Hand Lettering Practice #2

I can’t tell you how excited I am that so many of you have joined me in my hand lettering practice! If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out the Pinterest board where we are all posting our lettering work. There’s great new stuff popping up there everyday. You guys are seriously talented, and I think it’s awesome that we can encourage each other in our creative endeavors.

Here’s my lettering for this week. It seems that if I sketch everything out in pencil first, things turn out much better than if I just go at it with ink right away. This is going to become a new birthday card for the shop. Wouldn’t it be perfect for an older sibling’s birthday? Too bad I don’t have one!

hand lettering sketchbook 2

hand lettering sketchbook 2


  1. torrie

    i think you’re on to something here! artists sharing their work with each other on pinterest! i just commented on your hand lettering practice #1 post – but please add me to your board! i’m following! username: tapinterest!

  2. Hien

    I love all your ideas for cards :D & this one is very cute :) I try to practice my handwriting as often as I can & I hope it’s making progress :D

    username: hiieenn

  3. Jamie

    THE. PERFECT. CARD.! So fun and the lettering looks fantastic! I have a VERY old dad who will be seeing this card, me thinks!

    I’ve been meaning to get back into lettering, I’d love to join up!
    username on pinterest: jamieannemarie

  4. Coley

    Hi Amanda! I met you a while back at the pinterest event in Raleigh at the art museum! I’m a week behind, but i love this idea and I’d love to join. my pinterest name is: Coley
    (if you can’t find me my full name is Coley Kuyper) Thanks!! Happy lettering!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I remember Coley! What did you end up deciding about art school? Are you sticking with it or doing your own thing instead? I just sent you a board invite. :)

  5. Jessica

    I just stumbled across this. I’ve not tried to develop my handwriting…but I’ve always enjoyed writing and doodling) Maybe I’ll join in and try too.

    Beautiful card! If I wasn’t the oldest sibling…maybe I’d pass it along!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      That’s how I started out too. Believe me, practice makes all the difference! I just added you!

  6. amanda

    hi amanda, (that’s weird, since i’m amanda too). been practicing my hand lettering too and i think joining a board would help be stay on track! my pinterest user name is ajose703

  7. Jess @ Sparrow + Sea

    This is really beautiful! I have always loved hand lettering. As a kid, I would get books out from the library with different letter designs and make all my school projects all pretyy-like! And I used to be obsessed with the idea of designing my own handwritten font. Of course, I was, like 12 years old, so all my ideas contained way too many stars, hearts and teardrops!
    I am in admiration of your skill, this looks so pretty. However, being an eldest sibling myself… well, what about a response on the inside of your card saying something like ‘and probably wiser!’

  8. Beluka

    Love your lettering! Where do you find inspiration and guidelines for this? I really should practice, I’ve always just invented it, but sounds like I might have to join pinterest… Umph

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I don’t really have any specific guidelines, I just try to be really observant about what works and what doesn’t when I’m looking at awesome hand lettering examples (usually on Pinterest ;) and hope some of it sinks in!

  9. angie

    Hey! i just saw your drafting and i was wondering how exactly did you started writing like this? because i love how it look but i cant do it :( any advice?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I don’t really have a secret, I just practiced a ton! Everything I made in the beginning sucked, but I stuck with it until I started improving. :)

  10. Catherine Glazner

    Hi Amanda!

    All I can say is wow! I would LOVE to join your board as well and be inspired! I am a BEGINNER- and I think that is giving me way to much credit.

    I don’t even know where to start with trying to learn how to practice lettering. What I have been doing is printing up lettering that I love and then tracing it over and over and over. When I get the feel I try it on my own, and do it over and over and over until it starts looking like the other persons font.

    Is there another way to learn how to start lettering or any tips on HOW to even start? Thank you!! I am excited to be on the board and to show my progress, I’m obsessed and finally feeling like I can actually do this!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I just sent you an invite to the board! The best way to improve is just to keep practicing. :) I like to pick a phrase and letter it multiple times. Usually each time it will look better than the last. It helps me to work in pencil first, and then go over it in pen once I like the way everything looks.

  11. claire sledge

    Hi! I know I’m pretty late in the game, but I’d love to be added to the board… is that still an option??

    un: claireandpierre

    let me know if I can still join!

    -claire sledge

  12. Jan Harrell

    Love your work and the invitation to join so we can get and give each other feedback! On your current project, I would make only one change: I would ‘ink in’ the initial stroke of the letter ‘n’ in ‘than’ just a bit more. The whole thing is wonderful! Do I need a user name?

  13. amanda

    Hi! I’m a graphic designer, and I’ve been practicing lettering for some months now. I love the idea of sharing material for practice, but I think that besides encouraging, what really helps about sharing is constructive criticism.

    In this case, I have to say that I find this lettering unbalanced, since the traces do not follow any guideline. While in lettering the golden rule is “down strokes thick, and up strokes thin”, in this work the strokes do not follow any rule and the whole piece ends up looking weird, or at least unprofessional (or not professional enough to sell the design).
    I don’t mean to be rude, but I think that all the good reviews you have come from beginners, and you should try to get more practice and to be more objective about what you do.
    (English is not my native language, so sorry for my writing)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks so much for the thoughtful feedback! I definitely agree about the down strokes being wrong. This post is from 5 years ago when I was just starting out with hand-lettering (it’s one of my first attempts—hence the post title being “practice”). Now my entire product line is hand-lettered, and I believe I’ve improved a lot since this early work, although this particular birthday card design still sells great for me even with the wonky down strokes. ;)

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