Brush Lettering with Crayola Markers

Recently, I've learned Crayola markers can be used for brush lettering. So I wanted to try it. It works!

Brush Lettering with Crayola Markers at

Now, I do have a lot of brush markers already... (Obsessed, remember?)  Maybe, though, you want to give brush lettering a whirl, and you don't have a brush marker yet.

Well, if you have kids, go hunt down their  Crayola markers, and if you don't have kids, make a run up to the drugstore or Walmart, and grab some for just a few dollars. (You can get a pack of 10 different colors of Crayola markers for around the price of one actual brush marker.)  Believe it or not, you can achieve some pretty decent lettering with them. They are fun to use and will get you started, and then you can start building your own brush marker hoard collection.

The Crayola markers (both the bigger ones and the slimmer, Super Tips-not shown) are pointed enough to get both thick and thin lines, similar to brush markers.

The trick is (as with a brush marker), to use very light pressure on the up strokes, and heavy pressure on the down strokes.  You will get the pretty thick/thin line variation, even if you are simply writing in your own handwriting.  Also, as you make the down strokes, putting more of the side of the tip onto the paper will result in a thicker line. For the thin upstroke, use more of the point.

Brush Lettering with Crayola

Write slowly.  Hand lettering is more like drawing than like writing.

I'll be posting about some more of my favorite brush markers for beginners soon.

Keep at it!

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  1. You are very talented!! Mine would turn out horrible, but I think I'll practice with your tips...thanks! :) #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank you Jamie! You should give it a try!

  2. I didn't know you can do brush lettering with Crayola! I'll definitely give this a try. I have some brush markers, but they are so expensive I don't like to practice with them. This is a great option. Thanks for the tip. #HomeMattersParty

    1. I was surprised too, Nicole! They work amazingly well!

  3. This is interesting! I have to try. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Yes, definitely try it!

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  4. I've never tried this but I'm in awe of it. It's beautiful!

  5. On my list to try :) #HomeMattersParty

  6. Oh cool, I've never thought of this before and I'll have to try it out :) #homemattersparty

  7. What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!


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