Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.

But First, Lettering: A One Year Hand Lettering Challenge

Ask a question


This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

  • Handmade item
  • Instant Digital Download: 1 PDF included
  • Favorited by: 783 people

This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

Ask a question

PLEASE NOTE: As this is an eBook no hardcopy will be mailed. Due to the digital nature all sales are final.

But First, Lettering: A One Year Hand Lettering Challenge

Format: PDF eBook, 15 pages

Hello my creative friend!

I'm crazy excited you want to embark on the But First Lettering One Year Hand Lettering Challenge. Why? Because the hardest part of lettering is not learning the fancy terms or the proper techniques. Those are important for sure, but the hardest part of hand lettering is two fold:

(1) But first, lettering. That simply means just showing up each day to practice. Seemingly simple yet our busy lives can makes it so much harder to commit to practicing our craft. The very best way to get better at the art of hand lettering is simply to practice it because Practice Makes Progress.

(2) What do I letter? How many times do you sit down, ready to practice and think, "Ok, now what do I letter?" And you just sit there staring at a blank page, waiting for inspiration to strike. *raises hand* All. The. Time. It's so much easier to devote the time to daily practice when you have a prompt ready and waiting for you.

And those two things are the exact reasons I created this eBook for you! It was actually really hard to come up with 365 Prompts. It took me several months to complete the list.

I really want the eBook to be affordable for everyone so I'm pricing it at just $6. That's about the cost of one latte at Starbucks!

This is NOT a how-to lettering book. Please see my other Etsy listings for The Brush Calligraphy + Workbook Guide and additional practice sheets.


You can print the eBook right at home! It's 15 pages total with 12 months of prompts (365 days). The prompts are organized into "Month One Prompts" all the way through "Month Twelve Prompts" so you can jump in anytime. The Months 1-5 are inspirational and motivational prompts. Months 6-12 are themed.

For example, in Month 6 the theme is Flowers. I suggest you letter them all on one page to create an awesome word art print and work on using colors to match the flower prompts. And I even give you an overall phrase "Be a wildflower" that would like awesome in the middle of all the flower name prompts.


I'm a rule follower at heart but what I love about art is that there really aren't rules. It's your art. Like Picasso said, "Learn the rules like a pro, break them like an artist." So...there are no rules except to practice daily. You can swap prompts, do them out of order and cross them off as you go, alter a prompt to better fit your taste/style/personal beliefs. I highly encourage you to get as creative as you dare with each prompt.

I also strongly recommend you keep all your work for the year. It's amazing and motivating to look back and see how much your work has improved in just one year.


Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@bydawnnicole) and share your work with the #DNDbutfirstlettering hashtag, because I'll be picking photos to feature and share on my Instagram regularly (with credit to you, of course!).


Please be kind. Sharing this eBook with others violates digital copyright law.


Etsy will send you an email to download it but you can also access your digital file(s) from you Etsy account (top right of the screen), go to You > Purchases and reviews and look for the order.

To the right of the order, click Download Files. This goes to the Downloads page for all the files attached to your order.

PLEASE NOTE: As this is an eBook no hardcopy will be mailed. Due to the digital nature all sales are final.

File delivery

Files will be available to download once payment is confirmed.

Payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

More from ByDawnNicole


in Prattville, Alabama

The Brush Calligraphy Guide + Workbook
Brush Calligraphy Practice Worksheets: Style 1
Color Me Inspired Volume 2
Shop all items (5)