My Favorite Lettering Resources

When I started lettering, I was so overwhelmed by the amount of resources out there. I bought a ridiculous amount of books and downloaded a ton of practice sheets to get me started on this journey. There were some that I loved, and some that I references less than others. And so, a year into my journey, I want to share with you my absolute favorites! So check them out:

1. The Guide to Mindful Lettering | 2. Hand Lettering 201 | 3. Modern Calligraphy
4. Hand Lettering Guide Worksheets | 5. Intermediate Master Class

1. The Guide to Mindful Lettering – Lisa Funk

This was the very first book I picked up, and loved it! This book really helped me develop my style without intimidating me. You can also customize the book to have the spine be on the left or on the right, which makes it so easy to write on and layer tracing paper over. I also loved the practice phrases, which bounced lettering, and helped you figure out composition!

2. Hand Lettering 201: Intermediate Lettering and Design Basics – Chalkfulloflove

I loved this book to expand my lettering styles. There are so many different styles in this book, and I loved playing with them. My lettering definitely leans feminine, and I just loved the styles captured in the book. If you’re looking to get a few new styles under you belt, I highly recommend checking out this book!

3. Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Pointed Pen and Brush Pen Lettering – Leslie Tieu

I still reference this book on a daily basis…that’s how awesome it is!! What I love about this one is the variety of different styles. In the back of the book, Leslies shows you more than 10+ variations for each letter (capital and lower care). I also love that this book is spiral bound and is easy to practice on and use with tracing sheets if you’re just starting out.

4. Hand Lettering Guide – TinyCactusDesign

I love Lindsay’s lettering style, and these were awesome to practice with. She has both lower case and upper case practice sheets, fauxlligraphy, serifs and sans serifs, and even teaches you about watercolor (which she is awesome at). She also provides separate .png files for easy use with the iPad. These worksheets are awesome, and I highly recommend them!

5. The Intermediate Masterclass – Amanda Arneill

About three months into my lettering journey I started to feel a little stale. I was past the beginner stage, but not progressing past my comfort zone. On a whim, I signed up for this course, and the is hands down the reason why I’ve progressed as much as I did in just one year. Amanda is a phenomenal teacher, and explains everything in as much detail as possible. What I loved about this course were the live facebook sessions where she critiqued each homework assignment individually and explained how to make it better. If you’re looking to propel your skills and get out of your comfort zone, sign up for this course! There is currently a wait list for the spring class.

I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, please let me know. Happy to answer and help in any way I can!

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Handwritten Letters

Illustrator and hand letterer, Mary Kate McDevitt started Handwritten Letters as a daily project where she has committed to writing a handwritten letter, everyday for the next year (and hopefully longer). She is drawing the letters in alphabetical order and so far is on day 91 and her fourth iteration of the letter ‘N”. Each letter is special in its own way—and no style is ever repeated. Below are just a few of my favorites! Make sure to check out her blog and see the rest of these impressive letter forms.

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Incredible Typographic Chalk Drawings

by: Chris Yoon

In the past year or so, chalk has become an incredibly powerful medium for illustrators and letterers all over the world. Their creations are both stunning and truly remarkable—especially considering the simplicity of the chosen medium. Seeing the final product is amazing, but watching the process and seeing the talent and detail that goes into each piece is really what takes the cake. So check out these time-lapse videos featuring some really talented chalk illustrators!




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