• FREE Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Teaser Worksheet

    A customs delay has led to a delightful treat: an 11-page free “teaser” worksheet! In the worksheet, you’ll become acquainted with Cocktail Casual calligraphy. If you like it, you can snag the official Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Worksheet when it’s released next week!

    FREE Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Teaser Worksheet

    Cocktail Casual calligraphy is a loose, bohemian style with just the right amount of flourish. I love it because it’s quick and not too fussy; anything goes. There’s need to draw out a pencil draft and no need to center. You just put pen to paper and do your thing!

    Today’s Treat: A Teaser Worksheet

    I actually have the full Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Worksheet all ready to go. It features 60+ pages of core practice, plus around 150 pages of intensive alphabet and word practice. But. Iron gall ink is really the best ink for writing Cocktail Casual calligraphy, and my iron gall shipment was a bit late in arriving. (My ink comes from the UK and has to go through customs, which sometimes takes longer than anticipated.)

    Rousy iron gall ink
    We’re gearing up to decant plenty of iron gall ink next week!

    I didn’t want to release the official Cocktail Casual calligraphy worksheet until I have iron gall ink readily available. So, I put together a substantial teaser worksheet to give you a weekend challenge. It should tide you over until the ink — and, therefore, the worksheet — are ready next week!

    Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Drills
    The (free!) Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Teaser Worksheet is 11 pages long and features drills and word practice.

    What You’ll Practice in This Worksheet

    Basically, the teaser worksheet offers a chance to give Cocktail Casual calligraphy a spin before the official worksheet comes out. First, you’ll start with some long, fluid drills. Then, you’ll move on to a fun exercise: invitation word practice.

    FREE Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Teaser Worksheet
    We’ll practice writing out all the words on this invitation in the Cocktail Casual Teaser Worksheet.

    I love it when invitations are written in elegant but casual calligraphy. Announcing an event using a calligraphy style like this one lays expectations that a soirée will be chic and tasteful. I thought this would be a fun exercise because it’s been a while since many of us have had the chance to look at — or design — an invitation!

    Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Drills

    The word practice in this worksheet will encourage you to let your proverbial calligraphy hair down. In Cocktail Casual calligraphy, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to write something, and consistency isn’t a must. If your letters don’t look exactly like my model letters, embrace that. And, of course, you should *never* hesitate to add an extra flourish or two!


    Writing Cocktail Casual Calligraphy

    On Thursday (9/16), the official Cocktail Casual Calligraphy worksheet will become available. You can expect to find plenty of tips for writing Cocktail Casual calligraphy in next Friday’s article, but I’ll give you a barebones run-through here. First, if at all possible, use a thin ink like iron gall or walnut. Second, use the pointed pen nib that you are most comfortable with! The goal is to write this style at a relatively brisk pace, so it’s important to feel at ease with your writing tool. Third, of course, use a smooth, calligraphy-friendly paper like Rhodia or 32# laserjet.

    Finally, make sure that you’re not working on a sticky surface. Arms tend to stick to naked tabletops, so always keep a big piece of paper (or fabric) between your forearm and the table. That way, you arm can move freely, giving you the ability to make deft, long strokes.

    I hope that you enjoy the free worksheet! Remember to look out for the official Cocktail Casual Calligraphy Worksheet on Thursday, when it will be announced here on the TPK blog. Thanks very much for reading, and happy practicing!


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