This month, I’ve been talking about basic strokes for brush lettering. Time has passed me by quickly and I was planning on getting two more posts out on this topic, but I decided to combine them both. So this is a really quick overview & I apologize it’s not more in-depth. At some point, I’ll post a video on my youtube channel to accompany this. If you read to the end, I’m including a one-page practice sheet as well as a PDF that you can download with all the information, so hopefully that will get you off to a good start. Feel free to email me any questions if you run into problems! That’s what I’m here for 🙂
Basic Strokes for Brush Lettering
Here’s a few more to try. If you missed my last post, you can see that here:
Start in the middle with a upstroke curving toward the ascender line using light pressure. Curve your stroke as you make a downstroke applying heavy pressure all the way down to the baseline.
Start at the top applying heavy pressure with a downstroke. Go past the baseline, changing the stroke at the bottom & curving into a light upstroke, which meets on the baseline.
Start off to the side as shown in red (above). Curve around & apply pressure, creating a downstroke. At the bottom, curve back,
changing to a light upstroke & connecting to the original start point. This stroke should be circular and even.
Use a heavy downstroke & change your stroke at the bottom, curving into an upstroke with light pressure. stop at the baseline. lines should be parallel to each other.
Start at the baseline and use a light upstroke. Transition into a heavy downstroke. continue to the baseline, keeping lines parallel to each other.
Start at the baseline & create your upstroke using light pressure. Change your stroke by curving into a heavy downstroke. Transition towards the bottom as you curve into another upstroke, using light pressure. Continue towards the baseline, finishing your stroke & keeping all the lines parallel to each other.
These strokes will help you eventually form letters, so take your time practicing them. I threw them all out there for you, but take 1-2 months to really get these down. You should be practicing this daily for at least 15 minutes.
Get my free practice sheet here – includes all the strokes I’ve discussed so far!
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