For anyone starting with brush lettering, the two most essential brush strokes to master are the downstroke and the upstroke (also known as the thick line and the thin line).

In the videos, I’m using a Pentel Aquash Waterbrush with the Artist Loft watercolor paint pan from Michael’s (A similar paint palette is available here). [affiliate links]

Downstrokes happen when you’re pulling the brush down towards you. To get a nice thick stroke, you apply more pressure.

Upstrokes occur when you are gently pushing the brush away from you. Remember to use light pressure.



The practice sheets shown in the videos here are available for free when you add your email address to the list below. (You’ll receive updates from me on all things related to brush lettering)

Click to Tweet: Brush letter down then up with confidence. Check out @randomoliveblog’s tutorial.

For even more printable practice sheet goodness, check out the fully loaded Brush Letter Practice Guide.

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