• About “George Style” Lettering + a Free Exemplar

    Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from pointed pen calligraphy and whip out a regular pen to create some hand-lettering! This post provides you with the tools and inspiration to create a TPK original hand-lettering style: The George.

    George Style Lettering Worksheet | The Postman's Knock
    You can find this 13-page worksheet set in the TPK Digital Catalog.

    I was recently asked which TPK hand-lettering style is best for beginners. Without a doubt, it’s the George. With its simple, easy-to-understand letter formations, making George Style lettering allows new hand-letterers to foster a love for the art from the very beginning. This month, TPK is celebrating eight years of George Style lettering with a free uppercase exemplar, a mini tutorial, and plenty of photo inspiration!

    George Style lettering + elegant calligraphy + Finetec Arabic Gold makes a gorgeous combination!
    Angular George Style lettering and flowing Janet Style calligraphy complement each other so well. (Add gold watercolor to the mix, and you’ve got typographic perfection.)

    About George Style Lettering

    George Style lettering is a TPK original style that features straight, clean lines with a hint of quirk and artistry. It’s an excellent go-to for cards, envelope art, place cards, and any other project that seeks to make a bold statement with clear readability.

    Art Deco Birthday Card Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    This art deco birthday card makes good use of George Style lettering with plenty of sumptuous gold accents.

    George Style lettering acts as my palette cleanser, especially after working extensively with flourished script calligraphy (which I’ve been doing a lot this past week). Its clean and hyper-legible nature offers a refreshing change. You might be wondering how I came up with the name. The truth is, after naming so many calligraphy styles after women, I thought it would be nice to pivot with something masculine. Thus, “George” came about. It’s a sturdy, reliable, and approachable name — just like this lettering style.

    About the George Style Hand Lettering Worksheet

    TPK’s 13-page George Style Hand Lettering Worksheet begins by showing you how to form all of the George Style characters at a glance with a “cheat sheet” exemplar. The step-by-step exemplar is excellent for keeping at hand for when you want to use George Style letters on projects.

    George Style Lettering | The Postman's Knock
    Keep this part of the worksheet at hand when creating projects; it’s super handy.

    The exemplar gives way to guided practice for all letters A-Z, a-z, and numbers. (The numbers are especially handy for writing addresses.) It also features word practice to give you guidance for writing common words and phrases.

    The New George Style Worksheet + Exemplar | The Postman's Knock
    This worksheet gives letterers of all levels the opportunity to focus deeply and find relaxation in the deliberate and thoughtful creation of each letter.

    The George Style worksheet was primarily designed for beginners in hand-lettering, providing exercises that build foundational skills. That said, it’s also popular among experienced letterers, who appreciate the opportunity to engage in hand-lettering as a form of meditation. The blend of guided practice and the therapeutic nature of lettering makes the worksheet a valuable tool for enthusiasts at all levels.

    (Prefer to letter on your tablet? There’s also a Procreate version.)

    Uppercase Letters Free Exemplar

    If you don’t mind trying out George Style Lettering without letter formation instructions, you can download TPK’s one-page Uppercase George Style Lettering exemplar for free! It’s available here.

    "George Style" Printable Hand-Lettering Exemplar | The Postman's Knock
    This free one-page exemplar of uppercase letters is handy for letterers who don’t need step-by-step instructions. Note that it does not include lowercase letters or numbers.

    How to Use George Style Lettering

    Here’s a mini-tutorial over how to use George Style Lettering to make a unique envelope. First, begin with three sets of three guidelines on a #10 envelope. Then, use a parallel glider or a ruler to ensure straight parallel edges for letters that feature long, skinny rectangles (like ‘H’, ‘E’, ‘N’, ‘R’, ‘Y’).

    "George Style" Printable Hand-Lettering Exemplar | The Postman's Knock

    For letters that have curves (like “O”), you’ll free-hand draw. There’s no need to draw the letters in pencil first: you can dive straight in with a smudge-proof pen such as Micron. Once you’ve drawn a letter or a group of letters, add small, dense parallel diagonal lines to fill them in.

    "George Style" Printable Hand-Lettering Exemplar | The Postman's Knock
    I don’t recommend using a ruler to create these tiny lines; that would be pretty time-consuming. Instead, free-hand draw them in.

    Once you’re done lettering and your ink has completely dried, erase any pencil guidelines.

    "George Style" Printable Hand-Lettering Exemplar | The Postman's Knock

    Then, for the perfect finishing touch, adorn your envelope with a vintage stamp collage.

    10 Drool-Worthy Hand Lettered Envelope Examples
    Yes! The post office will deliver an envelope with an untraditional orientation like this. Just be sure to add extra postage to cover the non-machinable envelope fee.

    Examples of George Style Lettering

    Here are some projects that I’ve enjoyed using this lettering style to create:

    1. Simple Place Card

    "George Style" Printable Hand-Lettering Exemplar | The Postman's Knock
    George Style lettering gives this place card a clean look. As George Style Lettering Worksheet owner Elaine points out in her review: “This is a particularly useful style for place cards! Kids love seeing their names spelled out.”

    2. Funky Mail Art

    Watercolor Bubbles Artistic Envelope Tutorial
    To make this mail art, I swapped out the small diagonal lines in George Style lettering for various sizes of circles.

    3. Gatefold Birthday Card

    Hand-Lettered Gatefold Birthday Card Tutorial featuring a monogrammed sash
    This card features both a George Style lettering sash and a strong, legible happy birthday greeting. (To learn how to make it, see this tutorial.)

    Have Fun and Make It Your Own

    The number one thing I want to encourage you to do as you’re making George Style Lettering is have fun with it! Feel free to switch up the lettering a bit to make it your own; for example, in the blue envelope below, I substituted brown and red ombré colored pencil for the little diagonal lines.

    "George Style" Printable Hand-Lettering Exemplar | The Postman's Knock
    If you enjoy creating pointed pen calligraphy, you’ll appreciate mixing George Style lettering with script. The envelope pictured here showcases a mix of George Style lettering and Janet Style calligraphy, but any calligraphy style offers good contrast.

    I hope that you enjoy the photo inspiration in this post, the free uppercase exemplar, and — if you’re so inclined — the George Style Lettering Worksheet. Thanks so much for reading TPK, and we’ll reconvene on Friday with an inspiring tutorial to punctuate your weekend!