Brush Lettering with Crayola Markers

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

Now, I do have a lot of brush markers already... (Obsessed, remember?   In that post, I talked about my favorite markers for brush lettering.)  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), is changing the pressure. Hold the marker as you normally would, at about a 45 degree angle.  For the thin upstrokes, use less pressure.  As you make the down strokes, use more pressure, and you will get a thicker line.

So, to get the thick/thin variation,  you don't need to change how you are holding the marker as you write, and you don't have to change the angle as you write. Just changing the pressure will result in how much of the point vs. how much of the broad side of the tip touches the paper.

You will get the pretty thick/thin line variation, even if you are simply writing in your own cursive handwriting. (Writing in cursive isn't truly brush lettering though, because with brush lettering, the technique involves a lot of lifting the pen from the paper. But, simply changing the pressure on the marker will give you thick/thin variation.)

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

For the "hello" lettering in the photo at the top, I used basic calligraphy strokes that I had learned previously by studying Copperplate pointed pen calligraphy.  The same strokes translated beautifully to brush markers.  I also "bounced" the letters for an informal look.

There are so many wonderful resources online now to learn brush lettering.  Free worksheets, YouTube courses, Instagram examples, etc.  You will be amazed at how beautiful your lettering can become by learning the basic strokes and practicing, practicing, practicing! 

Give it a try, and have fun!

The books below are some good choices for beginning brush lettering. They don't speak to brush lettering specifically with Crayola markers, but they give the basics of learning to write with brush markers in general. They will help you understand the basic strokes, how to use pressure, etc, though, so they would apply to any type of brush pen lettering.

Linking to:

Create with Joy
You're the Star at Eclectic Red Barn
Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou
Lou Lou Girls
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Craft Schooling Sunday
Wow Me Wednesday at Gingersnap Crafts
Wonderful Wednesday at OMHG
Thursday Favorite Things
Tuesdays with a Twist at Stone Cottage Adventures
Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging
The Really Crafty Link Party at Keeping it Real
Handmade Mondays at Sum of Their Stories
Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do
Create, Bake, Grow, and Gather at Shabby Art Boutique
Creative Compulsions at My Bijou Life


  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

  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!

  8. Well done,awesome!Okay now I want to try it!

  9. I have several Crayola markers. Thank you for the tips on how to get that look, especially "Hand lettering is more like drawing than like writing." I hadn't thought of it that way before. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    Thank you for linking at Tuesdays with a Twist!


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