Hand Lettering Connecting Letters
Hand Lettering Connecting Letters – Hello letter friends! Some spelling relationships can seem very difficult. There are so many different patterns that there is not just one correct way to connect each letter. However, there are some basics that can be applied to any style. I have three basic rules to remember for connecting letters that will improve your handwriting and hopefully make those tricky connections a little easier.
Before we dive into my hand-lettering relationship tips, I want to put a little disclaimer out there. Remember that you can break all these rules if you want to, as long as you don’t do it on purpose. We are not a computer font, so it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t come out right! The best part about hand lettering is that you can create it yourself. The goal of these rules is to help you feel confident in connecting your own unique and individual style of lettering.
Hand Lettering Connecting Letters
You want to make sure your spacing between each letter is consistent. This is the key to effortless and beautiful letter communications. It takes a lot of practice to build this muscle memory when it comes to unlocking the alphabet. The size of the space doesn’t matter, but you want to make sure that the size of the space is the same overall.
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As with spacing consistency, you want to be consistent with your connection curve. Do you like it round or sharp? Neither way is the right way, because it depends on what you choose. This is especially important when writing the letters “O”, “V”, “W”, “G” and “Y”. Any letters with descending strokes should have consistent strokes.
You should draw a straight line where each letter meets. Once again, it doesn’t matter where the contact point is as long as you are consistent. Just by moving that contact point it gives a different feel and style so you can play it by going up or down. But some letters don’t have this point of contact because they don’t pick up the pen before the letter. Instead, it goes directly into the letter. For example “S”, “R”, “X” and “Z”. This is because it has some common tricky letters to deal with. For the letter “R” and other tricky communication letters, you want to make sure you’re thinking ahead and extending the previous letter to be the beginning of those tricky letters.
If you’re still looking for more communication help, I have an entire chapter dedicated to letter communication in my book, “Hand Lettering for Beginners.” Throughout the book, there are practice sheets with different letters organized into groups, giving you many different ways to connect each type. This is very useful because sometimes when struggling with a certain connection there is not just one correct way to connect each letter, so it is worth experimenting with changing styles. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon!
I’d love if any of these mail linking tips helped you. Do you have other methods that help you in relationships? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Hey letter seekers! There are certain questions I get all the time from people who are learning and practicing their brush technique, and many of them have to do with how to connect the letters to each other. Practicing each letter of the alphabet individually is one thing, but putting them together to form words can be especially challenging with certain letters. One of the most common letters I am asked about is “e”. Today I want to share with you some tips and practice sheets to help you connect your “e” to the letters that come before them.
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That is what gives each of us our own artistic style. Today’s practice papers and examples are based on me personally writing and connecting the “e” in my unique style. If you do yours differently, that’s totally fine! However, I often get readers asking why the “E” doesn’t look like mine and how they can change theirs to make it look like I do. If you like my look, these practice pages will be perfect for you. If not, you can create and connect in any way that works for you. There is no right or wrong in hand lettering as long as you have thin strokes and thick strokes!
In “regular” script or cursive handwriting, a lowercase “e” is formed like a lowercase “l,” lowercase. They usually start at the base line and work their way up and create the mark. However, when I’m giving a letter, I like mine to look like a small printed “e”, close and rounded. This means that instead of starting at the origin, my “e” starts with a horizontal line at the height I want the bottom of the loop to be.
Notice the difference in the first two examples below, the “regular” script and the hand letter “e”? As shown in the two examples below, the horizontal line can start slightly above or below, but the key is that it is flat before the letter begins. The right thing?
To put an “E” before a letter, that means we have to learn to end that letter with a horizontal line. So, the first step is to practice each letter that allows us to write our “e” with a little tail at the end.
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Next, we practice our letter placement by matching each letter to the “e”. When you download the sheets, you pick up every letter except for the ones like “q” and “x”, which are rarely related to “e”. As you write, keep moving your pen until you reach the end of both letters.
Finally, it’s time to practice putting some words together. This practice page gives you the opportunity to look up some common words and try out these combinations.
Tombow Fudenosuke is perfect for use on these pages, as the tip size matches the illustrations perfectly. You can also fill in a row using the thick Dual Brush Pen, so you can practice with two different types and sizes of pens.
If you have an iPad Pro and want to digitize your lettering, just open each page in Procreate, then search for examples using your Apple Pencil and write your own. The best part about this is that you can always erase and reuse practice sheets as many times as you want! A large brush to use is called light calligraphy. Available at Creative Market. You can also create your own custom brush using this tutorial…it’s easier than it sounds!
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There is no wrong way to use these sheets! The main thing is to choose the one that suits you and get started. Here’s where to grab them:
I also have a companion set of free practice pages for Lower Print Brush Lettering, Upper Script Brush Lettering, and Lower Script Brush Lettering so you can go to those as you go.
Do I have questions? Go to an Artie Mama and Friends Facebook group to help you craft and get inspiration from other readers, as well as ask anything you like. The word ‘calligraphy’ means ‘beautiful writing’… Learning the shapes of letters is the first step. After that, the next step is learning how the letters connect to each other. It may seem pretty simple (and for some fonts it is) but there are some slightly unexpected exceptions that you should be aware of.
Fortunately, there are no specific rules for each letter, and they fall into 3 main groups. Today we look at these teams!
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The first group of letters is the easiest to remember and the easiest to write. It contains letters with an exit stroke and an entry (or ‘leading’) stroke. These connect seamlessly without lifting your pencil.
Letters with escape strokes: a, c, d, e, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, t, u, x, y, z
This second group contains letters separated by hairline strokes. So the letters in this category are the letters that other letters connect.
While the letter ‘f’ doesn’t technically end in a full stop, it is similar to the letters in this group.
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The letter ‘s’ is a bit odd. It fits into these two categories, but has its own rules for communication.
When connecting to s, it will be placed in group 2, with a thin stroke that will lower it and divide the letter before. When it’s the previous letter, it doesn’t necessarily connect to the next letter, although you may have a symbol that touches the next letter S.
The way letters are connected to each other determines the amount of space between them