Hand Lettering Challenge Week 6: Brush Lettering Style 2 Capitals

It’s the half way point! And boy have I learned a LOT. So far the brush lettering has been my favourite. Something about working with a brush nib is just so much fun, it’s almost cathartic. As promised, this week I’ve got a workbook full of brush lettering capitals to go with last week’s lower case from the font: Autumn in November (shown below).

And here is the workbook: Brush Lettering Workbook style 2 CAPITALS

Don’t forget that you can check out samples on our Instagram page.

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I will be on  I sabbatical for a couple of weeks while I recover from surgery, but there are 6 sets of workbooks now available so that’s plenty to do until then 🙂

Happy Hand Lettering, Meg & Merlin

Hand Lettering Challenge Week 5: Brush Lettering Style 2

Greetings lettering fans!

It’s week 5, and I’ve decided to revisit brush lettering with a different style, so this week’s workbook is based on the font: Autumn in November.

Once again, the focus is on the lower case, but next week the upper case for this font will be the feature! So subscribe so you don’t miss out on the matching workbook 😉 For now, here is this week’s workbook: Brush Lettering Workbook style 2

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And if you’d like to see the previous weeks’ posts and other free workbooks, here they are: Week 1 Brush Lettering, Week 2 Retro Capitals, Week 3 Eccentric Capitals, Week 4 Cute Cursive Lower Case.

Lots of love,

Meg and Merlin

Spectrum Noir Hex Chart

Hi Everyone!

Meg here, and I’m going to make a confession…I’m obsessed with Spectrum Noir markers 😀 Here is my collection so far:

I have all 12 of the ‘6 marker blending packs’, plus the ‘brights’ 24 pack. That’s almost 100 markers! So I created this hex chart to track them all:

It has every Spectrum Noir marker listed in their groups, and I’ve coloured in all the ones I already have using a gradient effect. It’s great to be able to see samples of your colours so you can pick just the right shade for your project, so here is a blank copy you can download for free! Spectrum Noir Blank Hex Chart

If you enjoyed this chart, please subscribe and like this post! We have heaps of other free downloadable content on our other post too 😉


Hand Lettering Challenge Week 4: Cute Cursive Lower Case

So we’re back from a week’s hiatus! I had a lovely birthday (check out the new Spectrum Noir markers I got on Instagram 😉 ) and now it’s time to get right back into it.

This week’s focus is an adorable lowercase cursive.


This font is called Always In My Heart, and I’ve really gone above and beyond with the workbook to make sure it is easy to get the up and down bits right. So here it is, this week’s free workbook: Cursive Hand Lettering Workbook.

And here is a picture of the progress from last week’s retro capitals


Well, that’s all for this week’s hand lettering challenge. Subscribe and like this post if you enjoy our free workbooks. Have a great day, Meg & Merlin

Hand Lettering Challenge Week 3: Eccentric Capitals

Tonight marks the start of another week in the Menagerie Stamps Hand Lettering Challenge! You can still have a go at last week’s challenge here. This weeks focus font is…

Just the capitals again 😉 Next week will be lower case I promise!

Here is the workbook Eccentric Hand Lettering Workbook

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If you want to join the challenge, post pictures of your progress on social media and tag Menagerie Stamps.

Hand Lettering Challenge Week 2: Retro Capitals

So today is the last day of Brush Lettering Week in the Menagerie Stamps Hand Lettering (so it’s not too late to post pics on your blog, twitter or Instagram and tag MenagerieStamps if you want to join in ;). I will continue practising brush lettering, but from this evening onwards, there will also be a new focus:

These gorgeous capitals are from the font Odalisque. They have a fun vintage feel and will hopefully be a lot easier than brush lettering!

Here is the free workbook for this week:  Retro Hand Lettering Workbook 2

I’ll be posting pictures in the upcoming days! Follow us here, on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss a thing.

Hand Lettering Friday! Week 1 Challenge

It’s finally here! The first day of the Menagerie Stamps 12 week Hand Lettering Challenge! 😀

Brush lettering is the focus of this week’s 1 hour session, and this gorgeous font pictured below is the inspiration.

Julie, our design consultant, is a Master Calligrapher. She has been practising for over 30 years, won countless awards, been teaching for years, and now she is providing free tutelage to the Menagerie Stamps community!

So here it is, Julie’s words of wisdom on how to create your own beautiful brush lettering:

The secret to creating the ebb and flow, ie. the thick and thin, of lettering such as this is: pressure. Unfortunately, this is simple in theory but difficult to achieve in reality. It takes years of practise to achieve the precision necessary to produce visually perfect calligraphy, but you can accomplish a looser look such as this through some basic exercises focusing on pressure, grip and angle. First, to get a handle on pressure, take your brush marker and make elongated loops on some scrap paper. Apply pressure on the down and release pressure on the up section to create thick on the down and thin on the up. This may be trickier than you think as people are ingrained to apply even pressure, but practise makes perfect!

So this is what the pressure loops exercise looks like done by a complete novice (aka. me). Do at least half a page to begin with.

The other key element to calligraphic-style writing, is the angle of the pen. With different angles, you can achieve different looks. The issue here is that people are used to writing at one very specific angle, usually almost directly down onto the paper. With calligraphy, you will most likely need to hold the pen much further from the tip and with a much greater angle than you are used to, and this can make it very hard to control. Once again, it’s all about practise. The more you do it, the better results you will see.

Thank you Julie!

Once you have a grasp on being light-handed enough to create more and less pressure on demand, it’s time to try some letter forms 😀

Here is a template to show you an example of some brush lettering and how to achieve each.

To see the template in action, head over to the Menagerie Stamps YouTube channel for a demonstration video.

You can also download a free brush lettering worksheet here: Brush Lettering Worksheet 😀

Here is a photo of this week’s progress (still just tracing, next week I will try some free-hand). The demo video shows what I achieved in more detail.

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Meg & Merlin