Learn 5 ways to letter April, plus get access to a Free Calligraphy Practice sheet.
5 WAYS TO LETTER APRIL + FREE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
A great way to learn calligraphy is by practicing writing new words. I want to help you do just that! that’s why I decided to create FREE calligraphy practice sheets where I show you five ways you can letter different words. Last month, I started with the “5 ways to letter March”, and I thought it will be fun to continue practicing the months. So expect new monthly worksheets for the months to come. These practice worksheets will help you learn to letter and improve your calligraphy.
I started this series of free worksheets after I went back to the bullet journal system and I was excited to see all the ways that I can apply my calligraphy and lettering skills.
The great thing is that even if you don’t have a bullet journal, you’ll still be able to apply the calligraphy skills you learn. There are so many different ways you can use your calligraphy skills like for making cards, signs, journaling or simply note-taking.
Today’s FREE practice worksheet will be in resource library as well, and you can get access to it by filling out the form at the end of this blog post.
WHY LETTER APRIL IN 5 DIFFERENT WAYS?
Writing the same word in different styles will not only help you practice but also find your unique calligraphy style. Each time you letter a word a different way, you can pick the letter form you like best and keep using it. Developing your calligraphy style is so important to make sure your lettering doesn’t look like anyone else. Sure, there are going to be some similarities, but you want your style to be unique.
These are the 5 different styles we’ll be reviewing with each practice worksheet.
- Faux Calligraphy
- Basic Morden Calligraphy Style
- Bounce Calligraphy style
- Flourished Calligraphy
- Block lettering Style.
SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND FOR THIS FREE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
- Paper: I recommend is HP Premium32 Paper because if of higher quality, which is great for your brush pens. Or you can also use tracing paper and put it on to of your worksheet to practice. This way, you only need to print the sheet once and still practice several times. You can use any printer paper if you are using a regular pen. I ONLY recommend regular paper if you are doing Faux Calligraphy. Regular printer paper can shorten the life of your brush pens.
- Brush Pen (Small Tip): I designed these worksheets with the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip in mind, which are the pens I recommend them for beginners. The Tombow Fudenosuke also come in a soft tip and different colors, so you have different options to choose from.
- Monoline pen: The Faux Calligraphy part of the worksheet can be done with any regular pen. I prefer the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, which I use for my everyday writing. Or the Tombo MONO drawing pens.
For a complete list of supplies I recommend for beginners in brush pen calligraphy, make sure to check this blog post.
HOW TO USE THE FREE PRACTICE WORKSHEETS?
- Fill out the form at the bottom of this post or go to my free resource library if you already have the password to get in. Once you’re there, select the practice sheet you’d like to download. For this tutorial select the: 5 Ways to Letter April.
- The worksheet will be an instant download, and you can print it at home or a local printer store or library. I use this inexpensive laser printer. (This printer is black and white. But that’s all you need at the moment to print the practice sheets). If you prefer a color printer, this is another inexpensive option
- Set your printer scaling to “Fit Page.”
- Once you’ve printed your worksheet, you’re ready to get your practice going!
- IMPORTANT: Slow down! As you are practicing, make sure to take your time. Doing calligraphy is not meant to be fast.
- REMEMBER: to use light pressure for the upstrokes (when you’re moving the pen upwards) and heavy pressure for the downstrokes (when you’re moving the pen upwards). Find a comfortable position and take breaks if you need to. Lift your pen between each stroke as you’re practicing the letterforms. You can also adjust your page anytime to get a better angle.
These worksheets and all the files contained in my resource library are for PERSONAL use ONLY. They are original work designed, owned, and copyrighted by ©Vial Designs. You can’t alter, sell, or redistribute them. Re-distributing the PDFs/JPGs/PNGs violates digital copyright laws. If you love these worksheets and want to share them, send your friends directly to this blog post or my free resource library so they can have access too!
Get access to the FREE calligraphy practice sheet shown above by filling out the form below.
I hope you find this blog post helpful and you start creating calligraphy today! I’d love to see what you create and how you use your Practice Worksheet. Use the hashtag #vd_tutorials or #vialdesigns_blog. Don’t forget to tag me on @VialDesigns (on Instagram) or Vial Designs on (Facebook) so I can see your work.