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Debi Sementelli Shows How Easy Brush Lettering Can Be

I always thought brush lettering took a lot of effort and illustrative penmanship ability. I don’t have the best penmanship skills; I have chicken scratch for handwriting. Hence, I naturally assumed I would never be good at brush lettering, and never tried.

I stumbled across a YouTube video from Design Cuts Studio yesterday. In the video, they had Debi Sementelli give two employees a tutorial on brush lettering. Debi Sementelli is a successful cursive font designer and brush lettering extraordinaire. She gave a beginner’s lesson by showing what to use (Pentel Color Brush) and giving several practice tips on how to navigate line thickness and stay steady with the pen.

At the end of the video, Sementelli shows her start to finish process of creating a brush lettering design for Design Cuts. Watching her create the design with such swiftness, precision, and intricacy was fascinating. The video is rather long (50 mins), but it is a great introductory lesson if you’re interested in trying brush lettering. I plan on trying brush lettering soon!



  1. Lauren Pacheco wrote:

    Analog typography is my weakness so this should be very helpful! Thanks for posting this. They make it look so easy when I can’t even read my own handwriting.

    Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  2. Abigail West wrote:

    I love brush lettering! I haven’t tried it myself, but I follow some crafty people on instagram and youtube that post such creative and beautiful typography. My only problem is, at least with one person I follow, all of their brush pen stuff picture to picture kind of looks like it’s the same script font. It’s very cool that they accomplished such a uniform look by hand, but it doesn’t seem as impressive if they aren’t versatile with their lettering.

    Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Permalink