then once you get
a little more advanced or more comfortable
with it, then you should start doing it in a continuous line. Just getting your hand used to the motion will help you in the long run, for sure. So if you’re uncertain
about if you’re going in the right direction with your lines, I would say that feeling comfortable with drawing this out is very important. Whenever you’re lettering,
it needs to be very smooth, no breaks, and honestly
just having the confidence in your hand to create thick strokes when you’re moving downwards. Tip number three, practice
on Tombow Worksheets. Once you have your favorite pen and are a little more
comfortable with some of the basic anatomy that we
went over with lettering, then you can actually start lettering. And the best way to do that
is with these worksheets. Tombow has these PDFs that
you can find on their website, and the link is in the description below. And the reason why I love these worksheets is because as a beginner it’s hard to tell if you’re doing lines correctly or not. But this serves as a
skeleton to guide you. So for the very first page, it’s great because it forces you to focus
just on your fundamentals. The first line, for
instance, is just lines, where you can practice thin
and thick, thin and thick. And then it also goes into these S curves, and these Us, similar to
what I showed earlier. But as you go through every line you’re advancing a little bit,
each line is a step harder. But once you can get
these basic strokes down, then you can pretty much
draw, or write any letter. Again, the motive here is
to be as smooth as possible. For the next page we’re going to be using actual letters here. Again, try not to overthink
it, it’s down thick, up thin. As a beginner, always try to break these letters into single lines. And the last sheet of this PDF is actually putting letters together to create words. It can be pretty
intimidating to connect them. But the best way to start
is to write the letters by themselves, like it’s not cursive, just so you can have a good understanding of how these letters will look altogether. And now we’re actually going
to connect these letters. Generally when you
connect letters together it’s with a thin line, or an upstroke. It’s much harder to connect letters together if it’s thicker. So write in ink in your planner,
especially as a beginner, but the mistakes are
important for you to grow. Just remember that these tips are applicable for lettering everywhere. So whether it’s in your planner, or again, wedding invitations or cards, the basics will always stay the same. Thanks for watching, I hope
that these tips help you. And if it did feel free
to like this video. You can find a bunch of lettering tips on our social media and
on Tombow’s social media. And those links will be
in the description below, as well as the free PDF worksheet. If you have any questions for me feel free to drop a comment below and I will reply. Until next time, see
you in the next video.

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