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Dry Brush Lettering - How to Create a Textured Style the Easy Way

teacher avatar Shelley Hitz, Watercolor and Lettering Artist

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 3.

      Dry Brush Lettering Technique


    • 4.

      Alphabet Uppercase and Lowercase


    • 5.

      Next Steps


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About This Class

If you love lettering and want to learn a new style to use in some of your pieces, this is the class for you.

I recently saw several different types of dry brush lettering fonts and thought, "Oh my goodness, I love this."

What is dry brush lettering?

It's a dry brush look which means it is not going to have a clearly defined line. There are going to be some dry areas that make it look textured.

Actually, this is probably the easiest way to get started with lettering. But I have to admit, when I first started to research dry brush lettering, I could not figure out which pens to use and how to get the desired look.

In this class, I'm going to share with you the exact pens and the exact style that I created that works really well.

This is going to be a quick class. It is not going to take a long time for you to master this skill of dry brush lettering. I'm going to teach you the style I created for dry brush lettering, both uppercase and lowercase letters.

Anyone can do it. You just simply need to have the right brush pen.

I'm also going to give you my practice sheets. Feel free to use it to create your own style of dry brush lettering.

So what are you waiting for?

Let's get started and dive into this new style of lettering that you can add into your lettering toolbox today.

New to Lettering?

If you are new to lettering, I recommend taking my Brush Lettering for Beginners class first here: http://skl.sh/2lwvwWa.

You will learn the foundations of lettering, basic strokes, how to form your letters and be able to download many practice sheets. Then, come back to this class to learn watercolor lettering!

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Shelley Hitz

Watercolor and Lettering Artist


Ready to learn the art of lettering and watercolor, the easy way? I know what it's like to be a beginner. And I know what it's like to battle the inner critic. The fear, self-doubt, and comparison.

But, I have learned to embrace the artist in me and have re-discovered the joy of creating art.

Art can help you:

Relax and have fun. It's been an amazing form of self-care for me. Discover the power of color. Creating art can bring you so much joy. Create beautiful pieces you can display in your home or give as gifts. And so much more!

I'm passionate about teaching others and love seeing each of you have the courage to embrace your creativity and choose to create art.

In my classes, I will take you step-by-step through the learning process and cheer you on in th... See full profile

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1. Introduction: if you love lettering and what toe learn a new technique, a new style to use in some of your pieces. This is the class for you. Hi, My name is Shelly Hits. I'm an artist and illustrator and I love lettering. I recently saw some different types of brush lettering, fonts and I thought, Oh my goodness, I love this. It's a dry rush. Look. And so what that means is it's not gonna have a really clear defined line. There's gonna be like some dry areas in there, and it has a look that can be perfect for certain pieces that you want to create. And actually, this is probably a super easy way to get started with lettering. But I have to admit, when I first started to research this and look into this, I could not figure out which pens to use, how to get the desired look. I asked a few people on Instagram, and I just couldn't get the desired outcome. But I'm gonna share with you the exact pens and the exact style that I created. That works really, really well. It's super easy, and actually, I can create this type of look super fast, but it still looks supercool, and it's a great style toe. Learn and have access to for certain pieces. This is going to be a quick class. It's not going to take a long time for you to master this skill of dry brush lettering. I'm going to teach you this style I created for dry brush lettering, both capital letters in lower case letters. It's super easy to get started. Anyone can do it. You just simply need tohave the right brush pan, and I'm also going to give you my practice sheets so you will get to download the alphabet . You can look at it as you're practicing and feel free to use it to create your own style of dry brush lettering. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started and dive in to this new style of lettering that you can add into your lettering toolbox today 2. Supplies: Let's start by talking about the supplies you'll need for this class. You'll just need any paper you can use card stock. This is actually card stock. You can use regular copy paper. It really doesn't have to be any fancy paper for this technique, and then you'll need a rush pen. So I've tested a lot of different brushes and pens, and the one that I found works the best for this technique. Personally, is this pen tell color brush? I don't know why they call it a color rush because it's black, but this is the one that I like the bust, and I found this at Michael's. But you can find it online, and you might also be interested in this pen. Tell pocket brush. The thing I like about this is it does come with the refill, and so this is one you can try as well, or you can just shoes a water rush or whatever brush you have on hand. This is my Bria Reese water rush. I really like their brushes and you can just dip it an ink and black India ink any of these work, but if possible, if it is possible for you to pick one of these up. I do recommend this pen tell color brush. This is my favorite, but I'll show you the technique with all three of the tools and so let's get started. 3. Dry Brush Lettering Technique: Now that we've talked about supplies, let me show you how each of these brushes works with this technique. So I call this the dry brush technique, and I've actually labeled This is my freedom style. So I encourage you to have fun. And when you create different styles of lettering toe actually name them. That's really fun. But this is my favorite brush to use with this style. Like I said, this is the pen tell color brush and you're just gonna want to do fast, quick movements. So it's gonna be like a full IQ. So you're going too fast, quick movements. And I want you just to practice going down, going up, and with this particular technique, we're not focusing on fix and thins. So we're more focusing on getting that textured look and we're not Look, we're not thinking about what kind of pressure we're doing, what kind of stroke? So I'm still kind of using the same basic strokes, but you can see I'm just really messy with us. I'm letting it kind of come to a point at the end, you know? So I'm just doing quickflicks of my wrist and I'm just lifting it up at the end. And that's the way this pen tell color brush looks. This is the pen. Tell pocket brush and a lot of illustrators will use this brush. It's nice and portable. Let me just show you how this one looks. So this has a similar look. It's from the same company. And so this one also works well. It just seems like it doesn't get as much of the textured look that the color rush does for me. You can see it kind of fills in a little bit more than the color rush did buy. It will still work well for this technique, and you can kind of see this was the color brush here. And then this is the pocket brush, so there's just a little bit more fill in the black areas. They're little more textured. Look for the color brush. Think that's why I like it. But if you don't have either of those, just try a water rush. This is my Bria Reese. What a rush. I love breweries and I also have their glitter inks. Thes are really, really fun, which you can also use with this technique, too. But I like just using Ah, water brush with ink. No, that's another option. And so I just have this little container. I think I purchased this at Hobby Lobby, and I have some ink in there, and then you'll just dip it in to the ink. And this brush is a little bit wet right now because I just was trying it, and I cleaned it out. So let me try drying it off. That's the thing. If you use a water rush, make sure it's not very wet. So again you're just flicking your rest and this brush will still work. It works better if you like, really let it dry out. But I've seen different letters use this technique just with a water rush, and it works well. I find that I liked the pen tell Rushed the best for this particular technique would just use whatever you have on hand in the next video. We're going to go over the entire alphabet in the style that I have created the freedom style, and we will go through the upper case in the lower case to help you get started. 4. Alphabet Uppercase and Lowercase: in this video, we're gonna go through the upper case and lower case alphabet, as I have created for my own style. Like I said, I call it the freedom style and for creating your own styles. I just recommend looking at a lot of different fonts in the style that you're looking at creating, as well as just looking at other lettering artists and the styles they have. And then combine the things that you like best from all the different styles into your own . And so that's what I have done with this style. I looked at a lot of different texture dry brush styles in fonds from hand lettering artists, and I kind of combine what I liked the best into this style. You're free to copy it for this class, but I do really highly recommend that you form your own styles eventually with your lettering so you can really find what becomes you. And it becomes your recognizable style and something that is unique to you. So I'm just gonna use the pen, tell color brush for this, and I'm just gonna go through each letter. I'm going to go through the upper case and then the lower case of each letter, just so you can get the idea of how to try this style and that will be your project is to actually copy this style that I have for you. I have a practice sheet that you can print off in the your project tab. You have to be on a computer to find that just click on the your Project tab and then the links to download these resource is will be on the right hand side. So this is a capital A And so what I've done is I kind of just made the crossbar come out a little bit. That's a little bit different. Lower case A. Sometimes let this part of the A come down a little bit. It varies in this style. It will look different every single time. It's to upper case to be. It's kind of similar to what I do in my script font, but again, it's just more of a messy dry brush. Look, lower case be see, is just your regular See D I usually put that little loop on there again for this one. I kind of let it come down a little bit just below the baseline, and that gives it a little interest, the kind of angle, the eat a little bit. So it's not a Street e. Same thing with the F kind of angle that a little bit with the lower case stuff. I just bring the crossbar to the one side. This G. I didn't put any extra costs for up here. I just did this style here. I like that style for this font or style of lettering for H. I kind of did the same thing as I did with the A, so I let the crossword come out a little bit with the I. I normally bring the crossbar down a little bit, so that's not exactly correct. I just bring the lower case. I give up a little loop to it. You don't have to do that. I mean again, that's just my personal style. Preference. J Capital J. Lower Case J Capital K and Lower case care. Very similar. There's different in size, and I kind of just do that really quick flick for the K, and it gives it kind of a neat look. There's L pretty simple now for M I bring my first my first part of the M down, and then I come up and flick it up. So I actually kind of make it, um, upward turn like this and I do the same thing in the lower case, and that just gives it some interest. So n is pretty straightforward. Oh, is just what you think. Oh, uh, P and I decided to put the little loop on the lower case. Q. Although you could just make it a straight, you just make it straight down to, and that's where you can really decide your style on what you like. And I also I have made these kind of long are tall and thin. You could make your wide with your letters, and that could be part of your style. Let's go to our pretty simple with that s do a little loop there t you the and the W is a little bit different. It's kind of like the M, but the opposite direction. So I start high and then go low so it's more trending down. Whereas the M is trending up. I do the same thing with a lower case. W just smaller And so that is the freedom style that is my driver Rush textured lettering. And it is so easy, like this is so easy to learn once you have the right tool and you just decide how you want to form your letters for right now, I just want you to copy the style I've provided for you in this class. But you can also feel free to do your own style. If you already have your own style and this is the handout that you'll have in your member area, you can feel free. Like I said, just to copy this, just to practice it for this class and then, you know, keep experimenting and create your own style. That's what's really fun about art is finding your unique voice, your unique style and coming up with that for each different lettering style. So this is the end of the class. Now you have everything you need to start using this new style in your artwork, and your lettering pieces cannot wait to see what you create. Please make sure to post a project you do. You have to be on your computer to post your project and then just take a picture of what you created and poster project in the project area. 5. Next Steps: Congratulations. You finished this class, and now you have another skill as a lettering artist. Another style you can use and you can decide which piece that you're creating really fits best with this type of dry brush lettering style. Your project for this class is to actually write out the alphabet right out the upper case and lower case alphabet. As I taught you, take a picture of it and posted in the project area. If you would rather write out a phrase or a word, you can do that as well. But I think it's really good practice for you to write out the entire alphabet in the style that I taught you. And it just really gives you muscle memory as you're doing that. It doesn't take very long with this particular style. So that's my project for you and challenge you to write out the alphabet. Post a picture of it. I would love to see your version of the dry brush lettering and cannot wait to see what you come up with. If you enjoy this class, I would really appreciate you simply taking a moment to post your review here on skill share. There should be a pop up at the top of your screen. That says, Would you recommend this class to other students? Simply click yes and post a sentence or two about what you learned, what you appreciated or what you've gained from this class, and it would mean the world to me. It also helps to reach more people with this training. And so I appreciate you taking a moment to do that. Thank you so much for joining me in this class. If you love lettering like Ideo, you may want to also look into my other classes. I have a class on faux calligraphy, which is great to use when you don't have a brush pen available. If you just have a regular pencil or pen marker, you can do focal eager feet anywhere with any tool. It's an easy, easy way to get started. I also have my most popular class is my brush lettering for beginners class. It's a comprehensive, complete class. You get tons and tons of worksheets and downloads, so definitely check that costs out. And then I also have my watercolor lettering class. So fun. Ah, love, watercolor. It's such a fun skill to learn, so definitely check out those other classes again. My name is Shelly Hits. I would love to connect further on Instagram. You can find me at color my world Beautiful. I post daily inspiration as well as many tutorials there. And make sure you're following me here on skill share. Just click the follow button on my profile. So you're notified when I create new classes. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I'll see you in the next class.