It’s hard not to love brush pen calligraphy because of its efficiency! For example, the other day, I was putting together a little mail art packet. I knew I wanted to enclose a greeting card in the package, but time wasn’t on my side: the mailman was going to be here any minute, so I didn’t have time for ink to dry. Frantically, I looked around, wondering how I was going to write beautifully but quickly. The answer came to me after a rummaging session through my desk: brush pen calligraphy. I quickly calligraphed “enjoy” on the card, put the card in the envelope, and placed the envelope outside just in time for the mailman to pick it up.
Today, I am proud to offer you TPK’s first free brush pen worksheet set, which you can download by clicking here. It’s four pages long and covers the basics: stroke practice, curves, and a whimsical alphabet.
After you print out the worksheet, I encourage you to watch the video below (if you can’t see it, you may view it on Vimeo by clicking here). In the video, you’ll get a closer look at brush pen upstrokes and downstrokes, learn about the grip to maintain on your pen, and see how to make the curlicues featured in the worksheet.
Note that today’s worksheet is very basic. If you feel that you could benefit from comprehensive instruction and practice, then the premium version of this worksheet (pictured below) will really help! It includes 100+ pages of practice and several videos.
Why Learn Brush Pen Calligraphy?
Efficiency is only one of the perks of brush pen calligraphy. Other positives to learning how to write with a brush pen include:
Approachability – If you’re new to calligraphy, a dip pen and ink can be intimidating. Brush pens are, essentially, markers with long, flexible tips. Since you’ve probably used markers before, brush pens are a fun variation.
Portability: Compared to dip pens, brush pens are super-portable because there’s no risk of ink spilling or tines splitting. If you’re going on a trip somewhere, they make a great addition to your suitcase.
Pressure Practice: Most brush pens are super sensitive to the pressure you exert on them. Exert a lot of pressure, and you’ve got a very thick downstroke. Don’t exert much pressure, and you’ll be rewarded with a delicate upstroke. For this reason, brush pen calligraphy is a great stepping stone between faux calligraphy and dip pen calligraphy. When you want to start dip pen calligraphy (which also utilizes pressure for stroke variation), you’ll have the pressure thing “down”!
The obvious reason for loving brush pen calligraphy is the aesthetic appeal. You can use brush pen calligraphy to write out addresses, make artwork for your home, or make signs for events. Just remember that brush pen strokes are thicker than dip pen strokes, so your words will take up more space!
Which Brush Pens to Buy
There are many brush pens to choose from. While I often use Tombow brush pens, I would recommend starting with the Pigma MB brush pen, which is easier to manage. You can also begin learning brush pen calligraphy with ordinary markers, which are budget-friendly and widely available!
How to Practice Brush Pen Calligraphy
While worksheets will help to learn brush pen calligraphy, nothing helps you to improve like making projects! For example, you can try creating artwork like the piece shown below for a friend or family member.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with making other paper projects like cards, envelopes, and gift tags as well! You can learn how to make the birthday card pictured below in this tutorial.
For additional information about brush pen calligraphy, you may be interested in these other posts:
- Using Brush Pens for Calligraphy
- Not Your Average Brush Pen Calligraphy Drills
- Two Artistic Brush Pen Lettering Tutorials and Two More Artistic Brush Pen Lettering Tutorials
- Free Brush Pen Worksheet: Neat Slant Edition
I hope you enjoy learning with the brush pen calligraphy worksheet! Remember to be patient with yourself as you fill it out: it’s okay if your strokes aren’t perfect or your letters look wonky. Every time you pick up that pen, you pave the way for improvement — you can do it!