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Brush Lettering Basics

with Laura Worthington

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    04:19
  •   04 Learn Basic Strokes

    06:40

Class duration: 1h 52m

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About The Class

Bring type to life with brush lettering.

Be sure to check out our other Brush Lettering classes on Flourishes & Ornamentation and Putting Together a Final Piece.

Brush Lettering is a fun, analog activity that can be applied to personal and professional projects. Put a personal touch on your brand, and evoke a playful spirit without changing the words themselves. In this class, type designer Laura Worthington covers the tools and techniques you need to get started brush lettering, including:

  • How to hold the brush, best posture, body mechanics
  • Basic strokes
  • Trying different styles of lettering using adjectives and themes
You’ll learn the basic strokes that are the building blocks of the alphabet, and you'll start rendering upper- and lower-case characters and numerals. Take this class, and you'll receive an easy-to follow guide you can use to practice.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:19
  2. 02

    Tools & Materials

    07:45
  3. 03

    How to hold the Brush, Posture & Body Mechanics

    07:46
  4. 04

    Learn Basic Strokes

    06:40
  5. 05

    Basic Strokes: Picket Fences

    06:05
  6. 06

    Basic Strokes: Tapered Strokes

    04:14
  7. 07

    Basic Strokes: Pressure and Release

    04:53
  8. 08

    Basic Strokes: Transitional Strokes

    06:25
  9. 09

    Learn Lowercase Letters

    19:49
  10. 10

    Practice Uppercase letters

    12:24
  11. 11

    Write Numerals

    07:10
  12. 12

    Understand Brush Lettering Styles

    11:13
  13. 13

    Practice Lettering with Your Name

    13:35

Meet Your Expert

Laura Worthington

Laura Worthington is a typeface designer from Washington State. After training and working as a graphic designer since the mid ‘90s, she turned her lifelong fascination with lettering and typography into a business, publishing her first typeface in 2010. She has since published more than 80 typefaces, and designed custom faces for Fortune 500 companies. Laura’s faces are primarily based on her own hand-lettering and calligraphy, a practice she continues to hone daily. Her typefaces are primarily for display, and often include a broad variety of ornaments, contextual alternates, and swash forms. Laura Worthington handles every aspect of a font’s creation, from concept and hand-lettering to digitization. ... read more

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Bonus Material

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  • pdf Worksheet | Lined Paper
  • pdf Basic Strokes & Alphabet
  • pdf Resource Guide
  • pdf Expressive Lettering Adjectives List
  • pdf Alternate Letterforms
  • pdf Tools & Materials List

90% of students recommend this class.
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  • lynny

    February 2017

    Wow!!! Great class, terrific presenter! Easy to follow, professional, enthusiastic, fun!!! Most CL presenters have at least one of those attributes, but not all. CL Management: have potential new presenters learn from Laura's class. Only one suggestion: Laura's constant hair interference gets really tiresome and irritating. She frequently tosses her hair over a shoulder, and moves her hair behind her shoulder with her hands, and "fights" her hair being in the way during the whole presentation. Very distracting. Laura obviously loves how her very long hair defines her personality, and I'm not suggesting that is a bad thing. But for these short presentations, perhaps Laura would consider corralling all that hair with a loose ponytail, behind her back? That said, I bought the course anyway, as she is an outstanding teacher.

  • Debbie Smith

    June 2016

    I loved loved loved this class. So wish I had been there in person. Although I'm not so great with the brush lettering, Laura was so perfect in her teaching and I definitely have some ideas to put into practice.

  • Shawn

    June 2016

    This class was amazing it had high energy lots of details . It shared new ideas on where I could use such beautiful lettering I'm super excited to use it in my business and on my note cards! Buy it!

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