Fun exercises to improve your lettering skills
Hand lettering is a fun, relaxing, creative technique. If you are searching for a manual task that allows you to concentrate and forget about your worries, you should give this exercise a try!
By learning some basic movements and practicing a lot, you will see a massive improvement in your letters.
I will show you some simple exercises that helped me improve my lettering strokes in today’s post. Even though I still have to practice and get better, I’ve found this training super useful.
First, I’ll show you the materials that I use to create and fill these practice sheets. Then, I’ll teach you how to create a template at home. Last, I’ll show you how to practice your lettering strokes on this template.
Let’s get started!
What supplies do I need to practice lettering?
These are the basic supplies that you’ll need for this practice.
Lettering paper – Try to use a paper that does not damage the tips of your brush pens. The ideal paper for lettering allows any brush to slide smoothly. Many stationery brands sell this particular type of paper nowadays. It’s a bit more expensive, but it’s worth the investment! If you don’t have this type of paper at home, try to use satin paper.
Brush pen – For this practice, I am using a water-based brush pen. The one you can see on the image is the Tombow Dual Brush. You can find similar pens from other brands, such as Lyra, Sakura, or Pentel. These brush pens are quite delicate. For this reason, you should always use them with special paper.
Ruler – You’ll need a ruler to trace straight lines in your paper.
Pencil – Use a pencil to draw the lines of your practice sheet. This way, you can choose if you want to keep them or not once you are finished.
Sticky notes – These sticky notes will help you create the grid of your practice sheet.
How to create a practice sheet for lettering?
Let’s start by tracing a horizontal line at the top of your lettering paper.
Place the ruler under the line you’ve outlined. Draw another line underneath the ruler.
Repeat the process once again. You need to create two parallel horizontal grids.
Now that you have two parallel horizontal grids, it’s time to make four square grids at the bottom of the page. The easiest way to draw these figures is to paste four sticky notes where you want to have them.
Draw with your pencil around the borders of the sticky notes. This way, you’ll create four perfect squares.
Once you’ve removed the sticky notes, your template should look like the one on the image:
That’s great! Now, you are ready to start to practice.
How to practice your lettering strokes
Here you have six different exercises that you can use to practice your lettering strokes. These exercises aim to train your hand and teach you how to change the pressure while drawing.
For the ascendent strokes, you need to reduce the pressure of the pen against the paper. This way, your ascendant lines will look thinner.
For the descendent strokes, you must increase the pressure against the paper. The lines will become bolder this way.
These rules can seem tricky, but you’ll see it’s all about practice!
For this practice, you need to draw a series of ascending and descending strokes. Try to draw these simple curved lines, like sea waves. Remember to touch both the parallel bars with every stroke.
At the end of the exercise, your grid should look like this:
The second practice consists of creating curved strokes, just as if you were drawing round “s” characters.
At the end of the exercise, your grid should look like the one in the image below.
For this task, you have to repeat the pattern of the first exercise in a squared grid. Trace your strokes in a descending direction.
Once you’ve finished the exercise, your grid should look like the one in the image below.
This practice consists of repeating the second exercise across the fourth grid. Try to leave wide ovals between your strokes.
Once you’ve finished this task, the fourth grid should look like the one on the image below.
The strokes in this grid should look like “f” letters. Cover your grid from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
When you finish the exercise, your grid will look like the one on the image below.
This drawing is the same as the one you’ve done in exercise four. You only have to change the direction of your strokes. Look at the example below for further reference.
You can create as many practice sheets as you want. If you repeat these drawings regularly, your hand-drawn letters will improve a lot. Don’t give up!
I hope you enjoy these relaxing exercises as much as I do. Have fun creating new letters!