Hey Planning Mashers!
Looking for a way to improve your lettering? You’re in the right place, here are tons of FREE printable lettering worksheets to help you master this skill.
And don’t worry it’s all beginner-friendly and I’ll leave you with a lot of resources on where to start your lettering journey. Get ready to rock your lettering skills and let’s dive into the post!
Lettering is one of the skills you might want to master for your Bullet Journal pages. I’m always in awe of the beautiful calligraphy people use to decorate their journal pages.
What I quickly realized is that the secret to better lettering is of course practice, so I did my research and found tons of free resources and printable worksheets to improve this skill.
Before we dive in though, here are some tips and materials to be sure you’re ready to get going with your lettering.
And of course, we have to start with stationery because boy or boy are there a lot of pens you can use for brush lettering!
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The basic thing you need to know about pens you use for brush lettering is that they should have a flexible tip. Or at least have a possibility to create both thin and thick lines
First of all, let’s start with the most budget version which you might even have at home – Crayola Super Tips!
Yes, these little devils can create the same brush calligraphy effects as any other brush pen, but for a much much lower cost.
If you want to invest in a proper brush pen, don’t go further than Tombow Dual Brush Pens. They are amazing, have tons of colors and most importantly – their brushes are very beginner-friendly
Plus the marker tip will help you fix any small mistakes in your lettering you might make as a beginner.
Tombow 56185 Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack. Blendable, Brush and Fine Tip Markers
- Ideal for fine art, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, illustrations, water color illustrations, journaling and more!
- Set of 9 colors and 1 blender pen, with flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker
- BRUSH TIP: Durable and flexible nylon fiber brush tip, creates medium or bold strokes by changing brush pressure
You also might want to have a smaller brush pen, for more detailed work such as headers for your weekly spreads.
Here is where you have a wonderful option of Tombow Fudenosuke pens. They come in hard and soft tips, so you can control the style of your lettering.
There’re also colored and neon versions of these brush pens, so you could add some more spark to your headers.
I’d definitely say these pens are the best when you start learning calligraphy from zero.
Brush Lettering Basics
Hopefully, by now you have already all your supplies so let’s get to lettering and the worksheets.
The basics of lettering are pretty simple – you just need to master the basic strokes. From there it will be easy – just use the variations of the basic strokes to form different letters.
It’s very important that you start from these and don’t jump into letters straight away. If you start with letters instead of basic strokes, there is a chance your letters will be a bit wonky and it will be hard to see what exactly is off.
It might sound very official and difficult, but don’t worry – it’s all pretty simple and once you master these strokes the letters will be so very easy to draw.
It’s all about practice and grinding, so just give yourself some time.
Several main tips for brush lettering are:
- Hold your pen at a 45-degree angle. It will make sure that you can get thick and thin strokes without damaging the brush.
- Lift your pen up after each stroke. Lettering isn’t writing so it’s totally ok to lift the brush to help you create better-looking letters.
- Take your time. There is no rush, take your time when you letter and make sure you put a thought to your letters.
Brush Lettering Basic Strokes Printable Worksheets
Since practicing brush lettering starts from basic strokes, let’s start with free basic stroke printables.
You’ll see that every creator has their own style so even brush strokes might look a bit different. It’s not a problem – you can do any style you like. The important thing here is – keep all your strokes in the same style, particularly angled the same way.
You can achieve that by using specially lined paper. I actually have the empty worksheets with lining that helps with brush lettering in the Resources Vault, so you can print that out and use it for practice. You can join in the form at the end of the post if you’re not one of Planning Mashers yet.
Make sure you get the one with the angle guide and make sure you put your basic strokes between the waist and baseline, the same goes for top letters.
The ascender is for bigger letters like b or l. The descender is for letters like g or j.
A note here about printing your worksheets – make sure you use high-quality printing paper (like this one), otherwise the paper might damage your pen and we never want that!
Alternatively, you can also use any paper and just use a tracing paper sheet for practicing. That way you’ll also be able to reuse your worksheets, plus tracing paper is much more affordable. My recommendation would be this marker paper or this tracing paper.
Before I give you the links I want to mention that these are from different creators so there is no one link to download them all. Just click on each name in bold pink and you’ll be taken to a site to download the printables.
Free Lettering Started Guide by Missy Briggs
Missy is a wonderful teacher and a practices calligrapher with several calligraphy books published. And hands down her worksheets with basics strokes are my favorites.
A cool thing about these worksheets is that they don’t just have basic strokes, but also a lot of theory and explanation on how to improve your strokes and master brush lettering.
Basic Brush Lettering Strokes by Awesome Alice
Awesome Alice has a lot of amazing lettering printables, there will be more featured below. But for beginners, the best is to start with these basic strokes.
Basic Brush Lettering Brush Strokes Worksheet by Moms and Crafters
I like these worksheets because they have a lot of interesting variations on the basic strokes we talked about above.
Free Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet: Neat Slant Edition by The Postman’s Knock
This one includes slant basic strokes, as well as a sample alphabet. It has a more traditional calligraphy look to it, but the basic strokes are basic strokes. So it works even if you’re going for a more modern calligraphy feel.
Brush Lettering Basics – Free Worksheet by Scribbling Grace
This worksheet includes all the basic strokes you need, as well as small and capital letters. Just remember before starting on letters you should master the basic strokes.
Basic Strokes For Small Tip Brush Pens by Dawn Nicole Designs
There is a difference in size between the large and small tips, so it’s good to have worksheets for both. I love that Nicole also provides the files for digital lettering on your iPad.
Basic Strokes For Large Tip Brush Pens by Dawn Nicole Designs
Nicole has a lot of worksheets (and there will be more links to her resources). Again I love how she decided to include both small and bit tip brush pens worksheets.
Not Your Average Drills by The Postman Knock
If you ever get bored with your usual drills – just try out this worksheet! the main principles are the same but it feels very different and more fun.
Basic Strokes by Kelly Leigh Creates
She has a lot of lettering practice sheets, all you need is to sign up for her mailing list that will bring you lots of lettering resources.
Free Basic Strokes Worksheet by Destination Decoration
The strokes here are very basic, but of course, that’s a good thing. I like the post itself as well since it provides a lot of interesting information on lettering.
Free Brush Lettering Practice Sheet: Basic Strokes by Ebb and Flow
This one includes basic strokes, but also just a grid to help you practice more.
Where To Learn Lettering
Ok let’s say you have your basic strokes, but still need some guidance on how to approach them and master the lettering. Here are a few resources that I think will be very useful for you.
First, of course, I advise you to start from my detailed post Brush Lettering Guide For Beginners.
I have in my post the best tips and tricks to master brush lettering, as well as tons of useful resources.
But if you want to jump straight to some free lessons from incredible lettering artists, here are the few:
Free Lettering Quickstart Guide by Little Coffee Fox
30 Days To Better Brush Calligraphy video series by Dawn Nicole
31 Days to Love YOUR lettering blog post series by Creative Lei
Plus, there are several Skillshare classes that you can get for FREE if you follow this link and get 2 weeks FREE access to Skillshare premium with thousands of classes!
Skillshare is an online education platform that has tons of classes on pretty much anything you can think of (just check my post How To Bring Your Bullet Journal To The Next Level).
Among those are of course some incredible lettering classes that can definitely help you improve this skill. Here are some of my recommendations:
Calligraphy for Beginners 3 – The Brush Pen Letters by Jackson Alves
Hand Lettering Techniques: 5 Ways to Better Work by Teela Cunningham
Lettering in Color: Colorful Brush Lettering with Fudenosuke Colors by Kiley Bennett
Modern Brush-Lettering & Calligraphy: From Sketch to Screen by Cat Coquillette
Brush Lettering 2: Alphabet Basics by Peggy Dean
Free Lettering Printables
Finally, there are tons of free resources and worksheets for you to master lettering. Note here that even if it sounds the same in many resources, the style of letters is always different, so be sure to check them all out to find the style you love.
First, let me start with what I can offer you!
In the Resources Vault, you can find empty sheets with the perfect lining to practice your lettering. Moreover, there is a practice sheet with days of the week and months of the year as well.
You can join Planning Mashers in the signup form at the end of the post, and you’ll get access to tons of free printables for your Bullet Journal.
Ok now let’s look into worksheets offered by other creators. Note that there is no one link to download them all, you’d have to click each link separately to get your practice worksheets.
The links are the text in bold pink.
Alphabet Brush Lettering Practice Sheets
We will start from the basics – small and capitals letters of the alphabet.
These will help you move from basic strokes to actual lettering and choose what lettering style you prefer.
Miniscule Letters Of The Alphabet by Kelly Sugar Crafts
Really cute minuscules alphabet worksheet.
I also really like that there is a file for Procreate as well if you want to try digital brush lettering.
Cherry Style Miniscule Letters by Kelly Sugar Crafts
Kelly created one more practice sheet, also available for Procreate.
These minuscule letters are in a different more bouncy style.
Lowercase Lettering Practice Sheets by Shawna Clingerman
All lower case alphabet hand-drawn by Shawna Clingerman.
Moreover, these worksheets are great for large tip brush pens, like Tombow Dual Brush.
Free Uppercase Lettering Practice Sheets By Amanda Kay
If you want to try your hand in uppercase – this worksheet is for you.
Plus again you can use this one with large tip brush pens.
12 Page Brush Lettering Worksheet by Homeschool On
12 pages of lettering worksheets, that include the minuscule letters, as well as some phrases.
I just wanted to mention here that even though there are many worksheets here for the alphabet, all of them are different and created in a different style.
Hand Lettering 101 – 8 Styles of Alphabet by Ruffles and Rain Boots
You’ll not just have an alphabet, but you’ll have it in 8 different styles.
Plus also each letter has some words you can practice.
Dual Brush Tip Lettering Worksheet by Tombow USA
Of course, it’s always great to get your sheets from the brush pen creators themselves. And Tombow creates probably the best brush pens ever.
This worksheet includes minuscule and capital letters, as well as some basic strokes. You can use your large brush tip penm like Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
Lowercase Brush Lettering Practice Sheet by Amy Latta Creations
Lowercase brush pen lettering worksheet, this one is great for small tip brush pens.
This one also comes with a file for Procreate to rock your digital brush lettering.
Brush Lettering Practice Sheet by Liz On Call
This one includes both minuscule and capital letters.
The cool thing about these worksheets is that each letter inside is divided by basic strokes, so it will be significantly easier to practice them.
50 Ways To Letter The Alphabet Lettering Worksheets by Little Coffee Fox
Shelby from Little Coffee Fox is a great master of lettering and of course, she has some awesome worksheets.
These have a page for each letter, and each page has 50 ways to letter a certain letter of the alphabet.
Uppercase Alphabet Worksheet by Kelly Leigh Creates
There are 5 pages in this worksheet covered with uppercase alphabet practice. All you need to get your access is to sign up for her resources vault.
There are also files for practicing in Procreate available. And these are great for small tip brush pens like Tombow Fudenosuke.
Small Brush Lettering Practice Sheet by Love Lettered Here
This worksheet is just one page, but it has all the minuscule alphabet.
I just want to mention that the lettering style is very very cute!
Brush Lettering Practice Sheet by The Petite Planner
The Petite Planner has beautiful lettering skills so of course with her being an educator as well she had to create some lettering worksheets.
These include capital and minuscule letters, as well as some words you might want to letter in your Bullet Journal.
Minimalist Alphabet Practice Sheet by Creative Feel Designs
Capital and minuscule letters in a very cute font!
This worksheet also has little helpful arrows to guide you through the process of writing all the letters.
Free Flourish Lettering Practice Sheets by Two Easels
Worksheets with capital and minuscule letters.
The best part is – they are in a very beautiful flourished style. Definitely give it a look!
Words And Sentences Lettering Practice Sheets
Now that you know how to write letters, it might be a good time to start with writing words.
Thankfully there are tons of worksheets for that, so let’s take a look.
Days Of The Week Lettering Worksheets by Dawn Nicole
Days of the week are probably the things you letter the most in your Bullet Journal, so it’s always great to practice those.
Yes, again this worksheet also comes in a JPEG format so you could practice in Procreate as well.
Happy Birthday Letters Practice Sheets by Dawn Nicole
Simple worksheets to practice “Happy Birthdays” in different bouncy fonts.
It can be fun for a special page in your Bullet Journal, or to create a birthday card.
Months Of The Year Practice Worksheets by Dawn Nicole
Another thing that you’ll probably need to letter in your journal pretty often.
Just like all her other printable worksheets they are available in a digital format to use in Procreate.
Life is Messy and Brilliant Hand Lettering Printables
You can find many interesting worksheets here, including such important basic ones as months of the year and days of the week.
All these will be great for your Bullet Journal, whether it’s your monthly setup or a quote page.
Harry Potter Brush Lettering Practice Sheets by Awesome Alice
Want to create a Harry Potter Bullet Journal theme? These worksheets are perfect for you.
Full of names and different other Harry Potter words to add to your pages.
Holiday Lettering Practice Sheets by Awesome Alice
One more cool worksheet from Alice and this time it’s all about the holidays.
Learn to brush letter different holiday names with these worksheets.
Days of The Week Brush Lettering practice Sheets By Amanda Kay
One more practice worksheet for days of the week.
Considering all worksheets come from different creators and have different styles it’s always good to have a variety of them.
Monthly Planner Brush Letters Worksheet by Lovely Planner
Worksheet that includes a lot of words useful for your planner setup.
From names of the months of the year to the “this month”, “review” kind of words you’ll use in your planner pretty often
Days Of The Weekly Worksheet by Lovely Planner
One more days of the week worksheet.
Since for your weekly spreads, you would mostly need it to be in a smaller size. So this worksheet is perfect and it works well with small tip brush pens.
Free Lettering Practice Sheets by The Pigeon Letters
Pigeon Letters is a master of lettering (I learned a lot from her book!) so of course, she has plenty of lettering resources as freebies.
I’ve got access to ger resources library myself and I must say it’s full of useful things.
Names Of The Months Worksheets by Kelly Sugar Crafts
Cute months of the year worksheets, available for Procreate as well.
I love these because they have such a unique and bouncy lettering style!
Other Lettering Worksheets
We are done with all the basics by now, but I still found a few other printable worksheets that might be fun to explore.
These are not a must-have in mastering lettering, but might be fun to do those.
Faux Calligraphy Worksheet by Scribbling Grace
While you’re still working on your brush lettering, you might want to try faux calligraphy.
This is a fun way to create a brush lettering effect without actually using a brush pen!
Flourishing Worksheet by Lettering With Lesley
Flourishing your letters can add a lot of fun to your words, plus it’s a good way to fill out empty space on your quote pages.
this worksheet will give you some ideas on what kind of flourishes you can use in your lettering.
3 Hand Lettering Worksheets For Beginners by Printable Crush
Want to improve your hand lettering? This worksheet is for you.
If you’re seriously working on your handwriting though be sure to check my blog post with 9 Simple Techniques To Improve Your Handwriting.
I think you’re all set now to go and conquer the world of brush lettering!
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