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How to do lettering without brush pens

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Posted on March 18, 2020 by Aida González Vázquez

Lettering is a crafting technique that consists of illustrating with letters. This definition can sound obvious, but it is necessary. Lettering is not the same as calligraphy. Calligraphy is the art of writing beautifully. Lettering is not about writing; it is about drawing letters and combining them to create beautiful compositions. The most typical supplies to practice lettering are brush pens.

In today’s post, we are going to teach you three accessible alternatives to brush lettering. This way, you can create beautiful drawings with letters using simple supplies that you have at home.

Fake lettering

How to draw lettering without brush pens
Three easy steps to draw fake lettering.

Supplies needed

  • Pencil/pen.
  • Paper


  1. Draw a word. You can make unique shapes or just do your habitual handwriting.
  2. Draw a parallel line to all the downward strokes. Join all the parallel lines at the top and the bottom.
  3. Put color at the space inside the strokes. This way, your letters will look like one-piece shapes.

Lettering with markers

Supplies needed

  • Paper
  • Text markers. For this tutorial, we have used the pastel version of the original Stabilo Boss.


  1. Hold the marker, as we show in the images below.
  2. For the downward strokes, the point of the marker must be completely flat on the paper.
  3. For the ascendent strokes, you have to use only one corner of the point.
  4. Keep twisting the marker as you draw each letter.


Homemade lightbox

A lightbox or light screen is a tool that allows you to project images on paper. You can find some affordable models online (check this one), but you can also create one with your phone. Let’s see how.

Supplies needed

  • A smartphone with an app that allows you to create text.
  • Paper.
  • Pencil.


  1. Create the word that you want to reproduce in your phone.
  2. Set the brightness of the screen at its highest.
  3. Hold the paper against the screen. You can use a bit of tape if you find it necessary.
  4. Copy the letters writing on top of the lines that the screen is projecting.


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January 28, 2021

great ideas!
perhaps next time you guys can include animated GIF in the step by step pictures, so hopefully it will be clearer for the readers to follow 😉

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