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Hand Lettering Tutorial For Each Month In Your Bullet Journal

by Design Team 01 Jul 2021 1 comment

Did my last blogpost I was trying to motivate you to start practicing your brush lettering in your bullet journal. Did I succeed? Are you having fun practicing hand lettering weekdays? 

If yes, you rock! I’m rewarding you by bringing you more FREE worksheets to continue your hand lettering journey: MONTHLIES!!!!

Hi! It’s Kate from @journalwithkate on Instagram and with this blogpost I want you to continue practicing your hand lettering by practicing the months. Keep on reading and download your FREE worksheets down below! 

journal picture

Remember the recommended supplies? 

Here is a refresher. I’ve used the following supplies: 

  • Archer and Olive Notebook: Here I'm using the B5 Morning Sun dot grid notebook. It's bigger than the usual A5. Perfect if you find yourself needing more space. Especially when you’re practicing with the larger tip brush pens.  Click on this link or use code KATE10 to save money on your order! These notebooks are perfect if you’re looking for pages that don’t ghost or bleed! 
  • Worksheets: download your FREE worksheets and start practicing by tracing over the months. Keep on tracing every day until you develop muscle memory. Then take your practicing journey to the next step by practicing directly in your journal! 
  • Pens: For the monoline months I’ve used the Copic Multiliner in size 0.1. For the brush lettering I’ve used the hot pink & purple Pentel Touch brush pen. Seriously one of my faves for brush lettering and I definitely recommend it for beginners. Another popular choice is the Fudenosuke brush pen. If you want to go larger, the Tombow Dual brush pen is a great choice. 

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Start by tracing over the monoline monthlies. These are perfect for the calendar in your weekly spreads. Please please please try to practice each day. Even if it’s for five minutes. You’ll start to develop muscle memory and hand lettering will eventually feel like second nature! 

lettering example


Some tips for brush lettering: 

  1. Slow down! Write slowly and pick up your pen after each stroke.
  2. Use light pressure for the upstrokes (when you’re moving the pen upwards) and heavy pressure for the downstrokes (when you’re moving the pen upwards).
  3. Try to keep each downstroke uniform in thickness.
  4. The goal is to create consistency with your letters.
  5. Practice every day or as much as you can.
  6. Have fun!

lettering image


Watch this video and start practicing with me. 

See how I’m using light pressure for the thinner upstrokes and heavy pressure for the thicker upstrokes! Now it’s your turn! Download your FREE Monthlies practice sheet here. The worksheet will be an instant download, and you can print it at home or a local printer store or library. Set your printer scaling to “Fit Page.” Once you’ve printed your worksheet, you’re ready to get your practice going!

lettering printable

I hope you find this blog post helpful and you start or continue practicing brush lettering today! I’d love to see what you create and how you use your Practice Worksheet. Use the hashtag #archerandolive or #archerandolivecommunity. Don’t forget to tag me on @journalwithkate and @archerandolive so we can see your work. Have fun!

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08 Jul 2021 Rosie Doscher

These are so very helpful, and much appreciated! Thank You kindly=)

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