Our world is getting more and more technology based. We have moved from smart gadgets to smart homes, have meal plans based on our DNA and can now purchase wearable breast pumps. Wow! Unfortunately, when machines start doing more and more, a lot of the personal touch that makes things so special disappears. Well, we are here to kick lack of personality to the curb. Get in touch with your creative flair by practicing hand lettering! If one of your goals for 2017 was to start a hobby, this can be it!

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

1. Bounce Lettering Basics Online Class: Brittany Luiz, Social Media and Content Manager for Tombow USA, is here to teach you how to make those fun and whimsical bouncy letters that you’ve seen peppering your Insta feed. You’ll learn how to use Tombow Dual Brush Pens to draw script and block letters, different blending techniques (helloooo ombre!) and which strokes and how much pressure to use (and when). You’ll come away from this course with two of your own hand-lettered cards. Now you can send super personalized — and totally gorgeous — thank you cards to your framily for all those snazzy gifts.


2. Water Brush Lettering Online Class: Nicole Miyuki Santo, a lettering and watercolor artist, will teach you how to use a water brush to create beautiful letters. She’ll also show you how to combine those letters into words and blend colors to create beautiful ombre designs. When you’re done, you’ll have pretty hand-lettered quotes like the ones on Instagram.


3. Calligraphy 101 Online Class: Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye will show you all the basics of dip pen calligraphy. She’ll tell you all the supplies you need, as well as how to properly dip and hold your pen. Then you’ll learn basic script for numbers and the uppercase and lowercase alphabets. You’ll have your own beautiful hand-lettered greeting cards at the end!


4. Fauxligraphy: Pen Calligraphy Online Class: If you aren’t ready to go out and buy brush pens or pointed pens and ink yet, don’t worry! We’ve still got something for you. Alyssa Thiel, the owner and designer of Parris Chic Boutique, will teach you how to use a regular Sharpie (pro tip: You can also use a ballpoint pen!) to turn your handwriting into a lettering style. You’ll learn how to use basic strokes to create and connect letters into words, and even how to transfer your designs onto different surfaces (personalized coffee mug, anyone?).

Don’t forget: Once you buy one of our classes, it’s yours forever! You can watch it as often as you like.

Now you can become the artist that people envy on Instagram.

Share your finished work with us on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtag #iamcreative.