Fact: doing calligraphy drills will improve your pointed pen skills. They’re good for all levels of calligraphers: beginners will benefit from enhanced pen control. Intermediate calligraphers will experience greater confidence when writing letters and flourishes. Even advanced calligraphers do drills — often as a warmup — to ensure a steady hand.
So, there you have it. Doing calligraphy drills can benefit anyone. For the longest time, though, I didn’t embrace drills. Honestly, I’ve always found traditional drills to be pretty boring. And yet — I wanted my calligraphy skills to grow. That’s why I started doing unconventional calligraphy drills; and, ultimately, I created entire themed worksheet sets of unconventional calligraphy drills. The latest addition to those worksheet sets is the Not Your Average Calligraphy Drills: Food Edition worksheet!
Meet TPK’s Food Drills Packet
In Not Your Average Calligraphy Drills: Food Edition, every drill relates to food or drink! You’ll start out by writing simple drills like “Chopsticks” and “String Bean”. These drills help you to practice simple strokes, and they warm you up for the rest of the worksheet.
Next, you move on to square drills, which are a bit more challenging. (Don’t worry: the worksheet will show you exactly how to create each one and provide you with tracing practice!)
After the square drills, you’ll take on circular drills. These drills provide a new kind of practice: dashed lines. I like writing over dashed lines because they force you to focus on stroke contrast as you’re creating a drill.
The Food Drills packet concludes with three larger drills: “Water”, “Ice Cream”, and “Teapot”. These larger exercises give you quality practice while they show you how to create a work of art!
Where to find Not Your Average Calligraphy Drills: Food Edition
The Food Edition drills packet is available in the TPK Catalog for $6.00. Right now, there are three other NYACD packets available as well: Garden Edition, Under the Sea Edition, and Fairytale Edition. Regardless of which drills packet(s) you choose to take on, make sure you print the worksheet(s) on 32# laserjet paper (or another smooth, quality paper). Then, use your favorite nib/pen/ink combination to get down to business!
I hope that you enjoy filling out these new drills as much as I liked creating them! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments. Happy practicing and enjoy!!