Holiday card season is nearly upon us, which is a great excuse to use November to strengthen your calligraphy skills! If you commit to filling out two short (and free!) worksheets per week, you’ll be ready to calligraph envelopes, greeting cards, place cards, and more.
There is hardly a better time to let your calligraphy shine than just before the holidays! From beautiful greeting cards to embellished envelopes and place cards, the best time of year to use your skills is approaching. Here’s what I propose: spend the month of November honing your dip pen technique, then start churning out gorgeous work at the beginning of December! These six free printables will help you to get thoroughly acquainted — or reaquainted — with your pen:
Virtually every calligrapher struggles with consistent letter spacing in words. It’s human nature to “scrunch up” some letter pairs, while other pairs are spaced far apart. Filling out this Cross Drills Worksheet will help with that! The worksheet challenges you to maintain consistent spacing.
When to fill it out: I recommend filling this worksheet out sometime next week (ideal deadline: Sunday, November 19th).
5. Free Calligraphy Worksheet of Your Choice
Every Learn Calligraphy worksheet on the TPK website has a free exemplar counterpart. Choose the calligraphy style that most appeals to you, and fill out that free worksheet! Here are all the links:
The Creative Calligraphy Challenge printable encourages you to be creative with your calligraphy! It serves as a reminder that calligraphy doesn’t have to be stuffy or serious. As an added bonus, completing the worksheet may help you to develop a personal, unique calligraphy style that you love!
When to fill it out: I recommend filling out this worksheet sometime at the end of this month (ideal deadline: Sunday, November 26th).
I know that this time of year starts to get hectic, but focusing on your calligraphy now will ensure that you’re “warmed up” by the end of November/beginning of December! Some of the worksheets in this blog post will take longer to fill out than others, but none will exceed an hour’s worth of work.
So, if you have 1-2 hours to spare per week, give this little November challenge a shot! You will be glad that you did it when you start writing out addresses on holiday envelopes or making DIY holiday cards. After all, calligraphy is something that looks better and gets easier with practice!
Thanks very much for reading this short and sweet post — happy writing, and enjoy the rest of your week!
PS – There are only six spots left in the TPK Tampa beginner calligraphy workshops. All six spots are in the Sunday morning workshop (December 17th from 9:30-12:30)! Several participants have told me that the workshop is their holiday gift to themselves; the feeling is mutual because it’s a true treat for me to get to meet with and teach you! If you can’t make it to the Sunday morning workshop, you can always email me ([email protected]) to get your name on the waiting list for one of the other two workshops that weekend (Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon). I’m glad to accommodate if I can!