You do not have to have great handwriting to do hand lettering. Let me show you How To Start Hand Lettering even if you feel like your handwriting isn’t good.
I like to think that hand lettering and handwriting are two different things. Handwriting is something that is an everyday thing, that is a necessity in life. As long as most people can read it, you are set.
Where as hand lettering is a skill. It is a form of art that takes practice and practice to master. It’s not so much writing letters. It is more about drawing them.
If you are interested in hand lettering, my one piece of advice to you is: just start! It does takes practice and practice. Just like any skill does. But it can be relaxing and rewarding as well.
One of the things I like to do is compare myself, to myself. It’s really the only way to compare hand lettering. I keep my old designs, and when I redo them a few months later, I love seeing the progress.
You CAN NOT compare yourself to anyone else. Everyone is at a different place in their hand lettering journey. Even those who have been doing it for years, are always trying to improve and find their style.
How to start hand lettering
You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to get started. Just a pencil and some paper can take you a long way. But if you want to invest in some hand lettering tools, here are the 3 items I think are the best for starting out.
I do recommend this paper for when you are using the Tombow pens. It has a smoother finish and doesn’t fray the pens as fast. Using regular copy paper can ruin the ends of your pens faster with all the practicing.
I have created a quick start guide to help get you started on your journey. It’s a 5 part email series that comes right to your inbox. There are practice sheets that you can print as many times as you need.
I can’t wait to hear how your lettering journey is going! Tag me on social media so I can see your progress. And reach out to ask me any questions you may have. I’d love to help you succeed.