brush lettering

I fell in love with calligraphy in 2014, when I was working with a dear friend who’s a wedding planner. I just used to run random errands (try saying that fast) like getting props at rental shops, calling vendors, doing some DIY stuff, etc.

One day I saw sitting in her desk a bunch of place cards with beautiful calligraphy on them. Do people really do that? I had never seen it outside of the Pinterest world. I was amazed by the precision of the strokes and with the flow of that handwriting. I asked who was the person who had done it, and soon contacted her to see if she would teach me her magic.

I soon was attending one of her awesome workshops in Laguna Beach. The beginning wasn’t easy – it was my first time using a dip calligraphy pen, I didn’t know how to hold it, how many times I should stop to dip it in ink… I was basically thinking too much. The beautiful thing about being a beginner – at anything – is the permission to be terrible and make mistakes.

I started practicing every day for at least 15 minutes. It was like a ‘me time’, a therapy. I loved doing it and I’m glad I stuck with it, because my strokes consistency got much better with time.

Soon I was a bit tired of the dip pen and started looking for brush pens to spice things up a little. I was HOOKED from the start. Although I still like the classic calligraphy pen, I love the organic and undone look that a brush pen has.

The principles are the same as calligraphy: little pressure on the up strokes, and pressure on the down strokes. Soft hands when you go up & heavy hands when you go down. Simple, but requires practice. When you feel like you mastered a medium – a specific pen/brush –, go to the next one to explore the thousand possibilities brush lettering has.

Practice, practice, practice is the way to learn brush lettering. Just 15 minutes a day is enough to make good progress – 1 week from the day you start you’ll be amazed by your hand lettering.

If you want to know what are my favorite brush pens & brushes – seriously can’t leave without them –, here they are:

Pentel Color Brush Pen (black and other colors)

Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen

Winsor & Newton Round Brush #2

Brush #4 (got a cheap one at Michaels and really like it)

Sumi ink

Hope you give it a try!