Additional Materials:Desired Paper, Mechanical Pencil, Eraser
• Just starting out? Trace out a word or phrase with a mechanical pencil, then trace on top of that with the brush pen.
• Use a brush tip marker for smooth, flowing lines, and a chisel tip for straight, bold lines.
• To accommodate the upstroke and downstroke of each character, adjust your wrist.
• With upstrokes, apply less pressure to the pen (pull), and apply heavy pressure with the downstroke (push).
• Work with angled grid paper to keep each character on the same angle. This will also help with character spacing.
• If your downstroke is not thick enough, go back in and lightly adjust with the brush tip.
• In traditional lettering, each character stays in its parameters of the cap height, X-height, and baseline (See pg. 3 of printable worksheet to learn more!). In bounce lettering, each character jumps up and down on the grid.
• Practice writing out a word in the traditional method, then on the next line down, try the same word in bounce lettering.
• Trace out the word in bounce lettering, then go back in and erase and adjust each character. Exaggerate specific letters and connections to give the word more movement.
• When working with a phrase, bring more bounce and emphasis to the prominent words in that phrase (don't overemphasize "and" "of" or "the").
• With a pencil, experiment with the size of each character, allowing certain characters to stand out more than others. Erase and adjust if needed.
• If there is a character with an arm (ex.: "f" or "t"), extend the arm to fill out any negative space. Add in a flourish or a simple curve to the arm.
• Practice the eight traditional lettering brushstrokes: upstroke, downstroke, overturn, underturn, compound curve, oval, ascending loop, and descending loop. Refer to the template for examples.
• Practice writing over the outlined brushstrokes at first, then move on to practicing freehand.
• Focus on the brushstroke, then move onto spacing, alignment and angle. Adjust the wrist if needed.
• The oval is tricky to connect. Focus on connecting the upstroke of this character during practice, and keep the hand light while creating.