Breaking Down: Hand Lettering & Handwriting Styles

Last Updated on May 25, 2024

In a digital age dominated by keyboards and screens, the arts of handwriting and handlettering stands out as a captivating and personal form of expression. This blog post delves into three distinct styles that add a unique touch to written communication: Handwriting, Faux Calligraphy, and 3D Lettering.

P.S – Just so you are aware, in the broader calligraphy space there are 5 main kinds that you can learn more about them on my Calligraphy Roadmap.


Handwriting, often considered a reflection of one’s personality, is a timeless and personal form of communication. From the elegant cursive to the straightforward print, everyone’s handwriting is a unique blend of curves and lines. Below are the 3 types of handwriting that I teach: Proper, Formal and Cursive.

3 Styles of handwriting: Proper, Formal and Cursive

The beauty of handwriting lies in its authenticity, capturing the essence of the individual behind the pen. In a world filled with fonts and digital text, handwritten notes can evoke a sense of nostalgia and connection.

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Faux Calligraphy

Faux Calligraphy, also known as “fake” calligraphy, is a popular hand lettering style that mimics the look of traditional calligraphy without requiring specialized tools. By adding extra strokes to regular handwriting, faux calligraphy creates the illusion of thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes, resulting in an artistic and sophisticated appearance. This accessible technique allows anyone to enjoy the aesthetics of calligraphy without the need for a dip pen or brush.

3D Lettering

Moving beyond the two-dimensional realm, 3D lettering introduces a playful and dynamic element to hand lettering. This style brings words to life by incorporating shadows, highlights, and dimensionality. Whether achieved through shading, layering, or digital effects, 3D lettering adds a contemporary and eye-catching aspect to signage, artwork, and digital design. This style opens up a world of possibilities for creative expression, turning words into visual experiences.

In a world where digital communication dominates, the enduring allure of handwriting and the creative potential of handlettering styles offer a refreshing departure from the ordinary. From the personal touch of everyday handwriting to the artistic flair of faux calligraphy and the dynamic depth of 3D lettering, these styles showcase the diversity and creativity inherent in the written word. Whether you’re penning a heartfelt note, experimenting with faux calligraphy, or creating visually striking designs with 3D lettering, the world of handwriting and handlettering invites us to rediscover the beauty of words in a tangible and expressive way.

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