Learn 5 ways to letter January, plus get access to a Free Lettering Worksheet! I’ll show you how to write January in several ways to help you improve your lettering skills and have fun while practicing.
Quick Links to Information in this Post
- 1 5 WAYS TO LETTER JANUARY + FREE LETTERING PRACTICE WORKSHEET
- 2 HOW TO LETTER JANUARY IN 5 DIFFERENT WAYS?
- 3 SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND FOR THIS “5 WAYS TO LETTER JANUARY” FREE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
- 4 HOW TO USE THIS FREE “5 WAYS TO LETTER JANUARY” PRACTICE WORKSHEET?
- 5 CALLIGRAPHY AND HAND LETTERING PRACTICE TIPS
5 WAYS TO LETTER JANUARY + FREE LETTERING PRACTICE WORKSHEET
New month, New Year, new decade!!! What? here we are already!
The 5 ways to letter ____ (insert word here) worksheet is back. I love creating these worksheets. It has been so much fun to practice and see you practicing along with me.
I didn’t quite start this “5 Ways to Letter the Months” in January last year, so we still have a couple of more months to go to finish the whole 12 month series.
You can get the FREE worksheet by getting access to my resource library.
HOW TO LETTER JANUARY IN 5 DIFFERENT WAYS?
These are the 5 different styles I’ll show how to letter December on this tutorial & on the FREE worksheet:
- Faux Calligraphy
- Basic Modern Calligraphy Style
- Bounce Calligraphy style
- Flourished Calligraphy
- Block lettering Style.
Though there might be some similarities between the styles, each one is unique. And the great thing about writing the same words in different ways is that it’ll help you improve your lettering. This will help you find your unique calligraphy style.
WATCH THE 5 WAYS TO LETTER JANUARY VIDEO HERE: THEN GET YOUR FREE WORKSHEET TO START PRACTICING!
In case you’re new around here, this idea came after I went back to the bullet journal system. I wanted to see all the ways that I can apply my lettering skills to my bullet journal. Playing around each month with different ways to write the month on my cover page seemed like a fun way to put my lettering skills to use.
I wanted to help you do the same, hence why I started creating FREE worksheets showing you 5 different ways to letter the months of the year.
Here are the ones I’ve done so far:
12/31/2021 UPDATE: I finished all the months already! you can now find them in my bullet journal Category. You’ll find 5 ways to letter each month of the year AND get free practice worksheets for each of them inside the Freebie Library
My goal is to keep doing them till we complete the 12 months! Make sure you keep checking back until I get them all done.
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SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND FOR THIS “5 WAYS TO LETTER JANUARY” FREE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
These are the supplies I recommend to use this and any other of my worksheets:
- I recommend HP Premium 32 Paper because of its higher quality, which is excellent for your brush pens.
- Another great option is using tracing paper and put it on to of your worksheet to practice. This way, you only need to print the worksheet once and 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. Using this paper with your brush pen will shorten the life of your pens!
- Brush Pens: I designed these worksheets for small tip brush pens in mind. Here are a few I recommend:
- Monoline pen: you can use any regular pen for the Faux Calligraphy part of the worksheet. I prefer the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, which I use for my everyday writing.
- My FREE 5 Ways to Letter January Worksheet. This one is optional but highly recommended, so you can start practicing the right way.
For a complete list of supplies for beginners in brush pen calligraphy, make sure to check this blog post.
HOW TO USE THIS FREE “5 WAYS TO LETTER JANUARY” PRACTICE WORKSHEET?
- 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 enter the library here. Once you’re there, select the practice sheet you’d like to download. For this tutorial, select the: 5 Ways to Letter January.
- The worksheet will be an instant download, and you can print it at home or a local printer store or library. You can 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.
- I recently shared about my great experience with HP Instant ink, which can help you print this worksheet for very cheap! You can use this link to start. For more details, check this blog post, where I tell you everything about this program.
- Once you’re ready to print, set your printer scaling to “Fit Page.”
- Now you’re ready to get your practice going!
CALLIGRAPHY AND HAND LETTERING PRACTICE TIPS
As you’re using this calligraphy practice worksheet, keep in mind the tips below. These tips will make you make the most out of your practice. For more practice tips for beginners, check out this blog post and this other post will be helpful too.
- SUPER IMPORTANT: Slow down! Take your time when you’re practicing your calligraphy. Doing calligraphy is not meant to be fast. Going slow will help you get better letterforms and sharper strokes.
- Date your worksheets! This is a great way to see your improvement. Refer back to your older sheets often. Especially when you start to get into the comparison trap or when you think you haven’t improved in your calligraphy journey. We are our worst critics! And often forget to give us grace and celebrate our accomplishments, no matter how small they are.
- 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.
- Adjust your page and posture from time to time.
- Don’t forget to slow down! I know I’ve already said it. Throwing it at ya one more time, because I know we tend to forget
I know you won’t do this, but I still have to keep you updated with these terms.All the worksheets and 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 violate 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!
WANT MORE FREE PRACTICE SHEETS AND TUTORIALS?
Make sure to check these blog posts:
- Congratulations Free Calligraphy Worksheet
- 3 Ways to letter I Love You
- Faux Calligraphy Worksheets for lowercase, uppercase, numbers, and symbols.
- Days of the Week Calligraphy Tutorial
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 #vialdesigns or #vialdesigns_blog. Don’t forget to tag me on @VialDesigns (on Instagram) or come over to the Facebook Group and share your work with like-minded lettering lovers! Happy Lettering!