Basic Hand Lettering: Alphabet Practice

Friends, I am so excited about how many of you are trying your hand {literally!} at the art of hand lettering! I have loved seeing the photos you’re sharing with me via the One Artsy Mama and Friends Facebook group and email…keep them coming!


Today, I wanted to address the most frequently asked question I’ve been getting. In my original Basic Hand Lettering post, I shared that the secret to great looking script is to thicken the down stroke of each letter…but many of you were having trouble determining exactly where that would be. So, to help you out, I thought I’d create a resource you can use and refer to as you’re doing your lettering.

Here is a copy of my uppercase and lowercase alphabet!

Before I share it, though, let me say that I don’t expect you to copy it exactly {although you surely can}. Feel free to use your own script and form the letters any way you like…that makes your lettering your own. The idea here is to show you where the thicker parts of each letter should be, even if you form yours a little differently.

Let’s start with capital letters:

And here is the lowercase set!



Feel free to right click and save these images to your computer, screenshot and save them to your phone, and/or print them out for reference while you’re working! You can even print them out and trace over them with your markers to get a feel for it. Use them in any way you like, they’re my gift to you! Also, be sure to check out my other hand lettering tutorials, including other styles of alphabets and fun embellishments.

The other FAQ I get is, “what kind of markers should I use?” The short answer is, “whatever you have.” Use your Sharpies or whatever else is on hand. But if you’re ready to invest in a good tool {that’s still affordable!}, I use the Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip for all my black lettering and the Tombow Dual Brush Pens for my colors. {affiliate links}

As you start practicing, I’d love to see what you’re working on. If you share on social media, tag me at @oneartsymama so I can see, and feel free to share it on the Facebook page too! In the One Artsy Mama & Friends group, I’m giving a daily prompt so we can all practice and work on lettering together, so feel free to stop by and join in the fun there as well.

Happy lettering!

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  1. Thank you for sharing the upper and lower case letters. I printed them out and I really hope to practice this weekend. I was going to try my hand at your handwriting tutorials but haven’t had the chance I will definitely post pics. Thank you again,
    Ant 🙂

  2. Hi Amy!
    I just want to thank you for posting so many practical and super easy tips on hand lettering! I have been contemplating a hand on hand lettering for a few months now but had not found anything easy enough to try. Your website has been a must for me! Thanks again and many blessings to you and your family!

  3. Amy,
    THANK YOU for your so very DOABLE posts on lettering! I “happened” across your blog today and it was a God-send for me. The lettering & embellishing tips plus the 1st grader book suggestions are exactly what my grandson Noah and I needed on this cold snowbound day! May God abundantly bless you and your family. <3

  4. This is great. I am interested in hand lettering and just found your blog via Pinterest. This post is SO helpful. I can’t wait to start practicing once my kids are down for their afternoon nap 🙂

  5. Thank you for these! I’ve been doing some hand embroidery for my kids’ rooms and these letters have been so helpful!

  6. Hey!
    I was wondering if there is a name of a font that resembles this handwriting?(so I could print some words )
    Thank you!!

    1. There are lots of hand lettered fonts out there…Storybook and Octavia Script are somewhat similar, but none are exactly the same.

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  9. Thank you so much! I love this hand-lettering tutorial. it has really started me on my journey of perfect calligraphy,

    1. You’re more than welcome! I have lots more tutorials you can check out, as well as my book Hand Lettering for Relaxation!

  10. WowWow golly! So toshy that you art accomplishing your DREAM!!!!! Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Woohooooooooooooooooooo! Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. I love your site and your work! You are so cute and funny! Thank you for all the free practice sheets! I have your book “Hand Lettering for Relaxation” and I love it!

  12. THANK YOU!

    I purchased your hand lettering book off of Amazon and I am absolutely loving it. BUT I looked you up online because I really wanted to see a list of your cursive letters to help practice. Other websites/artists have some available, but I wanted to practice the letters that I am learning in the book lessons. This is fantastic, and now I am signed up for your newsletter as well!

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