How To // Get Started With Hand-Lettering (+ A Look Inside My Journal!)

Hey all!

I love hand-lettering. I love that it’s so popular and that you see it everywhere from books to IG to simple decorations. In the past year I’ve gotten into it a lot more and now my mom’s making me hand-letter all over the house. xD My first love came from attending this class several years ago and I really adored it and found it so fun! (My friend Aliyah is SO talented!)

For my birthday last year, I finally ordered a pack of Tombow pens off Amazon (and have since ordered them several times!), and fell in love with the creativity of hand-lettering. I hand-lettered everything those next few months!! Needless to say, I have had a lot of practice over the past year and am still improving.

So. If you want to get better at the hand-lettering thing, if you’ve seen the books and gotten gorgeous wedding invitations, I would love to give you some pointers on how to do that!


1) There’s a lot of information out there, tons of Youtube videos, probably hundreds of courses and books… but the best place to start for me was borrowing a book from the library! I know that a lot of libraries are not open these days, but if you have a digital download app you can usually find a few good hand-lettering and calligraphy books out there. πŸ™‚ Here’s just one of my favs.

2) Order the pack of pens. Seriously, they’re cheap and SO WORTH IT. The dual Tombow pack (which I linked to above) comes with a soft-tip and a hard-tip. The soft-tip is more flexible and I love it for basic cursive. The hard-tip I enjoy using for block letters and headers.

3) Doodle. Copy some sayings off Pinterest (there’s a billion hand-lettered things out there online) and get your hand moving. It’s therapeutic, I promise you. And do NOT worry about being perfect or making mistakes!

Personally, I love highlighting quotes on my Kindle and then copying them into a special journal (thank you for it, Geneva!). One day, the journal will be filled with lots of special quotes that have really meant a lot to me.

4) Practice, practice, practice! You can find some free worksheets here that will help you get into the groove. Practice makes perfect, as they say. πŸ˜‰

I practiced on anything for the first few months. My Bible journals ^^ are filled with hand-lettering and doodles, and my schoolwork has my name in different fonts all over it. xD Seriously, it is the best way to get good at it!

Once you’re getting good at the basics, I’d encourage you to also start experimenting with shapes and sizes. There is so much you can do to a basic quote! Arrows and simple lines are my favorite way to carry words across the page. ❀

And why hand-letter? First of all, it improves your handwriting. When you start out, it might be slow and you’ll make plenty of mistakes. Trust me. BUT, it’s so worth it! You can hand-letter labels around the house, write gorgeous address labels on envelopes, and so much. more.

Do you like to hand-letter? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

// hadassah s. //

24 thoughts on “How To // Get Started With Hand-Lettering (+ A Look Inside My Journal!)

  1. Hannah Haines says:

    Woa. Beautiful!! I probably should work on that… my notebooks contain more of what might be seen as scribbles than letters lol.


  2. horsehappy14 says:

    Cool! i really want to get into calligraphy and hand lettering, but I haven’t practiced much yet! Like, I have a whole calligraphy set… and haven’t used it. lol. I’m asking for brush pens for Christmas! Do you have any that you recommend?
    Your hand lettering is beautiful!

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  3. Honor Persing says:

    That’s gorgeous, Dass! I’ve been getting into calligraphy recently – a little different, but similar idea :). I also got a fountain pen recently, which I really like for lettering. Have you ever used a fountain or dip pen for your hand letting? If so, how would you compare that experience to the brushes/pens you mentioned in your post?


    • Hadassah S. says:

      Aw, thanks, Honor!

      That’s so fun! I have not used a fountain and dip pen for years. I was actually given some nibs recently, but I don’t have any ink, lol. xD I am more familar with brush pens and anything made by Tombow. Thanks for asking, though!


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