One of the reasons I love Calligraphy on the iPad so much is that it’s such a convenient way to improve with the help of practice guides. Tracing over the letterforms and getting comfortable with the balance of visual space speeds up your progress. It’s still important to practice without a visual reference too of course, but you can work up to it building muscle memory and forming good habits in letter slant and stroke weights.
When using practice guides in Procreate, it’s easy to create a new layer when you run out of space allowing you to reuse worksheets over and over again. It’s mess free without the need to clean your dip pen, brushes or workspace. And being portable gives you freedom to practice wherever you like – coffee shops, the library, the park… the pub! Collating your sessions in one place also has its advantages when you want to see the progress you’ve made. No need to get out that massive ring binder holding your last 6 months practice drills!
I’ve put together the first in this free series of downloadable Word Practice Guides. It contains eight words you can trace over and then try for yourself (both with a visual reference and without). This resource is intended to help you apply the techniques you learned in the premium Copperplate course.
A new guide will be released on the first Thursday of every month for the next few months, so keep an eye out if you enjoy them!
- Instructions for importing the files into Procreate
- Eight new Practice Words in the Procreate file
- Black guide sheet
- PNG images of each page
Who is it for?
This word practice guide is for a beginners-intermediate skill of Copperplate. You should have an understanding of the letterforms and spacing.
You need the iPad Pro, Apple pencil (or another pressure sensitive stylus) and the Procreate App.
Please don’t try and start writing words until you know how to create the letterforms. You’ll do yourself a disservice and most likely get frustrated and give up. If you are not yet familiar with the fundamentals of Copperplate, I suggest you start with my free email series by signing up below. It covers the basic strokes and lowercase letterforms.
Or if you want to immediate access to the complete Guide (including spacing rules, Upper and Lowercase Letterforms) – just click here. This post will be here waiting when you are ready!
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