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Basics of Hand/Brush Lettering

teacher avatar Naina Sethi, Lettering Artist

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6 Lessons (49m)

    • 2. BRUSHPENS

    • 3. PAPER



    • 6. Final words

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Hello Everyone, I am Naina, artist behind Twitcher Writes (@Instagram). 

Class - Hand/Brush Lettering For Beginners

Everything you need to know to start lettering is covered. From which Pens, which paper, understanding your Grid, learning basic strokes and then finally forming your lowercase letters. Just follow along with minimal supplies and begin today. 

Later on, if you would like you can invest in my worksheets (Digital Download, available on my Etsy) to keep practicing. There are 48 practice sheets which covers all the basics. Thank you !

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1. INTRODUCTION : Hi, guys. I'm Nana from teacher writes. Welcome to my online course off brush. Been lettering in the following lessons. I will be teaching you everything you need to know about brush. Been lettering or hand lettering. So let's get started in the following lessons. I will be teaching you everything you need to know about hand lettering, the pens you need, the paper you need on the weariness, other supplies that we use. So if you're really passionate about learning out of hand lettering, come join me on a bill to get to create beautiful letters. 2. BRUSHPENS: Hello, everyone. So, welcome to my first class here. We gonna learn about brush Men's. Okay, The most important thing when you start a lettering, so having the right supplies and the right pens makes a big difference. So when I started out, I didn't know about it, and I had to figure out eventually. But it's much easier here. I will quickly. Sure, You the pens, which are my group in. So I started with these two pens. Here it's stumble fitness. Okay, Brush Ben one is hard tip. And when it's soft, it So I started out actually with the heart dip. And, uh, I think I wrote with that for, like, about a month or two. And then I started exploring the other pens. But I would quickly show you starting with the tumble fitness. Okay, because this is the one I want you to get for yourself to start lettering, and this is a hot tip. And this one here is the soft tip. So you there is a slight difference in the color between both of them. You can't see here, but there is. So they come in the pack of to, uh this is my number one option. And also the second option I have for you is the mental catch signed. Ben, Uh, this one is again a very good Ben. I came to know about this one a little later than the Tombaugh fitness. Okay, But I wish I knew before, but they are beautiful. Bends like I love them. So this is a, uh what I will recommend when you're starting out. These are three brush pens you can invest in, which will really make a big difference. So once you're comfortable with these pens, which are very good for beginners, then you can explore some other options. For example, we have Karen markers here, Dumbo and the Echo lines. So they all have different tips. They were they all work differently. You will notice that later on, when you will have them. But for the beginning, we just need the basic pence on these treatments. And, uh, I will quickly, uh uh, do a demonstration off all the bends, how they were, Andi, Just the basic ones. And then also I will show you the tumbles and the Karens and eco line. How they look exactly just for your reference. otherwise, for now, let's start with the Tom Bo food in Isuke hot day. So I'm going to start with the heart tip. So this is stumble fitness. Okay, hot tip. And next is Dumbo Fitness. Okay, soft it. So these are the two pens, which are really good. And you see the tip. They'll the look wary, Identical. But they work very differently once Tip is really hard. And the other one is really soft as the name saves, but they feel very different. So these are the two bends Firstly. And now I will show you the mental touch, which is again very good. Bend this more closer to the tumble fitness. Okay, softer. But again, it's I think it's a little smoother than the tumble ones. So this is the mental Dutch. So yes, Guys, these are the three pens which I highly recommend if you're starting out on and they work beautifully and you have more control on these and they also come in different corruption. So yes. Uh, this is my first recommendation for you for the beginners. And now I would also show you some other big brush pens which I have just for your reference. If you want to invest in them later on, you can. So here is our tumble. Dual tip brush, man. Super famous, indeed. And it writes beautifully. As you can see, it has, like, a big, uh, brush tip. So it writes the bigger competitively. So this is your dumbo. Do you have to? Andi, Uh, it has two tips, as the names is. One is the brush tip with what we just rolled with. And the other side is the regular tip, which again can be used in journaling or a normal writing and things like that. So, yes, this is the jumbled will tip brush been. All right. Now, the next I will show you is the Karen Markers. So they are amazing brush pens with the beautiful tip, as you can see here on their super juicy very, uh, nice for blending. I use it on watercolor paper, and they work perfectly fine as well on them. And that's what I love about them that I can work with. The different paper with these brush meant So, um yes, these are Karen markers. All right, so the next man I'm going to show you is this zig crushable, and it has got, like, two tips and two colors, which is, like, so much fun. So you're getting two colors in one brush pen, which is really good. And both the colors, They work very nicely together. So these are the pens, which I love their slightly smaller than the time before. I think if we compare otherwise, they work very similarly end. I love them. So this is something you can see little one, and yeah, zigged Russia Bills. So All right. Finally, I'm going to show you one more pen. And this is also one of my favorites. Big Brush Bennett's the echo line. So you probably know that already if you follow me on instagram how much I loved them. So this is how they work. They have this very, uh, unique armory effect, which comes, uh, depending upon how much pressure you apply on your Ben. Andi? Uh, yes, that's how they work. And that's what I love about them. So this is, uh, I think, probably the biggest freshman that I have the decline. So yes, guys, that summarizes the class. I think I will do everything about the pens that I use on how they were again, I would say that you just need the small tip. Brush bends to start, and then you can explore your options on See what you like and invest in more brush. Men's later on. But just begin with the small tip, and then you can move on to the big ones. So yes, guys. Now let more one to the paper options. 3. PAPER: All right, everyone. Now that you're clear about your Benz, what you're going to use, let's move on to the paper. It's equally important to have the right paper with the right friends, of course. And here I will show you some off the papers which I've used, and I know that they're good. So firstly, this'll one, it's the premium £32 paper from HB Onda. It's easily available on Amazon on duh. It's it is very affordable. It's not very expensive. Onda. Yes. So this is something you can invest in initially. And this paper re super small, old and super fine, which is very good for your brush pens because you don't want the tips off your brush meant to free with with time. So, yes, that's one option. And now the next one I'm gonna recommend its this its Rhodia dot bad. I will also quickly show it to you. So this is something you can invest in later on. Basically, I'm just gonna again show you everything that I'm using at the moment. Uh, you don't really have to buy everything. So this is something which you can rest later on, when your little confident with your letters and your a words, Then you can invest in this one here. This is, uh, a very good option in a very, very small paper. Brilliant for your brush pens again. So, yes, this is one thing. You can have a look at that. All right, So next what I'm showing you is very interesting again. So this is like a normal tracing paper. Yes. You can use this as well. On this is again. You know, the tracing paper. They're very smooth. They're amazing. And the brush men's they worked like magic on this one. So I really, really love the tracing paper. And also, for example, if you have some practice sheets, uh, they they're a very good option for you. You don't have to print out your sheets again and again, and you can use the tracing paper on top just like that. So, yes, this is one option on duh. This skin again is very affordable and not very heavy on your pocket. And now the next one I'm showing you here is from tumble. It's for lettering, I believe sketching. So this is a bridge to paper, and it's 1 £20 which is amazing. And, uh, yes. This is also an option for you. Next, I will show you a little more heavier paper. That is, uh, this one here. It's from cancer. Uh, Excell Aquarium. So But this is basically I use it for some heavier work, like if I need to blend. And also, I used the Karen markers here and declines as well. But yes, this is basically for some heavy work if you want to do because you can't do that on a 10. So, yes, that's about this paper again. It's before and 1 £40 which is great. So I really love working with this as well. So yes, guys. So these are all the papers that I used and I showed you everything. Onda again to begin with. I totally recommend to just buy this HP premium paper and get started. I hope this was helpful. Thank you so much for watching. Let's move on to our basic strokes. 4. BASIC STROKES: Okay, everyone. So we'll begin with the basic strokes, which are again very important. I know we can't. You just want to start right away and start writing, and I know that, but the basic strokes are very important, and they're like the foundation off all your letters. So, um, I'm gonna tell you some of the basic strokes, which basically comes in all your habits. And it's much easier like that, too. From letters, literally, if you know, your brush strokes. And yes, so that's speaking. I'm gonna use a carry marker to show you. So first up is 10 upstroke. So basically, you put less pressure and it goes up like that. So this is your thin upstroke, and then the 2nd 1 is take down stroke. So when you are going down, you have to apply more pressure like that. And these are two basic strokes which you're gonna apply to the letters each time because whenever you were moving your hand upwards, you have to apply less pressure and you have to be you have to have a thin stroke. And when you are coming down, then you need to put more pressure on make thicker strokes. So these are the touring warden strokes, and the next up is undertone. This Andi so ticked down, 10 up, pick down, tin up, tick down and 10 you know, it is even my hands are shaky. That's perfectly fine, because when you begin, you need to just warm up a little bit and then it gets better. Then you have your overdone, which is 10 upstroke take down stroke 10 upstroke pick down stroke. So, like that, you create your return. So you was noticed this enough of its like N m and said another infra bits. Then you have the compound curve rich, You stopped up, tick down and then So this is your compound curve 10 pick down, pin up. So like that And then also, this is another way. Take down 10 up, take down, take down, up ticked down like that. So, um, these are some of the strokes here and now to more important ones are ascending and descending Going to make a ascending look Now which comes in for example each 10 up Take it out, take down 10 up, take down like that And then you have descending loops. For example it comes in your wise. So you have take down stroke 10 upstroke. Same thing over and over. Take like that. So these are some basic strokes. 10 upstroke, pick down stroke. This is your undertone. Overturn corn punkers ascending loop on descending group. And one more important one we're going to learn is the oval. So you start here like this, Go down on uh and now you have your entrance stroke Riches like this. This is the beginning off all the letters, and then you have the exit stroke. I mean, this is how, in my letters this is my entrance stroke and exit stroke. For example, if I have to write in a it would be entrance, stroke and then oval and then one thick down stroke. And then this is the exit stroke here. So yes, guys. So here is your entrance stroke, and this one is exit stroke. And then we have Ridge in our letter, a just made out off the entrance stroke, and then we have the over and then we have the pick down stroke and find the the exit stroke. So this is how we are going to make all our letters. And so that's why the basic strokes are really important. Because then you know how much stroke you have to use in each of your letters. So yes, guys, this was so these were all the basic strokes on Duh. I would really suggest you to practice thes Andi didn't want toe letters. Now. Thank you very much. 5. LOWER CASE LETTERS: Hi guys. So let's quickly begin with the knowing your cred a little bit. So this is your great And this is where your letters gonna fall. You will see in a minute. What? I mean, so you have, like, these four lines here, Onda, Uh, this is what makes your grid. So here you have the x height, which I'm showing you right now. This is where the body off your letter falls. I will also give an example. Uh, you'll understand better. So this is the waistline and this is the baseline off every elf of it. And then if you're going down, you are going in the center line. For example, in your letters like why you're going down towards the dissenter line? Onda Ascender line is where you're using your alphabets like h. So yes, that's how basically what it is about. And I will also quicken. Sure, you using up in what I mean? Because I know I can get confusing at the moment. So I just grabbed upend the suspended Dutch I'm gonna use and I will just make So just to show you about the grid, this is your letter eight. So the body off glitter A is between your waistline on the baseline. Now we're gonna dio one that goes up on the ascender line. So this is your letter B. So it is going up on catching your center line and then lastly on then lastly, I'm gonna show you a letter. Why? So it is going down on your dissenter line. So basically, uh, this is how all your effort it's gonna be. And this is how you gonna use your grid? I just wanted to quickly show you this. Alright, guys, let's finally begin with writing our letters. So we're gonna begin with the lower case letters. Onda, uh, I will quickly break down in the easiest way possible and show you how we make letters using our basic strokes. So let's begin. I'm going to start with the letter A and, uh, you will see how it works. So we're gonna start with your entrance stroke. This is the entrance stroke and your over. And then you have your take down stroke and then exits. True. So let's combine all of these entrance stroke over, take down stroke and your exit stroke. So here we made an eight so once again, I would show you how I did that. Like that. So now, uh, this is how we're gonna make all the letters, guy. So, you see, I combined the entrance oval and the pick down stroke and exit stroke and meat and a So this is how we gonna make all our letters moving on to a letter B. So I'm gonna go entrance trope on the ascending loop, and then I'm gonna make a curve. And then finally, I'm gonna meet an exit stroke like that. So let's try and combine these now. So your entrance troll on and you are sending Lou and your curves and then finally exit stroke. So basically, I didn't lift my pen and I combined the curve in the exit strong. So showing it to you again, my And that's how we make a B. So go real nice and slow. And, uh, we're gonna make see no entrance truck Good and exits. True. Combining these three entrance stroke Who on and Exit Street. So notice how I move my Ben and I how I apply pressure while I go down. And how I lift my Ben when I grow up. So this is very important like that. So now it's more want to our letter D. So you make the entrance stroke and you are making over actually on. Do you make a sending you and an exit stroke. Now let's combine these four strokes entrance stroke, and then you make him Oh, not see. I will recommend making an over here. And then, uh, sorry about that. Sending loop on your exit stroke. So finally, uh, we're gonna show you how exactly entrance stroke and an over then and ascending Lou and your exit strong. So that's your d made back a mining. Four strokes. Now let's move on to literally eat. So we have our entrance stroke and you make the body off e and your eggs. It's true. This is how we make and E which is not very so basically, you see how I combine and merge the strokes together, That so that's your little like that. Next up is your letter If Okay. So again, begin with our and Winstrol and then we go ascending, um, descending together and your exit street. So let's combine these and me up down, um, exit easy. So remember not to rush. Just go really slow and don't forget to breathe. Can keep ready. So we did until f a B c d. Let's move on to our necks. Descriptive. Showing you here cold drink. No, we're gonna make a G grabbing into the color. Let's begin, minstrel. Then we make it over, then descending you and thanks. So, yes, I combined the entrance and over here. Sorry about that. But now we are gonna combine it in our second attempt here and make a G. Here we go. It's gonna be basically three basics drugs. Your entrance road. Sorry. Four basic strokes entrance and your overall. And then you're descending. Look on door exit like that. So yes, Yes, I'm just trying to show you that we need to separate it over here just to be clear. And now the next letter is h. So entrance stroke again sending you. And now we gonna make are overturned, picked up and your exit stroke. These are the four basic strokes again for your letter. Each combined them now and Winstrol ascending, you overturn and your exit. So focus on the transition. How I transit from one stroke to in a and pressure, then dry and mimic that. So that's a little h No, Next is letter I hindrance. Troll down stroke and stroke. Sorry. On the exit. So entranced. Role down stroke. And we'll make you I I just think that next is J and Winstrol Descending Go on a deal. Thanks. So these are the three strokes here. Interest, role descending. You found your hours. Try again Pressure when you go down and lift up in when you go up Impressive down on him So that's your letter j So and these odd letters So So the change of color again. Now I'm gonna make a little kid entrance troll sending you seeker. And then it's basically thanks. It stroke, but little wavy. So entrance stroke ascending you, your seeker and then you I'm like and it's true on this one again. Basic strokes together and then down. So that's how we make a K Combining these four strokes. Let's make it l now with again entranced Rourke Ascending loop on easy strokes. You can lift up your pen in between strokes. That spur. Fine. We knew starting out. Probably it's important to do that. Uh, then you have more control as and where you have to move been mixed. So that's one suggestion. No, I'm gonna make it after him. And we have to combine Jones in this so basically and one. What about that again separated by the pick down stroke, and then you'll happier overtone your or returns in your and then your exits. So let's combine on these by strokes to get there. Entrance. True down. Stroke on your overturned overturn again on It's true. Let's try that again. Enters. Do you see a transition transits again? You can lift up your been as many times as you want. How you're comfortable in writing so you can do that and meet villages and combine your basic strokes like that. Next, his letter in again. You just have to make the same strokes, actually, just with one less overton. Simple. Know that you have already Mediu M. So in one stroke down stroke and your overturn and exit stroke, let's make oh so always basically your entrance stroke and your oval and your exit stroke like so this is exit straw, but it's like in the opposite direction, so you make it entrance drugs and you are over and your exits. So let's try that one more time. And so they have two ways. Sorry, the one we are You can make it by combining three strokes. And I'm also to show you on this one just to show you this is entrance and over and then I'm just making a sort of you. That's generally how I write my own, but probably little confusing to explain it over here right now. So this is easier. You can begin with the simple and then you can He's experiment. So next is be in this vehicle mining these four strokes hindrance and the ascending going do and the seeker on your thanks. It's true. Now, here also, you can combine your an exit stroke with the curve. I'm quickly show you. So just like this again, the same strokes and you just denied have been like whatever looks good to you. The boat look nice to me. So now let's move on to our next letter. That is, que we changed the pending in. So, um, this is sort of making que with entrance stroke and the over and your descending blow and finally our exit. So yes, guys, this is basically how we're gonna make all our letters by combining the basic strokes. Now you see why I was saying that basic strokes are very important And are the foundation off all your letters? So it gets, I think, simpler like that to understand and make your letters. So that's Cube. It's make our No. So when are we have to do entrance stroke and then you have, like, a tick stroll doesn't come all the way down but stays there like that. And then you have a thick down stroke and an exit stroke. So that's how you in a combined these for strokes now so and then slight stroke and then struck down and your existing soon. That's on our the fund letter. Right. So let's make it snow. Yes, let's see which one we want. First let me show you to is how to write it. So firstly, I'll show you this one. So we go like a tick stroke. I'm sorry, the entrance stroke and then we make like this girl, uh, and then user exit stroke like this off. Let me combine it. Enjoyed do you? So we go like entrance. And then this s she on your combining both both on the strokes like that. That's one ISS and just quickly show you the another. In this time here, this is like a tin upstroke and then a tick down stroke, and then you're stroke. So with a little curve on dure, take down with again and who exit stroke. So, yes, you can make us like that. Whatever. You Okay? No. Next. We're gonna make a teeth. I love this live. So, uh, it's and Winstrol down stroke and it's him and also the strokes, which is gonna cut the take down stroke on the tea. See, it's let's combine all these on make rt like that. I love this letter to so that's a deep. So we are quite close to finishing our letters now and just, um, a few more to go, and then you will be done with Georgia lower case letters. So now let's begin with you. Will this change the Ben again? Grabbing green. So, um, again entrance stroke. And then you have your undertone hearing you and the take down stroke and your exit strokes of these other four strokes. You gonna use in letter you entrance stroke. You're underdone on your pick down stroke and exists true. Now let's move. 12 40. So these are the basic strokes in we. So we're gonna do, like, a pick down stroke, but not straight like that. And the tin upstroke. And then the exit stroke, the one that we made in Oh, so it's combined these and see how it looks. Yeah. So that's our letter. We now the next one is w So we can again, it's similar to yours. You. But you have to undertones and then the which is on actually here like that. So entrance stroke undertone underdone Andujar exits like that. Also, you can do the end of the way, which is on the 3rd 1 that I have written the exit stroke as written in we okay, now is X. So, um, let's see how we gonna make the eggs. It's the entrance stroke. Take down stroke and your exit stroke and then obstruct. So let's combine these down like that. Turned your tin trumps truth. This is one way to make X Are you can just It's do the same thing first, and you can make, like a entrance stroke and then exit struggling. I think this looks a little better than this. So yeah, you can see what you like. And it's good to experiment. No, are sick. And lost letter is why. Which is again? A fund letter, I believe. And this is made off your entrance. Stroll cure undertone. You're descending loop on your exit stroke like that. So it's combined these again like this so you can work with the picnics off Luke, Uh, can make it like that as well. So that's a little Why now is the last one. That's Z. So entrance, stroke and then seeker. And then it's like in bigger seeker on your exit. Stroke like that. It's combined these now and like that and come up and your entrance. Stroke seeker slightly bigger. Combine it with their exits. Drug. And here is your Z. So yes, guys, that concludes our girl Lower case letters. Uh, that was fun. I hope you enjoyed as much as I did it. Onda, Uh, these are all your letters and this is how you make each and every letter. This is really important to learn it like this on. Understand your basic strokes and combine them in me. Beautiful letters. You need to have a good handwriting to do. Have lettering. I hope you know that. So, yes, this is all guys for the lower case. And, uh, I'm so happy to share this with you all on, um, impatient to see what you create and share with me. I will be super happy to see your progress and what you learned from my this class. So don't forget to follow and see more funds houses in the future. Thank you very much. 6. Final words: so yes, guys, I hold these lessons were helpful to you. I've tried my best to break them down in the easiest way possible and explain in the simplest way on. And I hope they really helpful to you. So I've covered all the basics and the lessons I will be teaching you about connecting words and also the upper case in my next class. But this is all for now. And I can't wait to see your projects. Whatever you create, please share it with me. I would be very happy to see your work on. You can also follow me on Instagram for some inspiration are to connect. So I will be there. I have a dashed few of worksheets for you to practice on. You have a guy cheats on you have the basic stroke sheets on. You have one lower case alphabets, a disease, all of them. So you can start practicing now. Just bring them out and you get with tracing paper on top and then you can start practicing . So his guys, I hope you enjoyed my class on Thank you very much. Once again for watching. And that's you next time by five