How To Write In Bounce Lettering?

Lettrage Créatif : Bounce Lettering

06/04/2018 – I love to learn and express myself with new artistic techniques. I’m sure I’m not the only one here. Since January, I discovered the joys of modern calligraphy and especially those of “Bounce Lettering”!

Bounce Lettering Definition:

Bounce lettering is a handwriting technique used in Brush Lettering. Recognizable at first glance, the Bounce Lettering breaks the rules of calligraphy by arranging the letter of the word in a very original way. The letters seem to bounce from top to bottom.


Handling a Brush Pen:

Hold the pen between your thumb and forefinger, resting it on the middle finger as if you were making a bird’s head with your fingers. It is important to see the tip of the pen when writing. Your fingers should not hide the tip.

GOOD TO KNOW: Be flexible and comfortably positioned to avoid the getting cramps.


Calligraphy Basics:

Practicing hand lettering with a brush pen is very fun, but requires a little practice and above all good flow. To work with calligraphy, a pen with a particular tip is preferred. The shape of the tip can produce thicker or thinner lines depending on the pressure exerted on the tip.

To keep it simple and avoid too many technical explanations (often confusing), I advise you to remember when practicing calligraphy at home:

  • Press when drawing a down line, and use the very tip to go up.
  • The angle of inclination determines the thickness of the lines. The more the tip is horizontal, the thicker the line will be.
  • The writing rhythm has to be measured. To work in a controlled way, start slowly and gradually increase the pace.

GOOD TO KNOW: “Practice makes progress” Make a few series of diagonals, curves, loops, and circles to work on your writing. You can start with a graphite pencil line for letter placement before switching to colour.

Square paper sheets can be very useful for placing letters.

Bounce lettering: Getting the look

There are no good or bad ways to practice Bounce Lettering. It is by working on it that we get our own style. However, there are some recurring features you can include that I list below:

  • well-rounded handwriting
  • lengthening the descending and rising parts of the letters
  • shifting double letters in a word
  • thickening the descending parts of the letters
  • refinement of the rising parts of the letters
  • spacing between letters to balance the word
  • adding an exaggerated swish to the letter’s tail, crossbar, entry or exit stroke

Choice of brush pen:

Unlike the ordinary brush, the brush pen is not composed of a multitude of hairs but a single tip that is flexible and firm enough to follow our gestures on paper. My favourite brush pen is undeniably the Tombow marker. I know, it costs a bit more, but the difference is really there. You will see, when you start using it, how  you quickly become faithful to it.

Tombow watercolour ink markers with two different fibre tip.

GOOD TO KNOW: The pens Ecoline (Royal Talens), the watercolour markers (Winsor & Newton) or the Crayola can be good compromises in the beginning of learning creative lettering.

Suggested Tools & Materials:

These products are currently available at GreatArt Online and can be ordered to collect from their art supply shop in London Shoreditch or delivered to your home.

GOOD TO KNOW: During the learning phases, pages and pages are filled. Before using a nice or expensive paper, practice on A4 sheets (inkjet paper type) or in a notebook (with or without lines).


Inspirations from my studio:

Calligraphy has the art of embellishing handwritten correspondence. I enjoy experimenting with new colours and other styles of writing.

TOP TIPS: Here are different ideas for the use of modern calligraphy in your professional or personal communication: envelopes  for certificates of authenticity, thank you messages, label tags, invitations, bullet journals and beyond.

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