Hey, friends! Who’s ready to start off the new year with some hand lettering? In the past, I’ve shared a variety of practice sheets for writing the alphabet, so I thought today we’d look at something new to add a little pizzazz to your lettered designs…”and”s and ampersands!
So many of the quotes and phrases you’ll want to letter will have something in common; the word “and.” Instead of just writing it like everything else, let’s get creative! I’ve put together a practice sheet showing eight of my favorite ways to write this little word/symbol. Take a look.
Each word/symbol is written in black as a sample and then in gray for you to trace before trying it on your own in the blank space provided.
Here’s how to use it:
1. DOWNLOAD TO YOUR COMPUTER, THEN PRINT AND USE WITH BRUSH PENS.
The Tombow Fudenosuke is ideal to use on these pages, because the size of the tip is a perfect match for the examples. If you like, though, you can also fill a row using a Dual Brush Pen to give you practice with two different kinds and sizes of pens. To see a full list of my favorite pens and lettering tools, click here!
2. DOWNLOAD ON YOUR IPAD PRO AND OPEN IN THE PROCREATE APP.
If you’re lucky enough to have an iPad Pro and like to make your lettering digital, just open each page in Procreate, then use your Apple Pencil to trace over the examples and write your own. The best part about this is that you can always erase and reuse the practice sheets as many times as you like! A good brush to use is called Light Calligraphy and is available on Creative Market. Or, you can follow this easy tutorial to create a custom brush like the one I use for my digital lettering!
Ready to get started? I’ve also included a link to a blank lined sheet in case you’d like extra practice.
I hope these are helpful as you continue your lettering journey! Don’t forget to grab all of my other free practice sheets, including the Uppercase Script, Lowercase Script, Uppercase Print, and Lowercase Print Alphabets. You can find them, along with lots of other hand lettering tutorials and resources here.
Looking for more lettering practice and instruction? Be sure to check out my book, Hand Lettering for Relaxation, which is available in both English and Portugese!