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When it comes to hand lettering basics, my best advice is to keep practicing. These free printable hand lettering practice sheets are designed to help you practice the strokes of each letter to build up that muscle memory.
I have always been a doodler. I used to write and draw over all my notes in school, or when I was bored. When scrapbooking got really popular, I even took a hand writing class at the local scrapbook store to add some fun word art to my scrapbook pages.
This last year I have really gotten into hand lettering. I’ve been practicing and practicing and practicing. I’m not going to say I’m that good, I still consider myself a beginner. But I’ve come a long way, and I’ve learned a few things along the way.
Not only is it important (and necessary) to practice, but learning the strokes of each letter individually is the first step to hand lettering. Instead of writing a word without taking your pen off the paper (like when you learned cursive in elementary school), you lift your pen off the paper after each stroke. That way you can change directions of the next letter/stroke to create a look that you want.
These free printable hand lettering practice sheets have every letter of the alphabet broken down by strokes. By learning each stroke for every letter, you will build up that muscle memory in your hands as you practice.
My favorite pens to use when getting started were these Tombow fudenosuke pens. I liked the hard nib when I first started practicing. It requires a bit more pressure to create a thick downstroke and was a little easier when needing a lighter up stroke. But either of these pens will work on these practice sheets. I buy mine off of Amazon, and I usually buy the set where you get one of each (soft nib and hard nib).
Free printable hand lettering practice sheets
Download the practice sheets using the links below:
I created this video to show you how these free printable hand lettering sheets were intended to be used.
These practice sheets will help get you started, but you will probably develop your own style as you practice more and more.
If you don’t want to print out a bunch of pages, you can download and print this single page practice sheet. It has every letter, upper and lower case, all on one page.
I also thought it would be fun to offer a page with words to practice. On the first couple I show how each letter is written alone and then how they look when written together. See how the exit stroke of each letter ends about the same point on my writing line (just below the dashed mid line)? That’s another tip for any beginners out there.
Download this hand lettering phrases practice sheet to help keep your new found skills flowing.
As an added bonus for all you fellow doodlers and hand letterers, I created this really simple alphabet variation sheet. I’ve got examples of 5 or 6 different ways to write each letter of the alphabet.
Of course there are so many ways to write any one letter, but these will hopefully get your creative juices flowing in creative your own hand lettering style.
I know I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned. If you’ve got a question about hand lettering, feel free to send me an email or reach out to me on instagram. You can see some of my hand lettering by searching the hashtag #lizoncallletters.
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Happy Lettering Practice!