It’s hard to come across a beautiful bullet journal page without seeing some type of fancy hand lettering. Have you ever wondered what magic is being used to create these beautiful letters?
I wondered the same thing but thanks to the power of the Internet I wasn’t left wondering for very long.
In fact, I came to understand hand lettering and calligraphy within a matter of minutes.
This doesn’t mean that I mastered each. I’m far from a master and probably still need 100 years of practice but I can tell you that I’m better today than I was yesterday.
Hand Lettering Tutorials to Help You Become a Pro
Now, I must say that you can watch these videos all day long but if you don’t practice then you won’t get better. I hate practicing.
I’m at the stage in my life that I feel like if I can’t master something right away then it’s not for me. That’s not a good mentality to have so what I do now is try to set aside a specific time of day each day to practice.
If you want to get better at anything this is what you need to do. You can’t practice when you have the urge or randomly. You have to force yourself to do it which is tough considering life is always like “hell nah, you ain’t doing that now!”
Bump you life, I’m practicing my calligraphy. Sit your ass down and shut up.
Anyways, let’s dive into these tutorials.
@AmandaRachLee is solid.
No really. If you had to follow just one person she is a solid person to put all of your attention behind and this tutorial on calligraphy is no different.
Don’t get frustrated that you can’t do exactly what she does on the first day. She wasn’t at that skill level on her first day either.
Take the time to practice.
It’s good for you.
You can’t do the advanced stuff until you’ve mastered the basics. This is a great tutorial that goes over brush lettering which is really popular in the Bullet Journal world.
It’s a bit harder to do for left-handers but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a shot.
You might be wondering why I’m including multiple brush lettering tutorials in this post and the reason why is it’s important to get different perspectives on things.
Sure you can rely on just one teacher but I find that things really begin to click when I’m able to put everything together from different angles.
So this won’t be the final brush lettering tutorial on this list.
Enjoy them all.
I’m all about quality lists. They help to point out some obvious things while also putting a spotlight on the not so obvious.
Once you hand lettering game has upped a level or two then you can scope out this video and take it even further.
It’s awesome to see tips from other experts because it gives you insight into how they think about things. One of the best ways to learn is by standing over the shoulders of the great ones but you usually can’t do that because it’s creepy.
Instead, you just have to hope they make a YouTube video sharing their tips and tricks for things.
It’s very easy to think that whenever you start a new hobby that you need the best of the best when it comes to tools and equipment and that isn’t true at all.
In fact, I would say whenever you are starting off with anything you should go budget-friendly so you get a feel for things. That’s why I love this tutorial so much.
Crayola markers can be had on the cheap and if you can do pretty hand lettering with them, then you should be able to do pretty hand lettering with anything!
I’m not going to lie, I was going to add this video before I even watched it just because she put “bounce” in the title.
Can you imagine if everything in life had a little more “bounce” to it? That would be awesome!
Adding some bounce to your lettering is no exception either.
Forget putting some pep in your step, put some bounce in that ounce.
Yes, I just made that up.
Hand-lettering isn’t just about calligraphy. It’s about coming up with whatever fonts that you want and this video does a great job of presenting over 40 different styles that you can mimic.
And if you don’t think that bullet journaling is about copying then you are sorely mistaken.
You’ve heard that crazy phrase “great artists steal” and there is a good reason for that. You steal and then you add your flair to it. You don’t see in your room trying to figure out a brand new font.
You’ll go insane.
Don’t do that.
Once you know a bit about hand lettering you might want to add a bit more flair to things. That’s cool but don’t sweat these things until you’ve got the basics nailed down.
Everybody wants to go from A to M but you gotta go through B first.
Now make some fancy letters detailing your journey!
Sometimes you just need a step-by-step build to walk you through things and this tutorial does a great job of that.
I love this video because it doesn’t focus on all of the letters. Just the ones that can cause people problems. It’s one I often find myself referencing as I try to get this lettering thing down.
Finally, we round off this post with a full-fledged tutorial for beginners. Why not start with this one?
Let’s just say I like to mix things up and play with fire a bit. Sometimes you need to live your life on the edge.
The Internet Is Great for Learning
These aren’t the end all be all video tutorials for learning hand lettering. They are just some good ones that I’ve come across. There are dozens more out there so feel free to search YouTube for others.
We are living in a great time where many creative people are willing to share their knowledge with us so that we can better our own skills.
Now that you are mastering hand lettering, why not apply it to your bullet journal with these bullet journal tips.