Practice….Your Name?

Happy Monday! Can you believe we’re in the final (full) week of March? Lately I’ve been researching a few tips to practice my lettering, and basically it all comes down to one rule…

Write your name. And that is exactly what I did!

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A few important notes to add to this:

1. Find the RIGHT writing tool.

There are many types of pens, markers, brushes and pencils out there. Don’t limit yourself to only one type of writing tool. Take your pick and try them out! My favorite tools so far are: the Sakura 38081 Pigma Brush pen, ABM’s Messy Pen (in medium), and of course your basic Sharpie pens, which come in different colors!

2. Duplicate a font.

Choose a font, type your name or phrase that you want, print the page and begin tracing or, if you’re the adventurous person, free-hand the word(s)! Just a note, it may take a couple (or several) trial runs before you start seeing results. But hey, practice makes progress!

3. Doodling is your best friend.

If you’re at home, school, work or wherever you are, let doodling become a part of your schedule! Every person can squeeze a couple minutes of drawing. If you open some of my notebooks from school, you’ll see my name written like 20 times in almost every page. But of course, there is a time for every thing. Let’s say for example, you have a break while you are in school or work, just bring along a notebook or grab a piece of paper and begin practicing! If you want to see progress, you must sacrifice a little time 🙂

I hope these tips will help you in your lettering journey! I have been seeing some major improvement in my lettering, all thanks to practice. I’ll be back soon to share some more tips and tricks. Until then, happy lettering!


Meet Yourself March: #BetterLetteringCourse Instagram Challenge!

Wow! I still can’t believe it’s already March… Well today as I was scrolling through my feed on Instagram, I saw a post from a fantastic hand-lettering artist that I follow, (@ckelso), and she began a challenge for this month called, “Meet Yourself March.” And as I read through the prompts, I said to myself, “Hey! That’s a great way to start practicing daily!” So, for all you beginners out there who don’t know where to begin, then I challenge you to challenge yourself with this challenge! (Yes, I did say challenge 3 times :D) 

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As you see on the picture above,  you basically follow the prompt for each day of the month, AND at the same time, you will also be practicing hand lettering! I know March already started, but I managed to catch up to today’s prompt! (Let’s face it, we’re only 4 days in, you guys!) 

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As I have said before, I am getting started on this skill, so please excuse any messiness you see on my sketchbook! I hope you will also join in on the fun and excitement of practicing lettering daily and truly “meeting yourself” throughout this month! Post your progress on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #BetterLetteringCourse and #MeetYourselfMarch, that way the author of this challenge will also see your progress! Happy lettering 🙂

A starting point

Hello everyone! Welcome to Adventures of Hand-Lettering. The focus of this blog is to document my journey in becoming a better hand-lettering artist.

Before I start posting pictures and such, I’ll tell you a smidge on how it all started. It began with Instagram. At first, I only saw a couple of posts of hand-lettered words or phrases. Soon after, it was all over my feed… mostly because I was following people with the talent of lettering! From the first moment I saw these beautifully created works of art, I could bare it no longer. I just felt this impulse to try it out! So I did.. And it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I gave myself a little pep talk and said, if I’m going to be better at this, then I need to invest time and in some cases, money. After watching countless how-to videos, hours of sketching/practice and enrolling in online hand-lettering courses, I finally saw improvement! (YAY!)

So here I am, about 5 months into my journey, and I know it’ll get better from here! I try to practice daily. Even if I don’t have time, I squeeze in some doodles on my papers at school or work. *DISCLAIMER: I am not, in any way, a professional, teacher, etc. in lettering or calligraphy. Just an individual who wants to pick up a new skill! 🙂

Either way, I make time for this, because it is a hobby that I hope will turn into a business some day! (Slow down, Jess!) Anywho, to all you aspiring hand-letterers out there, pick up a pencil, some paper and let’s do this together!