Sometimes you just need an easy lettering style that doesn’t take much time or skill, and doesn’t require any special pens.
That’s where this “multiple line” style comes in.
Even if you’ve never done calligraphy or hand lettering in your life, you can create this easy-peasy letter style! All you need is a regular pen and some basic writing.
Watch the video tutorial below:
I call it the Multiple Line style because you literally just draw multiple lines to build up a letter for a somewhat messy but fun look.
This is in fact hand lettering, since the letters are drawn by hand.
If you prefer reading, keep scrolling to learn how to create this super-easy style!
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What you’ll need
The Multiple Line style can be done with any pen and paper.
You can also use drawing pens like Tombow MONO drawing pens if you prefer.
For paper, use any paper that works well with the pen you’re using. Again, no fancy supplies needed!
Step 1: Write your letters
The first step is to write your letters like usual, but make sure to leave some room between each letter.
You can write block letters or script/cursive letters, whatever you choose.
Step 2: Draw additional lines
Once you have drawn the frame of each letter, the next step is to draw additional lines to build on that frame.
Trace over the letters multiple times, adding a little more thickness each time, until you’re satisfied with how everything is filled in.
This style can be as messy or as clean as you like. For a messier look, go a little faster or draw looser lines.
For a cleaner look, go slower and be intentional about where you draw each additional line.
I like to make the lines a bit looser as I trace over the letters at first, and then as they get filled in, I’ll slow down and be more intentional about where I add lines.
As you build up the letters, the lines will vary in thickness. If you’re a calligrapher like me, you can choose to make the downstrokes thicker and leave the upstrokes thinner, but this style looks great either way!
To finish off this scribbly style, clean up any areas that are a little too messy by smoothing out the edges with your pen.
You could also take it a step further and color in the lettering or customize it however you want.
I can see this style being used to create wood-like letters, maybe with added knots or branches here and there!
(If you watched the video above, you can see me try this. It turned out so cute!)
Below is an example of the Multiple Line style with regular handwriting in a mix of print and cursive.
Make sure to write a little bigger than usual and leave some extra space between the letters to allow room for building up the lines.
The style also looks great with simple block letters, as shown below.
You can leave the ends messy or clean them up so it looks neater.
And there you go! A quick and easy lettering style for when you need something a little more special than regular handwriting.
Ways to use this lettering style
Here are a few ways I like to use the Multiple Line style:
- Bullet journaling – It’s perfect for a slightly fancier letter style in your bullet journal!
- Taking notes – Try using this style to dress up your note taking.
- Any kind of journaling – Whether it’s Bible journaling, art journaling, or personal journaling, this easy style is great for headings or highlighting important points.
- Envelopes, cards, gift tags, etc. – You can really use this style anywhere you need some simple hand lettering to make it extra special.
- Lettering compositions – The Multiple Line style is a perfect addition to your collection of lettering styles to use in compositions. Sometimes you need a playful or “messier” look and this style is a simple way to achieve just that.
Related: How to Design Lettering Layouts
I hope you give this quick lettering style a try and have fun with it!
Even though I do brush calligraphy, I still come back to the Multiple Line style whenever I need something simple or if I don’t have a brush pen handy.
If you do try this style, tag @byheidigrace on Instagram so I can see!