In late 2014, I released the Janet Style Calligraphy Worksheet Set. While I love the set and the style, these past three years have taught me a lot about how people learn most effectively. Furthermore, as I have used Janet Style calligraphy over the years, I’ve tweaked letters here and there. I wanted to develop a worksheet update that reflected those tweaks!
For the past few months, I have been working to ensure that this calligraphy worksheet is the very best that it can be! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to the all new, vastly improved Janet Style Printable Calligraphy Worksheet Set. It’s a fantastic set — my favorite yet — that will teach you how to create calligraphy with an elegant, vintage vibe.
About Janet Style Calligraphy
I developed Janet Style calligraphy in 2014 for a client named — you guessed it — Janet. She requested glamorous, traditional envelopes for her sophisticated wedding. I pored over several different versions of Copperplate alphabets to come up with my own twist!
After Janet’s wedding, I found myself returning to this calligraphy style time and time again whenever I felt the urge to make beautiful calligraphy.
As far as I’m concerned, Janet Style calligraphy exemplifies what we love about pointed pen calligraphy. It’s refined without being stuffy or unapproachable, and — most importantly — it’s fun to observe and to make.
If I had to pick a favorite out of the five calligraphy styles on the TPK website, this one would be it. I love, love, love this style, and I feel so happy that its worksheet is now up to my 2017 standards!
Features of the Janet Style Printable Calligraphy Worksheet Set
This calligraphy worksheet set includes three sections: the Core Worksheet, Intensive Alphabet Practice, and Intensive Word Practice. You can read exactly what is included in all three sections in the worksheet product description, but I’ll provide a brief overview here!
1. Core Worksheet
The Core Worksheet will teach you everything you need to know to get started. In it, you’ll begin with faux calligraphy (calligraphy created with a regular pen), then transition into using a dip pen.
Once you’ve mastered faux calligraphy (it can take between two days and two weeks), you’ll move on to dip pen calligraphy. First, you’ll start with letters.
Then, you’ll move on to words. There are 26 words from “Apple” to “Zephyr” so you can practice making letter connections! You’ll finish up with a page of tips detailing how to customize Janet Style calligraphy to make it into your own. My hope is that you’ll play with the letters and eventually form your very own calligraphy style!
2. Intensive Alphabet Practice
People have different styles of learning, and many people (myself included) benefit from lots and lots of repetition. I designed the Intensive Alphabet Practice pages to help you master “problem letters”.
Let’s say, for example, that you are experiencing a lot of frustration with the letter “B”. You can print off the “B” Intensive Alphabet Practice page, and repeat writing the “B” in the spaces provided.
Once you’re finished with the page, the letter “B” won’t be nearly as intimidating!
3. Intensive Word Practice
It can be tough to figure out how words interact, so the goal of the Intensive Word Practice packet is to help you practice connecting letters to form words.
If you notice that you’re having trouble with double “f”s and double “e”s, you might print off the “Coffee” page. That way, you can practice writing “Coffee” over and over until you’re confident writing those letter combinations.
To learn Janet Style calligraphy, you’ll need a few supplies. They are:
- Janet Style Calligraphy Printable Worksheet Set
- Straight calligraphy pen or an oblique calligraphy pen (I prefer an oblique for this style, but if you’re new to calligraphy, use a straight pen.)
- Nikko G nib (for beginners) or Brause EF66 nib (for intermediate)
- Sumi or India ink
- Water (to wash ink off your nib every minute or so)
- Non-fibrous cloth (to dry off your nib after you dip it in your water)
If you’ve never used a dip pen before, read The Beginner’s Guide to Modern Calligraphy before you get started. It will teach you the basics like how to write with a dip pen! (Next year, I hope to add a video course to this worksheet set. For now, though, The Beginner’s Guide is a good place to start.)
Like all TPK calligraphy worksheet sets, the Janet Style is intended for printing at home. The very best paper to print this worksheet on is 32# laserjet paper! Note that you do not need a laserjet printer to print on laserjet paper.
Other Things to Note
First of all, there is a 2-page free, very basic version of the Janet Style calligraphy worksheet available. It is essentially an exemplar, and you can download it by clicking here.
As I promised in Tuesday’s blog post and on social media, if you own the previous version of the Janet Style Printable Calligraphy Worksheet, you have been “grandfathered” in to this new worksheet set. If that’s the case, you will receive an email with updated download links. If you don’t receive an email by Sunday, August 13th, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also access the new set from your account (if you have one).
Finally, I’d like to add that you should have the latest version of your PDF reader (the program that opens PDF files on your computer) to properly view the worksheet set. Many people use Adobe Reader, which you can download for free by clicking here. If you have an outdated PDF reader, you may experience printing issues or notice that there are some letters missing in the worksheet set!
If you have any questions about this new worksheet set or Janet Style calligraphy, please feel free to comment! Otherwise, I sincerely hope that you enjoy this new learning tool. If you have any feedback (or notice any mistakes) as you are using it, I’d really appreciate hearing from you!
Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks very much for reading TPK!