Creating your own bullet journal can be a fun and creative way to boost organization and productivity, but it can certainly be a learning curve to get your bullet journal looking the way you’d like it to.
One such area that takes a little bit of practice is hand lettering. Hand lettering is an art form and it can be tricky to perfect, but this post will guide you through how to master your bullet journal fonts in no time!
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Tools for Bujo Writing
Having the right tools makes a world of difference when it comes to creating attractive and creative bullet journal fonts. While you don’t need all of these, some of them will be required if you’re striving for a certain style. Here are some of my favourite tools for bujo writing...
1. Fineliners: fineliners allow you to create thin precise lines. You can also get waterproof fineliners such as the Staedtler Pigment liners to prevent smudging when overlaying your designs.
2. Gel ink pens: gel pens use strong pigment in a water-based gel to create thick and vibrant lines.
3. Felt tips: felt tips are ideal for colouring in your designs to add more creative flare.
4. Brush pens: brush pens are perfect for brush lettering and modern calligraphy styles.
5. Pencils: ideal to trace your designs before you commit to using ink on the page!
6. Eraser: to erase any mistakes or visible pencil lines, to keep your journal looking neat and tidy.
7. A journal with dotted paper: most journals designed for bullet journaling will feature dotted paper - this is a bonus because you can use the dots for guidance to create even lettering and neat designs. Scribbles That Matter is a great option to get you started.
If you would prefer a bit of further guidance, check out these premade bullet journals which can save you time on your bullet journaling journey!
How to Improve Your Bullet Journal Lettering
Now you have the right supplies, here are some of my favourite tips to help improve your bullet journal fonts!
1. Look for inspiration
There is no shame in looking to other journalers for inspo! I always turn to Instagram and Pinterest for journal inspiration and to get new creative ideas when I have a creative block.
Inspiration is particularly beneficial if you have a less creative imagination - seeing how others are creating their bullet journal fonts will give you something to go off , while also getting you excited about the beautiful designs you can create!
2. Watch tutorial videos
Videos are even more beneficial because they allow you to see the creation process rather than just the end result. There are plenty of hand lettering tutorial videos on YouTube that break bujo lettering into easy to follow steps.
For example, this video shows you how to create beautiful bullet journal calligraphy as a beginner. She breaks it down in such a simple and easy to follow way that anyone can follow!
3. Read books
Hand lettering books are also awesome tools to help you perfect your bullet journal fonts. They break down lettering and modern calligraphy into actionable steps so that you have the knowledge to create your own beautiful designs.
Here are some popular options to try:
4. Try tracing
When you’re first starting out, there’s no harm in tracing as you learn the movement needed to create certain designs. You can print off a font that you’d like to use and use the traditional tracing method with tracing paper to copy it into your bullet journal.
Alternatively, you may wish to trace your bujo font directly into your bullet journal using your mobile phone or tablet as a tool. Simply pull up a picture of the bullet journal font you wish to use, turn the backlighting on your screen up to the max, place your paper on top and lightly trace it with a pencil!
It really is true that practice makes perfect! The more you practice your bullet journal fonts, the more naturally hand lettering will come to you. Practice writing out different styles on scrap paper so you don’t need to worry about making mistakes in your journal.
Alternatively, you may wish to dedicate some pages to the back of your journal to practice your bullet journal fonts. These pages can then also serve as a toolbox to refer back to for ideas and inspiration!
Bullet Journal Lettering Styles to Try
Now you know how to improve your bullet journal fonts, here are some bullet journal lettering styles to incorporate into your own journal, in order of difficulty!
Straight Line Bullet Journal Fonts
Straight line bullet journal fonts are a great option for beginners, and you can use the dots in your bullet journal as a guide to keep your letters straight and uniform.
You can then experiment with adding different designs to these fonts such as hearts, flowers or other shapes.
Block Letter Fonts
Another great style to experiment with is block letter fonts. These fonts are a great way to jazz up your bullet journal fonts and add more colourful designs and patterns.
Handwriting Style Bujo Fonts
Script style bullet journal fonts can add a delicate and feminine touch to your bujo. You can make subtle changes to the appearance of your handwriting by extending its length, width, letter spacing and angle.
You can transform your handwriting into calligraphy style by making some adjustments to the thickness of the downward strokes. This is an easy hack to create faux calligraphy and make you look like a hand lettering pro!
I hope that these tips help you on your journey to creating beautiful bullet journal fonts!
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