Hand lettering

Hand lettering is an art in itself and mastering it requires both plenty of practice and the right products. From fineliners to brushpens, edding offers all the pens hand lettering beginners and experts could need.

The perfect starter kit for hand lettering beginners and experts

Pens with different stroke widths are ideal for trying out the different types of hand lettering and developing your own personal style. With their flexible brush tips, edding brushpens are perfect for brush lettering, for instance. Fineliners can be used to create tall, thin letters, while fibre pens can add accenting shadows. With their bright colours and fine lines, edding gel rollers are ideal for creating coordinating finishing touches and decorative flourishes.

The different types of hand lettering

Hand lettering is an art in its own right, meaning there are many different ways to learn and practise it.

We'd like to introduce three of them in more detail so that you can easily immerse yourself in the art of hand lettering: brush lettering, faux calligraphy and bounce lettering.

Of course, practice makes perfect, and it will take a while before you really get a feel for the letters and pens. Ultimately, hand lettering is an art, and each art is unique and takes time to learn.

Brush lettering

Brush lettering is relatively challenging and requires a good brushpen with a soft and flexible tip, as well as a fair bit of practice. To create your letters, press firmly on the tip to create a wider line, and apply less pressure to create thinner lines. 

Faux Calligraphy

Faux calligraphy is born of the art of illusion. First, write out your word leaving a little extra space between each letter. Then, add lines to each stroke to mimic the thickening effect of a brushpen. Finally, simply colour in your work – it will look as though you used a brushpen all along! 

Bounce Lettering

Bouncing letters above and below your baseline will give your work a special flare! When creating bounce lettering, make sure that letters with long ascenders and descenders don’t get in each others’ way – only let your middle-sized letters dance for a truly harmonious aesthetic.

Hand lettering in everyday life

Once you’ve mastered hand lettering, there are many ways to integrate it into your everyday life. Whether designing a bullet journal, creating a DIY appointment calendar or making a home-made birthday card, there are no limits to your creativity! 

Organise your life with bullet journaling

Bullet journals are a wonderfully creative way to structure your daily life and keep track of everything. We also have a bullet journal, and every month we add unique flourishes to our new ideas for bullet journal structure and design. You can find all our previous bullet journal ideas and inspiration in our bullet journaling ideas bank

Give the gift of home-made, hand-lettered cards

Whether it’s a birthday card, a get-well-soon card or a card for your best friend’s wedding, we all love home-made cards and have already designed our own for many special occasions. If you need some inspiration or would like to give one of our cards as a gift, please take a look in our ideas bank

Your writing surface matters

As well as using the right pens for hand lettering, it’s naturally also vital to use the correct, suitable surface. If you wish to create lettering on a dark material, our gel rollers, which create metallic accents, or our pastel pen, which intensifies white, are ideal. On light surfaces, you are quite free in your choice of product. However, for small, specialist surfaces, we recommend our gloss paint markers, which have proven themselves on many different materials and surfaces – meaning they also write brilliantly on stone, for example. For blackboards or windows, we have our chalk markers, which can be easily wiped away with a damp cloth. edding therefore has the right solution for every surface, without limiting your creativity. 

Writing on stone

To write on stone, you need highly opaque products that can withstand its typically rough surface. Discover all our pens suitable for writing and painting on stone! 

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Writing on boards

Often, we don’t want to create permanent marks on boards, meaning we need pens that can be easily wiped away with a damp cloth. Take a closer look at our pens!

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Writing on glass and window panes

Glass and window panes also make wonderful, creative canvases. You can find the perfect products for creative play on our Glass and Windows page. 

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Practise, practise, practise...

That’s enough theory for now – so let’s get started and create our first hand-drawn letters! We recommend you take it slow and steady to start with and avoid applying too many effects all at once; with hand lettering, less is usually more. If your lettering isn’t up to the level of our examples after your first attempt, it really doesn’t matter. Everyone has to start somewhere and you’ll probably need to practise a little before the results come up to your expectations. It’s well worth being patient, though – trust us!

You may wish to sketch your lettering artwork out in pencil first and then go over it with your preferred choice of markers and pens for lettering. You can find our fabulous selection of templates for lettering and tracing in the templates section.

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