Today’s free printable hand-lettering exemplar is the result of several requests I received after writing the Lettered Handmade Birthday Card Tutorial last month. The card included an envelope with its address written in a never-before-seen lettering style. The hand-lettering was just a little something that I threw together at the time, and its minimalistic, simple look has a lot of appeal! I am pleased to offer you a free exemplar of “Morgan Style Lettering” in today’s blog post.
Morgan Style lettering — which is what I call this all-lowercase style — is super simple to create. You can use any pen to form your letters, but my pick is a straight dip pen fitted with a Nikko G nib! The Nikko G has a nice flex that allows you to create thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.
To achieve a nice stroke variation, you’ll want to apply more pressure when you are dragging your pen down, then let up on pressure as you pull the pen up. Besides allowing for a nice stroke variation, hand-lettering with a dip pen allows more room for error. If, for example, you’ve got a bit of a shaky hand, it will be a lot less obvious if you letter with a dip pen versus a fine-tipped regular pen.
When I create Morgan Style hand-lettering, I generally draw pencil guidelines (one top guideline, one bottom guideline) to denote where the tops and bottoms of letters should go. That said, you shouldn’t feel pressure to draw guidelines. It’s perfectly fine if your letters aren’t just-so! That’s the point of hand-lettering, after all: to have some imperfections.
This particular lettering style doesn’t have any capital letters; it’s all-lowercase. That gives it an approachable, almost playful look. Morgan Style lettering’s uncomplicated nature allows it to complement nearly any style of calligraphy. I especially love how well it contrasts with “loopy” calligraphy like Amy Style (shown below) and Janet Style!
For a nice, no-frills envelope design, you can draw a George Style monogram with centered Morgan Style lettering underneath. This design concept pairs beautifully with a stamp collage!
To download the Morgan Style exemplar, you can click here. This one-page exemplar, like the style, is clean and uncomplicated! It has examples of all 26 letters of the alphabet plus numbers, a “letter formations” section, and writing tips.
I hope you enjoy this exemplar, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments! As always, thanks so much for reading TPK; I very much appreciate that you are here. Have a wonderful day, and do try out Morgan Style lettering when you get the chance. 🙂