November 09, 2018 2 min read

Hand lettering with brush pens is a fun and rewarding skill that requires practice to master. This guide will take a look at how you can get started on your lettering journey with Tombow Brush Pens and the Tombow Beginner Lettering Set.

We recommend downloading and printing these free Tombow work sheets to help you get started:

Dual Brush Pen Work Sheet


Taking your first steps - 

Learning to control the amount of pressure you apply with your brush pen is one of the biggest challenges for anyone starting to learn lettering with brush pens. Starting out with a pencil, like the soft 4H included in the beginner set will give you a feel for how applying different levels of pressure can create a thick downstroke and thin upstroke.

The pencil and eraser will allow you to practice until you create a shape you are happy with. Once you start to feel comfortable with the pencil you can move on to the included Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen. This pen has a flexible tip but is still harder than the Dual Brush Pen which means you retain more control.


Moving on to the soft brush pen - 

Once you are starting to feel comfortable making basic letters with a pencil and the Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen you can move on to the brush pen. The Tombow Dual Brush Pen is a famous and versatile tool used by many artists. It's available in 96 colours and can be used for sketching, watercolour and lettering. It's flexible tip requires some practice to master. Using the work sheets first practice lettering over the top of the grey examples. The first few pages will show you basic shapes. The red arrows will show you which direction to make each stroke.


Once you have traced over the grey strokes try and keep going and make the shapes on your own. Then it's time to move on to creating some letters. Again start by going over the grey letters before moving on and trying them on your own.

Remember that each letter does not need to be one fluid movement. Start by make a downstroke and lift the brush pen off the page before making the upstroke.


The key to learning the art of hand lettering is repetition. Try and set aside time daily to practice and with a little bit of time you will be creating beautiful letters.

Faux calligraphy -

Faux calligraphy can be a fun way to create beautiful designs while learning how to lay out letters. Using the Mono pencil sketch out the word or letter, or print out a design you like and trace it.

Colour in your pencil outline and then use the MONO Twin Permanent marker to colour it in to create calligraphy style letters.



If you'd like to learn more about lettering you can also check out this Tombow Lettering Guide collaboration by Tombow and lettering artists.


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