How to letter May in 5 different ways, plus get access to a Free Lettering Practice sheet.
5 WAYS TO LETTER MAY + FREE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
In this blog post, I will show you how to letter May in 5 different ways. Back in March, I decided to start a series of FREE calligraphy practice sheets with the months of the year. 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 into my bullet journal. Keeping each month different when I wrote it on my cover page seemed very interesting to me. This is the third month of me doing this “How to letter _____” calligraphy practice sheets. Go to these posts to check the previous months:
My goal is to keep doing them till we complete the 12 months. So make sure you subscribe to my email list to get access to my FREE resource library, where I will have them.
Even if you don’t have a bullet journal, these worksheets will still help you practice your lettering.
Today’s FREE practice worksheet will be in the resource library. You can get access to it by filling out the form below
HOW TO LETTER MAY IN 5 DIFFERENT WAYS AND WHY
A great way to improve your calligraphy is by writing the same words in different ways. By doing this, you’ll find new styles and stay with the one you like the most. 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 important to make sure your lettering doesn’t look like anyone else. Sure, there are going to be some similarities, but you want your calligraphy style to be unique. These are the 5 different styles I’ll show how to letter May:
- Faux Calligraphy
- Basic Morden Calligraphy Style
- Bounce Calligraphy style
- Flourished Calligraphy
- Block lettering Style.
SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND FOR THIS FREE PRACTICE WORKSHEET
Having the right tools to practice calligraphy is crucial. These are the supplies I recommend. If you are a beginner and want to know the whole list of supplies for beginners, make sure you check this blog post.
- Paper. I recommend P 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. The Tombow Fudenosuke also comes 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 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 May.
- 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: 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.
WANT MORE FREE PRACTICE SHEETS?
Make sure to check this blog posts or head over to the Resource Library:
- Congratulations Free Calligraphy Worksheet
- 5 Ways to letter March
- 5 Ways to letter April
- 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.