Learn how to write the months of the year in brush calligraphy. Plus, get access to FREE calligraphy practice worksheets!
Hi Friend, I’m super excited about this blog post. Wanna know why?
Last month I finished the last blog post in the “5 ways to letter the months of the year” series!
I’m SO proud that I finished this series. Why? Honestly, I often have so many projects and ideas that I start and never finish. I’m so happy that this is NOT one of those unfinished ideas. This series took a whole year, but I slowly finished it.
So glad I didn’t give up because the feeling of accomplishment feels to dang GOOD!
I know this is a post about lettering the months of the year, but I do want to encourage to keep working on your project.
Whether is learning calligraphy, starting a new hobby, or even start your own blog, don’t stop working on it. As Rachel Hollis once said:
“By an inch or a mile, forward momentum is the only requirement”
Yes, it doesn’t matter if you give one step or walk a whole mile. What matters is that you DON’T stop working on your dream.
I know sometimes it can feel SO overwhelming because you have all these ideas and don’t even know where to begin. But I promise you if you give the next step and keep moving, you WILL figure out a way to get it done.
5 WAYS TO LETTER THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR FREE WORKSHEETS
The “5 Ways to Letter the months of the year” series started when I got back into bullet journaling. Even though this series seems focused on bullet journaling, it really is helpful for improving your lettering in general.
Writing the same words in different ways will help you improve your lettering and at the same time, help you find your unique calligraphy style.
Here are the links to ALL the 12 months of the year lettering tutorials:
To celebrate the ending of these series AND the fact that I completed them, I decided to do another FREE worksheet including the 12 months of the year. This worksheet covers the months of the year in my personal calligraphy style!
This FREE Months of the year calligraphy worksheet is available ONLY by filling out the form below:
You can find ALL the 5 Ways to Letter Each Month of the Year FREE practice worksheets that go along with the blog posts inside my resource library.
If you have the password to access my FREE resource library, head over there now through this link.
SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND FOR THESE MONTHS OF THE YEAR LETTERING 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:
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Hard tip
- Kelly Creates Small Brush Pens
- Zebra Funwari Brush Pen
- Marvy Uchida LePex Flex Small Brush Pen
- 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.
For a complete list of supplies for beginners in brush pen calligraphy, make sure to check this blog post.
HOW TO USE THE FREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR LETTERING PRACTICE WORKSHEETS?
Once you have access to my resource library, select the practice sheet you’d like to download.
If you don’t see it right away, don’t worry, just click “ctrl + F” (on a PC) or “Command +F” (on a Mac) and search for the worksheet name you’re looking for, for this worksheet search: Months of the Year Calligraphy Practice Worksheet.
- The worksheet will be an instant download. For convenience and ease to upload the worksheets to the Free Resource Library, I upload them as zip files. This means you have to use an app to unzip the file if you’re using your phone or tablet or download them from your computer.
- 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 FREE! 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 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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