Hello Planning Mashers!
Today we will finally be talking about improving your handwriting.
I know it’s something most of us in the Bullet Journal community are interested in and I thought I’d share with you some tips and tricks, as well as some fantastic accounts with aesthetic handwriting that can be a great inspiration for your perfect handwriting.
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Having beautiful aesthetic handwriting is probably a dream of everyone who Bullet Journals. Pretty handwriting can be a great decoration for your Bullet Journal pages itself.
However let’s be honest – we probably haven’t been writing much lately. Our modern world doesn’t require us to write that much anymore (let’s not take into account the little scribbles we take during work meetings).
This means that our muscle memory is kind of gone and the letters that come from under the pen can barely be called letters.
This is what happened when I started a Bullet Journal. My biggest issue was trying to understand what I wrote.
Especially since when I was in school, I was obviously writing in Russian and, well, my Latin letters were absolutely unreadable, probably something like a 5-year-old would scribble.
But thankfully there is still hope for us all! Here are some awesome tricks to help you rebuild your writing skills and create your own unique and beautiful handwriting.
Because handwriting is just training your muscle memory, you can do it with just a few simple tweaks and of course lots of practice.
Create Comfortable Writing Space
When you start working on your handwriting, be sure you have a comfortable place to work. Let it be a large desk so you have enough space for your paper and your elbows aren’t hanging.
Be sure that you sit comfortably with your feet on the floor, your back straight, and your hand and arm relaxed.
You will do better if you sit straight and your forearm is resting on the table, so your arm moves the fingers, not your wrist.
Choose The Right Pen
Before you start writing though, be sure to choose the right pen.
What’s the right pen? Well, that depends on you, choose the pen you feel comfortable writing with.
Could be a gel pen or maybe a fountain pen – just choose the one you like writing and feel comfortable writing with. So better to have a good grip on it.
For me, the favorite pen is probably Pilot G2. The writing experience is very smooth and I like the line thickness, it matches my kind of handwriting style.
If you like a bit thinner lines I’d recommend you to try Muji pens, they are just as smooth and have options with lines as thin as 0.3. You probably saw a lot of studygram accounts using them, because they also are super cute!
Pick The Right Paper
The right paper for practicing your handwriting is the one with a grid. Having a grid will help you to form your letters better and write straighter.
Just make sure your grid isn’t too small so you still have space to pay attention to each letter.
You can start from a paper you used at school to practice your handwriting – lined with space to form the letters correctly.
I also like using the dot grid, since that’s also the grid I use in my Bullet Journal. But I must be honest – my letters on lined paper are much better looking so I think it’s a better place to start.
Adjust Your Grip
The right grip is the one where not a single muscle of your hand is overly flexed and you aren’t holding your pen as your life depends on it.
If you put that much pressure on your grip it will lead to lines looking constrained and you will get tired of writing pretty soon.
So be sure you have a relaxed grip and allow your pen to flow on your pages.
Play With Paper Rotation
I don’t know about you, but when I was at school you were supposed to hold your paper at 45 degrees.
This might be the best option for when you write cursive, but it’s not the only one and it might not work for another handwriting style you’re trying to achieve.
So let’s forget all the constraints we had at school and just experiment. Try to angle your paper differently and see what works best for you personally.
Do The Drills
I bet you thought drills are only for brush lettering! Well at least I thought so, but I absolutely was wrong.
Improving your handwriting also means doing the drills, like telephone wires. Use these as a little warm-up before you start writing.
Here is the secret to aesthetic handwriting – you have to slow down. It does feel pretty annoying when it takes you minutes to write a sentence, but it’s what you need to do when you practice.
The slower you go the more time you spend writing each letter, and the better they will look.
Here is the trick though – once you develop the muscle memory and your hand will know how exactly to move to create those pretty letters – you’ll be able to speed back up.
Just be sure you’re going slow while setting your basics and you’ll see the reward later.
Analyze Your Handwriting
The best way to improve your handwriting is not to invent a new one but correct your existing style. So analyzing your current writing is pretty important.
Start by writing down the alphabet and analyze that. What letters do you like and which ones you’d like to change? Take a note of how you’d like for your letters to look and if the new look you like will fit with the others.
For example that the curved parts of a, o, b, d are similar – similar circles or oval, depending on what style you like.
The next stage is to write a paragraph and analyze your general writing. Which letters jump out? Do you have a similar amount of space between the letters or are some of them too close or too far? Are all your lines angled the same?
Determine what are your flaws and what are areas you have to work on.
Aesthetic Handwriting Inspirations
It’s also important that you get inspiration from other people’s handwriting. Sometimes you might not know what exactly you want from yours, so it can be very helpful to see how other people’s writing looks.
This can help you find your own style and see what are elements you want to include there.
So below are some beautiful handwriting examples I found and I hope they inspire you as much as they inspired me.
How incredible is this handwriting? I love the bouncy effect it has. I bet she used the Muji pen for these incredible thin lines.
They look kind of written in a hurry, but at the same time so neat and easy to read. Beautiful style.
Here is a great example of how the angle of your letters changes the look.
This is still written in kind of block letters, but because of how it’s angled, it looks very different.
When I saw it first I actually thought it might be a cursive font.
I think this is pretty unique handwriting. It really reminds me of old typewriter fonts.
I love how cute it looks! I think the secret here is to have a bit wider letters but at the same time pretty short.
I also like that even though the letters are pretty small you can still read them all clearly. Ideal font if you want to be able to add more text to your pages.
I’m honestly speechless at how perfect this looks. So much text yet it’s all even and cohesive – a real handwriting master.
Take note of how the same style of handwriting looks different depending on the thickness of the pen.
This is really something to consider when you choose a pen – how thick you want the lines to be. As you can see a thicker pen makes the lines merge a bit and it might be a bad idea for smaller-sized handwriting.
It’s a bit difficult to see this handwriting behind all the cuteness of the stickers, but take a look at it anyway.
These letters are a bit closer to each other and thinner. They seem clumped together, but you can still easily read them.
They actually have a great practice sheet for this lettering style, you can easily get it, print, and practice for as long as needed until you get your dream handwriting.
Liz is a calligrapher and of course, her handwriting is absolutely perfect. There are so many things to love about it.
Note the little curves she adds to letters L and R, this makes it look so different and uniquely hers.
I also love that all her letters here are actually capital letters, but they look so synchronized that I actually didn’t notice it at once.
How cute is this tiny little font?
I must say I really like it and this is probably the size of the letters I’m most comfortable with. Larger letters somehow freak me out, but something like this is cute and clean and easy to read, even if it’s not that large.
Plus with smaller letter size, you can always add more text to your page. But here you must be careful with what pen you use since a thicker pen might not allow your font to look cute in such a small size.
I’ve been really in love with this lettering style. Notice how it’s very rounded and spacious.
I’ve been trying to transform my handwriting to be more like that, a bit more rounded.
She actually has a practice sheet you can get to try replicating her style.
I think this is a similarly rounded style, but look how different it looks!
First of all – for this, she used a fountain pen, and already it gives such a different effect. Moreover, her letters are a bit smaller.
I feel like this is exactly what I mean when I say that handwriting can be a decoration in your Bullet Journal pages by itself.
I love this example of handwriting by Nicole.
You can clearly see here how different your letters look with some small adjustments – if you make them closer to each other, or wider.
It can be a great reference when you try to figure out what style you prefer.
But let’s take a look at some cursive, that can be so incredibly beautiful.
Just look at how perfect all the connections and coordinates are all the curves.
This is really an art more than just handwriting if you ask me.
One more beautiful example of cursive handwriting.
I love how it’s so sharp looking! Notice how all the letters are angled the same way, how amazing it is!
I’d say you’re not fully equipped to create your dream handwriting!
What tricks work for you the best when you practice your handwriting?
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