Getting Started with Brush Lettering

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Husband has decided to take up a new papery hobby, brush lettering. He’s always enjoyed typography, fonts, designing colour combinations, hand lettering and so on, so this does seem like a natural choice for him.

For me, I admire it but I’m not a neat writer at the best of times so am not drawn to this one, though I have to say watching him practice and create does tempt me to have a go myself. Maybe when he’s out I’ll sneak a try!

Anyway, if you fancy giving this a go, it’s easy enough to get started, so here I’ll share with you the supplies that will help you, how to get going and then who to check out for inspiration.

The Brush Lettering Kit

Brush Lettering Kit

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The Brush Lettering Kit

Here are a few suggestions of the pens and paper to buy so that you can get going with this. 

You will find over time that you do develop your own favourites as your personal preferences will come into play. Until then, these are great places to start. 

These suggestions are all from Amazon, so just click on the links and they’ll take you through for more details and reviews:

Tombow Dual Brushpens 12 Pens Primary

Tombow ABT 4-in-1 Blending Pen Kit

Karin Brush Marker Pro 12 Pens

Rhodia No18 Dot Stapled Pad – Orange

Pilot 3.8mm Parallel Pen (Pack of 1)

Having a Go at Brush Lettering

So you have all of this beautiful new stationery and you don’t want to mess it up? I get like that, too!

Just try it. Make a start. Have a go.

Use a few pages for getting a feel for the pens, the paper, favourite colour combinations and so on.

Once you are happy with using the pens, you can start working on your lettering. These free downloadable letter sheets are a great place to start:

Letter Sheets

As with most things, this is a hobby that is just going to get better with practice. 

Getting Started with Brush Lettering

The letter sheets are a good place to start, as they will give you a feel for how to form your letters and it’s handy to have some sort of guide or instruction when you are trying something completely new.

Before you know it, you will be playing around with forming your letters in any way that you like, just get going and have fun with it. 

The Lettering Inspiration

Instagram has got to be the go-to place for regular brush lettering inspiration.

Search for ideas through tags such as #brushlettering #handlettering #brushtype #madebyhand #handmadefont or follow some of these accounts to be sure of a beautiful feed:


A photo posted by Gosha Bondarev (@goshawaf) on


A photo posted by Novia Jonatan (@novia_jonatan) on


A photo posted by Lauren Hom (@homsweethom) on


A photo posted by Lise (@kaosyoga_lettering) on

They are all so pretty! Many of them share videos as they share their tips and creations. They are so relaxing to watch and I often lose the Husband to these now!

And that’s all there is to it. OK, OK, realistically, there are many hours of practice involved to get really good at this one, but that’s just all part of the enjoyment, isn’t it?

This is the kind of pastime that you can disappear into and explore until your heart is content. There is no wrong or right, you just go at your own pace, develop your own style and relax into it. 

What do you think? Could this be a hobby for you?

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4 thoughts on “Getting Started with Brush Lettering”

  1. Brush lettering looks so lovely and I also enjoy seeing posts with it on Instagram:) I’m not sure if I’ve got time for a new hobby right now but at some point in the future I might give it a try – thankyou:)

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