Fat brush strokes. Retro feel. Swirly swashes. Ligatures. That’s what makes up this list of Fat Brush Hand Lettered Scripts.
Well folks, every design blog’s got the obligatory favorite fonts posts, so I figured it was high time I jumped on the bandwagon and did one as well. My obsession with fat brush fonts all started with Mercury Script.
These display fonts were designed to command attention in large sizes. That’s why they were used (and still are) in advertising and sign-painting mainly in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
I think you’ll enjoy this collection of both premium and free fonts and may even download a few yourself!
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Premium Fat Brush Scripts
Alek is a gorgeous upright brush script, it’s one of my favorites! Just look at those swashes! A fairly new font, it was designed in 2013 by Emil Karl Bertell.
FYI, a swash is a flourish such as an exaggerated serif, and a ligature is when two characters are joined into one glyph by a single stroke.
Candy, designed by Alejandro Paul is inspired from window sign painting in Argentina. Don’t you just love those super thick brush strokes?
Ciao Bella is a brand new font from Cindy Kinash and Charles Gibbons. This one has more of a rough, hand-drawn feel to it than the rest and it’s just beautiful!
Dave Rowland designed this smooth and fat brush font that was inspired by both formal scripts and Mid-Century hand lettering.
Loosely based on a vintage lingerie ad, here’s another one from Emil Karl Bertell. Mercury Script is the one that made me fall in love with this style.
Salamander Script is a thicker and more playful version of its counterpart, Mercury Script by the same designer.
Rob Leuschke designed this fairly new brush font that recalls advertising from the 50’s and 60’s. Use it in casual or formal designs.
This groovy brand new font by Resistenza is based on real brush pen script and influenced by lettering from the 60’s and 70’s.
You may recall my previous comparison of Thirsty Script to Wisdom Script and this font definitely fits in this category. Its hard edges add a little ‘newness’ to the otherwise vintage feel of this font. Designed by Yellow Design Studio.
This beautiful, romantic, flowing font by Sabrina Mariela Lopez is perfect for girlish designs. It even comes with a set of ribbon, heart and flower ornaments. This is a great one for wedding blogs!
Free Fat Brush Fonts
If the above fonts are blowing your budget, here are some fabulous alternative fonts that are free, yay!
Inspired by the flowing forms of a sign painter’s camel hair brush, Arizonia was created and free for you to use.
The name says it all. You could see this in a logo on a baseball jersey, can’t you?
Channel is a more refined brush script with a very retro, streamline feel.
Cookie is based on brush calligraphy and has a 50’s pin-up sort of feel to it. Sweet and friendly but not too crazy.
Based on lettering found on Laundromat windows of San Francisco’s Mission District. Designed by James T. Edmonson.
UPDATE: I should note that “Lavanderia isn’t actually free, it’s pay-what-you-want for personal, non-profit, or educational use. For commercial use it’s $60.00.”
A bit irregular, but fun, this fat hand-lettered font is best for shorter sentences. Designed by Gesine Todt.
Condensed, casual, sweet, and sincere. A celebration of the brush. Designed by James T. Edmonson.
Inspired by the 50s American surf culture, this fun and popular font is great for headlines and titles. Designed by Vernon Adams.
A brush calligraphic font by Fontscafe, Voluptate isn’t entirely free but it has a free demo version without capital letters. Get the full version of Voluptate here. $39+
James T. Edmonson does it again with his super popular Wisdom Script, the font that Thirsty Script (above) is based on. This hard-edged script uses a beautiful music treble clef for the letter S. I’m sure you see this one around a lot!
These lovely brush scripts work fabulously in logos, signage and are wonderful when placed on top of images. Try them on your Facebook or Twitter cover image. Some of them could also work well as post title fonts if paired with a thin, condensed font for the body copy.
Sooo…did you like it? Should I do more font round-ups or are these overplayed? Or just tell us which ones you’re downloading! Please let me know in the comments below!
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