LETTERING RESOURCES

This page is especially for those of you who have bought - or received! - my Brush Lettering Kit.

I do hope you are enjoying learning the art of Brush Lettering!  If you haven't started learning yet, here are a few helpful tips. 

The following pictures demonstrate hand, brush and tip positioning for the main strokes used in brush calligraphy. Use these as a visual aid alongside the instruction booklet provided in your kit. 

DOWNSTROKE POSITIONING

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Holding the pen out to the side, and starting at the top, push down on the brush (almost flattening the tip) to produce an even thick downstroke.

UPSTROKE POSITIONING

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Holding the pen out to the side, and starting at the bottom, make a fine upwards stroke with very little pressure on the brush tip.

TRANSITIONS (1) : downstroke into upstroke

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Holding the pen out to the side, start at the top with the pressure on to create a thick downstroke.  As you approach the curve, gently lift the pressure to the brush tip only, creating a finer line as you move back up the page. 

TRANSITIONS (2) : Upstroke into downstroke

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Holding the pen out to the side, start at the bottom and create a fine upstroke.  As you approach the curve, gently press down on the brush to create  a thicker line as you move back down the page. 

CURVED SHAPES

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'C' + 'O' SHAPES

Holding the pen out to the side, start with a fine upstroke. As you approach the curve, gently apply pressure to the brush tip to create a thicker line as you move down the page. At the bottom curve gently adjust the pressure again moving to a fine stroke on the way back up.

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'S' SHAPES

Holding the pen out to the side, start with very little pressure for the upstroke. As you approach the curve, gently push down on the brush transitioning into a thick downstroke. At the bottom curve as you begin to shift left transition back into a fine upstroke by lifting off the pressure on the way back up the page. 

GUIDE SHEETS

To download and print off more copies of the lined and angled guide sheets in your kit please click on the links below. Please note these are for personal use only.

Lined guide sheet - broad tip

Lined Guide sheet - fine tip

Angled guide sheet

BONUS VIDEO! 

All the strokes in action with a little musical accompaniment for you.  Note the upstroke and downstroke positioning and where to change pressure in the transition strokes. Enjoy!