Simple Hand Lettering for your Notes and Journals


simple hand lettering

When you’re using a computer it’s so easy to make text look interesting by using spacing and different sizes and types of font. It’s harder when you’re writing by hand, especially when you’re like me and not particularly gifted in the art of calligraphy. That’s why I’ve put together this list of easy hand lettering that you can try. All you need is any pen and paper. I couldn’t think of any deep and meaningful phrases to demonstrate so I used my DVD collection as inspiration. Give it a try. If I can do it, you sure can!

Home Alone

green home alone

Write your words in your usual printed handwriting then add dots to the open ends of your letters.

The Hunger Games

purple hunger games

For this one you need to think of a digital clock that has small dashes that make a figure 8. Different parts of the figure 8 light up to make the required digits. The letters in this font need to fit into that figure 8. The only letters that don’t work are ‘W’ and ‘M’. For those I just turned the 8 on it’s side. Let me know if you think of a better way!

The War of the Worlds

yellow war of worlds

This is small joined up writing with no loops.

Kick Ass

blue kick ass

Use your usual print again, but make each stroke 4 times before moving on to the next.

The Fellowship of the Ring

orange fellowship of ring

Italicise your print writing and elongate the stalks and tails.

School of Rock




blue school of rock

This is made up of straight lines, giving a spiky effect. The only curves are for the letter ‘O’ but if you wanted to you could make ‘O’ diamond shaped. Personally I preferred to keep it round.

Mrs Doubtfire

purple mrs doubtfire

Stretch the width of your printed handwriting. Make sure you’ve got plenty of space so you don’t go off the edge of your page!

The Karate Kid

red the karate kid

Print your words as normal and then draw straight vertical lines on the left-most down stroke of each letter.

The Goonies

pink the goonies

Think how you would draw curly hair on a stick-person as a child. Now use that curly movement to create your letters.

Kick Boxer

green kick boxer

Make a fuss of your capital letters by shrinking the left-most down stroke and exaggerating the right-most stroke/s.

See – they’re all pretty straight forward. I would love for you to share any simple hand-lettering techniques you’ve learned or invented and please let me know if you try any that I’ve shown you. 

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