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Brush Pen Lettering: Learn fresh, modern calligraphy & lettering styles that stand out!

teacher avatar Nicki Traikos, Letterer, Watercolorist & Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Intro to brush pen lettering

    • 2. Let's get started

    • 3. How to use the brush pen and warm up

    • 4. Modern calligraphy letters

    • 5. Modern words

    • 6. Bold brush alphabet

    • 7. Vary lettering styles

    • 8. Monoline

    • 9. Upper case Brush Lettering

    • 10. Short quotes and sayings

    • 11. Thank you!

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About This Class

In this new brush pen lettering class, I'll teach you my personal favourite ways to vary your brush lettering so your work stands out when you post your favourite quotes and sayings on Instagram and social media!


There are a lot of beautifully lettered quotes and designs being shares all over social media.  Standing out is harder now more than ever! And let's face it, inspirational quotes are not going away anytime soon.

In this brush lettering class, I'll teach you how to letter using your brush pen but also show you ways to create unique style lettering to help your lettering stand out from the rest!  We will start with looking at a new option for modern calligraphy style lettering, move on to a bold, casual brush lettered style of alphabet and then how to vary your strokes and layout to create some interesting movement and make a statement with your lettering.


This class is perfect for anyone who is just starting to learn brush lettering, or maybe have some experience but are looking for fresh ideas to help vary your lettering style.

Our goal for this class is to letter with your brush pen, a quote to share on Instagram, that will help you stand out online!

If you are looking for dip pen and ink modern calligraphy classes, please have a look at my beginner and advanced classes here 


You can also check out my Waterbrush lettering class here

Join me with your brush pen as we explore a variety of lettering styles.

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Nicki Traikos

Letterer, Watercolorist & Instructor


First of all, welcome to Skillshare! I've been a student of this amazing platform for years and have learned valuable, new skills, and techniques that I use in my current creative business to this day!!

I love all things watercolor & modern calligraphy lettering related.  I work in a variety of mediums such as; watercolor, guache and acrylics, to designing patterns, working on commissions & even create tattoo designs! 

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I started my creative home based business,  life i design when I was 40 and haven't looked back!  This creative business of mine, has allowed me to stay at home to raise my kids into the independent teenagers that they are today!!  It's never too late to try, to do, and to... See full profile

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1. Intro to brush pen lettering: here, there. My name is Nikki. Trick owes of life by design. Welcome to brush pen lettering. Learn fresh modern calligraphy and lettering designs that stand up in this class. I'll be teaching in my personal favorite ways to style your lettering so that you can stand out when you post your favorite quotes and sayings on social media. There are a lot of beautifully lettered quotes and sayings on social media these days. Let's face it, it makes it a little bit harder to stand it when sharing your work and quotes and inspiring things aren't going away any time soon. So in this class, Michael is to teach you some really fresh and exciting ways that you can change up your brush lettering using a small brush friend and just paper. This class is really great for anyone who is just starting to learn brush lettering or maybe have some experience but are looking for fresh ideas to help vary your lettering style in this class will focus on creating a letter coder say, so that you can share on instagram and help your lettering design stand out. The lettering tools I'll be using for this class is a small brush pen and, in my opinion, the easiest tool to work with to create modern calligraphy style lettering as well as a variety of different styles. Lettering, too. Great thing is it's already loaded with think. All you need to do is grab your favorite paper and start creating. So whether you're a beginner or have experienced lettering, this class will offer you some fresh inspiration and ideas to add your lettering repertoire . Join me with your brush pen as we explore a variety of lettering styles, quick to enroll and let's get started. 2. Let's get started: welcome to class. I'm excited to inspire you with some fresh new brush lettering styles to help inspire your lettering design. So first, let's talk about tools in this class will be demonstrating primarily using my pen tell sign pen. It's a small brush pan that I love. The tip is really nice on it as well as the flex. It really takes a bit of practice to figure out which tool you prefer working with and what's best for your project. However, I will be using these to Tom both food pens, that I love this well. Don't worry. I have everything listed in the resource section of your pdf, so you'll have the information of the tools that I recommend for you. I'll also be practicing on simple printer paper. I find laser printer paper is really good quality, however inexpensive, so I can go through a bunch of it with my practice sheets and not worry too much about wasting expensive paper. So my lettering style is very casual. I tend not to use lines or grits, however, if you choose, you can use some Rhodia dot paper or some good paper and even using a pencil and ruler. Draw yourself at some lines or just free flow. It be really relaxed with this class and let your muscle memory start to develop and see if you can create some interest with slow and working against any lines that you may have put down. So as we start the class, I'll take you through a warm up, of course, cause it's really great exercise to do every time you sit down to start lettering. We'll also learn a very basic modern clear of the alphabet so that you can learn how you need to form each and every letter. But then I'll show you how to change up that modern calligraphy style and to create some interest in flow to your lettering, will also explore a really bold, cool rush lettered off a bit. But you can use to incorporate in your lettering as well, and I'll show you my personal tips and tricks to help very your lettering and create some emotion, depending on what words your lettering or what the staying is, you can really enhance the meaning by changing of style, and what ultimate goal is for this class is for you to be able to let her a short quote her saying That is very unique to what's being shared out there right now so that your work and stand out so make sure you download the pdf that I created for you because it has a few alphabets that you can use as reference as well as the instructions for your class project . 3. How to use the brush pen and warm up: All right, let's learn how to use our tool and to warm up for this portion of the class, I'll be demonstrating brush lettering using my pen tell sign pen. I really like that. It's a small tip, and I can create some nice, thick strokes as well as fine strokes with it. It has a bit more of a firm tip, a swell, but I will pick up a few of my food pens. There's am a soft and a hard tip as well, and I'll demonstrate some warm up strokes on this grid paper. This is Thea Rodeo grid paper, and I recommend that you use whatever you're comfortable with. So let's go ahead and look at how we hold our pen. So I want you to notice that my four arm is rested on the table nicely. I also I'm holding my pen so that it is pointing to the right. I'm right handed, so the pan actually points to the right of my arm. So it's not in line with my arm. That actually points outwards, because essentially what I'm doing is I am using the entire barrel of the pen to create thick lines so if I write so that the pen is on an angle and I'm writing with the actual barrel, which means it's the side of the pen. It's not the tip of the pen. If I were to use the tip to create down strokes, that's what this would look like. But I'm going to rest my pen in the crook of my thumb and forefinger, holding it on an angle so that I can press and use the barrel to create some nice, thick down strokes. Okay, and then, as we work up, will create some nice than up strokes. Now, if you've taken modern calligraphy with me using your depend, you already know that we apply pressure on the pen to create nice, thick down stroke. So again using the side or the barrel of the pen. And what I want to achieve here is just even strokes. I don't care that they're perfect again. My style of lettering is a little bit more casual. I actually like when it looks like it's in perfect and that it has been hand lettered, so we want to create some nice, then find up strokes, some applying very little pressure on my pen at the moment and creating some nice thin upward strokes just by gliding my pen across the page with no pressure whatsoever. Now your lines might be shaky when you're going upwards. That's okay. It's common with practice and confidence. You'll be able to create some nice shake free or nice controlled, then upward strokes. What I don't want you to do is I don't want you to flick. Okay? See how that's creating some inconsistency in my strokes. We will work with some personality as we go, but this flicking motion for right now is a no, no. Let's put a next there. What I want you to do is start the stroke and finish the stroke with the same intensity so that your line weight is consistent. Okay, so nice and thin consistency. So no flicking. Not yet, anyway. So let's practice some overturn under turns. So here's our overturn. So what I'm doing as I am creating very little pressure as I move my pent up on the page, and then as I transition here a the top, I will create pressure on my down stroke. So no pressure on the pen and creating nice pressure. So I'm really just making that tip bend slightly so that I'm using the barrel of the pen to create a nice, thick down stroke. I want you to notice how slow I'm going. So when you go slowly and take your time, you're able to control your stroke and create less shake and more balance. Let's work on a downturn in under turn. So nice thick pressure releasing the pressure and just gliding that pen up. So nice, thick pressure releasing that pressure and gliding up okay, again, These techniques are great for when we start our modern calligraphy style brush lettering and with modern calligraphy, you really want variation between your thick down stroke and you're thin upstroke everything else the way we style. The letter will be free styled. So we'll be able to add a personality and her own choice of style into our modern clicker. Feed brush lettering. Okay, so do a few rows of those types of warm up strokes. When I teach calligraphy, I noticed that those are really challenging for some. I'm gonna create some variation and styles of those. I don't want you to worry too much about what shape your old looks like everyone's are different. And for some people, for some reason, they tend to create more of a, um, teardrop shape when they're starting out what I want you to focus on again as a nice, thick down stroke on the left, releasing and creating a nice than upstroke towards the right Hi, so thick and then So these again, a great just warm up strokes toe. Help get us going now. Don't forget, we need to work on our backwards owes. So as you reverse it, it will become a little bit challenging. But you're basically going to start at the bottom with a thin upstroke, followed by a nice, thick down stroke. So this shape helps us to form the letter P. The letter B as well as the letter Q. Again warm ups can be rather meditative, So go ahead and take your time and really enjoy the process and controlling your pet and then some fun. We'll do some swells nice, thick down and then up. I'm getting a little bit bigger as we go, enjoying the process again. Don't feel like you need to be restricted with size. He wanted to create smaller practice strokes feel free. But again, I want you to be able to see my practicing another fund. Warm up to do is just some swirls. So practice pressure and releasing the pressure on your pen. Okay. Still start with no pressure building the pressure, releasing that pressure and stopping, but we do it in a swirl motion. Okay. Again making sure that when you get to the bottom of the page that your forearm is still rested on the table so that your hand can move freely. If your hand is hanging off the edge, then you really have no support for your wrist. Okay, that's it. With the warm ups, let's get started with our lettering. 4. Modern calligraphy letters: so welcome to the modern calligraphy portion of this class. What I'm going to do is demonstrate for you using my roadie a paper on a dot graph how to letter in the modern calligraphy style that we see a lot online. And that way you'll be able to have it for reference from when I show you something that's more modern and expressive. Okay, So again, if you're look new to how to form letters, you basically want to break down each and every letter. So when a is really the O shape followed by a stem, the B is our upper swell member. We want thin up strokes and thin down strokes. Call it again by our backwards. Oh, shape. Hersi is pretty standard rt That's our co shape, but a little heavy on the upstroke there at e huh? So with modern calligraphy, each letter is normally lettered this way again. When we had variety that changes notice, I add tails. Sometimes what I'm trying to do is create just very simple modern calligraphy lettering so that you can see how I form my letters, feel free to play this video back a few times, so that you have it for reference. Hey, so remember pressure on her down stroke and releasing the pressure on her at a stroke and see how much I lift my pen. So giving yourself a break so your hand and your arm have a chance to communicate. Okay. Remember again holding your pen outwards so that your pen is opposite. Okay, so that is our very simplified modern clicker fees style alphabet. And I will show you how to add some variety so that you can begin to add personality to your brush lettering and your modern calligraphy style lettering Price. Let's start with the letter A. So again, I angle the pen a little bit more to create more of a brush. Feel the bees. You can notice The upper swell is quite large. With the sea, there isn't really much that you can do. So I like to just express that outer tail there from the d, we can have some fun with as well there. Same thing with E. And even with the F. So my upper swell is much smaller than my lower swell. Hey, under G, I think I'll make the ball of the TCI very small and also create a large G. So what I love about the brush pen. Not sure if you can see that on camera, but the ink starts to fade out a little bit, making it a little bit edgier. I feel just really love that. So the h again you can see that I haven't really formed that overturn, um as much as I did before again creating some really nice personality. There's the I, the J just again, a very expressive, lower swell, and the K Maybe I'll even create something a bit more casual. Play around with the letter O EMS. I love cause you can really vary. Your overturns, you can see that are overturn is very balanced and even. But here it just it feels like there's movement. So that's something that you can do with your end as well. Our oh can look again just more stylized and fun and play around with them ran out of room for the P. There. You can always make that lower swell a little bit larger, que can expressive so amusing this side of the pen so that it is a little bit heavier and has more of a brush quality or feel to it can. More expressive are definitely gonna write a space here and asked, adding a little bit of a swirl t so even just changing the way you cross your t Are you c Can I make it? D. W is quite like our EMS. So again, if we change the way that we thesis eyes are under turns, it will create some variety. And so you can see I do have a little bit of a flick here, which is great because in this style lettering, that's what I want to be able to achieve. So creating very controlled strokes is important to develop your muscle memory and your lettering skill. And then you can get very playful and create some interesting letter shapes from there. Okay, there you go. There's a difference between our very controlled, and I feel like that's restrictive. That's making me feel a bit uncomfortable. And I feel like there's a lot of that type of lettering brush lettering currently being shared. So when you can get a little bit more expressive and playful, change the shape of your letters as well as even the angle. You'll be able to create some really great stylized lettering. So in this next video, I'll show you how to a letter some words in this fresh letter style so that you can see what the difference looks like between a more traditional modern calligraphy, if that makes sense to a more modern, calligraphy style lottery. 5. Modern words: Okay, so let's learn how to use our brush lettering, calligraphy style, um, alphabet that we just practise to create. Go ahead and turn my pages. Thinks I've got more room to show you what that looks like when you're actually forming words. So let's start with a more traditional style brush lettered, um, word that you may see on Instagram. I'm gonna go ahead and use the word welcome so it could add a little bit of bounce and some style Here again, this is a very basic way of creating some clicker for using her brush pen. But how about we had some personality? So what would that look like? So again, creating swells, creating more bounce. You can see that my C and might e are a lot smaller. And I feel like this welcome is far more expressive. It stands out. If I saw this on instagram posted versus this, I would stop to see what the caption read and want to learn a little bit more about that lettering. Artist. So what? I also want to point out when adding some new personality and style true lettering. You can see how have spread the word out of it. Yes, it's a little bit larger, but I've actually elongated how I let her. So my tails give me a little bit more space so I can add a bit more personality to this letter for two this word. Go ahead and switch pens. You can see what that looks like to, and I'll give me a little bit of a feel for creating a newer think. This is the soft pen. So let's go ahead and add some more space so you can see that I even exaggerated that part of the W really small strokes, a swell, giving myself lots of space there and elongating my tail. Okay, so you can see even the nip has changed. So my upward strokes are a lot finer, and I feel like again that's a really expressive, fun way to demonstrate how to turn your modern click freestyle brushed lettering and to more modern and unique stylized brush lettering. Peixe would do one more word. Perhaps. Let's do the word brave. So again, using my food pen, I'll go ahead and letter the word brave. Okay, that's still it looks good, but we'll go ahead and add a bit more personality. Now you can see that I am working a little bit larger, and my hand is really just moving on the page a little bit more and working a little bit more freely. Okay, so again, that's still really pretty. But if you want to stand out, create a little bit more personality, go ahead and play. So if you're working on how to exaggerate that be, this is maybe how you start to letter it. Make that upper swell a lot larger and the ball, if the be smaller. So continue to write that same letter over and over again. And let's see how much variation you can create. Maybe I'll make that a little bit bigger. Maybe I'll change the angle as well. Okay, so writing the same letter over and over again will help you create a little bit more style and personality in your lettering. OK, in the next video, we'll show you how to create some nice, just great modern thick brush lettered lettering. That's not like calligraphy. Adam 6. Bold brush alphabet: So for this portion of the class, I'll be using my food pen to create a really bold, modern lettered style using her brush pens. Hi, Let's go ahead and follow along with me, as I use again the side of my brush to create some really bold, stylized lettering that looks quite different to the modern clicker feet alphabet that we just practiced. Hey, so again you can see with the fresh pen. I'm hoping that it picks it up here for you on the camera. You can see that I've got really nice texture within my strokes. That's something that I love about the brush pen that we don't normally get with any other tool. K's aren't my favorite, but you can create some interest there. So again, it's just really bold strokes using the side of the pence. I'm not worried too much about my upstroke being thin, although there on the end it is, and it's really about being expressive. My p que and I think just a little bit more modern. Now I'm turning my page because I want the s to be nice and bold all the way across. So again as your lettering feel free to turn your page and make sure that you're working at the best angle possible to support whatever lettering style, not living that w Let's do it again. And even with her, why do something expressive? Si. OK, so see how it's just a more bold style brush lettering compared to our very bouncy flowy and I think is really cool. Modern clicker fee style lettering. So same tool using more of an angle so I can apply pressure on the barrel when actually hold the pen to the sides. You can see that. So I'm really writing with the side of the brush. Okay, so I've got nice, thick strokes that are varied in texture because of the brush pen. Okay, so let me show you what some letter will look like using this alphabet style. So let's use a brave and welcome again so you can see the difference when I let her the same words. So let me get my there's welcome and there's break case. Let's do brave and welcome again. So first will do welcome. So again, angle. And then what I may even do is decide to join those two letters because I feel like again it'll add a bit of interest. There's welcome. So I don't like the way the oh finished. There's let's do it again. You really have been joined The w e l. That's better. So I used the upper part of my Oh, to complete the for, to start the m there, create a really cool version of welcomes. So here is our clicker fee version. There is our find. It's just a more modern version of our brush lettering. Okay, let's do brave now. So you see for the first time what that will look like and see how I'm varying the size so again, just play around with it. Um, have maybe a little bit of attitude when you're working on this style lettering and make your tales really expressive. Change up how large your letters are and on what angle? Because if I were to post this on Instagram to be raised, I become like, Yeah, I feel brave looking at that version. This version again is very pretty, and I love the flow of it. But again, I feel like a more modern style or vibe to the lettering with this version. Really makes the word more impactful. Okay, so there's welcome and brave again in that hopefully a new a style of brush lettering to you, and we'll move on to the next video where I'll show you how to play around again with breaking up what letters you join, as well as creating space and elongating See you in the next video. 7. Vary lettering styles: Okay. So for this video, what I want to show you is how you can extend letters with space. How you Kenbrell ache up how we join letters as well as how we can mix upper and lower case lettering but also bring in our brush letter style with our modern clicker fee style as well. So let's start with even just the word extend. So I'm gonna work on really exaggerating my tails. There's my d got a little too big there. Eso I can create some space with my words so otherwise the word extend with look a little bit more like this. Okay, but again, we're creating space. We're not joining. As you can see, I do that here as well. So when you don't join letters, it almost looks again like you've hand lettered it, um, with your own personal writing versus a very controlled lettering style like we do with our modern calligraphy pay. So you can also get playful with their spacings. I'm gonna show you what the word playful looks likes. So I am writing on a little bit of an angle here and you could see I'm not using lines. I personally don't I like to use lines. I like to be free flowing, but again, if you need lines, feel free to use lined paper graph paper or go ahead and draw some lines down for yourself . Okay, So how do we add some unique style to the word playful? Well, again, let's try extending. So I'm going to extend and really exaggerate my strokes and make sure that I'm changing this size off my letters as well as you can see the A and that you are quite a bit smaller and creating some really expressive loops as well. Okay, to create some playfulness. So I haven't attached a few of the letters. Let me let her this one again to show you our brush lettering style, maybe even mix up some upper case letters as well as lower case. Okay, so there's playful again, using more of our modern brush letter alphabet that we learned me use the word that's do Greece such a randomly pick some letters. So again, I'm creating some just very thick strokes, not worrying too much about my up for my, um, upstroke as well and creating a little bit of some fancy flowy kind of like the feel of what we get from modern clicker fee. I'll do that again where I'm not joining. There we go. A little bit of an upper case t there so you don't have to join each and every letter and make sure that what you're doing is creating some small letters and in amongst larger ones as well again think of personality and breaking free from needing to be very controlled and restricted in how your letter spacing is Okay, So that's why I don't like to use letters are or any type of grid paper because I really just want to be playful. And on this when using his printer paper, have already used so much paper for recording these videos that I don't feel badly because I know I can use backs. And that is just cheap quality printer paper. Okay, so practice as much as you can and play around with mixing your upper case letters along with your lower case letters as well. So in the next video, we'll show you how to create mono lines with your fresh pen and how you can create some very thin lettering. And then how to bring everything together so we can work on a quote to share on instagram you in the next video. 8. Monoline: Okay, So for this video, I want to show you how you can vary your pressure to create monoline thin and thick. Okay, So when we're working on monoline, the line that we use for writing is the same thickness. Whether we are writing with up strokes or with down strokes. Okay, so it looks all the same. So that is a thin monoline. This is a sick. So again, I'm playing pressure on my pen that I'm writing with the side of the barrel. If you want, you could even turn your page to the side so that when you're writing across, you maintain the same thickness pay. So again, varying how we use our pen. And the pressure that we apply will help change and give us variety with our lettering. So if I wanted to write something like escape the ordinary, I want escape to kind of be expressive because I want to inspire you to change. But the word that for me is insignificant. But I can use my model line thin to write it out and create no some interest with my lettering. Okay, so that's one of the great ways that we can use our brush pen to create a variety and interest with our lettering so we can use it to create some nice, bold, thick lettering or some nice thin monoline lettering as well that we can mix within our quote. You can see how easily I did that. I didn't even rate it out again. That takes practice, right? So to get to that point where you've been just freehand, it has takes a lot of practice and a lot of years doing lettering. But again, I wanted to show you. So look at how interesting that looks. If I were to write it out, let's do that really quick. So this is just monoline. I'm not applying any pressure moment. Maybe I will. Here. We should have done that to start, so I mean, that looks fine when you look at that. If I were to post that an instagram, hopefully people will stop to read it. But I feel like people will definitely stop and take a look at this quote because it looks exciting and it makes me feel something. OK, so that's just a really great way that we can create some model lined lettering with our brush pen. And just to show you how much variety you can get out of a single tool, Okay, So in this next video, I'm going to just freehand letter some quotes for you to look at So you can get inspired with how to play around with all these different styles that I've just demonstrated to hopefully inspire you so that you'll be able to create some fun, interesting social media posts that will stand out. See you in the next video. 9. Upper case Brush Lettering: e wanted to give you an upper case reference for this class, so I thought I would film this quick section for you. Teoh, look at practice along with me. I just grabbed a rodeo pad that I had handy. We go is just a rodeo notebook, and it has a theme grid paper. And it's a really nice with paper that I like, Grab my Tom bow and this one's running out a bit, but I want to use it so you can see the cool texture that you can get when your pens a start to run out a little bit. So here we go with just a very simple, um, but fun alphabet for you to reference. You can see how my ink is created, that nice texture. I love that texture. So I'm gonna go ahead and continue to use it. So here's might be so again, you want to just create some interest with varying the size of your loops. See any letters that tend to be a little bit more simpler? I like to keep them simple, cause I feel like it gives a nice break between the letters as well, and I'm writing these fairly large so that you're able to see them on the screen. So e. This is traditionally how do e regardless of what tool I'm using for lettering, that's just a nice fun one. I will add a little bit of personality to my left to create some interest. G like to keep it a little bit more basic and shape and adding a nice little tail there at the end. H I'm gonna keep it just really simple, but create a nice cross drug there and again loving how my pen is running out h again, Are I Sorry? Very simple. OK, so that it gives your eye a little bit of a break, especially when you're lettering, perhaps clo church or poem And the letter k again. Just very simple. Okay, well, I guess it's invoked, but still interest right personality to our letters There There's the letter. L, um, you would do the same thing with an end. You can even create a longer tail if you choose if you like. That's nice and simple again. Next to our more curvy and interesting letters. The letter p and cue her a probably mimic my letter P and just creating a little bit more of a tail there. There's a letter us and t just really simple. But like the h, I'm gonna keep my cross stroke. Um, with a little bit more personality, you and there's the V and for a W. How about we mimics sort of our lower case and X will be nice and interesting? Why so very similar to the G again? You want your alphabet to go? You want it all to be consistent as you're building the Africa pay. So that's just a really great upper case. Um, off a bit example that you can work with in that way when you start to let her Let's do its due prince, as in Prince Charming her, maybe even Prince Harry. So there is our uppercase P. We're gonna break up our letters to add a little bit more interest so you can see how you can incorporate your upper case there about, um, let's do the name Jack. So again, really, simply, maybe we'll even add. All right. Fun? Um, upper swell there for the K. Okay, So I hope this upper case example gave you an idea of how to bring in some interest to your upper case lettering as well, and that you can practice incorporating some upper case into your practice, too. 10. Short quotes and sayings: So for this portion of the class, I want to show you some really fun ways that you can create some interesting lettering so that your lettering stands out when you're posting on social media. Okay, so those are some examples that I'll play around with. Get some fresh paper go stack of fresh paper. So maybe let's work on the word celebrate because I feel like celebrate can be lettered in a variety of ways, creating some expressive and fun style. So again, that's just very bold. Using the side of my pen, we tried you one more time here so that everything is joined and really bouncing flowy. So that's pretty fun. I think that it's a really fun, modern calligraphy style that you can maybe incorporate. But how vote we add, of course, a little bit more personality. What should I do with er? Let's do something fun like that case. Remember when I talked to you a little bit about using some upper case letters as well as Lower case to break it up? I still feel like that, Um, it reads really well, but again, it adds a little bit more personality and style to your lettering. It's a pesticide. How about let life surprise you? So again, I'm just gonna freehand it if you need to write it out first with pen, I meet with pencil story. You may be surprised, will do something more bold you. So it's kind of fun again. I've just used the whole entire paper because I'm really just letting my hand flow. And when I'm posting on instagram, I tend to post pictures of a quote at my desk or maybe with a cup of coffee, because I'm always drinking a cup of coffee. Um, so again, I don't mind that it is a larger size, and it's better actually to take a photograph of it as well came. Okay, how about we work on, maybe live a little and make a little bit large? And then let's make the A little really nice model lined and flowy crossing her cheese and leaving a gap there. Now let's fill it up. There we go. Live a little. I'm gonna do that one more time. Sometimes it takes a few times of lettering, words together to get a feel for how they look and how the letters work together. again. Freeh ending. That's the beauty. You can just do it over and over again until you get a feel for it. And this I don't think I would posts. I don't like how it joined the letters, but again, this is sort of my sketch. So I'd be able to let her something that's a little bit more finished. Having a letter escaped to the ordinary again because I really feel like there's a lot of great swells that we can use in our modern calligraphy style lettering. I remember playing around with the variety of, um, are thin and thick and how large our letters are really even put that here. Let's make a really large since we've got a large E there overlapping, it's fun Now. The problem is, they've got a swell here. See what that looks like not stop you this. But again, this isn't oppose. This is just to work out as a sketch. Actually, it's not too bad. I don't mind that too much with tried again. So one more time change my s. You can see I went over there again. Not a finished product. Maybe we'll go ahead, escape the over how far I start here we go escape the ordinary again, playing around with making sure that everything isn't balanced. Um and, I don't know, boring looking really wanted to be interesting. Thanks a lot. He might be a fun one. Todo turn my page They want expressive us And then see how I just used the tail of the S to cross the t. And again working fast in that brush lettering style. So the words say lovey doesn't actually have a lot of swells that we can play around with. So I feel like that might be a really nice way to letter. Say, Levy, if I were to try to do a little bit more calligraphy style, perhaps it will look a little bit more like like that. Okay, not a fantastic Read the letter again because there isn't a lot that you can play around with what we do. One more. How about we, um, to keep it simple? Keep it simple, I think might be nice to dio. So when you have a double letter, sometimes just making one a little bit larger or smaller than the other can add a little bit of interest I guess it is rather insignificant, but it can just add a little bit of space. And I would lettering here, so keep it simple if I wanted to something a little bit different, maybe more of our fresh lettered style and maybe something ironic because instead of keeping were simple, we're going to make it a little bit more flowy. So rather than writing up the words simple simply, we're gonna create a little bit more flowy style. That's an idea for the last example. I want to show you how to add some model line with some flowing as well. So I'm gonna do again, encouraging. So I'm thinking of Instagram, right? Keep going. Okay. So keep going. It's on your lettering journey, thinking a little bit more about how I want my letters to look. Here we go. So again, really bold monoline keep an expressive spread out going. Hey, another one. Let's dio, I'm perfectly in perfect again, not joining very money. Let's join those two so there's perfectly and then it's trying to make it in perfect so that it still goes. There we go could be a bit straighter, but again, so see how we incorporate it a little bit of are more expressive brush lettering style with this nice monoline lettering as well. One more and then we're gonna wrap it up. Um, how about enjoy it all. So let's do something that's quite playful again. Getting nice and large enjoy. And then it into lower case here. Uh huh, period. So there you go. So there are some really great ways that you can add style and personality to your lettering so that you can stand out on Instagram when you're posting quotes and things that you're working on to help stand out on social media. See you in the next video. 11. Thank you!: Thank you so much for joining me with this small brush lettering class. I hope you've been inspired and have learned a few different ways to stylized your lettering so that you can stand out on social media. Remember to go ahead and share your class project with me. Take me on Instagram at life I define so I can share my stories with my followers as well. And as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to message me directly and let me know what it is that you'd like. Tell their next or maybe what you're having difficulty with in your new the lettering. Check out my depend Modern calligraphy classes as well as my water fresh class. And if you're looking to digitize, I also have a class showing you my step by step process to digitize your Metarie. So thank you again for taking this class with me. Good luck with your practice