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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Blogmas Day 8: The ONLY Brush Lettering Trick You Need!

We're officially in the second week of Blogmas, and following on from yesterday's post about faux calligraphy, today, I want to share with you the one cheap trick that will take your brush lettering to the next level in no time.

If you don't know what brush lettering, first of all, are you okay? Like seriously, have they limited your internet services? Do you want to talk about net neutrality??

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Second of all, brush lettering is exactly what it says on the tin - using a paint brush to create a calligraphy effect. Luckily for us, they now have pens that come with brush nibs - again, did you really not know this already??

Brush lettering is all the rage in the Bullet Journaling and study community. Now, I'm not going to lie to you. There is a definite learning curve to brush lettering, and it does get harder before it gets easier. However, here's a super quick trick that, frankly, was born out of my desperation to look for a technique that works for lefties like me. Don't worry, it will totally work for you right handed peeps too!

Alright enough fluff, here's the trick.

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*deep breath*

Write sideways.

That's right, instead of lettering your word vertically, write at 90 degrees to the page. Don't get what I mean? Check out the super quick video I put together to illustrated the point.

Why does this work?

I'm not entirely sure. However, here's my best guess:

When you write sideways, your wrist is creating a back and forth movement, as opposed to an up and down movement. The back and forth movement is a much more steady, stable movement for your wrist, meaning that the upstrokes are a lot steadier, and not nearly as shaky as if you were to write straight up.  Because the rest of your palm is firmly rested on the page, there is no weight on the pen, and the lines won't be as shaky anymore!

Here's a blank practice sheet to help you play around with this technique (and frankly any other form of lettering! Simply right-click and save the image, and print it off for your practice.

The ONLY brush lettering trick you need to take your lettering skills to the next level, especially if you're LEFT-HANDED!
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And if you do try this out, please do take a moment to let me know how it works for you. I'm always happy to hear from you on Instagram, Twitter, my brand new Facebook page, or via e-mail, so come drop me a line!

I hope you've found this quick tip as useful as I did, and if brush lettering isn't your thing quite yet, definitely give it one more try with this technique and see what you find!

As always, thank you so very much for reading this post, and I'll see you guys again tomorrow with a super helpful tutorial!

All my love,

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