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.

calligraphy vs lettering

The first thing I would love for you to check is why lettering and calligraphy are not the same.

What more? Check out my list of resources below, from post to tools and classes.

More Lettering & Calligraphy post

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 hand lettering?

Obviously, I want you to learn with me, and this blog and my future courses will be my favorite way for you to learn. But in the meantime, I want to recommend Skillshare, I have their yearly subscription and I am obsessed! If you want to give it a try you can get a FREE Premium membership trial using my 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. I have a full review post that you can read here.

Some of the classes I definitely recommend checking out are:

the first steps of hand lettering
The first steps of lettering  by Mary Kate McDevitt via Skillshare

Storytelling with lettering Martina flor
Storytelling through Lettering
by Martina Flor via Skillshare
illustrating in lettering
Hand lettering Workshop by Mary Kate McDevitt via Skillshare

My favorite lettering tools

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

lettering tools
sketching pack
tombow beginner pack
pencil pack

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)

growth does not come from comfort
merry christmas lettering
my favorite childhood memory lettering
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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

Follow my hand lettering inspiration board

This Pinterest board is where I collect inspiration and resources for hand lettering. From quotes and tips, to tutorial and blog post, make sure to follow it if you are obsessed with Pinterest like I am!

lettering pinterest board

MY TOOLKIT

toolbox lettering

Lettering & calligraphy tools

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

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Content creation gear resources

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

toolbox business resources

My business resources

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

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skillshare banner

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Joy Kelley

Hola! Joy Kelley here, I am a full-time lettering artist obsessed with teaching and sharing my love for Calligraphy, lettering, crafts and all things creative! Welcome to my corner of the web. What to know more about me?

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