When I first came across the concept of watercolor calligraphy in Molly Suber Thorpe’s Modern Calligraphy, I couldn’t wait to try it out myself! The prospect of writing with practically any color I wanted — without having to buy ink — totally appealed to me, and I loved the idea of ombré writing.
Once I gave watercolor calligraphy a try, I was smitten. It’s hard not to appreciate the artistic, elegant effect! Still — watercolor calligraphy isn’t the easiest technique in the world, which is why I decided to make a free worksheet to help you get the hang of it!
How to Use the Watercolor Calligraphy Worksheet
Next, watch the video below. (If this video looks familiar, you may have seen it before! I filmed it last year for the A Video Crash Course on Watercolor Calligraphy article.)
Once you’ve watched the video, get out your favorite watercolor palette and moisten a blue shade of paint and a green shade of paint.
Give the water a minute or so to soak into the paint, then follow the directions in the worksheet to fill it out!
How This Worksheet Will Help You
I’ll tell you right now: you’re perfectly capable of learning how to create watercolor calligraphy without a worksheet. Still, when you’re trying to get the hang of a new technique, guided practice can be the key to mastery! The Watercolor Calligraphy Worksheet offers examples and writing opportunities that will help you to become proficient in this wonderful technique.
Once you’ve filled out the worksheet, I hope that you’ll try different color combinations! (Red and yellow are fun, or try turquoise and brown or purple and blue.) Hone your watercolor calligraphy skills on mail art, watercolor maps, or sketchbook journals! Like with anything, the more you use watercolor calligraphy, the more proficient you’ll become at using the technique.
Before I let you go, I want to offer a couple of tips to keep in mind while filling out the worksheet. First of all, be patient! Watercolors can be a bit of a wild card, so don’t get frustrated if you start off with some blobs or flow problems. Try to identify the issue, and work through it! Secondly, make sure you’re using a dip pen and nib combination that you’re comfortable with. Using tools that don’t intimidate you are a great way to set yourself up for success with this technique!
I hope that you enjoy the Watercolor Calligraphy Worksheet! If you enjoy filling it out, I’d love to see your progress on Instagram (tag @thepostmansknock or hashtag #thepostmansknock)! Of course, if you have questions, you’re more than welcome to ask in the comments. I’ll be glad to offer any insight that I can!