The chisel tip is great for laying down washes of color when you’ve got a large negative space to fill. It’s also perfect for bolder strokes than you might achieve with a brush tip. You can also achieve multiple line widths with one nib: wide, medium-wide, and thin, for a darker border effect.
Use a pencil for your initial sketching, which won’t smear or smudge when erased.
Adding borders - The simple addition of a patterned border around your design can add a nice touch, depending on the subject matter. Dotted lines, dashed lines, hearts, flowers or similar iconic drawings bring something extra to the words you’re illustrating.
Change it up - Thickening the left side of each letter works well in a variety of hand lettering styles, yet never feels cliché. This one trick will help you create the illusion of multiple fonts when it’s really only one.
Consider your workspace - Some artists lay a flat surface on top of the table or desk they are working at. This doubles as a smooth surface to keep your loops and flourishes even and as protection for your table so streaks can happen without making a mess.
If you haven’t explored our article about mastering flourishes and loops, you can find it here.