I love coming up with unique pointed pen calligraphy drills to keep practice fresh and fun. Sticking to alphabet characters and random strokes can get boring, which is why it’s nice to create calligraphy drills that double as illustrations. Today, I’ve got a literal treat for you: a free pointed pen calligraphy drills worksheet that features six food-themed exercises. Have fun practicing your pointed pen skills with everything from avocados to escargot!
How to Use the “Fun Foodie” Free Pointed Pen Calligraphy Drills
Start by downloading the Six “Fun Foodie” Calligraphy Drills PDF file by clicking here. Then, print it off on a dip pen-friendly paper like 32# laserjet. Note that if you have trouble viewing or printing the file, you probably just need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader (it’s free) and use it to open the drills! Once you’ve printed the drills, get out your favorite pen and ink combination. Then, fill out the drills with me as you watch the video below:
I mentioned crosshatching in this video. If that’s something you’re interested in, be sure to check out The Beginner’s Guide to Crosshatching! The Not Your Average Calligraphy Drills: Food Edition, also mentioned in the video, can be found here.
Why Do Calligraphy Drills?
Why bother with pointed pen calligraphy drills? I have dedicated a whole article to that very question. Basically, doing drills can benefit you in a few ways. First of all, they help calligraphy beginners to master control of the dip pen. Calligraphy drills are really just a collection of different strokes that are found in letters, so every time you do drills, your lettering also improves.
Calligraphy drills — and, in particular, artistic drills like these — also provide a way to switch up your calligraphy practice. Instead of writing “A”, “A”, “A”, all of a sudden you’re drawing a mushroom or an avocado! It’s difficult to get bored with practicing when you have creative options like these.
More Printable Calligraphy Drills
Again, if you like this fun little calligraphy worksheet, you can find it by clicking here. If you’d like to up-level, consider taking on TPK’s Not Your Average Calligraphy Drills: Food Edition. It features sixteen pages of challenging but delightful food-themed drills like “Ice Cream” and “Teapot”.
If you want to take on other cool calligraphy drills, too, you can click the button below to explore our offerings. (Don’t skip the calligraphy medallions! They’re so pretty and a great way to practice your spacing and stroke contrast.)
No matter where you are in your calligraphy journey, don’t skip TPK’s latest giveaway for a must-have collection of pens and nibs. A $95 value, this ten piece set is perfect for any project, whether you’re writing in script, making hand-lettering, or creating illustrations.
I hope that you enjoy today’s free pointed pen calligraphy drills! Remember, it’s never a bad idea to enjoy them with your favorite music playing in the background and a yummy snack nearby. Thanks so much for reading TPK, and enjoy the rest of your day!