A couple of weeks ago, I released a limited edition worksheet set: the CLASSIC Amy Style. While learners seem to be enjoying the dip pen and Procreate versions of the worksheet, I’ve had a few requests for a brush pen version! With the clock ticking on the expiration of the Classic Amy, I decided to hunker down and make a brush pen worksheet set happen. My timing means that it’s only available for a week: but hopefully that gives you enough time to snag it if you’re interested!
CLASSIC Amy Style Calligraphy vs. Contemporary Amy Style Calligraphy
I want to start off this post with a comparison of Classic Amy Style calligraphy with contemporary Amy Style calligraphy. Honestly, if I had it to do over, I would have called the “Classic Amy” something else, like “Loops and Swoops” (lesson learned). People have, understandably, been getting confused over how the Classic Amy is different from the contemporary Amy!
Above, you’ll find a comparison. On the left is what Amy Style calligraphy looks like today … it’s upright and neat. Classic Amy Style calligraphy, on the other hand, is how Amy Style calligraphy appeared when I first developed it in 2013. There are ample flourishes, loops, and a general pleasing playfulness!
Classic Amy Style Brush Pen Calligraphy Worksheet
TPK brush pen worksheets traditionally contain around 35 pages (plus 100 pages of optional practice). That’s because the intention behind those worksheets is to not only to teach you a certain style, but also educate you over how to use a brush pen in general! This limited edition worksheet, however, assumes that you already know how to use a brush pen. For that reason, it’s a shorter packet — 22 pages. You’ll start by working your way through guided letter formation practice!
Next, you’ll move on to practicing words. The worksheet includes 20 commonly used words and phrases, such as “Merry” “Christmas” and “Happy” “Birthday” “to” “You”!
Don’t worry: I’ll walk you through exactly how to write each word with numbers and dots. Every time you see a dot, I recommend you pick up your pen! You don’t have to, but it’s what I do.
How to Use Amy Style Brush Pen Calligraphy “In Real Life”
I love using brush pen calligraphy to address packages, so I thought I’d show you how to do that today! First, practice the style for at least a few days. Then, print out pages 2 + 3 — “The Alphabet” — of your Classic Amy Style Brush Pen Worksheet Set. (Alternatively, you can pull up these pages on your PDF reader.) You’ll probably need to reference them as you write! Next, use a pencil and a ruler to draw three sets of guidelines on your package.
Now, use Classic Amy Style Brush Pen Calligraphy to write the recipient’s address on the guidelines. I like to justify my calligraphy to the left to make life easier — no need to worry about centering!
Finally, erase your pencil guidelines and apply postage. If you’re not sure how much postage to apply to a package, this is a great website to reference!
Once you’ve applied your stamps, the package is ready to send! In addition to using Classic Amy brush pen calligraphy for packages, you can use it for signs or sketchbook designs.
Already Have a Classic Amy Style Worksheet?
Let’s say you’ve already purchased the Procreate and/or dip pen version of the Classic Amy Style calligraphy worksheet. Can you benefit from this worksheet? I’d say yes. Some letters require modification due to the width of brush pen strokes. Furthermore, letter formation is different with a brush pen than it is with a Procreate brush or a dip pen! You need to pick up the brush pen more — and in varying places — in order to achieve good stroke contrast.
Note that the Classic Amy Style Brush Pen Worksheet Set is a limited edition product. It will disappear from the TPK catalog on Friday, July 5th, 2019. That does not mean, however, that it will disappear from your TPK account and/or your order confirmation email. Once you’ve purchased the set, you’ll have unlimited access to it for an indefinite amount of time!
Don’t forget: post your CLASSIC Amy Style handiwork on Instagram and tag @thepostmansknock (+ #thepostmansknock) to be entered into a Finetec Pearl Colors palette! The giveaway is open until Saturday, July 6th, at which point a winner will be selected. If you’re that winner, you’ll have your Pearl Colors palette next week!
I hope that you can benefit from this new brush pen worksheet, and I apologize that it’s only around for a week! If you have any questions about it, please let me know. Otherwise, happy practicing, and we’ll reconvene in Monday’s TPK newsletter (if you’re a subscriber)!