Looking around Instagram and Pinterest, there are so many styles of lettering. It can be overwhelming. In this post, I’ll show you 9 super simple lettering styles you can try in your bullet journal.
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Being honest, lately, I’ve been slacking in the Bujo Department. But, I’m killing it in the practicing doodling and lettering department. I’ve been so hooked on creativity and artsy stuff lately, that my planning has fallen by the wayside. I should just write, “spend all day doodling and lettering” on my to-do list.
However, it’s March. It’s a fresh start. I’m cracking down on my planning routine. But, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doodling on every piece of paper and practicing my lettering multiple times a day.
In today’s post, I’m going to show you some very simple lettering styles you can start using in your bullet journal right away. You don’t need any fancy supplies. A black pen, a pencil, and an eraser will do the trick. Having something to add color and a small strip of washi can be helpful, but it’s not required.
The following styles of lettering are easy to recreate. Be sure to check out the tutorial video embedded near the bottom of this post. I’m using Tombow Fude Pens and Tombow Mono Drawing Pens (01, 03, 05) for these styles. I received these pens in my recent Well Inked Box, which was sent to me complimentary.
This box is a quarterly art subscription box out of Canada. I have received two of these boxes and have been over the moon about both. The first was a watercolor box that came with watercolors, a brush, a brush holder, and watercolor paper. That box gave me the push I needed to try my hand at watercolor. And I’m so glad I did. The second box is for the journaler, letterer, and doodler. So it’s pretty much MY box. I did an unboxing in my lettering video below that you can check out.
9 Simple Lettering Styles
for Your Bullet Journal
1). Faux-Block Lettering with Serifs
I use this style frequently in my bullet journal. It’s very simple, yet very bold. To create this style, simply draw a rectangle in place of the lefthand stroke of a letter. In the instance that you have a letter with a stem, like capital T, you would turn the stem into a rectangle. Then, to add serifs, just add small dash marks to the ends of the strokes of each letter.
2). Faux-Block Lettering with Curls
Just like the style above, you will create rectangles in place of the lefthand stroke of each letter. Then, at the end of the stroke, add a single curl. You can add designs inside your faux-block letters if you wish.
3). Block Lettering With a Shadow
When creating block lettering, the one thing you should keep in mind is that you are no longer writing. You are drawing. Draw out your letters. Afterward, you will add your shadow. To add a shadow, imagine a light source. In my example, the light source would be on the upper righthand side, because the shadow is casting down and to the left. You can imagine your light source coming from wherever you want. Just be sure to stay consistent with which side of the letter strokes you add your shadow to.
4). Negative Space Block Lettering
This is a very simple lettering style. Draw you block letters as you did in the previous style. Then, draw a rectangle, square, circle, or another shape around your letters. Fill in the shape with a black pen or marker, leaving the letters hollow.
5). Bubble Lettering
Instead of creating square corners on your letters, make them round to create this style. Then, much like the shadow above, you are going to draw a line on the outside of each letter. Be consistent with the side you add your line to. Some artists call this a floating shadow. Finally, add some rounded lines and dots on the interior of the letters. This gives it a 3D rounded feel.
6). Expanded Script
This lettering style is very simple. Take your normal cursive writing, stretch it out and make it more angled. This style looks really good paired with one of the bolder lettering styles above.
7). Tall and Skinny
This is my go-to writing style when I’m in a hurry and don’t want to create anything too elaborate. Make your letters very tall and skinny. Then, with any letter that has a curved terminal (t, e, c), extend it up higher. You can also bring certain strokes down further like I’ve done with the lowercase A above.
8). Sticker Letters
These are very fun and can add a playful look to your headers or to certain words in a quote. Write out your letters in a simple font. Then, add a bubbly outline around the letters. To add depth, create shadows around the outline the same as you did with the block letters above.
9). Lined Shadow
Start with any font you’d like. I used a simple script font. Then, like the block letters with a shadow above, imagine your light source. Instead of adding a thick line to the outside of each letter, add short diagonal lines, mimicking a shadow.
Simple Lettering Styles Process Video + Well Inked Box Review
Be sure to check out the process video on these simple lettering styles, and get an inside look at the Well Inked Box.
If you are looking to get into brush lettering and improve your skills, I highly recommend checking out Loveleigh Loops E-Courses. Jillian and Jordan are extraordinary women with incredible combined lettering knowledge. Whether you want to stick to the more traditional calligraphy style or the more modern bounce brush lettering, they are amazing. I have been going through their Letter Logic Course and it has helped me improve my lettering tenfold.
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