Ever since I joined Chia’s calligraphy workshop on Workshop Kittykitz, I found a new interest: hand lettering. No, I’m not that good at calligraphy and still needs a LOT of hand-lettering practices. Like on this photo below. I used watercolor, brush, and Pigma brush pen for the quote on the left. I used calligraphy nib, regular ink, and watercolor for the illustration on the “Have a Nice Day” quote.


Still trying to learn how to use brush pen, and my calligraphy lines still look like they all have the same width, haha. But I looove to browse the Instagram to look for inspirations from great hand-lettering artist account with beautiful photos of handwriten words. Sometimes there are some pictures that gives you good mood just by looking at it, and so does this hand-lettering artworks to me. For those of you who loves calligraphy, Maybelle Imasa is probably already on your Instagram’s following list. But there are still a lot of inspiring hand-lettering artist out there. Sometimes I just search for the tags #calligraphy or #handlettering or #brushlettering. Here’s a few of my favorite artist that I’ve been following on Instagram:


For calligraphy, I prefer a more modern approach rather than classic penmanship. I like how Chia from @cforcalligraphy plays with her pen and nib not only to create lovely words but also to draw, like this cute poodle drawing made from calligraphy flourishes (1). Vero, who creates a beautiful centerpiece decorated with calligraphy for our first Afternoon Delight, is filling her instagram account @truffypi with lots of her pretty artwork (2). While Laura Hooper-Leader from @lhcalligraphy shows up not only a beautiful calligraphy and photo styling, but also plenty of wedding-related inspirations (3). And I  like how Karla from @writtenwordcalligraphy combines the hand-lettering with a subtle watercolor painting for her (mostly) wedding-related artwork (4).


While I admire the delicate swirls and swoops of calligraphy, I must admit that I had a big crush on brush-lettering. I love the simplicity, the uneven, and the (sometimes) messy look of it. The first is an Indonesian @felingpoh who’s also a very talented illustrator (1). Courtney from @hibridblog also creates a simple and lovely brush-lettering (2). I love the clean layout of Miranti Kayess’ blog, Pen and Peplum, and she’s happen to have an instagram account too at @penandpeplum (3).  While @jasminedowling became my most favorite hand-lettering artist for now. Not only has a cool typography art print that are available online, she’s also have a cool fashion style (that me and Nike usually calls: “Mba-mba keren”) :D (4). For a bit messier look, you might want to check @talesatsea‘s account (5). And look how this colorful painting became a lively background for @kalbarteski‘s bold brush-lettering (6).

And sometimes, there are artists that aren’t only good at one type of hand-lettering, like Molly Jacques. I know her when Ayang Cempaka told me about her beautiful hand-lettering artwork on Instagram. Not too girly, and sometimes playful, using different kinds of media.


Another example is @calligrafikas who likes to create calligraphy and hand-lettering using brush pen.


For the guys, you might want to check some cool hand-lettering and typography-related artworks by @eindraw, @neilsecretario, @tinlunstudio, and @seanwes. And as Miranti Kayess said on her artwork that I use for the feature image, I really could stare on their handwritings all day long.

What about you? Do you have any recommended hand-lettering artist on Instagram?


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  1. isyana

    30 September

    aku suka kaligrafi… tapi selalu dapet C waktu kuliah dan hampir ga lulus :(… i just don’t seem to ‘get’ it, i think calligraphy is hard work! aku juga suka banget @truffypi sama @feelingpoh mir, bakat banget tangannya!

  2. Tia

    1 October

    aku lagi suka @shannonkirsten mamir, karyanya kliatan ‘berantakan’, gak niat tapi cantik :)

  3. Andra

    14 October

    Aku suka Katherine Karnadi @kathkrnd :)

  4. Miranti

    15 October

    @Yana waah..di sastra ada mata kuliah kaligrafi? baru tauu.. And yes, totally agree that calligraphy is hard.
    @ Tia & Andra: wah dua-duanya aku baru denger. cek ah. Thank you for sharing :)

  5. isyana

    20 October

    emang aku pernah bilang aku anak satra ya? bukan mir, aku anak desain ^^. di desain ada mata kuliah kaligrafi :)

  6. […] tahun lalu. Saya pernah membahasnya sedikit waktu berbagi akun Instagram hand-lettering artist bulan September lalu. Sekarang ini saya lagi suka banget sama brush-lettering karena menurut saya itu lebih spontan, […]

So, what do you think?