How to Do Brush Lettering with Free Practice Worksheets. Download these free worksheets and get practicing!
How to Do Brush Lettering
Brush lettering takes some practice but it’s really fun once you get the hang of it. Using a marker or pen with a brush nib, you use pressure to create a calligraphic style of lettering. On the upstrokes, you use light pressure and on the down strokes, you use heavier pressure. I’ll demonstrate this in a video later in the post.
Practice definitely makes progress, so I designed some free printable practice sheets. I suggest printing these and trying to do them once a day until you are comfortable with using pressure to create the calligraphic lettering style.
Using the proper paper keeps your brush tips in great condition so look for ultra-smooth paper designed for use with brush pens and markers. My favorites are:
- Rhodia Dot Pad
- Canson Marker Paper
- Copic X-Press It Paper
- Watercolor Paper: Hot Press is smoother than Cold Press so opt for hot press!
- Copy Paper: HP Premium Choice Laserjet Paper
Holding the Brush Pen
You can really hold your pen however it is comfortable for you, but one thing you need to do is hold it at a roughly 45-degree angle, as demonstrated in the video at the top of this post.
More Brush Lettering / Brush Calligraphy Basics
- Check out my Brush Calligraphy FAQs post here.
- Read all about my favorite Brush Calligraphy Supplies here.
- Download the free practice worksheets here.
- Recommend brush pen for the worksheets: Tombow Dual Tips
Watch a Brush Calligraphy Basics Video here:
This video is a free mini bonus module from my Constellation Lettering Online Class.
Want to learn Brush Lettering in a more in-depth way?
- Check out the free hand lettering worksheets archives here.
- Beginners: Check out my Brush Calligraphy Guide and Workbook here.
- Intermediate: Check out my Constellation Lettering Online Class here.
Are you a fellow writing-utensil addict?
Check out all my favorite Pens, Markers and Pencils here.