Hand Lettering for Beginners: How to hold a brush pen

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hello YouTube it's area from insight

insights I am really excited about this

video tutorial today about how to hold a

brush pen for hand lettering I have been

teaching in person hand lettering

workshops and the biggest thing that

I've noticed is how people struggle with

holding the pen because it's so

important if you're holding it the right

way then the pen is actually going to

work with you instead of it being really

difficult and working against you if

you're holding the pen the wrong way so

these are little tiny details that you

may never have heard of that are really

going to help you to improve your

lettering quickly and if you like this

tutorial stick around for the end

because I have a really exciting

announcement for you but for now let's

get started first you want to angle your

brush pen so it's 45 degrees to the

paper not straight up and down so you

want about this angle if you have it

straight up and down you're not going to

get the right amount of pressure on the

down strokes so you can see as I do

these little loops I am not getting the

right amount of pressure it looks a

little bit funny you're also going to

probably ruin your brush pen but if I do

it the other way it's getting the full

amount of pressure and your brush pen is

actually working with you to help you

next you want to hold your pen so it's

perpendicular to the slant of the

downstrokes and this one is so important

so please pay attention right now

because this one so many of my students

start doing their lettering and they ask

me what is wrong I'm not getting it

right and this is oftentimes the answer

so if you are holding your pen at any

other angle it is going to be working

against you if you have your pen

perpendicular to the downstroke you're

going to get that nice squared off top

and it will be thick all the way down so

here this one is obviously exaggerated

as I am pulling the pen more parallel to

the line and then

not getting any sort of a thick

downstroke so you want it to be

perpendicular with your downstroke so I

can change my angle that's okay I would

just change my pen if I want a different

angle move the pen so it is still that

perpendicular to the downstroke and you

can see on this one it was not quite the

right angle and that's why I do not have

a squared off top so now you can see me

letter the word while keeping my pen

perpendicular to the downstroke if I

turn my pen then I can get the different

angle but the breast pen is working with

me to get those thick down strokes that

really good contrast between the down

strokes if I'm holding my pen the

correct way Here I am holding my pen not

correctly and you can see there's lots

of saggy bottoms The Strokes aren't

quite looking right and that is what we

want to avoid so if you're noticing that

you're getting saggy bottoms and you

don't know why it could be that you just

need to move the angle of your pen so

that is perpendicular to the down

strokes this can solve so many problems

and I've seen so many students have

these aha moments once they realize the

pen is actually working with them you

are basically learning a different way

of holding your pen so this could feel a

little uncomfortable at first I normally

hold my pen with my thumb over my finger

but that's just how I do it you don't

have to do that find what works for you

with your fingers it doesn't really

matter with the fingers you just want to

make sure that your pen is at a slant a

45 degree angle to the paper and

perpendicular to your down stroke so if

that is really uncomfortable you can

move your paper to work with the angle

that you're going to rest your hand I

normally have my paper to the left and

then my whole elbow rests on my desk and

one last thing about holding your pen

make sure that you're not holding the


very tip of your pen you want to be

about an inch away some people hold it

even farther back I normally do about an

inch maybe three-quarters of an inch

this is so that the pen is doing the

work instead of your little fingers

trying to move around with all of the

turns and strokes that you're doing the

main idea is that we want the pen to do

most of the work you are just guiding it

I really hope this tutorial helps you to

make your lettering better really

quickly in just a short amount of time

by changing a list light little detail

of how you're holding your pen I also

want to show you with a larger brush pen

this is the tombow dual brush pen I am

holding my pen even farther up than I

was with a smaller brush pen so that's

something to keep in mind when you use

large brush pens if you liked this

tutorial I think you might like my

announcement because that was actually

just a little sample of my new workshop

hand lettering for beginners it's an

online workshop so you can take it

wherever you are it also comes with a

workbook that you could purchase and

download if you don't want to take the

workshop itself I will link to

everything in the description box below

and here is a little preview of what is

in the workshop hello friends welcome to

it the hand lettering for beginners

workshop I'm Sara and sign from ensign

insights and my main goal is to help you

develop confidence one letter at a time

I teach in person workshops for hand

lettering locally and so the goal of

this class is to help you feel like it

is an actual workshop in case you can't

go to one near you or you don't have any

new you I want this to feel like you are

coming to one of my workshops we're in

my office right now

so hopefully you feel like you are right

here with me in this workshop we will go

over the basic details of lettering from

how to hold your pen to how to form your

letters I will show you exactly the pens

you need to get started as well as give

you this workbook that you can download

and print to practice along with me

it has everything you need to get

started including lowercase uppercase

connections and more you may be an

absolute beginner or you may know a

little bit about lettering already but

either way we are going to dig into the

details and I'll show you how to make

your lettering look good even without

much experience I started hem lettering

during a time when I needed to be

reminded how to be happy and it became a

therapy for me I could not get enough I

want to share that joy of lettering with

you in this workshop all right I'm so

excited you're here

let's dive in I hope that got you

excited for the workshop thank you for

watching I will link to the workshop

below so be sure to check that out and

let me know in the comments was this

video helpful is this how you hold your

pen or was this new for you thank you

again so much for being here I hope to

see you in the course