Hand Lettering 101: Theory

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Total Run Time:
44 minutes

Total Videos:
7 videos

Course Description:

Delve into the craft of hand lettering with Shelby Abrahamsen as your guide. This introductory course invites beginners into the world of visual words and letter forms, from elegant calligraphy to dynamic brush lettering. Learn the fundamentals—starting with the anatomy of letters and the pivotal role of line weight. Shelby assures that minimal supplies are needed to start; a pencil, paper, and a dash of creativity will set you on your path. Gain confidence in your lettering with exercises on posture, pen holding, and understanding the subtle balances that can transform simple words into art.

What You Will Learn:

  • The essence of hand lettering as a visual art form, including calligraphy and brush lettering
  • How to start lettering with basic and affordable supplies like pencils and paper
  • Techniques to maintain proper posture and hold your pen correctly to avoid injury
  • Understanding the anatomy of letters, such as baselines and x-heights, for cohesive lettering
  • The importance of line weight and how it impacts the appeal and consistency of your lettering work

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Paper (grid paper recommended for beginners)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler or straight-edge
  • Workbook (included)
  • Drawing pens (optional)
  • Markers (optional)
  • Brush pen (optional)
  • iPad (optional)

What’s In The Course?

  • 7 Videos
  • Step-by-Step Lessons
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 44 minutes

Meet Your Instructor:

Shelby Abrahamsen

Blogger at LittleCoffeeFox.com

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Avatar Janet Gillis
Posted 1 day ago
Important Skill to Know

For me - the hardest course I've completed. Handwriting and lettering is very difficult for me to do. Somewhere along the way, my hand lettering skills jump off the track and crash landed. Shelby is such a patient instructor and she provides some lively exercises and downloadable material for you to practice and learn from. I've made some progress!

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Avatar Jolan
Posted 1 day ago
Easy way to learn lettering

I loved the course, though it took me a long time to complete it. I had watched a one off video session with Shelby in 2021, and it’s been since then I tried to complete this course. DONE now, and I recommend to anyone wanting to learn lettering. I use this for scrapbooking journaling or even cards. Wonderful course, thanks a bunch Shelby.🎄🎇

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