My paternal grandmother, Estelle, had beautiful handwriting. Every time I come across one of her cards in my sketchbook, her flowing, elegant cursive inspires me to pay a little closer attention to how I write! In this article, I’ll provide you with an analysis and an exemplar + worksheet of her handwriting so you can write lovely letters, too.
Meet Grammy and Her Beautiful Handwriting
Grammy Estelle, pictured on the left, below, had a traditional upbringing in a rural western Kansas town. Her mother was a schoolteacher, which might have influenced Grammy’s attention to her penmanship.
In my grandmother’s case, her writing encompassed her personality: it was consistent and classy without being over the top.
Characteristics of This Cursive
For today’s article, I observed three short pieces of Grammy’s handwriting to come up with letterforms and catch trends. The exemplar that I came up with isn’t totally accurate because I don’t have examples of every letter, but my exemplar does a good job of capturing the general style.
As I wrote, I made several observations about Grammy’s writing style. Here’s what I noticed:
- It’s fairly angular; there are a lot of pinched ovals, but no circles
- She rarely picked up her pen in the middle of writing a word
- She favored closed loops; letters like “o” and “a” don’t have an opening at the top
How to Have Handwriting Like Grammy
For today’s article, I made a printable exemplar and worksheet based on my grandmother’s writing. On that printable, you’ll see an alphabet exemplar, examples of phrases, and letter practice. Trace over the letters with any pen or pencil to try on this new handwriting style!
Once you’ve filled out the worksheet, you can decide what aspects of the handwriting you’d like to incorporate into your own handwriting. For example, I feel like my own handwriting is a little too loopy sometimes … I like the sharper, more angular look of Grammy’s letters. Also: I think her “G”s are fabulous! I normally write “G” with a descender, but I am going to try using “G”s that look like hers from now on.
I also notice that Grammy’s cursive is nice and spread out. Letters don’t look cramped or crowded, which is something that I know I need to work on with my own cursive!
Implementing the Writing Style
Once you’ve practiced a bit with the worksheet, try using the new handwriting style to write out a note, a list, or a recipe. Keep the Grammy’s Handwriting exemplar at hand, and reference it often as you write. I know that you’ll find, just as I did, that some of your own style invariably creeps in! Still, even with my handwriting habits affecting the outcome, I was happy with the example that I came up with.
It can be intimidating to try to write in a new style because our penmanship arguably reflects our personalities. That begs the question: can you really change your handwriting? The answer is yes — and you’ll see your own handwriting style punctuating the new style, which gives you a fabulous new hybrid! If you’re interested in reading more about handwriting and cursive, check out these other articles on TPK:
- 8 Tips to Improve Your Handwriting (Plus a Free Worksheet)
- How to Write in Cursive + a Free Exemplar
- How to Improve Your Signature
Thanks so much for reading, and happy writing!