The Happy Thanksgiving Free Practice Worksheet is here just in time for the holidays! Grab this FREE practice sheet and start making your DIY holiday cards and signs.
I started doing these FREE calligraphy worksheets after my Vial Design Insiders (if you’re not one yet, make sure you get amongst them here) said they wanted to learn how to letter phrases or sentiments so they could DIY make cards and signs.
Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, practicing new words is a great way to improve your lettering. I want to help you do just that! That’s why I created this Happy Thanksgiving Free Calligraphy Worksheet you can use to get your practice going.
These calligraphy worksheets are great if you already have some lettering knowledge or have practiced the basics.
If you are completely new to calligraphy and lettering, make sure you check my blog post: Modern Calligraphy and Lettering 101: everything you need to know to get started.
SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND FOR THIS HAPPY THANKSGIVING PRACTICE SHEET
Here’s what you’ll need to put these worksheets to good use. I want to make sure you have the right tools, so you’re successful with your practice and avoid some frustration.
- HP Premium32 Paper. I recommend this paper because of its higher quality, which is excellent for your brush pens. Using regular printer paper will shorten the life of your brush pens.
- 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.
The Faux Calligraphy part of the worksheet can be done with any regular pen.
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. I use these pens for my every day writing and they are great for faux calligraphy
- Tombow MONO drawing pens are another great option special the #05 or the #03.
Brush Pens (Small Tip):
The second part of the worksheet is for small brush pens.
- Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip: I designed this worksheet with the Fudenosuke hard tip in mind because it’s one of the pens I recommend them for beginners. The Tombow Fudenosuke also come in a soft tip and colors, which gives you have different options.
- Pentel Fude Brush Pens are another great small tip brush pens.
- Zebra Funwari Brush Pens. I discovered these recently and LOVE them! These are similar to the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard tip and the colors are so vibrant!
Brush Pen (Large Tip):
For a complete list of supplies I recommend for beginners in brush pen calligraphy, make sure to check this blog post. I also go in detail of the best brush pens I recommend for beginners in this other blog post.
HOW TO USE THIS HAPPY THANKSGIVING FREE PRACTICE SHEET?
- 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: Happy Thanksgiving Free Practice Sheet.
- The worksheet is an instant download. You can print it at home or a local printer store or library. I use this laser printer. (This printer is black and white. But it was cheap, and it’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 start practicing!
CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE TIPS
As you’re using this calligraphy practice worksheet, keep in mind the tips below. These 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 letter forms 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, but we often tend to forget
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!
WANT MORE FREE PRACTICE SHEETS?
Make sure to check these 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. Use the hashtag #vd_tutorials or #vialdesigns_blog.