Learn to write the calligraphy alphabet with these step-by-step instructions and free printable calligraphy alphabet worksheets. Learn calligraphy to address your wedding invitations, address an envelope or create a piece of art.

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Learning the Basics of the Calligraphy Alphabet

You’ve made it! Now that you learned the basics of calligraphy, it’s time to learn the calligraphy alphabet, one letter at a time. Of course, there are so many different calligraphy fonts to choose from, but classic calligraphy is a great place to start.

Let’s jump right in!

Click here to download the lowercase calligraphy alphabet our instructor, Madi has graciously prepared for us. Place your tracing paper over the letter you’re working with before you proceed to tracing on your practice grid.

When learning the calligraphy alphabet, it’s best to start with the basics. That’s why we’re going to start with lowercase ascenders {b,d,f, h, k, l, t}. They are very similar to the practice you have already completed.

As they say, practice makes perfect! You can choose the depth of your practice, but I recommend a page for each letter minimum. You can work on a few letters a day and circle back around to repeat them.

Calligraphy Alphabet

Now onto lowercase descenders {g, j, p, q, y}.

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Easy Step By Step Instructions to Learn the Calligraphy Alphabet

Finally, practice the remaining letters in the alphabet – lowercase, followed by uppercase. You can get your free printable Majescules aka uppercase calligraphy alphabet here.

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Remember, go light on upstrokes & heavier on downstrokes.

Free printable calligraphy alphabet practice sheets
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Practice makes perfect, so have fun while you’re doing it! I have found it very relaxing!

Calligraphy Alphabet Types

There are so many calligraphy alphabets. This particular one is easy to learn. You can also learn 

More traditional calligraphy alphabets include:

  • Copperplate – fine pointed with a flexible nib. Much like this particular alphabet, it opens and closes with pressure to create thick and thin lines. It’s heavily slanted hand drawn flourished script that is often used for formal invitations.
  • Gothic – block style script that is synonymous with medieval times. Sharp corners make it appear as though it’s woven.
  • Italic – a legible alphabet that is simple yet beautiful. It’s an understated font that is elegant. It makes a great foundation for scripts.
  • Roman Rustic – formal yet understated easy to read font using a nib or brush.
  • Roundhand – simple, legible alphabet. Great for beginners.
  • Uncial – very similar to Roman Rustic, this font is associated with the Christian church. It’s easy to read though consumes more space than most alphabets.

Subscribe here for a bonus worksheet that is emailed to subscribers only once a month. So, join me and see how fun and easy it is to learn calligraphy! Missed a lesson? Start from the beginning here!

printable calligraphy alphabet worksheets

Subscribe here for a bonus worksheet that is emailed to subscribers only once a month. So, join me and see how fun and easy it is to learn calligraphy! Missed a lesson? Start from the beginning here!

The series, in order:

  1. How to Learn Calligraphy
  2. Getting Started
  3. Back to Basics
  4. The Calligraphy Alphabet
  5. Practice Words
  6. Practice Makes Perfect
  7. Calligraphy Resources & Left Handed Calligraphy
  8. Minuscules & Numerals

You may also like my online floral workshop where I teach you how to arrange accessible flowers.

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  1. I just found your blog, and am a little late to the calligraphy party, but still want to join in. I signed up for your email, but is there any way to get the uppercase printable? Love your blog, can’t wait to explore!

    1. I’m referring this question to Madi. Give us a day or two. Hang in there & have fun until them. You’ll get it!

    2. Focus on a light upstroke, your loop and then a strong downstroke. Remember that when trying to get the feel of the letters it’s okay to go back to a regular pen or pencil to practice muscle memory.

  2. Is there any way I can get the uppercase alphabet list you mentioned to Andrea? I just found your blog today and subscribed.

      1. I looked for the upper case and I couldn’t find it. Is there any way you could send it to me again?

        1. Hi Hayley! It was sent monthly in the newsletter, but actually included in today’s post. Enjoy!

  3. I’m starting your Five day course a little late. I just found it on Pinterest and was very excited for the help! I’m just learning too! Did you happen to have an uppercase calligraphy alphabet too that we can work with as a practice guide?

  4. Oh my goodness. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found this series! I have been wanting to learn this forever. Thank you thank you! (P.S. if you have a second and wanted to link up at The Makers link party over on my blog, that would be so great!)

    1. Welcome Alexis! I’ve been having so much fun learning. I need to practice a bit more before Friday! I’ll take a peek, thanks!