Today’s article includes a unique kind of calligraphy drill that will bring out your artistic side. The instructions are simple: print off the free worksheet, then pay special attention to the adjectives to make creative calligraphy!
One of the secrets to success in any endeavor is to keep things interesting! Calligraphy is no exception, which is why I put together a Creative Calligraphy Challenge worksheet. The worksheet is intended to challenge you, stimulate your creativity, and encourage you to keep going with your calligraphy practice.
How to Use the Creative Calligraphy Challenge Worksheet
First, download the worksheet here. Print it out on 32# laserjet paper (or any other pointed pen-friendly paper), and gather your favorite pen/nib combination, ink, cleaning water, and a non-fibrous cleaning cloth.
Next, pick any letter of the alphabet. Write a version of that letter that fits each adjective on the worksheet. Remember that every letter should look different, even if some of the adjectives are similar.
Once you’ve completely filled out the worksheet with one letter, print out another copy and move on to experimenting with another letter. You can continue until you’ve made a worksheet for all letters of the alphabet (or you can just work on a handful of letters and call it good).
How This Worksheet Will Help You
Learning calligraphy can be stressful if you judge your creations harshly. This worksheet helps you to loosen up and realize that, at the end of the day, “calligraphy” just means artistic writing!
I also like this worksheet because it encourages you to think outside of the box of calligraphy styles that already exist. You may create a letter that you really like, and you can make a whole alphabet that echoes the style of that letter.
The last way this worksheet helps you, of course, is by encouraging you to pick up that pen to write! Anything that gets you writing can’t be bad … after all, every time you write, your skill level improves that much more.
Coming up with your own calligraphy styles requires, first and foremost, an understanding of calligraphy basics. After that, you need creativity and a willingness to experiment. That’s something we focus on in TPK’s Intermediate Modern Calligraphy Online Course, where students are given assignments from faux clients.
The vast majority of calligraphers create calligraphy as a relaxing, personal activity. However, many of us end up creating calligraphy for others — either loved ones or clients — at some time or another. (After all, you can’t keep your calligraphy skills a secret forever.) You have to have the flexibility to step outside of your comfort zone to achieve an effect that you might not have explored otherwise.
To that end, if you happen to create a letter that you particularly like as a result of using today’s worksheet, see where that style takes you! Come up with an alphabet exemplar (find instructions for making one here), then try making a couple of projects with your new calligraphy style. Then, if you want to dig deeper with your style development, explore adding flourishes, and add to your knowledge of supplies, consider enrolling in TPK’s Intermediate Modern Calligraphy Online Course. It’s 15% off through Monday, October 2nd (regular enrollment cost $40).
Enjoy today’s worksheet, and if you’re on social media, I’d love to see what you use it to come up with. You can find the TPK Facebook page here, or tag @thepostmansknock (or hashtag #thepostmansknock) on Instagram! Thanks so much for reading, and happy writing!