The TPK website is home to twelve free printable lettering and calligraphy guidelines. The guidelines are versatile and handy: you can use them to make orderly envelopes, practice your skills, or use them for projects like quote artwork!
Sometimes, the TPK website reminds me of an Easter egg hunt. There are so many hidden treasures to be found! That’s why, every once in a while, I like to round everything up to present goodies that you might have missed. Today, I’m focusing on free lettering and calligraphy guidelines. All TPK worksheets include guidelines, but there are plenty of free guideline printables that live on the site, too! Here they are, in no particular order:
These calligraphy guidelines are fabulous for right-leaning, neat letters (like Janet Style or Flourish Formal Style). I like that the guideline trios are close together on this guideline sheet! As a result, you may have some descenders that intersect ascenders on the next line, but — to me — that’s never a bad thing. Here’s an example of what an envelope with these guidelines might look like:
I love these calligraphy guidelines because they emphasize the recipient’s name(s) with a larger size. I usually use this template with Janet Style calligraphy (as shown below), but any style will work. For the sake of versatility, this template does not include slant lines. If you find slant lines helpful, please feel free to draw them in yourself.
Here’s an example of envelopes that I calligraphed using this guidelines template:
I developed these guidelines for the Christmas Tree Envelope Art Tutorial. The spacing is similar to the “Name Emphasis Calligraphy Guidelines”, but this guidelines sheet includes an extra space at the top for a “Ms.”, “Mrs.”, or “Mr.”
Once you fill in the guidelines and work some dip pen magic, you could end up with an envelope that looks like this:
This guidelines template is a little bit different than the rest of the printables on this list because you cut guided rectangles out of it. Then, you write the recipient’s address is in all-caps lettering style (I like George or Stitches) inside of the rectangles!
Remove the template, and the result will look something like this:
Blank guidelines with slant lines are versatile because you can write on them to practice your calligraphy or lettering! As long as you print them out on 32# laserjet paper, you should have a great writing experience.
This collection includes seven guideline printables that you can use for general practice or for projects. It’s totally up to you!
Remember, if none of the guideline templates in this article quite do it for you, it’s easy to make your own! With the help of a pencil and a parallel glider, you’ll be well on your way to orderly lettering nirvana. It’s my hope, however, that at least one of these printouts helps you to practice your calligraphy or make a cool project! And remember, if you need guided practice, there are plenty of free worksheets here on TPK.