Merry Christmas Calligraphy tutorial plus FREE calligraphy practice sheet.
Christmas is almost here, and it’s time to get those cards done and out the door. I created a Free Merry Christmas practice sheet to help you get those Christmas cards done with style and add a little handmade touch to them.
A great way to learn calligraphy is by practicing writing new words. This holiday time gives you a great chance to get your calligraphy practice done. And I’m here to help you with your practice with these worksheets I created for you.
Each month, I’ll be choosing a word or phrase to practice, and I’ll be creating free worksheets for you to practice along with me. If you have a word or phrase you’d like to learn, let me know in the comments. I’ll be choosing new words every month.
In December, it seemed appropriate to choose “Merry Christmas” as the phrase for the month’s free calligraphy practice sheets. In the worksheets, I’m sharing three ways you can letter “Merry Christmas.” You can access the free “Merry Christmas Calligraphy Practice Sheet” and more from my resource library by filling the form at the bottom of this blog post.
Remember: the only way you’ll become better at calligraphy is by practicing, and with these practice sheets I want to help you do just that!
Let’s get to the calligraphy tutorial and how to use the practice sheets.
MERRY CHRISTMAS CALLIGRAPHY TUTORIAL
In this “Merry Christmas” Calligraphy Tutorial, I will show you three different ways to write Merry Christmas.
1. MERRY CHRISTMAS CALLIGRAPHY TUTORIAL: FAUX CALLIGRAPHY.
The first part of the tutorial is doing Faux Calligraphy. I always recommend learning faux calligraphy before you move on to calligraphy with brush pens or pointed fine pens.
I like to use the Tombow Twin Tip Markers for Faux Calligraphy. But you can use whichever pen you’d like for this first part of the calligraphy practice sheet.
If you’d like to know more about Faux Calligraphy and why you should learn it first, then check this blog post. This other blog post gives you a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to do Faux Calligraphy, which also has a free worksheet to help you get the basics of Faux Calligraphy down.
First, you’re going to trace the “Merry Christmas” using the pen of your choosing. Pay attention to how you move your pen, keeping in mind that when you move your pen down is where you will need to add outlines to thicken the downstrokes.
Then, in the second part, you’ll continue to trace the “Merry Christmas” and adding the outlines to the downstrokes.
Third, you will complete the same steps above and fill in the outlines. That’s it! This part of the tutorial is done! You’ve created calligraphy using any pen.
2. MERRY CHRISTMAS CALLIGRAPHY TUTORIAL: SMALL BRUSH PENS
The second way of doing “Merry Christmas” in calligraphy is by using a small tip brush pen.
The small brush pen I recommend to use with this part of the worksheet is a Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip.
I recommend these small tip brush pens to start learning calligraphy. If you want to learn more about them, I wrote this blog post where I share the best brush pens for beginners.
Pay attention to the “Merry Christmas” sample at the top of the sheet. I broke each letter down and numbered the strokes you need to make to form the letters. Keep in mind that every time your brush pen goes down you press hard and when your pen goes up you lighten the pressure of your pen.
Using your small tip brush pen, trace over the “Merry Christmas.” You’ll do the same for every “Merry Christmas” on this page. Print as many pages as needed for extra practice.
3. MERRY CHRISTMAS CALLIGRAPHY TUTORIAL: LARGE BRUSH PENS
Last part of this calligraphy tutorial, is writing Merry Christmas using a large tip brush pen.
The pen I recommend with this part of the worksheet is a Tombow Dual Brush Pen. But you can use any large brush pen of your preference.
Same as with the small brush pens, this part of the worksheet has a sample “Merry Christmas” at the top of the page with the guides on how the letters are formed. You can use this for reference when you are tracing over the “Merry Christmas”.
Those are the three different ways you write “Merry Christmas” in calligraphy, using a regular pen, a small brush pen or a large brush pen. You can get access to these practice sheets for FREE by filling out the form at the end of this blog post.
By giving you three ways to practice with this worksheets, there is no excuse not to do it. You can practice using all three methods, or just with the pen, you have available at the moment.
HOW TO USE THE PRACTICE SHEETS?
- 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: Merry Christmas Calligraphy Practice Sheet
- 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 to print mine. (This printer is black and white. But that’s all you need at the moment to print the practice sheets).
- To use any of your brush pens, make sure you print the worksheets using quality paper. The paper I recommend is HP Premium32 Paper.
- You can use any printer paper if you are using a regular pen.
- Set your printer scaling to “Fit Page.”
Where to use what you’ve learned with this Merry Christmas Practice Sheet? The possibilities are endless! You can do handmade cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, or any other type of Christmas Decor.
I hope you have fun practicing and learning calligraphy using these practice sheets. And most importantly, have a great Christmas and an even better holiday season.
Be on the lookout for next’s month’s Free practice sheets and don’t forget to comment with your word or phrase suggestions.
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