No matter what your level of dip pen expertise is, calligraphy spacing can be a major challenge. It’s tough to maintain a consistent amount of space between letters! While block lettering allows you to mathematically space out letters evenly, you have to “eyeball it” with calligraphy. If that intimidates you, don’t despair! Today’s printable — a calligraphy spacing cross drills worksheet — will really help you to hone your spacing skills.
How to Use the Calligraphy Spacing Worksheet
You can download the Calligraphy Spacing Cross Drills Worksheet for free by clicking here. Print it off on 32# laserjet paper (or any other dip pen-friendly paper), and choose your favorite dip pen, nib, and ink. Start by writing connected “o”s over the faint “o” outlines at the top left of the worksheet.
Once you finish writing the first line, continue to write “o”s along the other horizontal lines in the left quadrant. Try your very best to ensure that each “o” is right below the one above it.
Once the ink has dried, turn your page 90 degrees, and write a new line of “o”s at a perpendicular angle to the “o”s that you drew before. I skipped adding guidelines for this angle because I think it’s good practice to try and eyeball where the letter should be! Each new “o” that you draw should be in the middle of a square of four “o”s.
Basically, you’re going to “crisscross” your first sets of “o”s with new sets of “o”s.
Continue drawing connected “o”s until the first quadrant of the worksheet looks like a grid! You’ll want to fill out the rest of the worksheet quadrants the exact same way, but with different letters of your choice.
How Using this Worksheet Will Benefit You
As I mentioned before, calligraphy letter spacing doesn’t have a whole lot to do with math. Instead, you’re relying on visual judgment to achieve consistency. It really doesn’t matter which letter(s) you choose to practice with — the point is to work on spacing.
If you find yourself generally having trouble with your calligraphy being “smooshed” together or too far apart, then I encourage you to give this worksheet a try! Don’t be discouraged if your results aren’t perfect. The whole point of a worksheet is to provide you with mistake-friendly practice. (Remember, if you wanted perfect lettering, you’d just use a computer to type out a calligraphy font!)
Again, you can download this free worksheet by clicking here. I hope that you enjoy it, and I’d love to see your results on Instagram (@thepostmansknock)! Have a fantastic day, and thanks very much for reading TPK.