It’s been a while since I posted about calligraphy. I got busy with school and The Pen Meet. Now, I’m happy to tell you that I have a surprise for you!
Drills & Sheets
In preparation for The Pen Meet, I decided to give time to prepare drills and sheets with the MQ trademark. I wanted to share something from my own experiences as well. Personally, I made time in order to make this, compile it into printable files.
The photo above is a picture of the basic strokes that have been helpful to me during my calligraphy journey. It has been a struggle to me, personally, since I’m a leftie.
There have been stories and/or myths that would say lefties and calligraphy do not mesh. Even one myth says that lefties cannot do calligraphy. Alongside this, I searched for lefties who practice the craft and immediately pushed myself. I got inspired after seeing their wonderful works!
My decision to create these drills and sheets was really made when I heard from Sab that hers were here original. That got me thinking, why would I share something that’s not mine? That does not go along with what I believe in life. To be honest, law school has influenced a lot on this.
Drills Sheets for Lefties
I am a leftie and proud of it! There has been posts lurking in the internet about leftie struggles and I won’t deny the fact that those are true. Very true! 😞
From the spring notebooks to the smudges, those are true. We even angle the papers we are writing on so it would be more comfortable to us. Plus, another struggle for lefties (and calligraphy) is that if you are an overwriter or an underwriter. So in short, the struggle is real!
Not only that I have had a lot of struggles while practicing, but I met also people who have been practicing the craft. Honestly, they are amazing! Who said lefties can’t do calligraphy?
I’ve met friends from Type Kita: Pass on the Passion who are lefties and seriously, they are way better than me when it comes to brush calligraphy and watercolor works.
So, since I want to pass it on as well, that ignited me to create drills, additional practice strokes and sheets that would help others in their journeys as well. I told myself that during The Pen Meet will be the first time that it will be utilized and I’m just so happy! Seeing people using the sheets made my heart skipped a beat. 💙
Honestly, that’s me sharing my passion to fellow enthusiasts and aspirants as well!
Sam Coronado (@followyouroad)September 30, 2016 at 9:03 PM
Hi Kristine! These are works of art! Absolutely beautiful and uplifting at the same time. I wouldn’t mind having one hanging on my room’s wall. Perhaps you can make them into products that you can monetize. But yes, passion need not be monetized. Hope you’ll learn more awesome skills that I’d love to see 🙂
Mommy QueenelizabethSeptember 30, 2016 at 9:08 PM
My husband is a leftie! And actually admire people who are left handed. Its true that they have special writing and artistic talent technically. My husband has a pretty penmanship, much better than mine! Your works are amazing! 🙂
YanSeptember 30, 2016 at 11:54 PM
Oooooh, I’m a lefty and I suck at calligraphy. I feel bad though cos I’ve invested in a lot of brush pens pa naman hahaha The struggle is real!
MartineOctober 1, 2016 at 12:04 AM
Sigh, I am not a leftie BUT I am a frustrated student of calligraphy. I can’t seem to practice ever, though I want to. I suppose when my kids are older and they want to be away from me, haha!
Shai HabonOctober 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM
I love calligraphy! I just wish I have all the time to do this kind of art because I believe it’s really tedious 🙂 I’ve read a lot about The Pen Meet and I really hope I can join next time.
berlin domingoOctober 1, 2016 at 12:15 PM
So generous of you to share those drill sheets. Permission to print them, please. But I need to look for a more appropriate paper because when we photocopied the drill sheets provided by the calligraphy class we attended months ago, they ink seems to be off or basta, there is something about the ink not being totally absorbed by the paper. Meron ba tlaagang ganung instance? Thanks.
MariaOctober 2, 2016 at 7:02 PM
Yes, the paper I use for practice is at least 80-100 gsm and that’s for the brush pens. For the dip pens, at least 200gsm so the ink won’t get absorbed by the paper. 😀
BerlinOctober 4, 2016 at 11:48 PM
Ow. Thanks for this. Isulat ko to para maalala ko. 🙂
Nilyn MatugasOctober 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM
I’m not leftie either but I have a feeling that my son’s going to be. Which is a bit challenging, specially when it comes to teaching him to write. Calligraphy is wonderful and I’ve been wanting to be able to try it out. I hope one day, I’ll be able to join a calligraphy workshop. 🙂
TeresaOctober 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM
I agree with you that liking what you do is happiness. 🙂 You have a nice handwriting. I agree that being a leftie is not an excuse. Well, there are those who have their right hands are their dominant hand but do not write legibly.
MichelleOctober 1, 2016 at 6:44 PM
I find that the lefties are smarter, really! When I was still in high school, I think 6 or 7 out of top 10 students in our class are lefties! So there really is a lot of potential a leftie person has. Like you. Your determination on pursuing your passion in calligraphy is very inspiring. I think I should be practicing or exerting the same effort as yours when it comes on pushing through to what I claim as my passion in life.
Veeyah | The Indy MissOctober 1, 2016 at 10:04 PM
Hey hey hey! Great work on those strokes! I attended a friend’s Calligraphy workshop and I saw a leftie that was A NATURAL. Her strokes were precise but not forced at all! Hehehe. Anyone can do calligraphy, am I right? Hehe. Nice sheets.
Dominic BarriosOctober 2, 2016 at 1:58 PM
These are great drills and sheets for those who want to try out calligraphy. I’d share this with my wife since we already have the pen and the ink. One for my wife and one for me. Good think we got them for free from a bridal fair giveaway.
SabineOctober 7, 2016 at 3:24 PM
Great that you think of all the lefties here. I’m not a leftie but I am not that experienced at all. I noticed myself as well that lately I’m so busy with other things than my blog and it’s too bad.
Ginoel OrejoOctober 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM
These are great drills. Gotta get those fingers working. I’m classically trained in piano. that’s a different art form. But it follows the same practice-makes-perfect mantra. I thank my daily childhood piano drills for making my fingers nimble and my typing speed immaculate. Haha!
MariaOctober 13, 2016 at 10:27 PM
OMG! I play the piano too!! And more on the classical side. Yay! I’m thankful for learning it as well, it helps with the typing and the discipline with the hand and fingers. 😀
jared's mumDecember 19, 2016 at 11:59 AM
Calligraphy is something I would love to learn. I am practicing using brush pens and it was not really easy! I really need some of these drill sheets to practice on. Do you think right-handed folks can also use? Either way, I’m saving these so I can print it for my sissie who is also a lefty and is dying to learn calligraphy as well! Thank you! ^_^
MariaDecember 21, 2016 at 12:31 AM
Yes, of course! Thank you as well. 🙂
Ella IvoireFebruary 22, 2017 at 9:50 PM
OMG HOW THE HELL DID I NOT KNEW ABOUT YOU?! You caligraphy is amazing! Please tell me you make those videos on instagram that I spend way too much time watching? I LOVED YOUR CALLIGRAPHY! I’m not a lefty but yeah, nevermind, I’m obsessed with calligraphy.
MariaFebruary 23, 2017 at 8:06 PM
HAHAHA! At first, I thought you’re shouting at me but I just felt you’re too happy or giddy when you stumbled upon this. I’m not sure though but I have some videos on Instagram too. Thank you so much for liking and loving my works! 😀
SofarsoSabineMarch 6, 2017 at 6:16 AM
That’s awesome to have for all the left handed people. I’m sure a lot of lefties will appreciate the sheets. I am right handed, but I will tell my friends if they need this. Great work on the blog, keep it up!
MeeraMarch 12, 2017 at 2:05 AM
Calligraphy is a fascinating art form. I have tried Arabic calligraphy once before in glass painting. It came out really well that I have kept my painting in my living room. I am sure your sheet is quite useful to the lefties. Keep bringing lots such work. Quite impressive 🙂