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Hand Lettering Tutorial For Weeklies In Your Bullet Journal

by Design Team 17 Jun 2021 2 Comments

Hey you! Yes you! Fellow bullet journal enthousiast!! Are you ready to spice up your bullet journal set up with fancy hand lettering headers? This blogpost is for you then! 

Hi! It’s Kate from @journalwithkate on Instagram and with this blogpost I’m encouraging you to start practicing your hand lettering! To motivate you even more, I’ve added a FREE downloadable hand lettering worksheets so you can start practicing the Weekdays today! Keep on reading and download your free worksheets down below!



Recommended supplies 

Are you ready to start practicing with me? 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 weekdays. 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 weekdays I’ve used the Copic Multiliner in size 0.1. For the brush lettering I’ve used the orange 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. 

lettering 1

Start by tracing over the monoline weekdays. These are perfect for the calendar in your monthly 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! 

spread 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 2

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 Weekdays 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!


I hope you find this blog post helpful and you start 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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21 Oct 2021 Gabriella

Thank you very much Kate! Been wanting to learn this type of lettering and this will be a great help.

08 Jul 2021 Rosie Doscher

Thank You!

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