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Mastering the basic techniques will make you a better hand letterer. This foundation of brush strokes will help you on your journey to developing your own style and becoming a better artist. You must be able to deconstruct the letter in order to understand how to build it.

See if you can identify the basic strokes within each letter. You know what the letters of the alphabet are supposed to look like. However, what makes script letters stand out are their contrasting thick and thin lines and where they should be applied—so you have to follow some rules. It will make your life much easier if you follow the correct order and apply the basic strokes with the correct directional pressure.

Practice your uppercase and lowercase letters. Continue practicing each of the individual letters in a separate notebook if needed. Feel free to explore different styles and add extra elements to your letters. In later chapters, we will be focusing on each letter of the alphabet in depth.


Forming Letters practice pages

Download and print these forming letters practice pages. Practice the strokes listed with both your brush pen and felt-tip pens.

Tips & Tricks:

Try forming your letters by piecing each basic stroke together to make a completed letter. After each stroke, lift your pen and apply the next stroke. This allows you to take your time and really think about the direction you’re supposed to follow and the pressure you’re supposed to apply to make sure your letters look their best. After you have mastered the first method, try to keep your pen in contact with the paper between each stroke transition, creating one continuous flow.

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