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Many of you know I teach a course on converting your hand lettering into a professional, sellable font. But what if you’re new to lettering and want to create a font? In this new monthly series, called Hand Lettering Style Studies, I will guide you through all the steps to create modern lettering styles that are on trend, with practice sheets included! Each month, a new video will be released plus *free* practice guides. If there’s a style you’d like to see in a future video, please leave it in the comments section! First up for this month: every hand lettering stroke you’ll ever need! Read on for the video + free practice sheets!

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Every Hand Lettering Stroke You’ll Ever Need (+ Free Practice Sheets!)

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Here’s a quick written overview of every hand lettering stroke you’ll ever need:

  • There are 8 strokes: upstroke, downstroke, overturn, underturn, compound curve, oval, ascending loop and descending loop. Mastering these strokes will allow you to create uniform, well structured and consistent lettering for all of the styles you create in the future.
  • Keep the same thickness and thinness throughout all of your letterforms for maximum consistency. Get comfortable with the amount of pressure you use for each. The more you practice, the quicker and easier this will become.
  • Pay close attention to areas that transition from thick to thin or thin to thick. You want to avoid any abrupt changes in pressure; it should always be a smooth transition.
  • Practice, practice, practice! These strokes will become fine tuned muscle memory the more you use them.
  • See you next month for episode 2!

 

 

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  • Hi Teela! I would love to learn how to hand letter ornamental style letters (I think it’s sometimes referred to as Western fonts too), here’s an example: https://www.designtrends.com/graphic-web/fonts/western-font.html and also hand lettered block lettering like this: https://templatetrain.com/product/angeles-sans-serif-font/ and a serif hand lettered font please! I don’t have an iPad Pro, so I’m not using Procreate, so if possible it would be great to be shown how to draw these fonts with pencil/pen/marker on paper. I’m one of your students on your font making course btw, but I haven’t started it yet as I’m still learning how to do calligraphy (I’m enrolled in a lot of courses by Loveleigh Loops) and hand lettering, so this new tutorial series you’ve created is perfect for me!

  • Hi Teela! Brand new here… I am using your Signature Brush with an apple pencil, but I can’t get the same wide ratio of thin-thick lines that your video shows. I also had this problem with the Flat Marker used in your Skillshare videos. My heaviest/thickest line just isn’t much thicker than my lightest/thinnest no matter how light or heavy I press. Could something be wrong with my settings? Or pencil? Any suggestions?

  • Teela, hi!
    This is extremely useful! Thank you very much!
    But I have a little problem: when I downloaded the file to Procreate it opened in portrait mode instead of the landscape one. Of course I could rotate the layers one by one but can I rotate all of them at once?

  • Hi, i cant download the procreate file from my ipad… is that normal?

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