Alphabet Practice


Hello there! Have you been thinking of picking up brush lettering or are just getting started? You are probably wondering how you can possibly get your hand to create those beautiful, effortless (seeming) letters on Pinterest. Well, I’ve got some important tips for you. You may eventually get tired of me saying this, but the easiest way to get better at brush lettering is simply to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!

How to practice brush lettering efficiently:
-Warm up with your basic strokes.
-Practice each letter until you have a “favorite” or go-to version of that letter
-Do not shy away from letters that make you uncomfortable or that you hate. Those are the exact letters you need to focus on, keep practicing, and work to make a version that you love.
-Use different brush pens to see if there is a type of pen that you prefer or a pen that makes your style look especially good!
-Work on exiting each letter so that it’s “tail” meets at the midline. This will help you with letter connections.

In an effort to help beginners who are just learning about building letters using the basic strokes, I decided to start an alphabet tutorial on my Instagram page. Below are the images straight from this tutorial. There are arrows and numbers on each image, which show the direction the strokes are going and where I pick up the pen. This is meant to help you see how to build each individual letter!

Grab a pen, pick a letter, and get started!


A was created with a Carmine Red Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. The capital A is created using the basic “n” stroke, which focuses on the transition from thin line to thick line. The lowercase a is simply a lopsided oval and tail stroke.


B was created with an Orange (933) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. Both versions of B are whimsical and begin with a thick stem. Capital B contains a double loop, while the lowercase b includes only one loop. These are opposite of the “o” stroke because the thick side is on the opposite side. I call that stroke a “b loop” because it is the essential piece to both b’s and is a great practice stroke.


C was created with a Yellow Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. Both the capital and lowercase C are created with an open lopsided “o” stroke. The lowercase c is very similar to the lowercase a – just do not close the oval.


D was created with an Chartreuse (133) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. The capital D is similar to B, but with only one (larger) “b” loop. Lowercase d includes the same lopsided “o” stroke as a. create a beautiful stem by beginning a new stroke near the same spot the “o” stroke ends, use a thin line to move up (and out) – arch around – and move down with a thick stroke to create the stem.


More letters will be added as the tutorial continues on Instagram.
Be sure to follow along @lyssarts!

4 thoughts on “Alphabet Practice

  1. Delores says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent! I’ve wanted to do this forever and dabble when I can! This has really excited me to drop everything and run with it!!


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