Lefty Tips for Hand Lettering and Calligraphy. I’m a lefty myself, so I love seeing other lefties overcome the myth that lefties don’t make good letterers!
Lefty Tips for Hand Lettering and Calligraphy
Some people say that lefties don’t make good letterers, but that’s a big myth! I’m a lefty, and I know plenty of amazing letterers and calligraphers that are lefties as well.
A lot of people see the below photo or other photos with my hand in them on social media and exclaim: “Hey! You’re a lefty?! I’m a lefty, too. Please share some tips!”
I have some lefty tips within my Brush Calligraphy FAQs page on the blog, but I thought I’d dedicated a post them to make it easier for my fellow lefties to find. *lefty fistbump*
Before we get to the tips, I wanted to address the subject of lefty supplies, because that’s something I’m also asked a lot.
While there are some supplies on the market for lefties, I don’t use anything that is specifically designed for left-handed people. I use “regular” supplies and make them work for me.
If you’d prefer to try the lefty goodies, go for it!
And now, here are a few tips for my fellow lefties!
Tip One: Practice. Practice. Practice.
We lefties often just need to work harder at lettering and calligraphy! The more you practice, the more natural it starts to feel. It gets easier, and your lettering will continually improve. I keep all my old sketchbooks so I can look back and see all the progress I’ve made over the years.
Tip Two: Learn the Rules. Then Break ’em.
But it’s ok to break them and do what works for you. This is especially true of how you hold the pencil/marker/paintbrush (with the exception of needing to work from a roughly 45-degree angle for brush calligraphy).
People sometimes comment that I hold the pen weird. SO WHAT?! It works for me, and most of my lefty lettering friends have an unconventional grip too. Embrace it and rock it.
Tip Three: Adjust Your Paper Angle.
Your arm should stay close to your body as you work, so focus on changing your paper/angle instead of your wrist/arm. This also helps keep your lines less shaky.
Related Post: 4 Tips for Improving Shaky Lines
Tip Four: Use a guard sheet.
This is just placing a scrap paper under your hand to keep from smearing your work. It also keeps my hand from being covered in ink/pencil (like in the below pic when I didn’t use a guard sheet)!
Bonus Tip: Take an Online Class just for Lefties!
The Lettering for Lefties class, taught by my friend Lauren, a new to Brit + Co’s class roster. I’ve taken six of the Brit + Co classes and they never disappoint.
Brush Calligraphy Basics Videos
(See some lefty lettering in action!)