How to do Handlettering – Serif, Monoline, and More!

Last Updated on October 18, 2021

Handlettering is a very popular hashtag and artform on Instagram. Where do you start? Honestly, most of it is just practicing and imitating letterforms. First, let’s get one thing clear, handlettering does not equal calligraphy. We could get into specifics, but generally calligraphy is writing letterforms while lettering is sketching letterforms.

Handlettering Examples

Honestly, I think it’s better to learn calligraphy first, so that you are familiar with how letters are intended to look before learning to sketch them. However you can learn everything with some practice.  

Serif Alphabet Handlettering Tutorial

Many fonts’ letterforms have serifs which are “little feet” and decorative edges on the letters. Below is a video detailing how to draw all capital letters from A to Z.

Serif Handlettering with a Sharpie

Faux Calligraphy Handlettering Tutorial

Faux calligraphy is another version of hand lettering that mimics brush calligraphy. First, cursive writing is written to your liking, then what would be the downstrokes are thickened and coloured in.

How to Handletter Brush Calligraphy

Just so you know…

I have released a full practice sheet set for Faux calligraphy, handlettering and monoline calligraphy that can teach you 4 different alphabets to get you started on your handlettering journey. If you are interested, check it out here: Master Class Monoline and Faux Calligraphy Practice Sheets

That’s all for now, let me know if there is any alphabet that you want detailed in this post.

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