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Why Should You “Super-size” Your Drills?

When I teach beginner brush lettering workshops, we always use large brush tip pens, like the Kelly Creates Dream Pens, and only study the lowercase alphabet.

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However, there is a reason why you should practice ‘bigger’ basic strokes too. Eventually you are going to learn the uppercase alphabet, so it’s a good idea to start working on the larger drills as you progress. Even if you’ve mastered the uppercase alphabet, it is important to practice these larger basic strokes to refine your skills.

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When you’re using the Kelly Creates Learn Brush Lettering workbook, you will start with the ‘lowercase’ basic strokes at the top half of each page. When you become confident with those smaller strokes, you can start preparing for the uppercase letters by tracing the ‘larger’ strokes on the bottom half of the pages.

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After tracing, practice these same larger basic strokes on your Kelly Creates smooth paper pads. You can even start with some simple capital letters in the back section of the workbook, like the letter ‘U.’

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If you’re using Kelly Creates Multicolor small brush pens and the Kelly Creates Learn Brush Lettering workbook for ‘small’ brush pens, you can practice similar ‘supersized’ basic strokes.

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I hope you try this exercise –  double your x-height and super-size your practice strokes to become confident in writing your uppercase alphabet! Here is a video where I demo how to do this:

 

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