Beginner Handlettering Practice Challenge: December 2018 #letteringkindnesschallenge

Hey Friends!

I wanted to quickly share with you a lettering challenge that I am hosting for December and my lettering post for day 1! For a while I’ve gotten requests from viewers wanting a lettering challenge to follow along with. I honestly wasn’t sure about it because I’ve never actually been able to stick to a daily lettering challenge, but I decided that this would be a fun way to practice, encourage each other and share your work as you use the hashtag over on Instagram! I teamed up with a lettering friend of mine Sarah from Ensign Insights here on IG and YT to bring you all the #letteringkindnesschallenge. 


I’d love to see your work and the easiest way to share is over on Instagram, but you definitely don’t have to have Instagram to join in! Print out this lettering prompt or screenshot it to your phone and use it to give you some directed practice this month! If you’d like to get future lettering practice prompts sent to your email, make sure to sign up for our email list here!

So I hope that you will join in the lettering kindness challenge! I will be posting my entries daily on Instagram and a weekly compilation video on youtube! Also, Let me know if you’d like to see the videos in realtime or if you prefer them a bit sped up! And make sure to find Sarah and I on Instagram for more details about some fun challenge extras we’re doing over there! 


I hope you have fun with this challenge and I can’t wait to see your practice! Happy Lettering!

Bullet Journal Ideas: September BUJO Flip Through

Hey Friends!

It is the last day of September and I realized that I have not shared the photos of my September Bullet Journal… so I’m claiming better-late-than-never and sharing with you today! Thankfully, this theme is very fall-friendly and in typical How To Handletter fashion, it’s all very simple & comes together quickly! So you still have plenty of time to use any of these ideas for your October or November Bullet Journal Layout!

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 For September’s layout, I only used a few products. I used a pencil to plan things out and then went over them with my either my watercolors or my black Papermate Flair Pen. I wanted to use watercolors because I was testing out my new journal  that I shared in this video.  I knew the pages were thick, but I was surprised with just how much liquid they could handle! They did great using watercolors!

For September’s layout, I only used a few products. I used a pencil to plan things out and then went over them with my either my watercolors or my black Papermate Flair Pen. I wanted to use watercolors because I was testing out my new journal that I shared in this video. I knew the pages were thick, but I was surprised with just how much liquid they could handle! They did great using watercolors!

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I hope that gives you some inspiration for some simple bullet journal layouts! Check out this video if you’d like to see September’s layout and some new products that I purchased for journaling (Bible & Bullet Journaling!).

New Tombow Pens & VIP Club Unboxing!

Hey Friends!

I recently purchased the new Tombow VIP Club Box and wanted to share it with you! I knew this box would sell out quickly because they were offering a brand new product… Fudenosuke Pens in COLORS! Here’s a little overview of what was in the box!

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  1. Tombow Fudenosuke Pens (COLORS - 10 pack): These pens are the beloved hard-tipped fudenosuke pens and are great for a pen that does not fray easily! The tips are firm yet flexible, so you can get varying degrees of thickness while still maintaining control a little bit easier than with larger and more flexible brush pens. The colors are beautiful & bright! I can’t wait to play around with them some more!

  2. Linen Dot Grid Journal: I had a few issues with the pages in my Dot Grid Journal (see video below if you want a walk-through!), but overall this is a great little journal! The pages are somewhat smooth, but not as smooth as marker paper so I will likely save this for my less-delicate brush pens! The pages are a cool toned bright white (as opposed to a warm/yellow tinted page), which is definitely my preference for journals! I did have a little bit of bleed through with certain pens, but overall it held up really great. You can check out this video for a closer example!

  3. 3 Pack of Tombow MONO Drawing Pens: These were a new product to me and I loved them! They write very nicely and the body is a nice size (which doesn’t seem like it would be a big deal, but for me, it’s hard to have nice handwriting with certain shaped pens!).

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Overall, I was super happy with this box! I love that the VIP Club box is always such a great deal. The first one that I purchased had a product that was $30 all by itself, so it was like getting 2 extras for free! Let me know if you were able to snag one & if you will be purchasing these new Tombow Fudenosuke Colors!

And make sure to check out my Simplified Lettering Beginner Bundle here for worksheets that have a small brush pen sized option - perfect for the new Tombow Fudenosuke Colors!

Simplified Handlettering for Beginners - Worksheet Launch + 50% off Sale!

Hey Friends! 

I wanted to let you all know about my newest worksheet set: Simplified Lettering for Beginners Bundle, that just launched and is currently 50% off! 

Simplified Lettering for Beginners

What is a simplified lettering bundle? Well, I'll give you the quick rundown: 

- A simplified modern hand lettered style created to combine the beauty of hand lettering with a simplicity that is perfect for beginners! 
- 2 Different sizes of worksheets to ensure that you can use many different sizes and style brush pens (large size worksheets for pens like Tombow & Crayola Markers and small size for pens like Pentel Touch & Tombow Fudenosuke). 
- Upper Case & Lower Case included (so that's 4 different alphabets!)
- Drills worksheets in both sizes! 
- 50+ Common Practice Words in both sizes!

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There is a lot more to it and if you're interested in knowing exactly why I created these and what differences that I made to make them simplified - click to watch the video that I made explaining all of the amazing details & showing off this worksheet set! 

As you can see, this printable workbook is PACKED full of all of the things that I wish I had when I was learning hand lettering! And because it's a digital download, you can continue to print it over and over until you're ready to venture into your own freestyle hand lettering! 

Because it's launch weekend, this worksheet set is on sale for 50% off through Friday, April 27 at midnight CST. To purchase these worksheets,

I can't wait to see these in action! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @howtohandletter and tag me in your lettering practice photos! 

Lettering Supplies Haul & Reviews

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Hey Friend!

Thanks for joining me here (on the blog!). If you're interested in keeping up with me more, make sure to sign up for my email list here. But back to the pen haul... Time stamps included so that you can skip around if needed! 

0:20 - Crayola Gel Markers // You might remember that I tried to buy a large pack of Crayola Markers so that I could try these out. Most of them didn't seem to work well, but I wanted to like them so bad so I tried a pack of JUST the gel markers, hoping there would be more bright ones!

Pros: The yellow, light blue & pink are great! Writing with Crayola markers is so fun! 
Cons: The other colors are dull considering the pack claims "bright colors on dark paper". The white was dried out in 2 of my packs! 

Good to know: I received a comment from someone (sorry, I can't remember who/where!) saying that they had the same issue and contacted Crayola, who sent them a new one and it was great! I haven't tried, but thought I'd pass along the info! 

1:21 - Unruled. Notebook // Unruled sent me this notebook as a gift (*not sponsored) to try out and I honestly love it! I'm not 100% if they're still selling them, but I have reached out to them to make sure & I'll update here when I find out! 

 Pros: So many! 
- The paper is super smooth. Not quite as smooth as marker paper, but I feel comfortable using my brush pens on it!
- The paper is perforated so you can rip your pages out easily.
- The pages feel thick & very high quality. I didn't notice any bleeding and I used a very heavy marker (Zig Art & Graphic Marker) as my first tester. 
Cons: It's no longer available on amazon (for all of you amazon prime lovers!), but I'm going to add an alert so I will try to update if it ever comes back in stock! 

1:54 - Zig Art & Graphic Twin // I tried to like this one since it looks so similar to the Tombow Dual Tip and you all know that I LOVE my Zig brushables. But... 

Pros: TBD. ;) (I'll have to do some more practice & let you know!)
Cons: Doesn't write smoothly and catches on the paper. It kind of reminds me of a copic marker. 

2:08 - Tombow Dual Brush Pen // (Pastels, Galaxy, Advanced Lettering Set) // I've reviewed Tombows a lot so I won't get too far into how the pen writes, etc. These are a multiple time repurchase, so that's a sure sign of a winner! 

Pastel Set: These are very Easter-esque. If you are a pastels fan, the colors are really beautiful! If not, maybe go for the Galaxy! 
Galaxy Set: I surprised myself with how much I loved this set! The colors are so bold! I love the green & purple. They are the perfect bright without being too bright. The downside? I still can't figure out how to create a galaxy! :) 
Advanced Lettering Set: This was definitely a test-to-show-you-all type of purchase. The colors were pretty, but it's a pretty expensive set if you don't have a coupon (I got mine at Hobby Lobby). I was expecting the lettering guide to be something to help you practice, but it was really just a piece of paper pointing out different types of lettering. The mono twin permanent marker is a fun pen, but it's very heavy and I found it to bleed a lot. It not only bled around the edges of my stroke on regular paper, but it bled through a few pages. It seems like a great drawing pen, I just wouldn't use it in my bullet journal for fear of bleeding through. I wasn't able to try the pencil and the eraser is great (but was not a new product to me). Overall, unless you specifically want the colors listed in this pack, I'd probably just go for the individual pieces to save money. 

4:25 - 3 Pack Dot Grid Notebooks // These are my new Bullet Journals! I love them. They remind me of my moleskine journals, yet are SO inexpensive. I also love that they have dots on the front because I have big hopes of decorating the fronts of these and the dot grids always help keep things even! The downside, they come shrink wrapped and there were slightly bent edges on each of mine. To me, it was worth the savings in money considering that these types of notebooks typically get beat up after the first couple of uses anyway. 

4:29 - Marvy Uchida LePen // I recently tried these because I love y Marvy Uchida Colorin Markers & the colors just can't be beat. Well, these did not disappoint!

Pros: I love the colors and they write so nicely. You know how some pens just make your handwriting better? And others make them difficult no matter how hard you try? Well, these ones just make it easy to write for me! I'm sure this varies based on people's preferences, but for me these were a big win! I am hoping to order the entire pack soon! 
Cons: They're pretty expensive. 

4:43 - Zebra Funwari Brush Pen // These pens remind me of a combination between the Pentel Touch Pen & the Tombow Fudenosuke. I love it! I can't wait to try more colors!

Pros: Great for beginners (IMO) because of the short nib that's easier to control. 
Cons: There are no pastels (that I can find!). Is it just impossible to make this style of pen in muted color tones?! Maybe so. 

4:55 - Sailor Brush Pen // This brush pen is so fine that it's hard to tell it's even a brush pen. I showed an example of an up vs. downstroke in the video, but you may not even notice because they hardly look different. I like writing with this marker, but I wouldn't say that I'd go out of my way to buy it again unless you are really looking for some small detailed brush lettering. 

5:07 - Zig Waterbrush // I love water brushes! This was a great set and may be great for painting, but for handlettering I would only really recommend the Small. The small worked really well and I got great results! As you can see in the video, the medium and the large are really similar to each other and write really largely. The wider brush I got specifically for swatching colors, so for that reason I love it, but it doesn't suit the style of lettering that I do. I did buy these individually, so I'd probably repurchase the small if I needed to or couldn't find the Aquash in small (which is hard to find at times). 

5:38 - Tomoe River Paper // This paper came recommended for dip pen lettering! It is very smooth, but was a bit of a learning curve for me as I'm used to a more textured paper for this type of lettering. However, it's amazing for brush lettering and the more I use it with my dip pen, the more I am liking it. The downside is how delicate it is. As you can see in the video, just a quick pull on it crinkles the paper, almost like tissue paper. This is a beautiful paper, but just be very gentle with it! 

5:51 - Calligraphy Pen (Marbled Straight Holder, Cork Holder, Paint Your Own Holder) // These are an experiment! I've mentioned that one of my goals is to practice more dip pen lettering. I'm trying to figure out which pens are the easiest for me. So far, the cork straight holder is one of my favorites. This is honestly just a personal preference. One thing that I plan to try next is a larger holder which will help me to loosen up how tight I hold my pen. 

6:00 - Higgins Eternal Black Ink // Again, these are a bit of an experiment but so far I am really liking how this ink writes! I have tried walnut inks (which are many people's favorites) and while they write nicely, I really prefer a dark black ink. 

And that is it for today! Let me know if you have any questions! 

 

 

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My Creative Goals for 2018

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We are while into January and I've shared a few of my creative goals for the year on Instagram, but I wanted to chronicle them here as well for a couple of reasons. First, for myself, because 12 months is a long time and I can easily forget the things I set out to do if I don't make a strategic action plan to not forget them. And secondly, because maybe a few of you will be inspired to join me in some of these ventures. Like Lara Casey, I don't believe that there is anything magical about January 1st. While I love the new year because it's a chance at a fresh start, we can have a fresh start any day. So no matter when you're reading this, don't be afraid to just start. 

Onto the goals (in no particular order): 

1. Practice more with a dip pen & ink while memorizing my weekly Scripture verses. 

This has been on my list of goals for a while. While I don't typically practice traditional calligraphy, I love using a dip pen & ink for my small, modern-sized bouncy style lettering. (It's one of the most beautiful ways to letter Scriptures, lyrics, vows or anything wordy & romantic.) But the fact is, I get so many questions about brush lettering that I end up spending most of my time using brush pens. So, I've decided to combine practicing my dip pen lettering with another goal of mine, to memorize 1 Scripture per week. I'm only on week 2, but I've been documenting and sharing my journey a bit. If you want to follow along, follow the hashtag #letteringtomemorize on Instagram. I'd love to have you join me! 

2. Learn how to paint loose florals with watercolors. 

Can we make a more specific goal?! Ha. But seriously, a key part in actually meeting your goals is to have clear focus and direction, so you don't waste time on things that aren't important to you. I have wanted to paint loose florals for a long time, but friends, I'm an awful painter. Really, I've tried.

I purchased this book when it first came out, but there isn't much in it on florals so I hadn't felt motivated to begin. For some reason, there seems to be a lack in online education on the specific type of loose florals that I see & love. I thought, maybe it's just one of those things that is hard to teach unless you have a foundation in watercolor fine art, so I decided that I'm just going to give it my all and work through the watercolor book as it's meant to be done. And hopefully this foundation will help me to be able to create the loose florals that I'm dreaming of. I'll let you know. If you want to follow along with this journey, you can follow the hashtag #HTHLlearnstopaint on Instagram.

3. Letter more for fun. 

This one is pretty obvious. I need to make sure that I'm finding time to letter for fun, because that's how I learn new things. If I'm constantly teaching things that I already know how to do or always do a certain way, I will miss out on the chance to evolve and grow as an artist. And friends, I don't want that for you or for me. A few of my goals are brand new things I've never done (or am terrible at), but I know that we grow through pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones and trying new things. So "fun art" time is going to become a regularly scheduled thing over here. 

4. Paint a Bible. 

This is the goal that inspired this post, because to be totally honest, I really don't have time to do this right now. I knew that if I didn't write it down somewhere, that I would forget before the year is over so I am committing to it now. 

Have you seen those beautifully painted Bibles? Some have landscapes, some have florals, some have skies and oceans and they are all beautiful. I would love to try this (definitely going to find some old hardcover books to practice on first, though) and I have an idea for one that is like nothing I've ever seen. I'm so excited, but like I said, don't really have the time to work on this right now. But just because I can't get to a goal in January does not mean that I've failed, so I am going to table this one and come back to it in a few months. So can you help a friend out and remind me of this one in the Springtime?! Thanks :) 

5. Spend more time building community. 

This one is for all of us. I love that How to Handletter is a resource for so many people to find tips, tricks, step-by-step tutorials and just plain old friendly advice related to hand lettering. But I know that YOU all are the reason this community is so great. You share tips and deals and cheer each other on... it's amazingI have a few ideas to help connect more with you all and I can't wait to implement them (one as soon as February!), so keep your eyes peeled because it's going to be fun!

But for now, make sure that you are following the hashtag #howtohandlettertogether on Instagram. This is a way that you can share your lettering and have it seen by me/us, offer tips (and get them, too!) and connect with others without having to follow every account that shares lettering. I have made it a point to be super active with this hashtag and I love seeing & sharing the amazing stuff that you are all putting out there.  

Also, make sure to like How to Hand Letter on Facebook and join our amazing group How to Hand Letter - Together! if you're more of a Facebook fan. 

So, here it is. I'm committed & moving forward. Do you have any creative and/or lettering goals for this year?! 

Why You Don't Need To Be An Artist To Handletter

A common misconception that almost everyone has after learning that I am a calligrapher is that I can also draw and/or paint. Hate to break it to you, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While I might have tried my hand at sketching at one point, I didn’t progress much past stick people. And even my stick people don’t look that good. 

But lettering, I love hand lettering. 

And I don’t think I'm awful at it. 

And before you say it, yes, there are most definitely people out there who are amazingly skilled sketch artists as well as calligraphers. But one does not equal the other and I want you to know that even if you don’t have an ounce of "artistic ability", that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn how to hand letter. 

So why are they different?

First of all, brush lettering is all about pressure sensitivity. In order to get the look of brush lettering, we need to perfect the art of applying proper pressure to our brush. I think this has little to do with talent and everything to do with practice and muscle memory. This won’t come naturally to most people (if anyone!) but with practice, your muscle memory will kick in and it will become second nature. 

I can’t even write with a pencil anymore without applying pressure on my downstrokes and lightening up on my upstrokes. It just comes naturally now. But it did not start that way. Promise. 

So, how do we get this to become second nature?

You might be thinking, how do I practice something I can’t do? 

Good point. It’s more than just writing words or even letters. It will come much easier if we break down our letters into strokes and start there. 

Watching a video of someone gracefully lettering may look like it comes naturally and seamlessly. However, letter formation is actually a strategic process of joining a few simple strokes and curves together to create our own lettering style that turns into art in the form of words. But first, we must break down our letters and look at these strokes individually.

So how does that happen? Well, drills are one of the best ways to begin! By practicing our lettering drills, we are able to get down the individual strokes before we have to put them together into letters. Want to know what I mean? Here's a quick video where I show you how to create every letter in the alphabet using just a few simple strokes. (PS - You can find my full set of drills worksheets for free by clicking here to and joining my Facebook group. They are listed in the "files" section of the group!) 

 


So as you can see, just a few strokes create each and every letter in the alphabet! (Keep in mind, these aren't done to scale since I didn't rewrite them for each specific letter). Once you get the feel for how to draw each stroke and the correct pressure to use, you can start joining your letters together to create amazing brush lettering! But be prepared for everyone to expect you to be able to paint like Picasso as well! :)

Happy Lettering! 

 

5 Handlettering Mistakes You Might Be Making

Are you making any of these handlettering mistakes?!

I believe that handlettering is an art form. It takes talent, but also technique, skill and tons of practice. I haven't yet met one person who was able to master brush lettering on the first try. Learning the proper techniques and then putting in the hours of practice are absolutely the best way to become an amazing calligrapher. 

But... 

(There's always a but.)

There are a few things that we can do wrong when learning to handletter and sometimes we might not even know that we are doing these things! So today I'm sharing 5 common handlettering mistakes that you might be making, without even realizing it! 

1. Writing too fast. 

Calligraphy is a slow process. The handlettering videos that you see on Instagram are typically sped up to be much faster than they are actually lettering. I usually speed up my videos by 6 or even 8 times (and I am actually pretty fast at lettering compared to the standard!).

It may feel like you are dragging, but going slow can give you the time to ease into your transition from thick to thin strokes and make your lettering look more natural. Just try it! 

2. Not lifting up your pen after every letter (or even stroke!)

This is one of the mistakes that I made frequently when I began lettering and I didn't even know that I was making it! I would write a word using one continuous stroke and although it was possible, it made calligraphy so much more difficult than it needed to be. It also caused certain parts of my words to be more squished while others were more spaced out because I wasn't able to pay as much attention to that part of my lettering.

Once I started lifting up my pen after nearly every stroke, I realized how much easier it became! It allows you to think ahead at where your next letter is going to go, which can be a tricky part about lettering! And with that means that you have to redo your projects a lot less! Bonus! 

3. Using the wrong products. 

Now listen, I'm all about using money saving products when they work. I'm a huge fan of lettering with plain old Crayola markers (here) and I've even tried my hand at Walmart brush pens. I'm not a believer that everything has to be name brand for the sake of being name brand. But, when you're spending money on nice brush pens, you need to care for them a bit more than your Crayola markers.

I once bought brand new Tombow Dual Tip Brush pens that frayed almost immediately because I was using the paper right out of my printer. This type of cheap paper is textured and bumpy and will eat away at your delicate brush pens. 

Some people will recommend Canson marker paper, which is amazing. However, I personally use HP Premium Choice Laser Jet Paper and love it. It's thicker than regular copy paper and much smoother. And while it's not specifically designed for brush lettering, it will help your pens to last a bit longer and will also help your lettering to look smoother and make your pens feel juicier. (There has to be a better descriptor than that?!) You can find the paper here. 

4. Thinking that expensive products will make you a lettering success overnight. 

This is the flip side of number 3. Some people spend a ton of money trying out all of the different products that they've seen calligraphers recommend and expect their lettering to look the same even without all of the practice. These products can be amazing! But just like those amazing TV systems with 14 different remotes, if you don't know how to use them, you're not even going to be able to get that amazing TV and surround sound turned on!

Lettering products are similar. You have to know the proper technique of holding your pen, creating thick and thin strokes, and forming your letters and you also have to practice them enough where they become second nature. Once you do this, your fancy pens will help you create the most beautiful lettering art!

And I get it. Lettering videos look so effortless. But I assure you, they did not come without effort or hours of practice from the artist. And better products do not equal better results if you have not put in the practice time. And I just hate to see people wasting money thinking that just maybe a better brush pen will do the trick when really it might just be practice that is needed. 

5. Comparing yourself to other handletterers/calligraphers. 

We've all seen the meme. 

"I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet."

This could not be more true! And comparison in handlettering will only leave you frustrated and feeling less than, which are never good things.

I just want you to remember that each and every person who is an amazing lettering artist has probably spent months or more practicing to perfect their lettering style. And we've all binge-watched a few Netflix series' during our practice time! So grab yourself a cup of coffee (decaf, if you get the jitters. Because that will definitely not help your lettering) and pick a favorite show/audiobook/podcast and get to lettering! You are doing amazing! 

How to Handletter: a lettering resource created just for you!

Hi Friend! 

You made it! As some of you know, this little website has been my labor of love as I have been working hard to make it the very best it can be. Think of it like your one-stop-shop for all things handlettering. My official goal is to make it provide all of the resources you need to learn handlettering, all in one place! 

And I am so excited to FINALLY be able to share it with you! But first, I want to give you a little bit of a background, share with you the story of how How to Handletter come to be, tell you what you can expect and give you some tips to finding your way around this sweet little online home of ours. 

First of all, I'm Susy and I teach handlettering online for free! 

You can find me teaching here: youtube channel | instagram | facebook group 


My Story

I've been lettering for over 10 years, much of that time without realizing it (because handlettering wasn't really a "thing" 10 years ago!). But regardless, lettering has always been a passion of mine. (And yes, I was totally that girl who erased her homework over and over until the writing looked perfect. I suppose that's why I was never very efficient at getting homework done.)

Eventually, this passion for lettering turned into more than a hobby. I started creating art using my skills and opened an online shop for hand lettered goods! It was a great venture, but the tasks that took up most of my time were things like packaging orders, updating listings and keeping on top of things like SEO and marketing... and I procrastinated on doing them as much as possible.

However, when people would ask questions about lettering, I would drop all of the stuff on my "to do list" and spend as much time as it took helping them understand how to recreate exactly what I was doing. And the feedback was great! People were so happy and I felt so much joy in seeing others be able to do something that they didn't know how to before! In hindsight, that was probably a good sign that being a teacher was more for me, but it took me a little too long to figure that out. I continued packaging orders as fast as I could, so I could move on to the creating and the sharing with what little time I had left, because I knew that I loved lettering enough to make it work. And I truly felt like I was called to share it with others! 

That was when a long-distance friend of mine decided to start learning handlettering. And instead of working on art for my shop, I instead spent days making lettering practice sheets and trying to help her understand how to use procreate. It wasn't long after that a lightbulb went off: I realized that teaching others lettering is EXACTLY what I should be doing with my lettering.

I've been an avid Youtube Watcher for years, so I decided the best thing to do would be to make a few video tutorials for her. It was easier to show her rather than try to explain through text, and I figured that I'd post them to Youtube to see if they were helpful to anyone else. If not, no problem, because my goal was just to help my friend!

I did my best, and very timidly posted my first few tutorials to Youtube, wondering if anyone would even watch them. And to my (very pleasant) surprise, you guys showed up! And kept showing up! And all of a sudden here we are at 33,000+ subscribers and OVER 1 MILLION video views! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING. And you want more! So this little website-baby of mine is my next step in teaching you more! 

And before I wrap it up, I just want to quickly share with you what you can expect here! 


What To Expect at
www.howtohandletter.com

First: All you need to learn handlettering. All in one place. (and easy to find!)
When creating this website, I really wanted to create something simple that was easy to navigate, didn't have unnecessary clutter, but also very intentionally had all of the resources you need to learn handlettering. So, when you first enter www.howtohandletter.com, you will come straight to a navigation page where you can easily choose what you're looking for, without having to sift through pages of posts. Some of the links you'll find here are for lettering practice sheets, the youtube channel, the blog and more! So if you ever can't find what you were looking for, just remember www.howtohandletter.com and you'll have all you need! Click here to navigate. 

Second: The blog. 
The blog is where I will share with you in-depth handlettering tutorials. There will sometimes be blog posts that piggyback off of Youtube Videos and other times they will be completely separate. I'll also be sharing lettering inspiration and other creative ways to use your lettering. Go to the blog by clicking here. 

Third: Pen Reviews
A huge thing that I searched for when I began brush lettering was resources! I couldn't find anything. There were people sharing about a pen or two, but they just showed examples of their work using them. As a self-proclaimed overthinker (although I think a "researcher" sounds better;)), I wanted to know things like, "Was this easy to use as a beginner? How will these hold up? How do they compare to x,y,z?" etc. So in the Product Reviews section, you'll find great information that particularly relates to handlettering with these products. They are categorized by size (large & small brush pens), but I will forever be adding to this section as my pen addiction continues. What you can expect to see next: Beginner Lettering Supplies, All About Watercolor Lettering, Paper for Lettering and My Favorite Lettering Supplies. Click here to go to the Reviews Page. 

Fourth: All About Creative Lettering
When I use the term "Creative Lettering", I mean less of lettering drills and letter formation and more of the art that you create with your handlettering! Some ways that I do this is through Bullet Journaling, Scripture Lettering, and creating art.. I occasionally post videos on Youtube with ideas for creative lettering (often times in my Bullet Journal) and I love to turn these into free printables for you! The creative lettering section will be home to ideas of ways to use your lettering, example pages in my Bullet Journal and free design printables! (Coming soon!)

Fifth: Join the Tribe! 
You can join the tribe to be the first to know about new products, sales & exciting things happening over here at How to Handletter. I promise not to send spammy emails and will do my best to keep this minimal, to the point, and full of great things that you don't want to miss! (Coming soon!)

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your handlettering journey! Happy Lettering!