Hand lettering with Spectrum Noir

[I was gifted these items at Stationery Show London with no obligation to write about them. This post contains some affiliate links]

As you probably already know, one of my goals this year is to learn hand lettering. I’d love to be able to create my own greetings cards and prints but I’ve always lacked the time and patience to sit down and give it a proper go.

Sidebar: how hard is the letter ‘r’ to write?!

I’ve tried calligraphy with various products and now I want to have a go at brush lettering. I’ve tried a couple of brands before but haven’t been entirely happy with what I’ve produced. Now I’ve realised the importance of practice and also finding the right products. The Spectrum Noir metallic pens are an absolute joy to write with and I think I’m finally getting the hang of the strokes.

The pens are double-ended and the brush end is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Brush pens proved to be very trendy at Stationery Show London at the end of last month and I tried several to try and find something which worked for me. These are perfect as there’s a lot of movement with them, without destroying the tip. I’ve always been pretty heavy handed and these allow me to really press with the down stroke to get a thick line without fraying the tip for the up stroke. I genuinely can’t fault them and want them in every colour!

I’m not great at freehanding, so copied an alphabet initially, then took to Pinterest to find some quotes to copy. These are far from perfect but I’m really proud of how my skills are developing and I’ve enjoyed using the pens. I’ll definitely be doing this regularly.

Plus look how shiny!

There are three different coloured packs available on Amazon (six pens per pack):
Precious metals, £8.65
Rare minerals, £9.00
Antique elements, £10.90

The triblends are a bit more artistic (blending pens are also all the rage at the moment). I like the shades and how the colours blend together but, as I’m focusing on lettering rather than more typical art, I’m not sure how I’d use them other than the example below.

They’re something to play with a bit more while I figure out what works for me. They’re £3.49 each or £79.99 for a pack of 24.

How do you like to be creative with your writing?

4 thoughts on “Hand lettering with Spectrum Noir”

  1. love your style! really cool that you’ve stuck with your goal and made such great progress!! I’ve definitely got to check out this brand of pen! I usually use the Tombow dual tips :)

  2. This is so cool – I wish I was talented enough to do brush lettering well! I’m so clumsy I always mess it up whenever I try. xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

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