Are you ready to elevate your bullet journal game? Fancy lettering is a fun to do that. Calligraphy and hand lettering are popular topics in the Bullet Journal community, and for good reason.
When you’re ready to make your own BuJo pages beautiful and functional, online lettering tutorials are your friend.
Watch a variety of free hand lettering tutorials
YouTube is an amazing resource that allows you to sample tutorials from talented lettering artists across the globe. Soon you’ll discover your favorite teachers and can binge watch their videos or revisit them for a “brush up” later on.
The Best Hand Lettering Styles for Bullet Journaling
Shayda Campbell shares her favorite fonts for BuJo lovers, including “fauxlligraphy” and other simple but stylish scripts.
Who has hours to sit hunched over, hand lettering a complicated alphabet onto an already complex calendar or tracker spread? Not me. Not you!
Take a look at Shayda’s other lettering for bullet journal videos that include doodles. It’s soothing to watch her work.
Hand Lettering A Simple Introduction
With bullet journaling, hand lettering is any form of writing fancier than the messy scrawl or simple print that many of us have adopted.
In this tutorial, @MommyLhey demonstrates how her everyday handwriting differs from her lovely hand lettering. Lhey says it took her two years of daily practice to become proficient, so she encourages viewers to enjoy the learning process.
She also demos her favorite pens for brush lettering, her Rhodia dot pad, plus the popular DIY workbook, Creative Lettering and Beyond.
How To Write With A Fountain Pen In Your Bullet Journal | Plan With Me
Noel, from Seventeen magazine, shows how to use a fountain pen with your Bujo. It’s simple to replace a cartridge, making this pen economical and eco-friendly.
With a fountain pen, it’s easy to get those calligraphic thick and thin variations without any special training or practice. Play around with a thin, medium, or bold nib or just adjust the angle of the pen in your hand.
It looks intimidating but basically it’s as simple as writing with an ordinary felt tip pen.
25 Bullet Journal Lettering + Handwriting Ideas!
@AmandaRachLee focuses her lettering tutorial on the needs of bullet journalists in what she calls her ULTIMATE guide to lettering & font ideas. Learn to form fun graffiti style bubble and 3-D letters for common bullet journal words, like spelling out the days of the week for a calendar or daily page header.
Check out Amanda’s other hand lettering videos — in addition to being lots of fun, she really knows her stuff!
Modern Calligraphy // The Basics & Faking It!
Samantha, at The Creative Glow, wants you to know the #1 rule for creating your own modern “calligraphy” or fancy faux-lettering. Basically, the trick is to “fake it ’til you make it!”
You can do it without any special pens or other tools, too.
Easy and cheap. Double-win!
How to Learn Modern Calligraphy Tutorial (For Beginners)
Richard, at Calligrascape, posts many calligraphy tutorials, including traditional alphabets, like the Germanic Black hand. He also vlogs his travels — don’t miss his giant sand calligraphy, as captured by a drone he took to the beach.
It’s nice to know that you can hand letter anywhere you go!
5 Days of Calligraphy Hand Lettering
Lucie, at Refinery29, tries out 5 days of calligraphy. Watch her experiment with different styles, try a bunch of genius pens, and create beautiful artwork all within one work week. Impressive!
While on this channel, also check out Lucie’s video on trying to master bullet journaling in 5 days, and the follow-up video on her progress months later.
How To DIY Modern Calligraphy
@CarterSams offers lots of advice about using a nib pen and ink to write out quotes and other calligraphy, what to do when you mess up, and how to keep going.
Want to DIY your lettering for a special holiday party or wedding reception? You could save a lot of money and get a professional result with some practice. Carter will show you how.
The final tutorial plays on Vimeo, not YouTube, but it’s also free so I’m including it in the same list.
How to Create Watercolor Calligraphy
Lindsey at The Postman’s Knock demonstrates many styles of hand lettering and watercolor art, like this.
Not all bullet journals can take watercolor without bleed-thru, though, so watch out. Some bullet journalists like to paint on swatches of specialty paper first and then glue them on thinner BuJo pages or the inside of the journal’s cover.
Don’t see exactly what you’re searching for? Keep checking back. New hand lettering video tutorials are being added to YouTube every day. Hopefully one of hundreds of free tutorials out there will introduce you to a new, favorite lettering style.
It take some persistence to learn new letter forms so don’t get frustrated or impatient with yourself.
Practice makes perfect!
Now that you’re mastering lettering, why not apply it to your BuJo with these bullet journal collection ideas.