I’m Going to Get It!

Okay…so, I really like the handwritten brush script I’ve seen floating around the internet, and I am determined to learn how to do my own style of it. So, you just gotta jump in and go for it, right? Googling “brush script tutorial” brought up a few things on YouTube, but not much…but enough to get a start. I went to Amazon and purchased Sumi Ink, Pentel Aqua Brushes, a Sharpie brush pen, and a Kuretake Fude Brush Pen (and yes…I was so excited, pens do that to me).

Screenshot 2015-07-30 17.29.03This is kinda what started the whole thing off. I was just playing around on the “catch all” paper I used under my work. This is black india ink, and a cheap water brush from Hobby Lobby. I have learned that the cost of the brush (aqua brush) makes a HUGE difference in writing brush script.

Screenshot 2015-07-30 17.28.54One of my first practice pages. This is mainly the aqua brush and Sumi ink. The biggest thing is figuring out the flow of the ink in the pen. Play, play, play…it’s really the only way to get used to it.

Screenshot 2015-07-30 17.28.44This was after a couple hours of playing. I moved to a smoother paper. It was beginning to look like what I wanted, but not quite there. I was still learning how to keep the brush well inked. However, I do like the “brushy” parts.

Screenshot 2015-07-30 17.28.36This was the same paper, using the Kuretake Fude Brush Pen. It’s MUCH finer, meaning smaller and I did feel more comfortable, because it felt like normal pen as opposed to the brush pen. It has a flexible nib, so you can get the variation in the line weight. This is a little wobbly, as I was playing with varying the pressure I was putting on the pen.

Screenshot 2015-07-30 17.28.27This is my most recent attempt, and I LOVE IT! For this I used a Bristol paper, so it’s super smooth, and I found that makes the ink go a long way (as opposed to getting soaked up by the heavier weight paper). It’s getting there…I have a long way to go, but I am excited that it’s coming along.

What new thing do you want to try, but maybe have put off? My advice….JUST DO IT!



7 thoughts on “I’m Going to Get It!

  1. Laura (PA Pict) says:

    Your experiments look great. I think you are a natural at this typographic style. I had no idea brush style lettering was a thing. I used it about six weeks ago in a journal page about Route 66. I wish I could claim I knew I was “on trend”. I’ve found the same thing with water brushes – despite my natural thriftiness, I invest in those properly. I look forward to seeing more of this lettering on your creations.

  2. adaisygarden says:

    This looks amazing! I love the first verse you wrote (Ps. 63), and you did a great job on that second verse! It looks just beautiful. I can’t wait to show this to my daughter. She’s loved caligraphy for years but she’s been teaching High School for severall years and just has not had the time. Where do I find Bristol paper? It sounds like it really makes a difference.

    • groovyjournal says:

      Thanks! You can find it at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby in the sketch book area, just look for paper labeled “Bristol”. It has a very smooth finish, used for illustration and the paper isn’t as heavy as mixed media paper.

  3. Carrie Lynn says:

    Aww bravo!, you did great and thank you for sharing your practice pages. I’m glad that you have jumped into the handwritten brush scrip bandwagon. I am practicing too but is having a difficult time. My writing hand kept on stopping midway for no apparent reason only that I think it does not want to do what my mind is commanding it to do. I’m practicing with a brush pen and have not purchased inks and a pentel aquash brush yet.

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