Mixing Fonts

Now we are getting to the fun part of lettering! Today, we will be talking about how to mix fonts when drawing.

There are soooo many fonts that you can use in your work of art, but to mix and match is a different story. You need to combine fonts that will compliment each other and enhance your piece.

In the above picture, these are a couple of examples of fonts that you can use to compliment each other. Bold, cursive, slender, formal, etc.

Be sure to experiment and try out different fonts to see which ones you absolutely love, like, dislike, and so on.

Happy lettering! 🙂

A Beginner’s Guide

So going back to the basics, it’s important that we know the foundation of lettering! When I began lettering, I didn’t know about the anatomy of a letter and what a serif, baseline, x-height, etc. was! Again, no worries. I found a guide, created by the author Made by Marzipan, that gives simple illustrations and explanations on these terms!

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Click on the link, provided above, and Marzi also has a video tutorial that goes more into depth on the anatomy of a letter! Such good information to have. Happy lettering 🙂

30 Days of Better Hand-Lettering

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Hi everyone! So I purchased an online lettering class, and let me just say that it’s sooooo awesome! The author and instructor does a great job in describing the process of hand-lettering.

The class is separated into several lessons, with each lesson having homework! Now, this type of homework I love 😉 And at the end of the course, she gives you a 30 day hand lettering challenge, which is good practice for you. I can’t really give much details about it, because that’ll defeat the whole purpose of the course!

To purchase this class, click on this link, and for a very, VERY inexpensive price, you are enrolled in the class!

Remember on my first post that at times I’d have to invest money? Well I’ve done just that and am seeing such amazing improvement and results!

Hope you will enroll in this course and have just as much fun as I did 🙂 Happy lettering!

Practice the Alphabet (Hand-lettering Edition!)

Okay everyone, as promised, I will be providing an example of the alphabet, for hand-lettering purposes! (YAY)

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Yes, it’s small, but no worries! Be sure to click on the picture, and it will become bigger!

Have fun and happy lettering 🙂

Practice the Alphabet

Hello there! I’m back with more tips on improving your lettering journey. On a previous post, I mentioned that practicing your name is a good way to better your skill. Now here’s another tip, practice the alphabet!

Below, I’ll be providing some examples of the styles of letters that you can duplicate on your time. These types of letters are specific to calligraphy! I’ll be posting a hand-lettering version on the next post!

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Again, these are only examples that you can use! Once you get comfortable practicing these letters, then I encourage you to create your own alphabet with your font! I always write the alphabet over and over again, and it really does help me!


Happy lettering!

Fake Calligraphy

Hi friends! Before I discovered modern calligraphy (meaning, with the nib and ink), I used a LOT of fake calligraphy! I did feel a little guilty at times, because I wanted to learn calligraphy the actual way and not use any shortcuts (thank you, Scarlet & Gold!).

But for those who aren’t ready to try the real deal, then welcome to the world of fake calligraphy!

For this technique, you don’t need a nib or dipped ink. You simply need a pen or pencil and some paper (any type will do).

Begin by writing your word or phrase in regular cursive writing.

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After you’re done writing, go back and in every DOWN stroke, thicken the line and color it in!

And VOILA! You have an elegant word/phrase before your eyes, using a simple technique! Yup, it’s that easy. I still would encourage to try out calligraphy at least once! It’s not that bad, but this will work just fine 🙂 I’ll be back with more tips! Happy lettering 🙂

Brush Lettering

Lately, I’ve been trying out brush lettering, and while it takes a lot of work before you get your desired result, it’s actually quite fun and interesting!

Brush lettering is a little different from your traditional calligraphy and such, since it makes for a whimsical, yet elegant work of art!

Below are various types of brushes that can be used in lettering.

Brush pens

For right now, I am using Sakura’s 38081 Pigma Brush, which is a good practice tool.

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Rule of thumb when brush lettering:

You must really pay attention to those “thicks” and “thins.” “Thicks” meaning that in every down stroke, your lines must be thick. “Thins” meaning that in every upward stroke, your lines must become thin.

You have to learn and practice how to control the pressure you place on the pen whenever you’re writing a word or phrase. Once you’re able to get that under control, you are good to go!

Hope this helps a little bit on your brush lettering journey! Until next time, happy lettering 🙂

Hand-Lettering Accents

Hello everyone! I’m back with some more tips on hand-lettering. Today I will be talking about some accents that can be used on your every day hand-lettering practice! I was watching some videos by Made by Marzipan, and she talks about how these accents can really enhance your work of art! So, I will be going through each one and recreating those same accents she teaches on here.

1. Banners & Buntings


2. Flourishes


3. Arrows

4. Dividers & Borders


5. Frames

Aquash Pen

Hi friends! Recently, I purchased a new brush pen and added it to my collection of art supplies! Today, I (finally) decided to try it out.

It is Pentel’s Aquash™ Water Brush pen!


It was quite fun to use! You fill the pen with water, dip it in water color (or you can also fill the small container with the color) and there you have it!

You can use it to letter, paint, etc. I really want to use it to letter, because I love how it gives a “messy” look to it! Very artsy 🙂

Calligraphy Time: Tools

A few weeks ago, I posted about the supplies I use for my hand lettering practice. Now, I will be writing about the tools I use for calligraphy, which I’ve been using since I took Scarlet & Gold calligraphy workshop.

Over all, I use about 5 items.

1. Nikko G Pointed Nib

Since it was my first time trying calligraphy, this nib was so smooth! Definitely worth the purchase for all you beginning calligraphers!

2. Speedball Holder

This is a standard, straight calligraphy pen holder. I wasn’t quite ready to use the oblique-angled pen, but this did the job just fine!

3. Kuretake Sumi Ink

This ink is a water-based pigment, which makes it perfect for practicing calligraphy! Sumi ink isn’t really for permanent works of art, but it’s still a great ink for beginners! Can also be used with brushes.

4. Translucent Paper

This paper was EXTREMELY helpful throughout the class! It’s basically tracing paper, but you can also use it with ink.

5. Grid paper

Using grid paper will help you so much with writing phrases & words in a neat and organized fashion! If you don’t want to write on the grid paper, yet you still want to practice the neatness factor, then place the grid paper underneath the translucent paper, and you are still able to see the lines, that way you are able to write words/phrases straight & neat 🙂

BONUS: I also bought a book called, Modern Calligraphy by: Molly Suber-Thorpe, which gives you a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your tools, work area, as well as provides the alphabet so that you are able to practice and get an idea of the various styles of letters.

Hope this helps you with your calligraphy journey! Happy lettering 🙂