10 Easy Hand Lettering ideas VIDEO with FREE Printable

I’m sharing 10 Easy Hand Lettering Ideas today! These would be perfect to letter in your bullet journal, sketchbook or onto a handmade card.

Hand Lettering is making letters look pretty- I love doing this especially names, words and quotes! Hand Lettering need not be difficult and you don’t need any fancy tools or pens to get started. Just take your time today and explore these easy Hand Lettering Ideas!

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to print a practice sheet of these easy hand lettering ideas and practice yourself! Also, make sure to check out all of my previous hand lettering practice sheets!

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Easy hand lettering YouTube VIDEO:

You can print the practice sheet (grab it at the bottom of this post for FREE!) and then try these easy hand lettering ideas along with me in my YouTube video. Click the video box below or head to 10 Easy Hand Lettering Styles Video


10 different styles of writing
  1. Shadow Lettering: Doodle or outline your letters and add a 3D effect to it by adding an outline shadow. Color in the shadow with thin lines.
  2. Monoline Script Style: Letter your words with a simple cursive style, but add a swoosh or style element to jazz it up.
  3. Faux Calligraphy: Letter your words with a cursive style- but go back in and add a second line to all the downstrokes to create a faux calligraphy look. I have an entire blog post dedicate to Faux Calligraphy Alphabet, Tips and Quotes too!
  4. Simple Cursive: Use your basic cursive style to letter your words. Arrange your words close, or stack them one upon another. Add small doodles around the words.
  5. Negative Space Lettering: Use all upper case block letters. Outline them or fill them in with color. Draw a large heart around your words and fill in the heart with color to create a negative block lettering look.
  6. Funky Lettering: This is the most fun style ever! Mix and match all the font styles to create something uniquely you.
  7. Fat Filler Style: In this style, you are basically adding a ‘fat’ area to each letter and then decorating that area with some design. I used hearts here- but think stripes, dots, ombre color for another look.
  8. Monoline Lettering: The clean and simple all caps look that is timeless and graceful.
  9. Tall and Skinny Outline: Make your letters tall and skinny to change up the way your words look. This is a great trick for when you need to fit a lot of words into a small area on the page.
  10. Connected Script: This is basically a cursive or script look but you connect all the words to create a different look.

So there you have it! 10 easy hand lettering ideas for you to try out today 🙂

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what pens are best for hand lettering?
  • Drawing pens come in various thicknesses like 01, 02, 03, 05, etc and are great to add small details and outlines to your lettering.
  • Brush pens have a brush tip and work like markers. Great to color in large areas and for calligraphy.
  • A Mechanical pencil to create your under sketch
  • A good eraser to erase all those pencil lines.

ALSO READ: What are BRUSH PENS? and how to use them!


hand lettering I love you

Click here to download: 10 ways to letter I love you worksheet


  • I recommend printing the worksheets onto smooth paper and then using a pen trace over the words slowly.
  • Another way to use these worksheets- place a sheet of marker paper or tracing paper on top of the printout and then brush letter onto that.
  • If you are into digital lettering, you can also use these to practice your iPad lettering.
  • Please understand that these worksheets are for personal use only. Print as many copies as you want. Do not redistribute or resell.
  • Feel free to use one image only and direct people to this blog post when sharing with others, and not to the direct pdf file. Thank you!

ALSO READ: Lettering on iPad: How to practice using FREE worksheets

Thank you for stopping by today friends, I hope you enjoy these easy hand lettering ideas and use them in your sketchbooks and journals!

Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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