The TPK blog is peppered with free printable calligraphy practice sheets to help you improve your penmanship! However, with 400+ blog posts on this site, some of the best freebies may have eluded you. For that reason, I decided to create a compilation of the free dip pen and brush pen calligraphy practice sheets and present them to you in this article. Some may look familiar, while others may be new to you! My hope is that these will help you to set aside some “me time” to improve your penmanship, relax, and indulge your creativity.
1. Standard Calligraphy Worksheets
For every premium TPK calligraphy worksheet set, there’s a very basic 1-2 page version! I have grouped all of the standard calligraphy practice sheets in bullet points below the photo. Regardless of which templates you download, it’s best to print on 32# laserjet paper, which will accommodate your dip pen beautifully!
You can find all the free versions of the worksheets at these links:
- Beth Style Standard Calligraphy Worksheet
- Janet Style Standard Calligraphy Worksheet
- Kaitlin Style Standard Calligraphy Worksheet
- Amy Style Standard Calligraphy Worksheet
- Flourish Formal Style Standard Calligraphy Worksheet
Don’t let this bunny’s elegant looks fool you; he’s one big calligraphy drill! All of the loops and swirls that make him look like a rabbit are actually designed to give you quality calligraphy practice.
The Not Your Average Calligraphy Drills Sheet provides ample fun and challenging calligraphy drills. Some of these drills border on traditional, while others like “tsunami” and “fingerprint” have a modern twist!
All of the drills will improve your level of comfort using a dip pen. Filling out this sheet will require a fair time investment (30 minutes to an hour), but you’ll love the sense of accomplishment that you feel once you finish!
4. 11 Calming Calligraphy Drills Sheet
The 11 Calming Calligraphy Drills printable relies on repetition to help you wind down while you simultaneously work on your dip pen skills! The soft curves and slight flourishes are relaxing to make, but they still provide a challenge that will keep you focused on the task at hand.
It can be really tough to write words with letters that are spaced a consistent distance apart. All letters have different widths — for example, think about an “i” versus an “m” — so it’s impossible to use math to ensure consistency. You just have to “eyeball it”!
The Calligraphy Spacing Cross Drills Worksheet helps you to develop spacing judgment. The idea is to make a grid of letters. The first letter, “o”, is done for you, then you choose which letters you’ll use for the next three grids!
In 2015, I released the free Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet. It remains one of the most popular freebies on the TPK website today! If you’re interested in brush pen calligraphy, then you’ll really enjoy this printable. It walks you through the different brush pen strokes and provides a bit of letter practice as well!
Some people are firmly rooted in either the dip pen calligraphy camp or the brush pen calligraphy camp. While I generally lean toward making things with a dip pen, I appreciate the ease of the brush pen, and I use it often! If you’ve never tried using a brush pen, it’s worth a try.
The Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet: Neat Slant Edition provides similar practice to the original Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet. The difference lies in its slant and the neatness of the letters. Where the original worksheet celebrates more of a modern, loose style, the Neat Slant Edition revels in, well, neatness.
The Not Your Average Brush Pen Calligraphy Drills sheet provides five unique brush pen drills that will improve your comfort level with using a brush pen. Pressure exertion is a big thing in brush pen calligraphy — perhaps even more so than in dip pen calligraphy! For that reason, all of the drills encourage you to practice your thin upstrokes and your thick downstrokes.
While you may have known about a couple of these free printable calligraphy practice sheets, I hope that you found a few more favorites today! Remember that all worksheets are best viewed using the latest version of your PDF reader. If you have trouble viewing or printing any of these sheets, try downloading the current Adobe Reader (it’s free)!
If you’re a calligraphy beginner, I encourage you to check out the giveaway for the Ultimate Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit ($75 value). Using quality supplies to fill out these worksheets will make all the difference, and the kit ensures that you’ll have the best!
Thanks very, very much for reading TPK, and enjoy the rest of your week!