My husband, Hernán, grew up in Lima, Peru. As a result, Peru is a big part of our lives: we try to visit at least once a year, and many blog posts for this site have been written at my in-laws’ home in Lima. Peru has sparked my creativity in many ways! In fact, Coquito, a handwriting workbook that many Peruvian children use, was the inspiration for TPK’s calligraphy worksheets.
Summer is here, and this little worksheet is the perfect addition to a warm and relaxed day! In it, you’ll practice writing a line from Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The line is written in a slightly bouncy and flourished style to give you a bit of a challenge!
When I first started learning how to use a pointed pen, the idea of calligraphy drills seemed impossibly boring! I wanted to make beautiful flourishes and letters, but all of the drills I saw looked tedious. So, for the first few years of my calligraphy career, I simply didn’t do any drills. Then, I slowly began to incorporate them into my practice, and I watched my skills blossom. In this article, I’m here help you embrace drills, too, with six reasons to add them to your practice sessions:
I love artistic representations of octopuses. All those billowy tentacles are so pretty to look at, with suckers that add beauty and visual interest. In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to make octopus calligraphy art! With the help of a free printable, you’ll be able to create an intricate octopus that doubles as an effective calligraphy drill.
Tona Bell is an entrepreneur in Tampa whose creative mind inspires me! When I first walked into her shop, The Paper Seahorse, in 2016, I couldn’t get myself to stop gawking at all the engaging displays. Bits of papery goodness added flair to every nook. It’s still one of my favorite places ever, though The Paper Seahorse’s doors are closed for now due to the pandemic.
For this article, I decided to whip up some new printable calligraphy drills! These drills are suitable for every skill level and have a mix of everything. You’ll start with simple stroke practice in the first couple of exercises, move on to loops, then work on your flourishing! The free two page worksheet is great for anyone who wants to work on their dip pen skills or simply warm up before working on a project.
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