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10 Ways to Letter the Lowercase Alphabet

Shelley Hitz, Watercolor and Lettering Artist

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29 Lessons (2h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Lowercase A

    • 4. Lowercase B

    • 5. Lowercase C

    • 6. Lowercase D

    • 7. Lowercase E

    • 8. Lowercase F

    • 9. Lowercase G

    • 10. Lowercase H

    • 11. Lowercase I

    • 12. Lowercase J

    • 13. Lowercase K

    • 14. Lowercase L

    • 15. Lowercase M

    • 16. Lowercase N

    • 17. Lowercase O

    • 18. Lowercase P

    • 19. Lowercase Q

    • 20. Lowercase R

    • 21. Lowercase S

    • 22. Lowercase T

    • 23. Lowercase U

    • 24. Lowercase V

    • 25. Lowercase W

    • 26. Lowercase X

    • 27. Lowercase Y

    • 28. Lowercase Z

    • 29. Next Steps


About This Class


Do you love lettering and now want to grow your lettering by learning new styles? If so, this class is for you.

In this class, I will teach you 10 different lettering styles for the lowercase alphabet. I will walk you step-by-step through each lettering style and by the end of the class, you will have 10 new styles you can put to use in your lettering pieces right away.

When I was first learning lettering, one of the things that helped me was to practice one style of lettering over and over which gave me muscle memory. Once I learned the basic strokes and the basic letter formations, I was able to make it my own.

In this class, we are going to go through each letter one at a time through the entire alphabet.

Not only will you be able to watch the videos on how I create each letter in real time, not sped up on Instagram, but you will also be able to download the practice sheets with each style that you can then use to practice and develop the muscle memory that you need for your lettering.

This is a fun class. We're going to dive into lettering the lower case alphabet in 10 different styles.

Let's get started.

Next Steps

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1. Introduction: do you love lettering? And now want to grow your lettering by learning new styles? If so, this classes for you. Hi, my name is Shelly. It's I'm an artist and illustrator and I love lettering. And so in this class, I'm gonna teach you 10 different lettering styles for the lower case alphabet Gonna walk you step by step through these different lettering styles. By the end of the class, you'll have new lettering styles you can put to use in your pieces right away. When I was first learning lettering, one of the things that really helped me was being able to purchase practice shades and be able to trace those lettering styles over and over and over by practicing a certain lettering style. It gave me muscle memory. And once I learned the basic strokes and the basic styles, I was able to make it my own. In this class, we're gonna be going letter by letters so we'll do 10 different ways to letter the lower case A. And then we'll do B and so forth through the entire alphabet. Not only will you be able tow, watch the videos and how I create each letter in real time, not sped up on instagram. But you'll also be able to download practice sheets with each style that you can then use in any way you blunt to practice and develop the muscle memory that you need for your lettering. This is a fun class. We're gonna die. Vinto lettering three lower case, alphabet. 10 different ways and so let's get started. 2. Supplies: in this video, we're gonna talk about the supplies you'll need for the class. I have provided a ton of practice lettering sheets for you, and this is the template. This is the first page of the pdf. So the pdf has 27 different pages. The first pages of link page like this. These are the 10 different styles you go learn. And then each of the following pages are going to be each of the letters of the alphabet so you can print those off and you can use tracing paper. You can use a light pad, and you can use those can import them into your iPad if you want. And you can use those to trace the letters to develop muscle memory. Or you can print just this blank one and follow along with me. However, you don't even need to print off anything. You could just use the paper that you have on hand and whatever brushes or pens you have used. Those it doesn't have to be fancy. Just get started. Four supplies. There are certain supplies that work best for brush lettering, so I do recommend that you take my brush lettering for beginners class. I go through comprehensively the different supplies I recommend for this class I'm gonna be doing for the brush lettering. I'm gonna be using two different types of pens. I'm gonna be using the Tom Bow food Natsuki Hard for the small pen. And then I'm gonna be using this pen. Tell quash brush. It's a water brush and I filled it with the doctor Ph Martin's India ink. So this is the ink that I use the Bombay Black India ink. And so that's what I'm gonna be using. You can also use something like the Tom Bo do a fresh pen or all any sort of brush pan for the large brush panic, uneven use Creole is. But that's what I'm gonna be using. And then for the different other types of letters that I'm just gonna be writing out print letters. I'm gonna be using this fine liner from Pantelic. It's an illustration pen 0.5, and I love the 0.5 size. You can also use any sort of fine liner like the Micron. 05 is a great one, Bria Reese also has one that is the has the black in it. But you can use any type of fine liner pen, any type of fence pen that you have around. And then I'm gonna be using this alcohol marker for the larger tip for the the print letters. But again, you can use whatever you have on hand. Just take a deep breath. Get it out. This is gonna be fun. I cannot wait. I've had the idea for this class for ages, and so I'm excited to finally do it for you. It's taken a lot more time to put together, but I know it's gonna be a fun class. So we're gonna go through each of these 10 different styles these air, the names that I have named my font styles, and I'm gonna be talking about them or in the next video. So let's get started. 3. Lowercase A: So let's start with Letter A. This one's gonna take a little bit longer because I'm also going to be explaining the different types of styles that we're learning as we go through this class. But it's going to be a ton of fun. So I'm going to start off with my Tom Bo food Natsuki, and we're gonna start out with ink. Dance in dance was the first style that I developed. It's what you'll learn in my brush lettering for beginners class. I also have practice sheets in my Etsy shop for this style, and it's more of an up and down brush lettering style, just nice and simple and straightforward. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go through with each letter and I'm going to do the small pen and then the large pen. I want to go ahead and do the large pen, and you can see with this type of brush you're gonna get. You're going to get a little bit of in perfect edges, but that's actually my style. I like that style. If you want more of a perfect edge, I recommend. Like I said something like the Tom Bow or other brush pens that you can use. There's a ton of different options that I share with you in the brush lettering for beginners class, right? So that's the just typical starting style. Now let's go to hopscotch. The reason I call this hopscotch is this is the bounce lettering style bounce lettering is where your letters come down below the baseline again. If you don't know the basics of lettering, I do recommend going back and going through my brush lettering for beginners class. But the hopscotch style, any letter that has the opportunity to bounce, we're going to do that So the A does have that opportunity. So we're gonna go ahead and bring this down below the baseline of backup. And I kind of like when I do my bounce, I kind of like to make it kind of like a V or a little bit more of a sharp down and up. You can make your own style, and you can do whatever you want, but this is This is the style that I personally like. Right now we go ahead and show you in for a large pen so you can see there's a big difference in size between the small pen and large. Pim and I wanted you to have them both on the practice sheets to practice, depending on which size you have. Now, if you're a beginner, I do recommend that you start with something like this. Tom Bo food Dasuki Hard pem because it's easier to control. So now we're gonna go onto the red carpet and in the red carpet. I've added some different flourishes so you can add entrance strokes at exit strokes, depending on the letter, maybe across bar. Or maybe it's an a center or descend er but I may do a class in the future that's just on flourishing. But for this class, I thought it would be fun to introduce flourishing to you with my red carpet style. So let's go ahead and do the A. And sometimes what I like to dio is I like to do the main letter before I add in the flourish. So what I'm going to do for the A is I'm gonna add in an entrance stroke, so we're just gonna come down and around and you can turn your paper. Sometimes I'll turn my paper so that I can get a better feel for the angle. Let's go ahead and do the large pen, and what I tend to do is for the red carpet. I tend to slant it a little bit. My ink dances more up vertically up and down. So it just seems a little more fancy to me to slant it. And then it also just gives me a little bit different style. So for this, I'm actually going to start it out and bring it up so you can just practice and see what flow works better for you. The next style that we're going to go through is called Stretched, and this is a fun style. You may see some people doing words where they they bring the entrance stroke from the edge of the paper, and then they stretch the words, and so this is kind of a fun way to do it. And again, you can start the word and then add the entrance stroke if you want, and this one is really thin, and then you're gonna have that stretched entrance and exit stroke. But this one is just this style. I'm just making it really thin and slanted to give it a different look to it. And you can see already in these four different brush styles that you're gonna learn in this class how each one is different and it's going to look different depending on what project you're working on. You know how you know if you want something a little fancier, maybe the red carpet? Maybe you want to add that balance lettering, Look, Or maybe you want to do some of both. Some recently I've been enjoying doing some flourishing and some bounce littering in my lettering. So now I'm gonna use the large pen to do the stretched. And I made this template, and then I had it photocopied. I created the template with my Tom Bo food Dasuki hard pen. So I'm actually lettering on copy paper. And that's why some of this with my pen here is not coming out as well as it would on other paper. But I thought this would be a great way to just organize it and really have a nice hand out for you at the end. If you enjoyed these handouts in these practice sheets, please let me know in the discussion area All right, So now what we're gonna do is we're gonna go through the print styles that you will learn, and I'm gonna go through each one of them. And one thing I did forget to mention in the supplies video is for the freedom style. There is a certain type of brush I recommend. I have a class called dry brush lettering so you can go into that class and just check out the class. Resource is, I have a link to the different pens I recommend for that. You could also just use any brush with ink or with watercolor, any type of pain as well. You can try for that that freedom style. So these different styles. Let's start with the urban group going to go ahead and use my Pantelic illustration pen 0.5 . And for the urban groove. It's more of a chunky style, and it's just fun. It's just a fun little style actually created my own font with it, and with thebe print styles, I'm gonna be using the fine liner. But I'm gonna be using this bigger alcohol marker from Rio Reese and so you can just see with different sizes of pens what the letter would look like. So you can see with that I have the fine liner and then I have the big one. Now what I like to do in my littering pieces is I like to mix and match my script fonts with my and my script styles with my prints styles. And so it's really fun to have a variety available at all times that you can use and that you can draw from. And I'm gonna be following up this class with another class teaching you how to create your own style. So I have right here created 10 different styles that are my own, and I will be teaching you how to do that. But first I thought I would be really good just to go through and get you familiar with these 10 different styles. And then the next class will go through how toe really? Just adopt and create your own style. So let's do skyscraper for skyscraper. I wanted it to be more of a block letter, and you can do your block lettering however you want. I also have a block lettering class that you can take, but the skyscraper is just a really tall, narrow block, Funt. The next one is top hat. Top hat is where we're gonna add Serifis in font making. There are the basics of Serif and San Serif So San Serif is without the extra little lines . So I'm gonna just show you here If I go and and just do this lower case A to make it a serif I'm gonna add these little caps on the end and you can make these a variety of ways. I researched a lot of different Fonds and ah, lot of people do it differently. Some people put it all the way across, you know, and put their syrups in different places. But I just thought that would be a fun one to introduce you to so you could start to get used to a serif font. And this is a fun one toe. Add into your lettering as well. You can add in san serif and serif and do some different things to really just make it pop for summer fun. This fought actually has a combination of lower case uppercase. I realized it later, but it's just a fun fund that I wanted to share with you. Anyways, in this class, you can see I kind of did the A a little bit different. Part of the signature piece of this font is the the letters that have any kind of loop there long and narrow. Do you see? That's kind of a fun looking A. It's different than a lot of AIDS that you'll see. So for the Block Party fund, this is actually block lettering, but it's faux calligraphy. So I have a faux calligraphy class that walks you through the basics of how to create different calligraphy looks without having to learn calligraphy. And basically, you write the letter you add in the extra weight on the down strokes, and then you fill it in. Now for this font were actually not gonna fill it in. But we're gonna leave it open. You can fill it, and you can also fill it in with stripes with dots with patterns. And so that's what makes us really versatile and kind of unique. So we're gonna write the letter, and then after you write the letter, you we're going to add a thickness where there would be a down stroke and then you could fill it in, but we're just gonna leave it there. So that is block party, And then the last one, Freedom, We're just gonna use this other pen ands just going to do my freedom style again. I have an entire class from dry brush lettering. This just gives you a more textured look, and I encourage you to also go through that class to learn more about it. So as you can see, we now have 10 different styles. And like I mentioned because I'm doing this on copy paper, there is some a little bit of a texture. And even with this alcohol marker, it's not the best paper for this. But I really think that having these templates and having these practice sheets will be really helpful for you later. So make sure to check you have to currently be on a computer and then just click on your project, and then you'll see the downloads to download the pdf to download your practice sheets and everything should be there for you. And pdf. So now what we're gonna dio now that I've explained kind of the basics of the 10 different styles, we're gonna learn I'm just gonna go through each letter one at a time and teach you each of those letters in each of these styles. How fun is this? I'm so excited. Let's do this. 4. Lowercase B: Now it's time for letter B. We're gonna go through the same process with the same pens and the same styles, starting with ink Dance you e e way, - way , - way you e e way e. Okay, there you have your 10 ways toe letter B and I hope that you're starting to see a rhythm and starting to see all the different ways and the varieties that you can create your letters. Let's move on to letter C. 5. Lowercase C: Okay, let's learn letter C. I'm gonna go ahead and demonstrate each of these letters and I'm going to do it in a small pen and a large pen for you and again, these handouts are available for you in the your project area. One thing you learn about me is I just want to demonstrate reality. Does it have to be perfect? So the letters that I'm doing are not necessarily my perfect bust letters that I've ever done in my life. I have to practice and sometimes I'll have to do it over and over again a few times to really get what you know, the type of letter I want. But I want to show you it doesn't have to be perfect. We just always all start somewhere. And the reality is we have good days. We have bad days. We have good letters, we have bad letters. But that's okay. That's what makes us human. And so don't give up. If you feel like your letters air, not looking exactly right in the beginning, start back with some of my other classes, like the faux calligraphy class or the brush lettering for beginners class. If you're still really struggling with your letters, but just know that it doesn't have to be perfect and it's not going to be perfect. So right there, like I made a little little blip LA Times You can correct them. Sometimes you can't. One thing I am noticing is with the copy paper. I'm not really liking the way that it's coming out for me. But again, because this is a class and because I want you to have these as handouts afterwards, I'm willing to have lesser qualities. So just know that when you get the handouts, this was would not be exactly how it would normally look for me on my regular paper. I do a lot of lettering on watercolor paper, actually, because I do a lot of water color. I have a fun class. It's just 10 easy watercolor backgrounds anyone can create. And it's a really fun class to learn just really basic easy, easy watercolor backgrounds. And then you can start using them with some of your lettering. Hey, now we're gonna go to the print styles and go through those some of these what you'll notice is there similar? You know, some of the Siles seem a little bit similar, but there are differences. Urban group tends to be a little bit more wide. Skyscraper is block lettering, so we're doing more of the the block lettering style. And summer fun is a little bit taller and thinner has some a little bit different. Look for the sea here. What I love about lettering is I never get bored because there's so many different things you can learn. I also have a class on watercolor lettering, and that is so fun. And then for this. So you're just gonna add a little thing right there on the top? Then there's, you know, there's just so many different styles, so many different things you can dio, and so it just makes it really versatile. And once you learn a lot of different styles than it's so fun, like combining them into different pieces could see that almost looks more like 1/2 moon instead of the full see. And so that's just one way to to change up the style a little bit. This is again more. The focal eager fee look, depending on what Penn you're using or is going to really you know help depend what size you're going to create. And that's what I'm showing you here with these different pens. So there you have it. Letter C. All right, let's move on toe letter D. 6. Lowercase D: this video we're gonna do letter D, and I'm gonna go ahead and go quiet in this video and just demonstrate for you in real time each of the styles way you e way you e way there You have lower case D and just keeping it real. For some reason, this Parker Kings want to roll, and it's much this. But you know what? Again? This is real life. This is real time, real life and just want you to know that I'm just like you and those things happen. So when you see that on the practice sheet, that's what it iss All right, let's go on toe letter i E. 7. Lowercase E: in this video, we're gonna go through letter e. Let's do this So again, we're going to go through the same styles. Let's start with ink dance And again you can see how I can kind of smooth it out if it wasn't as smooth as I wanted in the first, go through and do small pen and then large pen and actually thought about using my Tom bows cause they work better. It's just smoother on this paper, but I didn't want to use my Tom bowed to approach because this copy paper will fray the tip over time. So I decided to still use my pen. Tell a quash brush. It's my favorite, but like I said, I typically use it on watercolor paper and even this that's what I'm used to. And so it's just a different feeling. That's what you'll notice. As you do, lettering is you'll notice that as you're using different pens, different paper that you get a different result. And so every different tool is going to require a different skill. Like when I started learning Cree Allegra fee, like I have a class all about using Crayola markers for lettering and when I first started learning that it was a completely different skill and it was like I had to teach myself how to do that even though I felt proficient with my brush Pum. So you know there's always gonna be those things that you're learning and what I like to do , and it may work differently for you, but what I like to do is I like Teoh kind of focus on one thing at a time. So when I was first getting started, I really was focusing on my basic strokes and really just getting the letter forms down and learning this first style, the dance I really focused in on that and then what I did is high, then started learning, found slaughtering and flourishing and no different styles. And so what I recommend is focused on one thing at a time. If you really want to get good at flourishing, then really focus on it for a while and make that your goal is just to really get better at the flourishing. All right, so we have the brush lettering, fonts. Now let's go to the other ones, and that bigger market tends to want to roll in and smear. It's done it twice already, but you can see that the urban groove the way I made this a little different as I stopped the e shorter than what you would normally expect. And so there's so many different ways to very your letters and make it uniquely years. And that just is kind of a fun way to do an e nice to do block lettering a lot. When I was younger, I I grew up in the eighties and nineties when we did a lot of note passing, so I would do block lettering a lot. And like I said, I have a block lettering class you can take, but you can do bubble letters. You can do block letters with really any style like I could do block letters with the urban groove style if I wanted, but I'm just doing a basic basic style there for the top hat for the E. There's really no serif to add to it, and just as kind of your basic e for summer fun for the it's kind of a rounded and see all of these are sharp edges, and so that's kind of what makes this one different, just a little bit fun. I have been obsessed with fonts and lettering styles like I just love it. There's something about it that I just love. I love learning it. I love creating my own and it's so fun because then what I recommend is just like I've done name your styles, name your different funds that you create. And like I said, my next class will be all about creating your own style and kind of how I have gone about that, right? So the last one is this dry brush lettering. What I what I call my freedom style. It's just a freestyle, Really no wrong way to do it. It's kind of messy, texture looking, but it's really fun style for certain pieces. All right, we're done with E. Let's move on to F 8. Lowercase F: this video, we're gonna learn F. I actually kind of enjoy up, and I know there's different people that don't really like F, but I don't mind it. There's some fun things you can do with it to vary it. And so that's, I think, why I like it. There's some different things that you'll see as we go through that I do differently. That really makes it a letter that can can vary a lot Now. There's not too much different you can do with the hopscotch just because it's not a letter that you can balance. I do love using bounce lettering, and it's just really a fun way. That's what you see a lot of people using on instagram and other places. It's red carpet is fun. You can just kind of like do a little loop through your F, and that makes it fun. Now when I go into a full class on flourishing gonna learn so many different things. One of the fun things about Flourishing is once you learn some basic flourishes, you can apply it to other letters as well. And the thing with this flourish, for example, is you could make this come out further, You could make, you know, make it come thinner, like you can vary some of the dimensions, and then you get a whole different looking aft, depending on what your piece needs and what space needs to be filled. But that's for another class to go into depth. There's so much to learn. I've taken a lot of classes on flourishing because I just I love it. It's so pretty. And so I'll definitely do a class in the future. At some point. The thing about brush, lettering, hand lettering, whatever you want to call it is It's always by hand, so you're going to have a different result at different times. And, like these two EPS, don't look exactly the same. Thes two don't either. But there you can tell it's a similar style, but that's kind of the beauty of lettering is that every time you get a little different result. So one of things I said with the F you could do a lot of different things, and so one of things you could do is just have the crossbar go halfway. That gives it a really fun, a little more funky look and So I did that for the urban groove. There we go. And again I could do my block lettering more like this and have a completely new style. It's the top. Have I actually wrote? I don't know if you can tell. I wrote all these out in pencil. I'll accept the skyscraper because I changed my mind on what I was going to do for that. Initially, I was going to do a different form for skyscraper, but it kind of was, Ah, lots more. It was so similar to summer fun, I thought. Let's make that a block lettering. So that's why I have forgotten a couple times like Oh, yes, since was to block lettering on this. But there's so many different styles, and it's easy, like, especially when I'm talking to get mixed up. But the Block party had to do it this way, too cool thing about the block party. Like I've already said, As you can fill it in, you can put different patterns in it. There's just a lot of versatility with that block party. Look with the faux calligraphy. All right, so there we have it. We are done with F. Let's move on to G 9. Lowercase G: in this video. I'm going to go through G in all the different styles. And I'm gonna go ahead and go silent in this video and you could just watch me as I do each letter You e e way e way you e And there you have it liturgy. So I hope that you're having fun And I hope that your wheels are spinning and that you're just has your learning how to do these different letters in the different styles that you're being inspired to create your own styles and 10. Lowercase H: in this video. We're gonna go through the letter h. So it just kind of a fun letter to There's a lot of different things you can do with age because it's an A sender. A center just means that has this loop that goes above the X height. Okay, I'm just gonna go ahead and go through the rest of the styles and let you just watch as I let her them you e e way e way you e way have now finished letter h. 11. Lowercase I: in this video. We're gonna go through how? Toe letter? Lower case I in the 10 different styles I've shown you. I'm gonna go quiet and you can watch as I demonstrate each of these letters in the different styles. Way E way Hey . - there. You have lower case. I now we're gonna move on toe lower case J. 12. Lowercase J: in this video, We're going toe letter. Lower case J. So Jay has what's called a D sender and D senders. Uh, anything that goes down below the baseline, and so you could do a few different things with J. And I'm gonna go ahead and go silent and you can watch as I letter the different styles. You E e way, - way , - way . - Hey , there you have it. We have letter J Lower case J in 10 different styles. Don't forget to download your practice sheets in the class. Resource is just click class. Just click. Just click the your project tab, and then you will see them to download on the right hand side. You do have to be on a computer at this time in order to download those. 13. Lowercase K: in this video, we're gonna go through lower case K. And I have to admit K is actually one of my favorite letters, and a lot of people don't like a but I really learned to like it. And so que has some different things that you can do because of the shape. And there's just a lot of different ways you can do the K. I just feel like it's a kicking up its heels, you know, there at the end with the hopscotch, the bounce lettering, you can definitely bounce the K and so you could bring it down below the baseline. And really, with the bounce lettering, it just depends on your word and what letters you want to bounce. You really want tohave balance so you don't want to be bouncing every letter. But then you don't want to be having it feel off balance, either. So I do plan on doing a class in the future on Bounce lottery and here with the red carpet , I did a little bit of a flourish for the entrance stroke and the excess stroke. Sometimes I'll just go ahead and do the letter and then add the flourish or the entrance stroke afterwards just because I feel like I have more control so you can turn the page whatever works best for you. Okay, so now we're gonna go into the print letters and you can do different things with this one . I kind of did like a curve, and you can change where these two lines intersect. C could make it higher. You can make it lower, and that will make everything look a lot different. Can do curved lines. You could do straight lines. Just a lot of variations that you can do with K. Certain letters you don't have a snitch toe work with as faras creating different styles. But certain letters you can really create a lot of different looks to it in the top hat and usually lower case K. You know you're gonna come going to start this 2nd 1 a little bit lower. So Capital K would be more even put all the little caps on their for the Sarah you can see I just actually curve that a little bit, probably would keep it straight, But you can do that, too. I mean, that's one way to mix it up and create your own style. Like I mentioned, my next class will be about creating your own style and so will go into more depth about some of the things you can look out in order to decide what you want. Your style toe look like one thing that's really fun for me. It's like to see the whole alphabet of one style together in this class were doing each letter one at a time, which is a fun way to do it too. But I still think probably my favorite way to do it is just to do the entire alphabet. But like I said, this class has been on my mind for a long time. And so I knew I wanted definitely want to do this one. All right, There you have it. We've finished lower case K. Now go on to L 14. Lowercase L: in this video. We're gonna go through lower case l I'm just gonna go ahead and go silent and you can watch me demonstrate each of the letters in the different styles. You e e way way are done with lower case else. Now we will move on to em. 15. Lowercase M: in this video, we're going toe. Learn to a letter. Lower case. Um, so let's go ahead and start with the's small pen and ink dance with em because it has the to curved parts of it. You can do a lot of different things. You could make them different heights like I did here. You can make it sharp. None of mine are like a sharp, but there's just a lot of different variations you can do with it. I'm gonna go ahead and go silent so you can watch as I demonstrate each of these varieties in styles for lower case M way, - way You e e Theo. On this last one, you can see I ended up having the EMS go up instead of down. So that's a different variation you can make with your EMS. There we have it. Lower case M in 10 different styles 16. Lowercase N: in this video were moving on to lower case N i O pure having fun, learning the different styles for the alphabet. I know one thing for me when I was first learning is just really getting familiar with all the different basic letter shapes and what this will do. This class will help you really start to get familiar with all the different letter shapes and help you develop that muscle memory. So with end, you can see here. I just had a straight beginning, and here I have kind of a curved entrance stroke and then the hopscotch this one can bounce . Just bring that down and back up with the red carpet. I did something a little bit different. I had the entrance stroke come in and then had the hard down stroke. And then the exit stroke kind of curls up and around so you could see the difference between all of these entrance strokes. This one had didn't have an entrance stroke. Necessarily. I would just bring, you know from the letter before it connected that way. And these were just a few different varieties. Now, if you're going to be connecting this end, then you would not use this exit stroke or if you're connecting it from another letter, depending what the letter is in front. You may not use that exact entrance stroke, thes air, just examples. And then you can adapt it depending on how you're connecting your letters. Okay, Now we're going to go into the print style letters. No, one of these are pretty straightforward, but they change depending on you know how. Why they are helps fall. They are all of those types of things, the skyscrapers, more of that block Funt. And the neat thing is, you could take these basic ideas and you can apply them pretty much to any style. So any in writing style like you, even your own handwriting style or any style that you like, you can apply some of these same examples like, you know, this top out with the syrup. You can apply the serif and, you know, have the little edges to it. Two different styles you to your own handwriting style or any other style. And so that's what's so fun about coming up with your own fonts and your own lettering and will be covering that in the next class. All right, So this is the foe Calligraphy, a block letter style. And like I've already mentioned, if you want to learn Focal a graffiti the script style and take my photo calligraphy class . Okay, We're here to the last one. Freedom style. And there you have it. We have n in the 10 different styles. Let's move on toe. Oh! 17. Lowercase O: OK, in this video we're gonna go through Oh, I was pretty straightforward, except for the little swoop that you can add. You can see here in ink dance, you come back through so you can vary that that little swoop that you dio and that can be something that you very throughout but otherwise was fairly straightforward. It is a difficult letter to master. It takes a lot of practice. The the Oval is one of the hardest to do, So don't be discouraged. If o is hard for you, it's hard for everyone. You know, we need to continually be practicing in order to master this and all the letters. I mean, it's a skill that can be learned. And so I just want to encourage you not to be discouraged if you still feel like you are not able to master a lot of the letters, especially oh, it was difficult, But just keep practicing. You may want to do an entire sheet of oh, just a kind of keep practicing it also going back to the basic strokes. That's really when I had a turning point with my lettering was when I started really consistently doing the basic strokes. And so I encourage you to take my brush lettering for beginners class, if you haven't yet. I have a bunch of lettering practice sheets for you in that class, including your basic strokes. So I really encourage you even if you've taken the class to revisit your basic strokes. And that will help you if you're struggling at all. Especially with Oh, huh? As I know it can be hard right there. We have the four script styles. Now I'm going to go onto the print styles. I'm going to go ahead and just go ahead and go silent so that you can just watch as I letter these out for you, You e way. - Okay , There you have it. We have our owes, and you have this practice sheet in the your project area. Now let's move on to the next letter. P 18. Lowercase P: so I know you're not necessarily supposed to have favorites, but P is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed Pea has a lot of things. You can vary with it to make it fun, and yet it can be hard because it has the curve in it, so that can be a hard part to master. So this is the dance, starting with it again. The small and large pen. You can see what I've done differently with the hopscotch is I did a little loop here and then another loop so you can have it just be straight like it did with Indians. Or you can do the loop like I've done here with the hopscotch, the red carpet. I kind of did the same thing I did with the hopscotch, and I just haven't entrance stroke there in the exit stroke here. So again, if you're writing a word, you may not use those entrance and exit strokes, depending on where this is. If this is the end stop, then for sure you'll be able to use that. But if it's the beginning of a word like park, then you won't Nestle. Use that exit stroke. But They're just so pretty. E. I love doing the flourishes. They're so fun. And another thing you can very, is how you do the loop. So this loop I did more straight and narrow and some of the other ones you can see I did more overall. And I mean, that's an oval, but more up and down. But you can vary how you do that little loop, and that will give you much different look, right, So he did the script. Now let's do the print styles that has some urban groove skyscraper. Let's go ahead and to a block here again. I'm just showing you the variety you can have, even with just using different pen sizes. And so, actually, I'm showing you 20 different ways, depending on you know, if you use large pens or small pens. I thought about just using this small pens, but then I thought, You know what? I want this to be a really valuable resource for you, and I just thought having both the small and the large pen in the practice sheets would be so valuable, because then you would have both ways. Now, again, you can see with the summer fun. What I've done with the PD made it narrow and long the top there and again. This block party fun is kind of like a block lettering, but more of a focal Iger fee. You can fill that. And if you want, you can leave it open or can even add designs in there. So for the purpose of this class, I'm just leaving it open. And then the final one is the freedom style. You just see I angled the p a little bit. Um, up on there. There you have it. We have 10 different ways. Toe, letter P. Let's move on to the next video. 19. Lowercase Q: in this video, we're going to learn how to a letter lower case. Q. And I appreciate you sticking in here with me. This has been a lot of fun to be able to bring this kind of class so comprehensive to you. And I know there's practice sheets out there that will show you different ways, toe let her. But I know for me how helpful it is to actually watch someone do it and to see how it's done instead of just tracing on the paper. And so, with this class, you not only get the practice sheets, but you also get toe watch as I do the lettering. And that can really help you have a better grass on the letters. Okay, Right. So this one is kind of a fun one. This Flores, I just came down and around and you can do that. Even if it's a word, then you just, like, say, it's gonna be quit. Then I would just come up here and do the you and I see you can actually have some of your letters separated, and that makes an interesting look as well care and I come over to the stretched one of the things that I like to do sometimes, especially with the flourishes. So something like the red carpet is to pencil it in in advance. And so if you pencil it in, I penciled in this one, and then I just eyeballed this one. I think this one came out better. So what I could do is, you know, pencil it in so that I could really get a good feel for how it is. This one is fine. It looks good, but I just think sometimes you can get a better outcome if you just take a step to pencil it in, and then you can erase it. I often like to use this little racer, the mono zero from Tom Boc's. It's really small. I could just get into those little places, and I have a water color and ink supplies class. If you haven't taken that class yet. I actually have a video on there all about erasers, so I share several different erasures that I use and the different ways I use them. And when I would recommend using them. So that's just one part of the class. I go through a bunch of different things in that class, just like, um, different supplies to get white on your pieces or gold and so forth. So I recommend that class. It's just a fun class and it's a class. Honestly, I wish that I would have had when I was first getting started in our cause. There's so many supplies, there's so many things you can get sometimes you just don't even know or you see someone using something. You're like, Ooh, what is that? And I get people on Instagram that will say, Hey, what what Petr using. And now I can just say, Hey, you know, you can check out all of mine. And the nice thing that I did with that class is I have a downloadable PdF with links, so that took me quite a bit of time. Like I'm not gonna joke. I didn't have to do that, but that was something like, I know that's what I would want if I was taking the class. So when I teach my classes, I try to teach them in a way that of how I would want them. So when I did that class, the watercolor earning supplies class I went through, and I put specific links online of where, exactly where you can buy them. You don't have to go searching and looking for it. I was actually doing something today where I was searching for a supply someone mentioned. And sometimes it does take a little bit of time to really find what you want. And so I hope you find that class helpful, right? We're down to the last one here. The freedom style, and we're done. All right. That wasn't so bad, was it? Q? All right. Can't wait to see you in the next video. 20. Lowercase R: are is another one that I enjoy. You'll find that there's certain letters you enjoy, but I have to admit, when I first started doing our, I forgot to add the little loop there as a down stroke so that little loop should be a little thicker than your normal upstroke shift, then upstroke any of your thicker and then thicker. So that's something to remember. Whether it's the focal, a graffiti or the rush lettering is this little loop. You want to try to get a little more pressure on it, and they are. You can bounce. One thing to know is you can always go back in and smooth something out if you want afterwards, because we're doing this by hand. They're going to be times when it's just it doesn't come out like you want it right, and so don't be afraid to go back in, but don't overdo it. What I've done before is I have just over tried to, you know, to over correct it, and then it ends up being a mess. But you know, there are times you can just go in and add a little correction, and it just really helps again This is an exit stroke. And so on these exit strokes and entrance strokes, you want to try to keep them thin. This one got a little bit thick at the end there. So, you know, just try to keep those a little bit thinner, and part of it it is. I will say it is hard to talk and let her at the same time. So that's part of it for me is like I because I'm lettering and talking at the same time, I'm not 100% focusing. So when you're focusing your directed focus on to lettering and you're really concentrating on the fix and the fins, you can get a better result. I believe I love this style with the urban groove. I kind of gave it kind of a funky look There for some reason, I just like how the serif looks here, just kind of fun getting it down here to the end. You're doing great. I'm so excited to see how you grow through this class and through learning all these different styles. There you have it 10 ways. Toe letter, lower case R, Let's move on to s 21. Lowercase S: this video, We're gonna learn toe letter lower case, as this one can be a little bit tricky sometimes to get a hang up in the beginning, but so that little loop there at the bottom. And you can again alter that a little bit construction, how you could make it thinner. One of things that can be kind of tricky is connecting. Two s says I have a Siris on Instagram where I do connecting letters and so you can check that out. My instagram handle is at color my world beautiful. And I do some different daily inspiration and many tutorials. You could see what this one I drop this down a little bit, so it kind of bounced down. But the S doesn't technically have, like something that comes down that you can really bounce. But you can bring down that little loop a little bit. Okay, One more script. Font the stretched. I'm going to go ahead and go quiet for the rest of the video. And you can watch as I do. The print s is E way. - Hey , we're on the home stretch. Just have a few more letters to go and we will be done a great job. You just completed us. Let's move on to letter T 22. Lowercase T: in this video, we're gonna letter the lower case. T t is pretty straightforward. In the beginning, it was one of my favorite because it's just so easy. So easy. The letter. It's not like Oh, oh, is is hard. You have to really spend time. But T was just a easy one in the beginning, but it's pretty straightforward. You can change where the crossbar is. You can see here, you'll see with the red carpet, you can flourish the crossbar. There's some different things you can do, but it's pretty straightforward. So I'm gonna go ahead and go silent for the rest of this worksheet, and then you can watch as I letter you E e way, - way , - way . All right, great job. Just finished. Lower case T. It's a pretty easy one. If you're a beginner, tea is a great one toe. Feel confident on. Right? All right, let's go on to letter you 23. Lowercase U: in this video, we're gonna letter lower case you. You was pretty straightforward as well. You can see it's kind of like two under turns. If you know your basic strokes. If you don't know your basic strokes, then I encourage you again to take my brush lettering for beginners class. Can't emphasize that enough. My breakthrough came and lettering when I really focused on the basic strokes and learning them. And so I really encourage you to do that with the hopscotch. You can do some bounce lettering with you and bring it down. You don't want to bring it down too far because then it starts looking like a different letter. Maybe, you know, I mean, that's what I've noticed. Sometimes there's certain letters that I have to almost like stop and really Look, I'm like, What does that say? Because it's almost gotten so distorted from the different bounce lettering. So you just have to be careful when you start to add bounce lettering that you can still really tell. Like what the letter is when it goes silent for the rest of the video, and you can watch as I let her lower case you, you e way, - way are finished with you 10 ways toe letter, lower case you. Let's move on to be 24. Lowercase V: this video, we're gonna do lower case V. And again V has that loop that you want to make sure you get the extra down stroke thick down, then up thick down. So you're kind of getting that last little loop and getting a little bit of a thicker down stroke there. And one thing you want to be careful a little bit careful with V is that it doesn't start looking like a you. So you know, you can actually make the V a little bit more curved at the bottom, but in my opinion, then it can really start looking like a you. And so what I recommend is just keeping it more pointed at the bottom. But you can experiment. That's what is so fun about lettering. You can experiment with your letters and what you like and, for instance, you can see here. I made that loop a little bit bigger than that one, and that's completely fine. But just know that those airways, that you can modify your letters just little things like that can really help you to develop your own style and stand out. You can tell I just can't wait to teach you this e I have a lot more than I'm going to share with you about developing your own style in the next class. I wanted to have you just get used to some of the basics first. So you could really get a handle on your letters before we really go into what it might look like to develop your own style. So in the beginning videos, I was taking the caps on and off, and then I thought, you know, I think it would be OK if I left the cap off for a couple of minutes. I don't think the pens going to dry out, and I'll just make it easier. And also less clicks, you know, And the video for you listing. All right, so we're doing the block party. I'm just honestly so proud of you. You've really come a long way. If you're still hanging in here with me, you're at V and we're almost done. This is the final stretch. We're now done with lower case V. Let's move on to W 25. Lowercase W: this video, we're going to cover lower case W one thing I've noticed, just to be honest is that lower case W and uppercase w can be very similar. And it's just a matter of how tall you may get. So typically, lower case and upper case w are very similar, so there's nothing to bounce with. W It's still kind of very conceded. More the sharp edges here. The smooth round edges on that one. And again, it has the little loop kind of like the our and the V. Okay, stretched. Okay, I'm gonna go ahead and go silent for the remainder of the video, as I do the print versions of W you e. Okay, you made it to the end. You could see on the freedom style have the w going downward instead of upward. So or just straight across. So it's just another little variation. Congratulations. You finished. W let's move on to the next video 26. Lowercase X: this video. We're gonna learn how the letter Lower case X. It's pretty straightforward. And so I'm gonna go ahead and go silent while I demonstrate the letter for you. You e way E way X marks the spot. Right? All right. Good job. We did our excess. Let's move on to wise. 27. Lowercase Y: in this video, we're gonna learn to let her lower case. Why? Why is another fun one? It has a lot of different things you can do with it to make it a little bit different to mix it up. And so that's something that I like about. It doesn't necessarily have a way to bounce the why, but it does have you could do so much fun things. With Flourishing. It's a D sender. This is my favorite one currently to do with the lower case. Why I may have other ones in the future. But right now this is one. I use a lot, and you can see you can vary it a little bit. You could bring this out or bring this part out a little bit. Helen. Just really fun. I love that. I really recommend practicing that one for your wise, because it's just so fun to include in your pieces. That flourish makes it just kind of stand out from your typical Why, right? We have the scripts done. Now let's go to the print versions and with print, you can make it like this where this is, you know, on the entire like This isn't the baseline, so it doesn't go below. And that's kind of an interesting way to make a why I did summer funds in a similar way. You could also make it more of like, hard lines you'll see in top hat and block party. All right, So what I mean by the hard lines is this. So instead of having the curved, why have more of those straight lines? Can I choose where you end the thing you can see? I ended this a little bit closer in Where's Urban Group? I came all the way over. So that's another little variation in that. Here we go. Good job. We are almost there. Not the freedom one here. And then we have one more letter. You are almost there. Great job. Let's do this. Let's finish with letters E 28. Lowercase Z: right. Congratulations. You've made it to the end. We're now on lower case Z. Let's do this. Let's finish this out strong. Let's see you. Nosy is not a letter. You're gonna use a ton. To be honest, it's not my favorite letter. No, I just It's kind of awkward. Sometimes I feel like either do that kind of sea or that one and you know, it just just kind off a little bit harder. But we'll do it. We'll get it again. Just remember, with any kind of lettering, it takes practice. Even really successful hand letters have mentioned that they continue to practice their alphabet every day. So if you want to get really good at a certain style, I just recommend taking that style and doing your alphabet over and over again. Even if it's just five minutes a day of practice, you're gonna has notice Improvement noticed with this C. I made the top line wider, and then I got narrower at the bottom. That's one way to change it up. You really do need to practice, and I think it's fun. I think it's fun to practice. It's relaxing and so just make it fun make it like some. You couldn't even do it while you're watching a show if you want. Although I do recommend having focused practice, because when you have that focused practice and you're not doing something else, I think you're really going to see improvement a little bit faster. What I know you know you can be listening to music can be watching TV or a movie. Maybe just take a little notebook with you and stick it in your bag or your purse. And then when you have a spare minute, get it out and just take a pen with you like a Tom Bo food Natsuki. Hard like one of these. And practice what when you have a minute and that's a great way to fit into your lifestyle . All right, there we go. We did it. Yea, we've finished all 26 letters, 10 different styles, both small and large pens. So really, I demonstrated 20 different styles for you. I hope you learned a ton. I hope you enjoy the class, and I will share with you what your project is in the next video. I cannot wait to see your projects in the progress that you make after taking this class 29. Next Steps: There you have it. This has been a jam packed class. We have went through the alphabet, one letter at a time, and I've given you 10 different ways. Toe letter, the lower case Alphabet. Your project for this class is to simply try one of the letters in one of the styles and post a picture of what you created. I'd also love to hear which style was your favorite or something that you learned or an ah ha moment. Or just simply what you enjoyed about this class. If you enjoy this class, I would really appreciate you simply taking a moment to post your review here on skill chair. There should be a pop up at the top of your screen that says, Would you recommend this class to other students? Simply click yes and post a sentence or two about what you learned, what you appreciated or what you've gained from this class. And it would mean the world to me. It also helps to reach more people with his training. And so I appreciate you taking a moment to do that again. My name is Shelly Hits, and I'm so thankful you've joined me for this class. I hope you had a ton of fun. Lettering can be so relaxing and just really bring joy to your life. But most importantly, I hope you really put to use what you've learned in this class and that you begin to practice these new styles in your pieces and eventually that you create your own lettering styles. I have many classes on lettering if you haven't taken them yet, you may be interested in my brush lettering for beginners class. My focal Iger fee class, my block lettering class, my watercolor lettering class or my dry brush lettering class. And I have a feeling there will be more lettering classes in the future. So if you would like to be notified of when I published new classes here on skill share, make sure to click the follow button and you'll be the first to know when I publish. A new lettering. Class can also get inspiration from my instagram profile, where I post daily inspiration as well as many tutorials both in my instagram feed as well as my instagram stories. So make sure to follow me at color, my world beautiful. So in my joy and pleasure to share this time with you and I'll see you in the next class