Right around the time that I started Bullet Journaling (August 2015), I decided that I wanted to re-learn how to write in cursive and improve my handwriting. Of course I wanted to make my Bullet Journal pretty, but ultimately what I wanted was for my handwriting to be legible and practical.
A little over a year ago, I published a blog post about how I was practicing my handwriting. Although much has stayed the same over the past year, I thought it would be a good time to expand a bit on how I practice as well as give you some of my favorite resources for improving your handwriting.
This post is the first in a series here on the blog all about improving your everyday handwriting. I hope you enjoy it!
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My handwriting was not the worst by any means, but I knew that I wanted to improve. Although I ADORE my first Bullet Journal, I can’t help but cringe a bit when I flip back to those first pages and see my handwriting at the time. Let’s not even talk about my sub-par photography skills, OK? ;)
When I began practicing, the very first thing I did was decide on a style that I wanted to emulate. I chose Spencerian script for its uniformity and steep slant. Simply put, I thought it was beautiful!
I picked up this set of Spencerian Copy Books on Amazon and got to practicing. I sat down every single day to not only practice in the copy books themselves but to fill up page after page with notes, poems, random words, and famous quotes.
I still have ALL of my practice sheets from those days tucked into a folder in my office. I love to pull them out from time to time to compare and see how far I’ve come in such a relatively short amount of time.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be addressing a lot of your questions related to handwriting improvement. Today, let’s start with some fantastic resources that you can use to get started on your own journey to better penmanship.
BOOKS & WORKBOOKS
Improve Your Handwriting by Rosemary Sassoon & Gunnlaugur Se Briem
This book contains helpful tips on how to identify your style and solve common problems with your writing.
It’s filled with examples of all kinds of penmanship and will help you to diagnose the issues you have with letter formation and more.
Spencerian Handwriting by Platts Roger Spencer
I picked this book up on a whim, not realizing that it was actually the exact same as the Spencerian Copy Books that I recommended earlier. Had I known about this sooner, I probably would have gone with this version first.
It includes the theory book plus all five workbooks bound into a single book.
The Universal Penman engraved by George Bickham
This book is more eye-candy than functional learning, but I love it nonetheless! Flipping through The Universal Penman, you’ll find page after page of beautiful Copperplate calligraphy from the mid-1700’s.
Although there are no instructions or worksheets inside, you’re sure to find massive inspiration within its pages.
/r/handwriting – A great place for inspiration with lots of user-submitted photos featuring many different styles of writing. They even have a “Weekly Practice” thread, where everyone practices the same passages each week and offers constructive criticism and advice. Be sure to check the sidebar for some other great links as well!
#RockYourHandwriting Facebook Group – This group was started to bring the #RockYourHandwriting Challenge to Facebook, and it has grown into a treasure trove of inspiration. It’s so neat to see everyone’s take on the daily prompts, and it’s a great place to ask questions and share knowledge.
Tiny Ray of Sunshine – Kim shares her take on improving your everyday handwriting in this extensive blog post. As a bonus, she has some downloadable worksheets specifically formatted to help you practice the tiny writing necessary for that 5mm ruling in your dot grid notebook.
The Art of Manliness – This educational blog post is a GREAT read if you’re curious about the history of penmanship and the advantages of “old-school” vs. digital methods of writing.
Decade Thirty – Dee, known for her near-perfect print, shares her tips and resources for improving your everyday handwriting. In addition to some great downloadable worksheets, she shares ways that you can analyze your current style and improve upon it vs. imitating someone else’s style. She has also written a blog post about handwriting over on the Bullet Journal Blog.
In addition to all of these fabulous resources, I’ve created a BRAND NEW Cursive Practice Worksheet for you. This high-quality PDF includes an overview of all of my cursive letters and numbers, practice sheets, and even some blank guideline sheets that you can practice with on your own. It’s available right now in the Tribe Resource Library. :)
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