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Handlettering & Brushlettering

Learn the first steps of the art of lettering
or just get inspired by the many creative ideas.

What is Handlettering?

Handlettering is the art of drawing letters. Yes, read correctly - handlettering is not about writing, but about drawing. Each letter is artistically drawn on the paper or other surfaces. There are no rigid rules, there are no limits to creativity and each letter is allowed to be individual. With different styles of writing, highlights, embellishments and decorations, you can make your work unique.

What is Brushlettering?

Brushlettering is a special form of handlettering. The letters are designed with a brush pen - a pen with a flexible brush tip. This makes it possible to vary the pressure on the background and thereby create lines of different thicknesses in a flowing change. This technique requires some practice and feeling for the handling.

Which pens do I need for Hand- and Brushlettering?

Step by step to the first Lettering

How does watercolor and color blending work?

Watercolor technique

There are various ways to create watercolor effects. For example, the STABILO Pen 68 or the STABILO Pen 68 brush are super suitable for this. You will also need watercolor paper and a brush. Either paint with the markers directly on the watercolor paper and then paint the different colors with a brush. You can also paint on a transparency first and transfer the color from there to the paper with the brush. For a random effect, press the painted foil directly onto the paper and carefully brush over it. 

Color blending

Color blending is the creation of a smooth transition between two color tones. One way to achieve this effect is to hold the lighter tip of a STABILO Pen 68 brush against the tip of a darker one, thus transferring color. Alternatively, you can paint with the dark color on a transparency and then pick it up with the tip of the lighter pen. If you now write on the paper, there will be a transition from the dark color you picked up to the light color of the pen you used.

Brushlettering tutorials

You are fascinated by the artistically drawn letters and want to learn yourself how to do it using a brush pen?

In six tutorials, Evelyn from @zeitzumlettern explains the basics of brush lettering quickly and easily, so you can start your first attempts right away. In the first part of the video series, she shows you how to hold the brush pen correctly and gives important tips for getting started in the world of letter painting.

You can find the other videos on our YouTube channel. The other videos are about upper and lower case letters, the right spacing when lettering words or the creation of different effects, among other things.

Lettering guide

With the free STABILO Hand- and Brushlettering Guide - designed by Hannah Rabenstein you can get a perfect overview of the world of beautiful letters! The guide introduces you to the techniques and tools of hand and brush lettering and gives you tips and inspiration to find your style.

Learn all about the basics, techniques and effects of brushlettering. Realize great line effects and different stroke widths with the flexible brush tip. Besides the theoretical part, you'll find lots of inspiration and practice sheets as well as different alphabets and fonts in the guide.

STABILO Creative book

With the creative book - designed by Hannah Rabenstein - full of ideas for the most beautiful moments you come in a creative way through the whole year! Whether spring, summer festival, ideas for gift giving, interior or the next New Year's Eve party - it was thought of (almost!) Everything.

Hannah Rabenstein shows on over 100 pages very different, creative, colorful, but also sometimes classic application examples and design ideas for a variety of occasions. Numerous pictures, tips and tricks on materials as well as step-by-step instructions for each project will help you realize your creative ideas. It also includes 32 time-lapse videos (accessible via QR codes) that show step by step how to realize the projects.

More inspiration needed?

Discover many great ideas and projects on our website. You'll find templates to download and color, decoration and DIY ideas, various artworks and letterings for inspiration, and video tutorials to guide you step by step.