Sometimes, calligraphy needs a simple block lettering style to give it some nice contrast. “Morgan” lettering is that style! Its all-lowercase characters give it a casual look that’s perfect for pairing with any style of calligraphy. Today, I’ve got a free printable hand lettering exemplar to show you how to create it plus tips for successful Morgan Style lettering creation.
The Morgan Style Dip Pen Hand Lettering Exemplar
You can find the Morgan Style dip pen hand lettering exemplar by clicking here! It’s a free one-page exemplar that will show you how to write every letter of the alphabet. Note that this style is all-lowercase. As always, feel free to modify letterforms that you’re not in love with.
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. As far as ink goes, anything works!
To achieve a nice stroke variation, apply pressure as you pull your pen down, then let up on pressure as you push 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 horizontal pencil guidelines (one top guideline, one bottom guideline) to denote where the tops and bottoms of letters should go. Using guidelines facilitates orderly and consistent letters.
When to Use Morgan Style Lettering
I like to use Morgan Style lettering to lighten the mood of my projects. This lettering style is creative and approachable, so it keeps things from looking too formal!
It’s also nice to use this style when you’re short on time. Calligraphy, with its size and loops, can take a while to write! So, try just writing the first line of an address in calligraphy. Then, write the rest of the address using Morgan Style lettering.
For a nice, no-frills envelope design, you can draw a George Style monogram with centered Morgan Style lettering underneath.
I hope that you enjoy this free printable hand lettering exemplar. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments! As always, thanks so much for reading TPK; I appreciate that you are here. Happy lettering!