Summer is here, and this little worksheet is the perfect addition to a warm and relaxed day! In it, you’ll practice writing a line from Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The line is written in a slightly bouncy and flourished style to give you a bit of a challenge!
How to Use This Printable Calligraphy Worksheet
First, click here to download the worksheet for free. Then, print it out on a dip pen-friendly paper like 32# laserjet. Get out your favorite dip pen and nib combination (I used a Nikko G oblique pen + nib), and a nice, smooth ink like sumi. Then, when you’ve got a few free minutes, sit down to take on the worksheet!
Filling out this worksheet will help you to practice fun letterforms and a few calligraphy flourishes. It hones your calligraphy skills by providing progressively independent levels of practice writing the quote.
The last two pages of the worksheet feature guidelines to help you write the quote on your own. Don’t forget to give your calligraphy the slightest bit of bounce!
Tips for Success
First, be sure to fill out the warm up exercises. There aren’t many, so completing that section will only take you a few minutes. Drills/exercises are an important part of any successful writing session! For the rest of the worksheet, give yourself permission to take your time and really concentrate on the letter formations.
Don’t forget, too, to keep a piece of “padding paper” under the paper you are writing on. (The padding paper can be another page of the worksheet, or just a plain piece of printer paper.) That extra padding helps to ensure smooth, balanced strokes and a more pleasant writing experience. As always, an entertaining podcast or audiobook will go a long way in making your practice session that much more pleasant. Enjoy!