How I Practice My Handwriting

There are two questions I get asked over and over again. One – What kind of pens do I use? And Two – How do you practice your handwriting? I’ll be thoroughly answering both of those questions today, so grab yourself a cup of joe and let’s get to it!

I started on my journey into improving my handwriting about the same time that I started Bullet Journaling. There was something about writing in a notebook every day that just spurred my creativity. It made me long for prettier cursive to use in my headers, and I also felt that such an important part of my life deserved a little love and attention.

August Bullet JournalHere’s a little glimpse into what my cursive looked like back in August. (You can click on the image to enlarge it) Now granted, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t up to par for me. I wanted that really cool, super-even, deliciously slanty kind of cursive! (Let’s not even talk about my wretched print handwriting).

So, I went off in search of a way to improve. I quickly found myself wandering the halls of /r/handwriting on Reddit and immersed myself into all of the resources they had there.

Of course, the fine folks over there kept talking about their fountain pens, which lead me to /r/fountainpens next. I was instantly smitten and by November I had ordered my very first fountain pen.

This is when I started taking my handwriting practice very seriously. The rest, so they say, is history.

One of the questions I'm asked the most is how I practice my handwriting. Today I'm walking you through my process step by step. Oh, and there might be a whole YouTube video at the end as well :)

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MY HANDWRITING SUPPLIES:

Before I show you my list, let me first say that the only thing you need to practice your handwriting is a pen and a piece of paper. Yes, any pen and paper will do. The supplies that I mention here are just my preferred tools, and are in no way necessary for your to begin improving your own handwriting.

>> My Favorite Pens:

My favorite pens for practicing my handwriting!– Pilot Metropolitan (Fine & Medium Nib)

– Visconti Van Gogh – Irises (Fine Nib)

– TWSBI 580 – Rose Gold (Extra Fine Nib)
* the rose gold is discontinued :(

– Noodler’s Ahab Flex

– Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (F & S)
* these are my go-to pens for use in my
Bullet Journal, too!

>> Other Supplies:

These Spencerian Penmanship books are great to practice your handwriting. They teach you all about posture, how to hold your pen, slant, and much more! Highly recommend!– Rhodia Dot Pad (8.5 x 12.5)
* I use this for my daily writing practice. I always fill up at least a page a day :)

– Spencerian Penmanship Books
* Seriously, these books are amazing!

– Sketch Pads

– My  trusty Bullet Journal
* because could there be any better way to practice your handwriting?

 

HOW I PRACTICE MY HANDWRITING:

Ok, get ready y’all. I’m about to drop a bomb on you! How do I practice my handwriting?

I just write.

Yup, you heard me right. I know you’re thinking that surely it must be more complicated than that but it really isn’t. Every day, I sit down and fill up at least one page in my Rhodia dot pad.

Some days it’s a poem. Some days it’s the lyrics to a song that I love. Some days I write down all of the Buddha quotes that make me feel all good inside. Some days it’s random words repeated ad nauseam. Heck, sometimes I even copy down entire historical speeches!

Some of my handwriting practice sheets.

The bottom line is: I just write.

I’ve even started writing long-winded letters to pen pals from the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia. On those days I don’t really bother with handwriting practice sheets because my hands are so tired, but it’s still practice, right?

>> Check out my full walkthrough on YouTube below!

>> Got a hankering’ to practice some of my handwriting letters?

I created a new printable version of my entire alphabet! You can print it for reference, and there is even a lighter grey version included that you can use to trace and practice on your own!

Handwriting Practice

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Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.

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  • Marigold Mcsweeney

    Kara, thank you for this post. Like other readers, I’ve been curious how you developed your handwriting skills. Do you practice your letters a set amount of time each day (one hour? two?) or does it vary? I’d like to get an idea of how much time I should set aside to make progress. I’m so inspired by you! Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

    • Thanks Marigold! I really don’t have a set amount of time that I practice each day, but I do like to fill up at least one full page every day. One idea would be to have a set notebook for handwriting practice and just fill a page a day :)

  • Thanks for this, I really want to improve my handwriting this year especially as I share more of it on Instagram in my bullet journal

  • Tímea Kocsisné Nagy (Timi)

    I LOVE this! I hope it’s okay to share a link, because maybe I’m searching in wrong places but I never met a dotted paper here in Hungary (not in a notebook, notepad, paper set or anything), so it was lifechanging when I found the freebies on printablepaper.net. I write my current starter bullet journal, until my Leuchtturm arrives from the UK, in a homemade dotted notebook that my husband printed and bound for me. <3

    • Thanks Timi! Printable dot paper is genius, thanks for sharing the link :)

  • I love practicing my handwriting! It’s a hobby that most people don’t always understand, but it’s so therapeutic for me and a really convenient thing to do well. I’ll definitely have to check out these resources! :)

  • Lola Sunshine

    Kara, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing. I found your tips on improving handwriting especially helpful. I ordered the Spencerian theory and penmanship books with my amazon gift card. I’m excited. ha. :) I am even reaching out to my friends and requesting that we rekindle a childhood passion, writing letters to one another. :) Thanks again for all your inspiring words. :)

    • Aw, you’re very welcome Lola! Letter writing has been SUCH a mood booster for me, I hope it will do the same for you :)

      • Lola Sunshine

        It’s already having such a positive effect. I’m hopping and skipping throughout the day! ha. :) Have a terrific day. :) p.s. My handwriting is already improving from the simple act of SLOOOOOOOOOOW-ing down. haha. :)

        • Love it, Lola! Keep it up and you’ll see a huge improvement over time :)

  • Thanks for sharing. I started handwriting practice at the beginning of the month as a new goal, going through the Spencerian book. Your article has made me go and buy a Rhodia dot pad to practice writing texts in as the Spencerian is just drills so far.

  • Yes! Lindsey is amazing! I have all of her worksheets and I just love them :) Great recommendation, Jenn!

  • Catherine

    Hello, I found out about bullet journals yesterday thanks to your youtube channel and i think it may be just what i need to organice a little bit my mind so thanks!, i got so inspired by your videos and posts about your bullet journal that i want to make mine as pretty as possible too, and so i got motivated to improve my handwritting :D. I also became part of the tribe and can´t wait to practice with the sheets you made (your handwritting is gorgeous!). Thanks for everything!

  • Natalie

    You may have already answered this but why Spencerian over Copperplate?

    • It was just personal preference for me. I love the slant and “delicate” look of Spencerian :)

  • soniasimone

    Found this on Pinterest. I love practicing handwriting. It’s very relaxing. I copied out an entire favorite novel (The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino) on nice paper (Clairefontaine unlined A4). Looking for someone to bind it into a book for me. :)

    My son and I are really enjoying all of your Bullet Journal vids and information!

  • Lexie

    I relate with you so much! Thank you for this wonderful post. I can’t wait to start practicing :)

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  • Cindy Chrysilla

    Hi, I couldn’t find the cursive handwriting practice set in the resource library. Could you please let me know where can I access it? thanks so much :)

  • Arye Stephens

    How do you keep your hand from fatiguing? I’m a lefty and I tend to grip my pen very hard. If I loosen up then my writing gets really sloppy looking. I feel like I have more control if I press hard. Any suggestions?