Hand Lettering Practice #1

August 17th, 2012

I’m still honing my hand lettering skills, so I’m going to post a bit of my work each Friday for the next 5 weeks (like I did with gouache a few months back).

Does anybody want to practice with me? :)

lettering practice

lettering practice

If anyone wants to practice along with me and share your progress, I made a Pinterest board (right here) for us to pin our lettering work all in one place. If you send me a message right here and include a link to your Pinterest boards I will send you an invite to join the board. Your lettering doesn’t have to be amazing or anything—no pressure. Just have fun with it!


  1. Julie K.

    Excited! I loved when you did the weekly gouache posts, and I love hand-lettering, so this is going to be great! I look forward to each week!


  2. torrie

    i do! i want to practice with you! what’s the next assignment? ;) do we have goals? can we share our results?? can’t wait to see your posts every friday!

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      Ummm the assignment is to hand letter something, haha. It can be as simple as your name or as elaborate as your favorite quote. Next week I think I’m going to work on lettering some new birthday cards.

      Great idea about sharing our results! I just created a Pinterest board for our communal lettering work. I think that’s probably the best way to do it. If you want to add your lettering to the board just let me know what your Pinterest username is, and I’ll add you to the board.

    • torrie

      YES! this is great! i just saw your hand lettering practice #2 from today and I’M SO EXCITED! i had forgotten about my comment here and didn’t know you responded until i saw you mention the pinterest board! WOOHOO. please add me: ttasai! THANKS!

    • torrie

      just kidding – i don’t even know my own username! it’s: tapinterest! sorry!

  3. I would love to join you! I bought the typography book you mentioned in a previous post and I love looking over the pages.

  4. Liz

    This looks so good! I love the ‘Thank You’ on the bottom left in the first photograph! I recently bought a new pack of illustration pens, so I’d love to join you in practicing hand lettering. :)

  5. Melanie

    Oooh! I do! :) These look great!

  6. Amy

    I would absolutely love to join in! I found your blog and the book you posted about hand lettering, it has since rekindled my love for it! I would LOVE to practice along with you all!

    My Pinterest name is: AmyHopper

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      I’m so glad you want to join in Amy! I tried to add you to the board, but it looks like you have to be following me on Pinterest for me to be able to add you. If you would, follow witandwhistle on Pinterest and then I can add you! :)

    • Amy

      Think I’m following you now! :D Pinterest has been acting a little spazzy for me today. And thank you so much! Also. Your lettering is looking great!

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      It has been spazzy for me too! I just sent you an invite to the board! :)

  7. Oh I love it! I would love to practice along with you =) My pinterest name is mallacoota (http://pinterest.com/mallacoota/). I’m excited about this!

  8. Sign me up, too! I think this is a great idea – I’ve just started hand lettering but I’m feeling VERY novice… I don’t even know what to write! I think your work is so lovely and inspirational. My name on Pinterest is MissHelenBrown (http://pinterest.com/misshelenbrown). Looking forward to seeing everyone’s work!

  9. Great idea, beautiful sketches, and YES, I’d like to join:) /Pinterest acc. linked! ;)

  10. I’ve been thinking about hand lettering too. I used to do calligraphy when I was a teenager and had all the time in the world. Oh to be back there and better use that time. Gah! I’ve followed the board. Lovely.

  11. Ai

    Me too! (If I can find the time) My pinterest name is ailovesthis

  12. okay, sounds fun :) my pinterest is amanda_tanner

  13. Oh, I want to join in! I’m amagnoliaheart on Pinterest.

  14. Marjorie McFarland

    I would so love to join too.,
    My name on pinterest is Marjorie McFarland

  15. Oh I am so in! I just read a post on another blog where she suggested having a handwriting practice notebook, and immediately picked one up. I was going to start a 30 day writing project tomorrow already! Such a fun idea to share it on pinterest too. I’d love to join, username pinksuedeshoe

  16. Fun, okay I’m going to try along with you all! My name on Pinterest is Brandy Waterfall. I always think about starting but never do, now I have a great reason to, thanks Amanda :)

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      That’s great Brandy, getting started is definitely the hard part. I just added you to the board!

  17. I love this! It’s making me want to buy a sketchbook to just fancily write fun words and phrases.

  18. Cheyenne

    Ah, this’ll be a good little bit of encouragement! I really do need to expand on the sort of hand lettering I do, it’s tending to all look the same. cheyennebarton is my username. :)

  19. Autumn

    Is it too late to join? :) I would love to have a little inspiration to get me back on track! My name on Pinterest is Autumn Barcroft.

  20. Ria

    Oh wauw, that looks great already! If this is practice, what does ‘for real’ look like then?? ;) I would love to join you on Pinterest, but my lettering isn’t nearly as good as yours. I think I’ll start following first :)

  21. Britt

    Hey AMANDA! This is just the challenge I needed, so count me in & Add me to the board :) WOOHOO!

  22. This is amazing! I’d love to join the Pinterest group, my Pinterest name is katewyver. I can’t wait to get started practising!

  23. Great idea! Will you add me? My username is TheHandmaden. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Is it too late to join in? This is just the inspiration I needed, I love it. swansandlists is my username. :)

  25. OOOO!!!! I totally want to join! I am getting into hand lettering stuff. emilyhone is my pintrest user name BTW! :)

  26. T.

    love this idea! Count me in! I am LiladeTresor on Pintrest.

  27. This is so amazing and inspiring!! I’d love to join :). My username is mitarienteh.

  28. Kaylee

    Can I join too?! My username is kayleenanicole.

  29. What a great idea! I’ve just started practising myself, you can see some of my efforts on my ‘handlettering’ board, this is my link:

  30. oh, i’m doing the same, i’d love to join in – my username is typeandtitle :)

  31. I did some practice… would love to add it to your board! My username is tinkerfinca

  32. I need the practice and would love to share on your board. Thanks so much!


  33. Amanda (wit & whistle)

    Okay, I think I have invited everyone to the board up to this point. Let me know if I missed anyone!

  34. Kay Corrigan

    My question – what are you using for your writing instrument. I noticed someone mentioned illustration pens, but wanted to check my choices before I go to the store. Thanks for a wonderful inspiration.

  35. if its not too late i would like to be added. username is lesrhodes.

    thank you!

  36. I would love to practice with you! Is it too late? My username on Pinterest is Anna Kallkopf.

  37. I’m in! I’ve been practicing my hand lettering here & there all summer. Funny how creative-minded people tend to think alike! Are you tracing anything to start your message? Trying to figure out how to start with the look of letter that I want…

    I follow you on Pinterest now & my username is Kbatty. Yeah!!

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      Nope, I don’t trace anything. I just start drawing and sometimes it looks good and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s why I need practice, haha!

  38. absolutely beautiful! my pinterest name is jordanjhughes.

  39. Amanda (wit & whistle)

    Okay, I’m caught up on board inviting! (note to self)

  40. My pinterest name is jenniferlioy (http://pinterest.com/jenniferlioy) if it’s not too late to join!

  41. Melissa

    I love lettering. My pinterest is msandstrom92 :)

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      Hi Melissa, I searched for your username on pinterest but I couldn’t find you! Could you give me the full link to your boards? Thanks!

  42. Hello! I’d love to join in on the pinning party :) I recently was told about it by one of my readers, and it’s such a great idea! I’m glad to have found you through this process too, I’m definitely going to be following your blog now! USERNAME: pinegateroad Thank you!

  43. Allie

    I want to join in on the fun :) My username is allieloy! Thanks a ton!

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      Hey Allie, I searched for your username on Pinterest but couldn’t find you. Could you give me the direct link to your boards?

  44. I’d love to be apart of the board. It’s always so much more fun to practice and share with fellow letters! My name on Pinterest is Markerette or Molly Povolny. Thanks!!

  45. Chel

    Count me in, please!! I love the idea of a board devoted to hand lettering and like-minded souls. My pinterest name is Michelle Little Smith (i think)…Thanks!!

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      I searched for “Michelle Little Smith” but couldn’t find you. If you send me a direct link to your boards I’ll add you!

  46. this is so exciting! i wish I would have come across your blog sooner! can i still be added to the board? -Pearl Perilous

  47. hey Amanda! I’d love to be added, if I could :) been eyeing it for awhile!

  48. Hi Amanda!

    What tools do you recommend… certain paper or pens? I love the idea of practicing every Friday….maybe with a bottle of wine too ; )


  49. i LOOOOVE writing. its probably my greatest vanity :( but, oh well. :) may i still join up with yall? i love getting new font ideas. tried your “you will always be older than me” one, changed a couple things, love it. :) <3

  50. just recently found your blog and pin board, and would love to participate! username is st7n! thanks!!

  51. Amanda (wit & whistle)

    If anyone still wants to join the Pinterest Lettering Practice board, send me a message here: http://witandwhistle.com/contact/ with a link to your Pinterest boards and I’ll send you an invite!

  52. Sarah Jane

    what is your favorite pen to do hand lettering in? I’m just starting and am having a hard time figuring out which pen to start with!

  53. Amanda,
    I’m addicted to scrolling through the community pinterest board looking for inspiration. I don’t suppose its still open to newcomers is it? I know it’s a long shot but I thought I’d ask :)

  54. You inspire me! I set a goal for myself to learn and improve on my creative skills in 2014. Hand lettering is one of the skills I would like to work on. :)

    I did a post with some Weekend Inspiration and included your 5 weeks of hand lettering practice along with your pinterest board. It can be found here:


    Best Wishes,


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