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5 easy ways to change up your brush lettering

October 20, 2015

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Sometimes, I like to change up my brush lettering and add a few different elements to it. Anything from a change in medium to a change in style of writing. There are different ways to change the way your brush lettering looks. Here, I’ll show you five easy ways to do so!

1. Switch up your letter forms

Do you always write your letters a certain way? Why not change it up and incorporate a few different ways of writing a certain letter? Sometimes it can feel odd deviating from your preferred letter formations, but it can actually be fun!

Here are a few examples that you can use:
A loop in the t can give it a bit of a whimsical feel. You can also apply the loop to your ‘l’s and ‘d’s

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There are many ways to write the letter ‘s’. Here are 3 ways that I write mine.8

Again, I’m only making small changes to alter the way my ‘a’ looks.7

2. Flourish!

Flourishing can vastly improve the way your lettering looks. I know from personal experience that it can be extremely difficult to achieve. This is why I have created a Pinterest board that has a few practice worksheets and tutorials that I’ve used to help me learn to add flourishes to my brush lettering.4

3. Change mediums

Look at how different my lettering looks when I use a brush pen versus a waterbrush with watercolours! Adding colour gives a different look and feel, and watercolour lettering can give your letters a variations in opacity.9

4. Adjust the thickness of your downstrokes

Sometimes, a uniform thickness in your brush lettering can be very whimsical and pretty, especially when the writing is nice and flow-y.

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Other times, extremely thick downstrokes paired with very thin upstrokes can be a bold move.

5. Try a different style

Have you ever tried a straight up and down style? A mixture of caps and lowercase letters?

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What about having letters reach into your ascender and descender regions when they usually don’t? (Confused by these terms? Read up on my beginner’s post on lettering over at Surely Simple!)1

How about adding in some capital letters? I have created a Uppercase Letter Guide to help you with your uppercase letter formation!

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I do hope this post gave you a few ideas on how to change up your brush lettering, and perhaps find your own style. In the end, it’s really up to you to discover what style you enjoy!

Stay creative,
Jo 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ira Katherine Gapasangra May 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I absolutely agree to this post, Jo! I mean, I’ve only gotten my feet wet in calligraphy almost a year ago and from there, I’ve found a few tricks on how I can change up my brush lettering by doing some of the points you posted here. Will definitely try the rest of the points I haven’t tried with. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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