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Hand Lettering Basics: A Beginner's Guide

teacher avatar Irene Khan, Hand Letterer, Designer & Illustrator

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7 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Basic Strokes

    • 4. Letter Anatomy and Connection

    • 5. Alphabet Practice

    • 6. Lettering Words

    • 7. Class Project

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About This Class

Getting started can be the hardest hurdle in your hand lettering journey. The array of lovely lettering inspiration across resources like Pinterest and Instagram can be daunting. Join me in this beginner hand lettering course as we explore the tools, tips, and basic exercises you will need to build a foundation for your own unique lettering style.

No prior knowledge or materials will be needed. You can get started with whatever you have available in your home right now! In this course, we will cover supplies and brushes (from Tombows to Pentels and more), basic brush strokes, connecting letters, and forming freehand words and phrases.

Click here to download your free lettering alphabet practice sheets. And get ready to embark on your hand lettering journey!


Optional Class Supplies *


Canson XL Marker Pad

Bee Paper Marker Pad

Non-brush lettering tools

Beginner brush pens

Alternate brush pens

* The tools above are ones I have tested and recommend, but feel free to explore alternate brands or use what you have available at home. Also, note that Amazon affiliate links are included above. I will receive a small commission for these supplies at no additional cost to you.


A little about me:

I am a designer, illustrator and web developer based in NYC. I love creating cute lettering and creatures who don’t have it all figured out and are ridden with anxiety and woes. You can check out my handlettering and illustrations on instagram @riniscreatures and find additional lettering worksheets, tutorials, and resources on my website riniscreatures.com.

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Irene Khan

Hand Letterer, Designer & Illustrator


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I am a designer, illustrator and web developer based in NYC. I love creating cute lettering and creatures who don’t have it all figured out and are ridden with anxiety and woes. You can check out my handlettering and illustrations on instagram @riniscreatures and find hand lettering worksheets, tutorials, and resources on my website riniscreatures.com.


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1. Welcome!: Hello. Welcome to hand lettering basics, and this course will be exploring the tools, tips and basic exercises you'll need to build a foundation for your own unique lettering style. You won't need any prior knowledge or fancy materials, and you'll be able to get started with whatever you have available in your home. So in the course, I'll be sharing recommendations on beginner supplies. Where will walk through some of the common and popular brush pens out there, such as Tom bows? Pen tells as well as recommended papers. After that will learn the basic stroke techniques you'll need to create a faux calligraphy effect, which you can achieve with any medium, whether it's a pencil or brush or brush pen. And then we'll jump right into drills where we'll do alphabet exercises and you'll be able to go through those on your own as well with the free set of alphabet worksheets have created for you. And after that, you'll be all set for the class project, where you'll get toe letter advice to your younger self. So one thing I want to stress in this class is that our goal isn't to create a finished piece because I know one of the hardest things about hand lettering can often be the simple step of getting started, since it's super easy to get caught up in our Pinterest and instagram feeds and just get really demotivated and daunted by all the really amazing lettering and artwork that's out there. So in this class are focused will be more on making sure that lettering is something you enjoy the process of learning and making sure that your lettering for yourself and lettering for fun. That said a little bit about me. I'm a designer, illustrator and Web developer. You can check out my hand lettering and illustrations on instagram at Renee's Creatures, and you'll find additional letter buttering worksheets and you'll find additional lettering , worksheets, tutorials and resource is on my website. Renee's creatures dot com. Okay, I'll see you in the next lesson. 2. Supplies: So to get started, we're gonna needs and paper and any drawing, writing or painting utensil. This paper pad here that I'll be using is called the Chance and Excel Marker pat, but you can use whatever paper you have available. When I first started lettering, I was lettering on Post it notes and printing paper, so you can use post its looseleaf graph paper in next cards. Printing paper, whatever you have, the only thing I recommend for paper, especially if you're using a brush tennis that you choose a paper that has a smooth surface . The reason that's important is because you know what the tip of your brush to get damaged or frayed from use against a rough surface. On my rough surface, I mean papers that have that greedy, toothy texture, such as drawing pad paper and watercolor paper. Another reason that you want to make sure you start with a smooth surface, especially for practices, because you want to see how clean your lettering lines air coming out. You want to make sure you don't have a wobbly risk, the wobbly arm and that can get a little fuzzy and a little tricky when you're using papers that have textures because you'RE Inc will bleed a little bit off the edges. Now you may have instances where you want to go for a style that would work better on textured paper because you want to make that artistic choice. But for the purposes of learning hand letter and I found that it's better to make sure that you can get clean lines and have good rest in arm control first. So again, this pad that I'll be demonstrating with is the cans and Excel marker pad, which is great for getting those clean, smooth lines when you're practicing and going through your drills, the only thing you have to be careful with marker pad paper is to make sure you're not smudging the lines, which can get pretty annoying, especially if you have the lefty smudge issue. So any pick out the smoothest paper you have available, whether that's printing paper or some sheets from spiral notebook and let's talk brushes and pence so you don't need a brush or brush bend to get started with hand lettering. So I'm gonna give you a quick demo of three different sets of lettering tools that includes at home utensils as well as common lettering brush pens that you can invest it. So the first set of lettering tools I want to introduce to you are ones that you already know pretty well yourself. A pencil, a pen and a marker. Any of those will be fine to go through the exercises in this course, next will go through the beginner brush pen options, so we'll take a look at the Tom both food hard tip, the pen tell signed touch and the core talk a brush cunts. And then, although through some additional options, including the Sharpie brush funds, the Tom Baduel tips and Pig My Brush Friends as well as the water brush. All right, so here's a quick demo of each of the tools will be reviewing. I'm gonna show you what the lines look like with each of thes and what a single letter looks like when you let her it. Okay, so go ahead and take out smooths paper you have available, whether that's printing paper or some sheets from a spiral notebook and let's talk brushes and pence so you don't need a brush or brush. Been to get started with hand lettering, so I'm gonna give you a quick demo of three different sets of lettering tools that include at home utensils as well as common lettering brush pens that you can invest in. So the first set of lettering tools I want to introduce to you are the ones that you already know pretty well yourself. A pencil, a pen and a marker. Any of those will be fine to go through the exercises in this course, next will go through the beginner brush pen options, so we'll take a look at that. Tom. Both food hard tip, the pen tell signed touch and the curry talk a brush pens, and then we'll go through some additional options, including Sharpie brush pens, the Tomoo dual tips, pig, my brush pens and a water rush. Okay, so here's a quick demo of each. The tools will be reviewing. So the first step we're gonna take a look at is the no brush set. So this is the tools that we have lying around at home or pencil our pen and or marker. So what the's we have in common is that lettering with um doesn't require any additional technique or knowledge. It's very much gonna feel like writing or drawing. So when you're lettering with a pencil, a pen or a marker, what you'll do is you'll first draw the outline of the letter, and then you'll go back in and fill in the thicker strokes by coloring in the thicker lines . These are great for getting a hang of the visual aspect that you want to create when you start hand lettering with brushes because it can often be trick you in your hand lettering with a brush for the first time to not really have the contrast that you want between your thin lines and you're thick lines. But when you start with a pencil, a pen or a marker, you can get the hang of that very easily visually so that when you're lettering with the brush pin, you know exactly what it's supposed to look like. Okay, so the next set that we're gonna take a look at is our beginner brush pens. The three that I recommend for this are the Kura talk, a brush pen, the tom both food, hard dip brush pen and the pen hell signed touch. Now the reason I recommend these specific pens is because they're all short brush funds, which have a very similar grip and field to your average tenure. Pencil long brush pens take more arm and risk control to use and can feel a little awkward at first just because of the length of them and also the longer length of the tips of the brushes. So I recommend getting your technique down with one of these three first and then exploring the other brush pen options out there. Now you will find that you do have different options for even these brush friends. Out there. You'll see that there are hard to brush pens and soft it brush pens, and people tend to have their own personal preferences on these. But I would personally recommend the hard tip for getting started just because thes soft tip is, um, a tip that you have to be a little more careful with when you're applying pressure. The heart tip. You can apply pressure a little bit harder when you're starting out, and it won't really create a problem. You'll easily be able to create the distinction between your declines and you're thin lines , whereas with the soft tip. You will have to play around a little bit with that and make sure you have kind of a light touch when you go with that. Okay, so the other brushing options that we're going to take a look at our the Tom Bo dual tipped brush pen, the Sharpie brush, the pig, my brush pen and the water brush. Now Tamela dual tips are a very, very popular brush in the lettering community. They come in all sorts of assortments colors. You have the brush on one end, and then you have a mark tip on the other end. So it's great for doing illustration and line work as well as doing hand lettering. And they're also water soluble, so you can use them as watercolors. Or you can use them in tandem with water colors, and you can use them for painting. There's just really all sorts of things you can do with the Tommo brush pen, so I say they're a really great tool to have in your letter and kit. But I would not recommend them has a beginner brush Onley because it's a little bit awkward toe hold because they're one of the long brush down. So if you're not used to the grip, that has a slightly higher learning curve than the shorter grip brush tens. And they also have long tips, which makes that even a little bit harder, and their tips are also fragile. So that's kind of the most unfortunate aspect of the Tom. A duel to brush pens is that their tips for a very easily. So you got to make sure that you're using proper techniques that you don't accidentally apply too much pressure and so that you don't hold your pan at an angle that's too close to perpendicular to the page. So if you end up fraying your Tom riddle to brush up in, there is, unfortunately, not that much you can do about it. So it's kind of it's gonna feel a lot like a waste of a pen. So I would say definitely, you know, take a shot at trying these pens out. But don't use them as your drill set pen or your practice sheet pen until you're sure that you've got the technique down. Next up for the Sharpie, there isn't really a huge learning curve difference with a Sharpie. The only reason I would not lump it in the beginner brush and set is because it just runs out of ink way too quickly. Otherwise, the Sharpie is a pretty great brush. Pinto work with it comes in a nice assortment of colors, just like Tom bows. And it also gets you this kind of cute pop art kind of look, because you can make very, very thick strokes with it. Compared to other brush friends, you can get this bubbly look or you can get, um, sort of a more fun, quirky look. So now with the pigment brush pen, this poem is actually very similar toothy beginner brushes in its grip and in the length of its tip. It has a very short tip. However, I would not recommend this as a beginner option just because it does have a slightly higher learning curve with switching from your up strokes to your down strokes. And that's due to thesaurus of very short and narrow shape of the brushed it. Okay, and lastly, we have our water brush, so the water brush is a tool where you can fill the tube on the back end of brush with water with ink with Pete with anything that you want to draw or paint. So in this case I have a water burst that is filled with black ink on. That's what I've used to let her here. So as you can see, the lettering that I've done with water brush has slightly more texture than what you see with the other brush pens. And that is because the water brush has a soft tip on this particular brush, and also because this particular restaurant has ink that runs and bleeds a little bit more so with water brushes. There are plenty of brands out there, and they all essentially do the same thing. You're you're just getting a tube that you can fill with your ink and paint your water whatever you have, and you squeeze it to get that to flow to the tip of your brush, and then you let her or paint with that soas faras brands go for water brushes. I would recommend pento, but you're welcome to try any of the brands that are out there. They all essentially have the same tool. You might find that you're more comfortable with the grip. The fuel in the flow of some of them. So definitely if you want to experiment with water brush, go and see what's out there and give one a try. OK, so that is all for our overview of supplies. So grab whatever paper you have available, grab your nearest pen, pencil marker or brush pan, and I will see you in the next lesson where we will go over the basic strokes for beginner handler. 3. Basic Strokes: Okay, Now that we've got our paper and pencil elected, let's go ahead and go over the basics Stroke techniques you'll need to practice creating a faux calligraphy effect with you. Handle it. Right. So I'm gonna go through what the's practice strokes look like with a brush pen, a pencil and then a patent. So this first exercise will take a look at this thin strokes and thick strokes. So we're going to start with the brush. Tendulkar talk a brush pen. And as you can see, when I go up, I create a thin line with the tip of the brush. And when I go down, I create a thick line with the flat side of the brush. So one thing that you're gonna want to keep in mind for your thin and dick strokes when you're using a brush, tend is that for the fix troop. You're gonna go lower with the angle between your brush pen and the desk, and you're gonna make sure to use the side edge of the brush pen, not the tip of the brush pen. And when you're going up with this thin strokes, you're always gonna go then with up strokes, you're gonna make sure that the angle is a little bit higher. Say, 45 degree angle, and you're going to make sure you're using the tip of the brush. 10. However, you also have to be careful not to make the angle too high because you don't want to dig the point of the brush pen into the paper, you know, and damage the tip of the breast, hon. So you got to make sure that you always have a side angle, but that your angle for your up strokes, which are gonna be thin, is always gonna be higher than your angle for your down strokes. And we're gonna be sick. All right, so that's how it's done with a brush patent. Now let's take a look at using the pencil. So with the pencil, you don't really need to worry about the angle that you hold it out. You can treat address like the writing utensil that you know and hold it at a comfortable angle to write, So getting your thing strokes with the pencil is you can see is simple. You're gonna draw that thin line straight up, and when you're getting that, Fisk stroke. You're gonna draw that thin line straight down, and then you're gonna shade it in to create Ah, thicker line. All right, so next up is the pen. The technique is the same with the pen and marker as it is with the pencil. So I'm just gonna show you with the pen. Here's they're gonna do the same thing. You're gonna do that, then upstroke with just the tip of the pen. And when you go down, you're gonna trust me the thin stroke first, and then you're gonna go ahead on shade it in. Okay, so that's it for our first exercise, then up strokes and thick down strokes. The only thing that you want to make sure that you come away from this exercise with is that you're consistently getting a high contrast between your thin strokes and you're thick strips. Your thin trucks should be much thinner than your thick strokes. Now, for our next exercise, we're going to combine these, then up strokes and thick down strokes and create waves. So for the waves, let's work through it with the pencil first. First you draw a horizontal wave with thin up and down strokes. I'm doing it in a continuous motion. But feel free to lift your pencil pen or brush at the end of each stroke. And then just like we did with the thick down strokes earlier, we didn't go into every single down stroke and shaded in to make it thicker. The wave exercise is really the foundation for creating hand lettering in a faux calligraphy style. Because if you can do the wave with whatever tool your using, then you will definitely be able to create a good contrast when you're doing this with letters. - So next we're gonna do the same with the pen. So the technique is just like what? The pencil. You draw the wave with thin up and down strokes. First on, then you go back in and you color in those down strokes to thicken them. Finally, with our brush pen, we're gonna go back to the technique of angling the pen and using the tip versus the side of the brush. So this time you won't start with all thin up and down strokes. You're going to start with the pen at the higher angle and create a thin upstroke with the tip. Then you're either going to lift or turn the pen downwards, and you're going to use that lower angle Teoh and the flat edge of the brush to create a thick down strike. So you're going to repeat that you're gonna go up, start that very bottom. Go up with a thin stroke with tip of the pen, higher angle. Lower that angle and then thick down. Stroke higher angle with Tipton upstroke. Flat side, thick down stroke. You keep going with that, then up thick down, thin up thick down. Then up, down, up, down. And you can see that I'm going in a continuous motion now, but you can lift your pen or your brush or pencil or marker pen at any point. Okay, so those are our two basic exercises that you're gonna want to practice and drill to create hand lettering in a faux calligraphy style. So in the next, Lawson will go over how you can combine these strokes to create letters 4. Letter Anatomy and Connection: Okay, so in this lesson, we're gonna talk about how to combine with thin and thick stroke technique. You've learnt to create ladders in a faux calligraphy hand lettering style, so let's go ahead and start with the letter. A. The first stroke is the stroke that connects from the previous letter. So that's a thin upstroke that would come in from whatever lottery had previously lettered in. The word, then, is the thick down stroke that curves up into a thin stroke and then is the base of the A, which is a thick down stroke. So if we break this down into each of the individual strokes, you'll see the 1st 1 is that then upstroke. Then you have the loop, which is a thick down stroke but curves back into a thin one, followed by that thick down stroke. So thin upstroke, plus the loop of the A plus the thick down stroke gives you the letter it. So now let's take a look at how to break down the letter B into Struck's. So we start with a flourish, followed by a thick stroke, followed by a loop that starts with a thin upstroke and then goes down thick into another flourish. So there is our first flourish from bottom to the top of thin upstroke. There's are thick stroke when you're looping the flourish down there is our loop for the base of the B. And then there is the tail flourish that comes out at the end of thin upstroke. So combining these guys, it's the thin upstroke, plus the thick down stroke of the loop of the flourish, plus the base of the B, which is similar to the base of the A. It's a loop with a thin up in a thick down on, then plus the flourish at the end, which comes up as a thin upstroke. And there is our letter B. Next up, let's take a look at the letter seat, so C is very simple, so it's similar to the au. Come in with that than upstroke that is, connecting from the previous letter in your word, and then you go and you take a thick down stroke that curves up into another thin upstream . So now let's take a look at how you actually use those connectors to connect these letters . So if you want to connect your A, B or C Any amount of letters in the alphabet. You're always gonna want to make sure that in between the letters, you go through the strokes for the individual letter and then you come up with that thin upstroke, and that then upstroke at the end of each letter is what connects to the next letter. So with the B, you want to make sure that tail flourish at the end, comes out as a thin upstroke, saying with the A, and with that thin upstroke, you then connect that to the next letter. So take that then up through, and then add the sea at the end of it and you can keep going. With this. You can add your D, which, if you look at the stroke combinations we've done is a combination of the loop of the A and the flourish be. Then you have your E, which is similar to a sea of your F, which is a combination of a big, thick down stroke and too thin stroke loops, and you can keep going on and on with this for each of the letters to practice, connecting your letters and making sure that you have nice even spacing between them. So you'll be able to practice this in the worksheets that I've linked in the description box below. For each of the letters, the sheets are provided individually. So you will be able to print out however many copies you want of, whatever your problem letter is. Okay, so now that we've gotten understanding of the anatomy of letters and how you create them with the basic strokes that we've learned, we're gonna jump straight into the alphabet in the next lesson where we're going to go through each letter of the alphabet individually. 5. Alphabet Practice: Okay, So to start, this lesson will be going through each letter of the alphabet. You'll see how the thin upstroke and thick, down, stark technique, as well as the wave technique applies to each letter. And then you'll be able to download and print out the free practice alphabet sheets I've created for you in the description to continue your practice and get your taking a nap. So first off is the letter A just like we saw in the last lesson. You start with that thick down stroke loop, just a tiny upstroke, thick down stroke and the tiny upstroke tale be start thin for the flourish thick to get that down, stroke based and then up then and down thick to get that loop back through with a thin flourish. See is our small than upstroke with that thick down stroke and then back up again D similar to be you get that base with the loop, just like you have with a, and then you start with a thin flourish and bring it back down with a thick dance stroke. Now that's completely optional with the letter B and the letter D as well as most of the letters that have any long senders or dis enders so you can add the flourish if you want to , but you can also just do a straight thick down stroke. So now I have the letter interest, like letter C. But you start with a thin upstroke on the inside, then letter F. Here's another fun one where you can add a flourish when you're going into it if you want to, and when you're coming out of it, just like B and D liturgies, start with that loop again, then up and make thes circle shape of the A in the BG base and then down with your thick stroke and then curve it back up with a thin stroke. And remember, you're welcome to lift your pen, pencil or brush at any point in this in between, strokes is always a good point to assess if you have the thickness or thinness that you want from the previous strokes, and to reposition your hand if you need to. So now, with the letter H again, we go into it with a slight flourish with an upstroke thick down stroke and then the loop. But you don't close the loop, you just come out with a little tale of the end. Now for I. You come up with a thin stroke and then straight down with that thick stroke with little tail flourish at the end. Jay is similar to the eye up with that little short half, then stroke down with a full six stroke and then curve out with the thin stroke flourish at the end. Now, for the letter K, you can bring it in with the little flourish again. Start with that, then stroke from the left end, and you can make that as long as you want. Then you go in that thick stroke, and then you would lift your pen for this one. Typically, for the top part of the K, you get that thin stroke, which you can actually do in an up or down motion on, and then you go back and you lift your pen again and you do the bottom thick stroke, which comes out and connects to the next letter. Then you have your el. You can attach a flourish, or you can just do a straight thick stroke next, dizzy and you can see with e. M. There I started with just that small short up, then stroke. And then I lifted the pet. So you can always do that for any stroke. You can always left the pen at the end of your stroke and then restart. So then I got that thick stroke down, up, thin, straight for the first loop of the end. So what the am I always like to make sure that you're coming down a little bit thinner with the middle down stroke, then with the outside ones. So just like that, just a little middle middle one, and then come back up with that lengthen stroke and down with the thick and then saying with the end, it's just like the embassy only have one thick down stroke. Then you have your oh, think of starting with the base of the A thick down than up, and you just blue about with the thin outer stroke that's gonna connect to your next letter . Then you have your P thin up thick down than optic down with loop and out que Think of a backwards P. Start with that loop. Then you get that thick down stroke and then let the little flourish tail out and with our then up and then thick down into the loop. Now you've got to be a little careful with the ours because you are coming down thick at the very top where you see the little loop and then you're thinning it out as you go to the other end of the R. And then when you get to that and you do thick down stroke, then you have your s, then upstroke thick down and then curve it out with a thin flourish at the end. Next is your teeth an up tick down and then just a thin stroke across next is EU. Come in with that, then upstroke thick down, then up for an incomplete loop and then take it out with another thin hot stroke. These similar to the you just make it a little more pointed at the bottom double. You think of two used together and similar to the M. If you'd like, you can keep it a little bit thinner. When you do that Middle stroke X, you come down with a diagonal thick stroke when you're going to the right and then you do a thin stroke when you're going to the left. Why thin upstroke thick down than up? Don't complete the loop like you would with a and then thick down stroke and loop it back up with a thin stroke. Z. Think of an upside down and, you know, thin up, tick down than up. Tick down and I make a little point and then curl it out with a thin upstroke. All right, so that is each letter of the lower case alphabet. So now that you've got Ray, BC's down, you can go ahead and download the practice streets in the description, and you will be able to drill through each of the letters. It's one sheet per letter, So if you have trouble with a specific letter, feel free to print out as many extra copies of that one letter that you need. I just drilled through them as many times as you can until you're getting a consistent contrast between your thin up strokes and you're thick down strokes. And, of course, do that in tandem as well with free hand lettering, as we've just done here, just so you can make sure that your drills are translating to the lettering style and the effect that you want to create. Okay, so now that you've got your a B C's down, we're going to jump in tow lettering a word in the next lesson. 6. Lettering Words: So we're going to start with the pencil, as we've done with the wave exercise and the alphabet. Go ahead and draw that initial thin stroke outline for each of the letters. So there's our view with a little flourish, a little tale that connects to her a followed by the tea. So now we're gonna go in and fill in those six strokes. So for the B for that long down stroke, we're gonna make it thicker in a shade in, up and down ever too many times you need to to get it to a thickness with a high contrast against your thin strokes. We do the same for the outside of the loop of B so that you can get the base to have that contrast. Similarly for the A, you're gonna get the outer sides of the loop and make them a little thicker. And then you're gonna make that big, long down stroke of the T thicker. So there's the word bat with a pencil. Now we're gonna do the same thing with a pen. So we start out with drawing that, then outline all up strokes and down. Strokes are thin. Connect the B two a. With that little tail flourish, extend the A into the T, do a little cross through the tea and then we go in and we're gonna fill in those down strokes. We're gonna make that down, struck much thicker, going to go in and shade, shade, shade, make each of them as thick as needed and then go and shade and fill them in. So here we're doing a slightly different technique than you saw in the previous lessons. We're just drawing the outline before we go in and fill it in, which is completely optional. You could just shade in the periods that you want thicker, or you can go in and draw the outline of it and then color it in like you would for a coloring book. So there is the word back with a 10 and then we're gonna go ahead and do the same with our brush pen. So here you make sure you have that higher angle and you go up with that thin stroke with flourish of be, Go down with a long, long, thick stroke for the B, then lift your pen or just turned your pen. Go up with a thin stroke and then down into that loop with a thick stroke. And then get that little tail the end that you can connect to the A. Do the A loop with your thick stroke for the loop up into thin, down and thick, and then same birth T and then cross through with a thin stroke on the tea. Okay, so there you have it. That is how you let her a word with the stroke techniques that we've covered. So go ahead and practice that with any small words or letters of your choice. You can even string two other letters that don't necessarily form words just to get that practice in there of how to connect different letters. Go ahead and drill through that, right. Whatever words sound fun to you and make sure that you're getting a sense of the style that you won't create as you do this, so your lettering won't necessarily look like those. Maybe you want your thick strokes to be just a little bit thinner than mine. Maybe you want the counter space, the holes in your letters to be a little bit wider than mine. So go ahead and use this as a chance to play with different styles as well as practice. Connecting your letters and creating words hurts. So next up is our class project, where we're gonna hand letter advice to our younger Selves. 7. Class Project: Okay, so it's time to put our technique, practice and skills drills to you. Snap. So for the class project, or than a letter of phrase or sentence of advice to our younger salts, this could be anything you want to help your younger self out with, or help an old you feel more confident or brave about can do a simple you can do it, or you can even use a quote that you like. Now, keep in mind that this is still a part of practicing, so you don't have to view whatever your advice turns out, like as a finished piece or something that's supposed to necessarily look good, getting the aesthetic and style that you want for your hand lettering will take time and plenty of trial and error. So use this class project as a chance to experiment. If you want to do it multiple times or redo it to create a finished piece or a card or keepsake, go for it. But for the first round, just let it turn out the way it turns out and practice. Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and do the class project with so for my advice, to my younger solve. One of the things that I would have loved to be able to tell myself in the past is that it's okay to be quiet. I was definitely dampened a lot in my childhood by how much the school systems and my family and just the culture around me favored extroverted Children and treated quiet kids like they had a flaw. And viewing quietness, shyness, meekness and all those sorts of traits in that way is a perspective of myself that I'm still working to change today. So lettering and sharing my artwork with others via social media and outlets like this has definitely helped me a lot in working towards feeling more comfortable with myself and being my best self. So I hope that in your hand lettering journey, you'll also find that it's adding something positive to your life, whether that's an outlet away from your do job or a chance to start that first bullet journal that you've been wanting to do, or something to motivate you to just do something nice and creative for yourself and take care of yourself. All right, so there is my class project. Now I'm even going to go ahead and just do one more, just to reinforce the idea that this is all for fun and practice. Whether you like the project you've created or don't. It's all part of the learning process, and there's always room to improve. So if you'd like, go ahead and do this project again. This time I'm gonna let her some words that I wrote to my old self at my first drop. So here I am. Lettering. Freeze. This is where you are now, and that's okay, because something that I I constantly have to practice internalizing, is just getting used to the fact that it's so easy to get caught up in wanting to achieve and accomplish something and be better than you are now that I sometimes find myself just kind of wallowing in that four text of not really doing anything because I'm so disappointed or like paralyzed with where I am now, and I don't know if I'll ever be as good of an artist or his calm of a person as I aspire to be her reach any of Michael. So with this piece of advice to my old self and even my current self. I want to say that it's important to enjoy the journey of whatever you're learning doing or working towards, because much more of your life will be spent on the journey and achievement is just one little moment. But the journey is your whole life. So whatever you're working towards, whether that's learning to hand letter for the first time, saving up to pay off loans or trying to foster better relationships with the people in your life, I think it's important to keep reminding yourself that it's okay to be where you are right now. Okay, so that is it for the class project. Definitely post your project in the class project section. I would love to see the unique and lettering you've created and see the advice that you've written for your younger self or your current self. If you ever feel like you're lettering, isn't turning out the way you want. You can always always come back to the basics, go through the strokes and the alphabet drills again before you jump back into lettering. Something all right, So go ahead and post your class project and join the hand lettering community help you guys have been joined this course and our feeling ready to tackle your hand lettering goals for more hand lettering, worksheets and lettering. An illustration, tips and tutorials. You can visit Renee's creatures dot com my website and feel free to drop me a message or comment questions and the discussion below. If you have any questions about your hand lettering, thank you so much for watching this course and good luck with your hand lettering journey.