Fonts come in all manner of designs – retro fonts, handwriting fonts and script fonts, to name a few. In this article, we're focusing on brush fonts, which can add a humanistic and playful approach to your designs and look great printed.
Here, we've scoured the web to find 18 top examples of free brush fonts to put to good use in your projects. Enjoy!
A hand-painted, free brush font, Westfalia was created by the team at Pixel Surplus. Providing an authentic hand-drawn feel with its messy edges and varied line thickness, Westfalia is great for any outdoor and exploration-themed design work.
02. Wild Youth
Wild Youth is beautiful hand-drawn brush font from designer Jeremy Vessey. Available on Behance, Wild Youth is described as 'a modern font with the distinct influence of adventure and the great outdoors'. Perfect for logos, quotes, stationary, apparel and much more, Wild Youth is free for both personal and commercial use.
Hand brushed by Ieva Mezule, Banaue is a handwritten free brush font with a homemade look. The name is taken from the Philippines, Banaue being a place in the north where rice terraces stretch around mountains, hence the lady in the blue raincoat, a local rice planter, featured in the main image. Banaue features 104 characters, with all the basic glyphs.
Created by Vlad Cristea and Raul Taciu, Brusher is a bold and modern brush font which includes 100 glyphs crafted with precise strokes and smooth lines to give a naturally hand-drawn look.
05. Summer Hearts
A hand-painted, all-caps brush typeface from Hustle Supply Co., Summer Hearts is great for a variety of print and digital projects, including posters, branding and logo design.
Created by the team at Jroh Creative, Selima is beautiful and elegant brush font, which is free for both personal and commercial use.
With an authentic brush, handcrafted feel, Rissa is perfectly suited to stationery, logos and much more.
Kust was created by fashion designer and painter Ieva Mezule. The letters were drawn on hard paper with a thick brush using pure black ink. Featuring 80 characters, every letter has a unique structure, with a distorted look.
Beacon is a wonderfully fluid serifed typeface created by Cuong Truong Van. Free to download for both personal and commercial use, this font is packed with idiosyncrasies that are sure to add some personality to your work. We particularly like how the open letters and uneven curves give this font a rough wobbly finish.
10. Ampad Brush
Thanks to its fading brush marks, Ampad Brush creates a distressed look as the letters appear to be scraped across the screen. Made by Gene Gilmore, Ampad Brush is the go-to typeface if you're looking to inject a sense of horror to your artwork. Ampad comes in four different styles, so you can pick the best one to suit your project.
11. True Lies
Screeching over the page like a car burning rubber, Jonathan Harris' True Lies font is free to download for personal use. As well as covering the alphabet, thie typeface also includes numbers, symbols and punctuation marks. With a gritty, uneven finish and not a serif to be seen, True Lies is sure to make your text look rough and ready.
12. Goatskin Brush
The broad ink strokes in Måns Grebäck's Goatskin Brush are ideal for artists looking to add a splash of Asian influence to their work. Carefully simulating the type of marks you would expect to find in East Asian calligraphy, Goatskin Brush is the best of both worlds as it adapts the style to fit the English alphabet.
Including uppercase and lowercase words, plus a selection of punctuation marks, Goatskin Brush is a must-have typeface for your toolkit.
13. Surfing Capital
Looking as if it's been bleached by the sun, Surfing Capital is a pleasant, relaxed font created by the Branded Quotes. Thanks to the different layers of shading, Surfing Capital has a greater sense of texture than your average typeface, making it a sure-fire way to add a spot of personality to your message.
14. Levi Brush
This free brush font was designed by the Romanian designer Levi Szekeres. The paint splatter holds similarities to album covers from David Guetta's 'One Love' to Coldplay's 'Viva la Vida'. A variation called Levi ReBrushed is also available for free and includes variations on the paint splatter.
15. Brush Hand New
Brush Hand New is a free brush font based on Flash Bold, a typeface created by Edwin W Shaar in 1939. K-Type's New version simplifies, lightens and smoothes out ragged edges. Outlines are improved to remove any remaining harshness, resulting in softer, smoother flowing glyphs ideal for titles and display purposes.
16. Paint Hand
Distorted and ragged, Paint Hand is a free brush font designed by Ursula Hitz from Switzerland. The typeface we feature here is playful and ideal for child-focused products or content. Hitz has cultivated diverse talents in typography, graphics and cheese making. Since moving to London a decade ago, her work has focused on location and place, and has been exhibited in a range of galleries.
Cylburn is a semi-connected script by Dai Foldes. Cylburn structurally based on Roundhand but written with a pointed brush and restrained tension that separate it from its traditional roots. Dai Foldes lives in Baltimore, applying his background in painting to lettering and type. We love this free brush font for its balance between the imperfect hand and pixel perfect rendering – a nod to the art of sign painting.
18. Mothproof Script
Mothproof Script is a expressive and broad calligraphy typeface designed by Diego Quintana. This free brush font has a visual weight similar to traditional blackletter forms, with better legibility. Quitana is a self-made freelance graphic designer and self-taught web programmer. He enjoys projects that try to change and move people over selling them products.
Contributions: Kerrie Hughes