Remember when you hated handwriting assignments? Well, let’s bring some fun to it. Basic print penmanship is a foundation for moving forward with calligraphy and creative lettering. I promise that it won’t stay boring.
Once again we’re going over a review of LYL1 material. Today we will practice basic print penmanship with each of our pens. These simple alphabets will build our confidence to get creative later in the series.
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Turn to a clean page in your practice notebook and lets get started with print penmanship.
Here is the original post to help you: Refining Your Handwriting
I ran through this drill in plain and italic print. My plain print is very vertical and the italic works at a slight slant.
Practicing penmanship with various pen tools makes it a little less mundane.
Each pen you use will behave a little differently. I was working through this drill a little too quickly, causing my ink to skip a bit. If you experience the same thing, slow down, clean the nib, or try re-positioning the angle of your grip. One or more of those will usually clear up any pen issues you encounter.
If you’re a lefty like me, you may experience ink skipping even more with gel pens, as we tend to push the pen thus causing dry ink to occasionally clog the tip. I keep a scrap paper on my desk to roll the nib when needed.
The brush pen can be used for more than calligraphy.
Print and italic can be practiced with a brush pen. This is a fun way to have your handwriting take on a new look without yet mastering brush calligraphy.
Video demonstration of print penmanship:
Next session we’ll review cursive penmanship.
Time to brush up those skills in preparation for brush lettering.
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