Hand lettering for beginners

Getting started with lettering can seem super overwhelming! and there's so much information out there that doesn't really help you understand the basics to have a good foundation. The first thing I would love for you to check is why lettering and calligraphy are not the same.

Because of this, I decided to create a library of my blog post, tutorials, & recommendations to help you navigate the waters in this creative outlet.

Lettering & Calligraphy basics

Here you can find a selection of in-depth blog post where I  share tips and tools to learn and improve your lettering and calligraphy.

Where to learn lettering?

My favorite place to learn is Skillshare, I have their yearly subscription and I am obsessed! If you want to give it a try you can get 2 months of FREE Premium membership using exclusive my link.

Skillshare is an online learning community where independent artist shares their knowledge, you can find anything from lettering and arts to photography and business.

Some of the classes I definitely recommend checking out are:

The first steps of lettering  by Mary Kate McDevitt via Skillshare

Storytelling through Lettering
by Martina Flor via Skillshare

Hand lettering Workshop by Mary Kate McDevitt via Skillshare

Lettering tools

Here are my favorite lettering tools, for more information on books, pens, paper and more check my tools page.

Lettering & calligraphy videos

Here you can find some of my latest videos. I love sharing quotes and recording time-lapses of my lettering work. (click on each image to view the video on Pinterest)

I will try to update this list as soon as possible!

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Sharing your lettering & calligraphy

One of the best ways to get your work out there is Social media if you haven't yet started a blog, starting with Instagram is a must!

And the best way to get your pictures found is by using relevant hashtags, here I am sharing some of the most popular ones for both Lettering and Calligraphy.

If you are not sure about the difference between calligraphy & lettering, I wrote this post where I talk all about what's lettering and what is calligraphy.

LETTERING HASHTAGS

#handlettering
#lettering
#letteringbasics
#learnlettering
#letteringbeginner
#modernlettering
#brushlettering

CALLIGRAPHY HASHTAGS

#calligraphy
#beginnercalligraphy
#crayligraphy
#brushlettering
#calligraphyvideo
#moderncalligraphy
#modernscript

OTHER HASHTAGS

#typography
#goodtype
#handtype
#brushtype
#handdrawn
#typenerd
#letteringdaily

Here is where I collect inspiration and resources for hand lettering.

MY TOOLKIT

Lettering & calligraphy tools

A compilation of everything that is in my toolbox & why I love them

Content creation gear

A list of all the gear, tools and gadgets I use to make videos and take pictures

My business resources

A list of all the tools I use to run both my blog and lettering business
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Joy Kelley

Hola! Joy Kelley here, I've been a full time lettering artist for the last 7 years and I would love to help you learn lettering & calligraphy with me. What to know more about me?

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