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Brush lettering is an increasingly popular approach to creating beautiful words.
Last week I compared two markers for this purpose, and promised to put together a little tutorial to get you going with brush lettering. Here it is!
First of all, there are two types of brush lettering: one uses brush pens, and the other involves writing with a real brush and watercolors. The kind I will be talking about today is the first kind.
A brush pen would be the Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen I wrote about last week, or the brush nib on a Copic marker. Although called pens, brush pens are really just markers with a long, pointed nib that resembles a paintbrush. You can create a similar look with regular, cheaper markers, however that is not considered true brush lettering.
Using a brush pen correctly takes a little work. You have to learn how to apply pressure in order to create thin and thick strokes, and how to alternate between them. There are many elaborate e-courses available for purchase online, but I taught myself by messing around for a little while with a Tombow. I believe that with a few simple guidelines on how to practice, you can learn brush pen lettering quickly.
Learning how to write with a brush pen is different than with a Crayola. The good thing is that you can learn with both. Go to the art store, try different markers, and pick the one that you like the best to practice with.
4/5 of the markers I demonstrated above can work. The one that cannot is the fine tip on the Tombow, because you are unable to create thin and thick strokes.
Familiarize Yourself with Faux Calligraphy.
Understanding how calligraphy works is an important step. You can create faux calligraphy with any kind of pen or marker (you could even use a pencil). Write a word in cursive, and then go back and find the downstrokes (the places where you moved your pen down toward you to create the letter). Thicken the downstrokes. This is the idea of calligraphy — creating thin upstrokes and thicker downstrokes. However, in calligraphy, you do it all in one swift motion.
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For all of you who are overwhelmed by the idea of calligraphy with a tradition dip pen, fear not!! You can create faux calligraphy with any pen or marker by just making your downstrokes thicker. Make sure to focus on making each downstroke the same thickness so it looks more cohesive like the real thing 👍🏼👍🏼 #mintandmaple #fauxcalligraphy #calligraphy #MaMLetteringTips
Know Your Nib
Work on creating the thinnest and thickest possible stroke with your marker. Your grip, the angle you hold the pen, and the pressure you apply all factor in to creating your strokes.
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• C H A N G E Y O U R G R I P • Here's a video of me interchanging my grip within a word to help achieve thinner strokes. I use a pinching grip on the ascending stem loop of letter h, the overturn stroke on letter n, and the oval-like stroke of the letter e. For all other strokes I used my regular grip. Try it out for yourself and see if it makes a difference for you! For a close-up of these 2 different grips, see my previous post. Brush Pen: Koi Coloring Brush Pen Paper: Rhodia Dot Pad Speed: 2x #gs_tips #gs_videos #handletteredABCs_2016