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Free Resources for Hand Lettering

Hand Lettering is not just beautiful, but a relaxing way to add pizzazz to your Bible or art journal.  Although, I am an artist, hand lettering does not come easily to me.  If you want to learn about hand lettering (including calligraphy, which is similar but distinctively different), I have compiled a huge set of free resources for hand lettering including free courses, free worksheets and the best pens for hand lettering.

Free Courses on Hand Lettering

Lettering Courses on Skillshare

Skillshare has a huge collection of lettering courses – many of them free (or you can access them with a free month long trial). Here are some of my favorites:

Free Resources for Hand Lettering

Lettering Layouts: Create Beautiful Messages

If you’ve ever struggled with which lettering styles to pair in a layout, how many of them to pair, how to integrate design elements, text weight and scale, this class has you covered.

Fundamentals for Drawing Letters

Learn and understand the importance of the fundamental knowledge of hand lettering. Discover how designer, Andrea Campos, taught herself hand lettering, answers questions she had when she started and how she launched her project, Type_Stuff. In this 50 minute class, you will learn the most basic techniques and tips every hand letterer should know. If you’ve ever wondered how to even start with hand lettering, this class will answer your questions.

Waterbrush Lettering Essentials

In this class, we’ll create our own waterbrush lettered greeting cards using ink or watercolors. We’ll go over lettering techniques for forming letters with the waterbrush, creating typographic watercolor blends and finding your own waterbrush lettering style. At the end of this class, you’ll be able to create your own custom lettered greeting card and walk away with a unique skillset that you’ll be able to use on your own projects well into the future.

Free Resources for Hand Lettering

The Golden Secrets of Hand-Lettering: Create the Perfect Postcard

Berliner Letterer and Designer Martina Flor will introduce you to the Art of Lettering and will teach you the principles behind letter design as well as effective techniques to think, sketch and create a lettering piece from scratch.

Introduction to Modern Script Calligraphy

Curious about calligraphy? Join Paperfinger founder Bryn Chernoff for a warm and inviting introductory class on the tools, techniques, and best practices to transform your handwriting into beautiful calligraphy script!

Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners

Learn the basics of hand lettering with the popular online workshop that’s inspired more than 35,000 Skillshare students! Lettering artist Mary Kate McDevitt covers everything beginners need to draw, ink, and transform handwriting into artful drawings.

Free Resources for Hand Lettering

Other Free Hand Lettering Courses

Even more free resources for hand lettering. These courses will inspire you and instruct you on how to create beautiful hand lettering for your Bible or art journal.

By Dawn Nicole

While not an actual course, I love this site for the amazing brush lettering practice sheets, tips and guidance. Great for practicing your hand lettering techniques for Bible journaling or other creative endeavors. There are even video tutorials on the site which are so helpful!

 

Free Hand Lettering Workshop – Crystal Witlow of CW Design

Free hand lettering online course with option to purchase lettering supplies (not required)

Faux Real Calligraphy

Learning Faux Calligraphy is a great starting point for your lettering journey! Even if you already have experience, these lessons will reinforce the fundamentals of letterforms and shading. We will take you step-by-step through lowercase and capital letters with bonus worksheets on punctuation and numbers. After completing the course, you will have a solid foundation of faux calligraphy.

Simple to Spectacular

We’ve helped hundreds of students just like you transform into confident lettering artists. You can do it too, promise. We were beginners just a few years ago so we completely understand the struggles of starting. The course was designed with those obstacles in mind!

Free Resources for Hand Lettering

March of the Capitals – Learn Sans Serif Lettering

From the same instructors as Simple to Spectacular.

Flourish Foundations & Letter Better Series

Flourishing is tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Sign up to learn all of the basics of flourishing so you can flourish like a boss! (email required to sign up)

Learn the Basics of Brush Lettering

Join 500+ others in the Brush Basics Booster challenge and master the basics of brush callig! With video lessons, workbooks & cheatsheets— Brush BB will help you master the basics so you have the FUNdamentals to create gorgeous work!

Free Hand Lettering Resources

Dozens of fabulous free resources for hand lettering practice, learning and more.

Free Resources for Hand Lettering

Not Your Average Brush Pen Calligraphy Drills

One of my favorite free resources for hand lettering! Whether you’re a brush pen novice or a seasoned pro, you’ll benefit from this drills worksheet! In it, you’ll find engaging exercises like “Hills” and “Frequency” to help you regulate your brush pen pressure exertion and master writing motions. Feel free to print out the drills sheet as many times as you need to; it’s meant to be filled out more than once!

Free Downloadable Lettering Practice Worksheets (Tombow)

Free Practice Sheets (The Pigeon Letters)

The Beginner’s Guide to Brush Lettering (Destination Decoration)

The Beginner’s Guide to Brush Lettering: Part II (Destination Decoration)

Free Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet (The Postman’s Knock)

Free Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet: Neat Slant Edition (The Postman’s Knock)

Free Brush Calligraphy Practice Worksheets (Dawn Nicole Designs)

30 Days to Better Brush Calligraphy (Dawn Nicole Designs) {tutorial here}

Double Letter Free Brush Calligraphy Practice Worksheets (Dawn Nicole Designs)

Tricky Letter Combinations: Set 1 (Dawn Nicole Designs) {even more here}

Hand Lettering/Brush Lettering – Beginner’s Guide (Michilicious)

Learn Brush Calligraphy (M2B Studio)

Free Hand Lettering Practice Sheets: Brush Lettering (Kelly Sugar Crafts)

Learn Brush Lettering with these Free Practice Sheets (The Petite Planner)

Free Mini-Guide (Random Olive)

Card Sayings Hand Lettering Practice Sheet (Love Paper Crafts)

Hand Letter like an Artist eBook (Quiet Sundays)

Summer Brush Lettering Practice Sheet (Liz on Call)

Free Brush Lettering Practice Pages: Uppercase Print Alphabet (One Artsy Mama)

Free Brush Lettering Practice Pages: Uppercase Alphabet (One Artsy Mama) {even more here}

Hand Lettering Practice Worksheet: “I Can Do Hard Things” (Here Comes the Sun)

Free Brush Lettering Worksheets (Hip Homeschooling)

How to Make a Living off Your Hand Lettering Skills (Creative Market)

Free Brush Calligraphy Practice Sheet (Pretty Prints & Paper) {tutorial here}

New Bouncy Worksheets & Free Drills (Kelly Creates) {more here}

Fifty Ways to Draw An “I” (Kiley in Kentucky)

Mini Tutorial: Lowercase Alphabet Worksheet (The Lemonade Store)

Printable Brush Lettering Practice Sheet – Back to School (Lemon Thistle)

Back to School Themed Hand Lettering Practice Sheets (Here Comes the Sun)

 

My Favorite Hand Lettering Supplies

While you can hand letter with nearly any writing implement, these pens below will give you professional looking results and turn your Bible journaling hand lettering into works of art!  While they aren’t free resources for hand lettering, they will help you up your lettering game.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (Soft & Hard Tip)

Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen

Sharpie Stained Fabric Markers

Are you reading to dig into these free resources for hand lettering?  Which course or resources are you ready to try first?

Want to learn more about Bible Art Journaling? Check out this post.

Because of Him,

Sue

Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. She is passionate about helping Christian women live a Proverbs 31 life in today’s world. The Lord laid upon her heart to serve women to grow in Christ, improve their marriages and manage their homes stress-free. She provides tools and resources on her website for Christian women to grow in their faith, deepen their relationship with their husbands and manage their homes well.

She lives in rural North Central Missouri with her handsome and hilarious husband and a myriad of dogs, cats and chickens.

Susan runs on Jesus, coffee and not enough sleep.
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