Hand Lettering Practice #1

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!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      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.

    2. 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!

  3. 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. :)

  4. 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

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      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! :)

    2. 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!

    3. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

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

  5. katiecrackernuts

    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.

  6. pinksuedeshoe

    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

  7. Brandy

    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 :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

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

  8. 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. :)

  9. 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.

  10. 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 :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Come on join us! Practicing isn’t about being good, it’s about improving. :)

    2. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Great Ria! Just let me know what your Pinterest username is and I’ll add you.

  11. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

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

  12. 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.

  13. Kerry

    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!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      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!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      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!

  14. Kelsey @ Pinegate Road

    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!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

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

  15. 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!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      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!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I don’t really use special tools or paper, but I do prefer Pilot Precise V5 pens.

  16. sarah smith

    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

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Sure Sarah, just send me a link to your Pinterest boards and I’ll add you!

  17. 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!

  18. Ffion McKeown

    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 :)

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