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How To Handletter

If you’ve never heard of it before, handlettering is a way of writing that is visually appealing and is, in some ways, very similar to calligraphy. From the looks of handlettering, it seems like very difficult and intricate work. While this can be true depending on the type you are doing, simple handlettering it is much easier to do than you think! The steps below include beginner steps for how to create words using handlettering. Here are some examples of what it typically looks like:


  • A piece of paper

  • A pencil

  • A pen or a marker

Steps for Handlettering With A Pencil + Pen:

Step 1: Think of a word you would like to write. This can be as simple as the words “Hi” or “Hello,” or it can be your name.

Step 2: Write your word in spaced out cursive writing. If you cannot write in cursive, then feel free to print your name as you normally would! I’ve included examples of both below.

Step 3: After writing your word out in either cursive or printed writing, begin creating thick lines on the outside of the letters like so:

Step 4: Fill in the lines you have created to create the dramatic effect of handlettering. You can go over the entire word in marker now and fill in the lines you created with the marker.

Keep in mind that if you would like to continue on and learn more about how to handletter, it takes time and patience. It’s a great way to pass the time or use handlettering as your excuse to doodle words in different ways.

I have also provided links below to several YouTube videos that give more detailed tutorials on how to handletter and write calligraphy in case anyone would want to access those and get more practice!

“Handlettering: Where to start as an absolute beginner:”

“How To Find Your Handlettering Style:

“How to Get Thin Upstrokes in Handlettering:”

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