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Alphabet letters worksheets – Uppercase letters & lowercase letters

Looking for fun alphabet letters worksheets to practice calligraphy and lettering? Here you will find uppercase letter worksheets and different lowercase alphabet lettering styles.

letter styles alphabet

If you already read my post about Calligraphy alphabet styles, you already know the details about letter families. So, I will assume that you already read that one as well as the History of Calligraphy, that one covers the evolution of alphabets, as well as my Cursive into guide.

Those post that I mentioned already cover all the basics and history as well as touch on the points to achieve your very own letter style, so I will not focus on any of those points today.

I will share and focus on my favorite supplies to practice, how to take advantage of the worksheets, as well as examples for 30 ways to write each letter of the alphabet in both uppercase and lowercase.

And remember to download the FREE workbook at the bottom of the post (or inside the Letter Vault if you are already subscribed to the HowJoyful Newsletter.

In this post, I will cover

Difference between Calligraphy & Lettering

I think that is so important to begin with the most basic concept when looking for worksheets because unlike what most beginners think, Calligraphy and Lettering are very different things.

As a very short explanation, lettering is about drawing, Calligraphy is about writing. No matter the tools used, it is about the process of creating letters.

When we are doing lettering, we correct, erase, re-trace and mold the letters to fit the shapes …

When we do calligraphy ….

If you want to check this in more detail, I wrote a full post about the difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography here.

How to use the alphabet worksheets

To make the most out of the worksheets I am sharing with you, in this post, on the website and on the Letter Vault, I have 3 recommendations so you can save money when you practice, since printing sheets can get expensive, and some paper pads can also get expensive when you try to practice as much as possible.

So, my 3 different recommendations for practice are:

1 – Print the worksheets directly into my recommended HP paper and work with your brush pens right on top of them.

2 – Print your worksheets in any print paper, and use tracing paper on top of your worksheets to practice

3 – Print your worksheets on any kind of paper, and using a light pad, place a piece of my favorite HP paper on top so you can see the worksheet or guidelines below for practice.

letter worksheets

Paper Recommendations

The thing about practicing with brush pens, is that if you use regular copy paper, the tips of your brush pens will start to fray. To avoid this, you need to have smooth paper, so below I list my favorite options for affordable AND super smooth options.

hp laser smooth print paper

1HP Smooth Choice Laserjet Paper

This is definitely the more economical alternative for paper, I use this exact paper to print all my drill grids. It's a great way to save money while you practice so that you can use your special paper for projects, and your brush pens will not get damaged like they do with regular copy paper.

canson tracing paper

2Canson Tracing Paper Pad

This is my favorite paper for inking and also for brush calligraphy since it's super smooth and it does not absorb all the ink as some do, but because of this you need to be careful and wait for the ink to dry, or you will have a mess in your hands and your paper! It has 50 sheets and measures 9×12 inches.

Extras to help your practice

cricut brightpad

1Cricut BrightPad

After using the Cricut BrightPad for a few months I am a converted believer. It's so much better than my older light box (linked below) little things like the fact that you have to push down in order to change the brightness prevent you from hitting it by accident like I always do with my older light-box.

light box

2Huion LightBox

If you don't want to use tracing paper a light pad is a perfect solution ( and also a great one if you venture into watercolor) This is the one I have now, I tried some of the more expensive ones and this one beats most of them, it's worth its weight in gold (actually way more than it's weight because it's super light!)

Brush pen recommendations

tombow fudenosuke color

1Tombow Fudenosuke 10 color pack

This are a new products from Tombow and a very highly anticipated one. The Classic black Fude pens are the favorites of many lettering artists (me included) And they are the ones I always recommend to beginners because the tips are extremely resistant, and they seem to last longer than the dual tips, plus the size is a great one for beginners.

sign pen brush color

2Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch, Fude Brush Tip set

This is the box I mentioned above, they are great fude brush pens, juicy and with a great flexible tip, they last a good time and if you use them with good paper (smooth) the tip will not fray easily. The colors are super awesome too, yay!

tombow advanced set

3Tombow advanced lettering set

I really like the selection of colors and different pens and other tools that Tomow added to this pack, you have pretty much everything you need to further your practice and experiment with color without having to buy the full 12 pack of dual brushes, and since it's a bundle you get a better deal.

kuretake brush pens

4Kuretake Fudebiyori brush pens

These are my current favorite brush pens, they have an easy-to-use felt tip and built-in ink supply combine the convenience of a regular maker with the expressive line variation of a traditional brush.

crayola super tip markers

5Crayola Super Tip Markers

These are one of the most budget-friendly markers to get started, on Amazon though the price fluctuates a ton, so keep an eye for when the price drops. Or you can always buy them from Blick, they have the best prices and offers per size.

crayola washable broadtips

6Crayola Washable Broad Line Markers

I love how budget-friendly these markers are, they are perfect for drills and the tips are not too soft (sometimes you might need to reshape them though) but other than that are they are perfect, budget-friendly, and they last a long time. If you are just starting and doing many drills get a box of these, you can thank me later ;)

How many letters are there in the alphabet?

The English alphabet has a total of 26 letters.

But historically, it used to have 27, the “Et” or Ampersand (and) used to be considered a letter of the alphabet, even though now it's just another symbol on the English language. As @jonhudson.main over at Medium share:

Et is the Latin word for and. Its usage can be traced back to the first century! This is where the ampersand was born. The “&” symbol was created as a ligature (combination of two letters) of the letters “e” and “t” or “et”. It was considered a letter of the alphabet all the way up until the early 17th century.

@jonhudson.main from Medium

A great example of use that I found via Artemy Lebedev shows the regular 26 letters of the alphabet along with the ampersand at the very end.

primer letters alphabet
My Own Primer, or First Lessons in Spelling and Reading. Carter, Rev. John P. // Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1857 From the Michigan State University Libraries electronic collections / Via Artemy Lebedev

Ampersand came to be a staple element in European writing to the extent that it wound up as the last letter of the English alphabet in all primers by the early 19th century (and started to be removed from them some hundred years later).

Artemy Lebedev

And while the ampersand is no longer considered a letter, it is still very much loved by pretty much every letter enthusiast I've come across. The evolution of it's shape it's nice to see and also explore.

alphabet letter styles

UPPERCASE LETTER ALPHABET

Uppercase letters, also called Capitals letters are normally not the letters we start with when we are beginners because the lowercase letter are more simple and require fewer strokes (for the most part) to complete.

But I wanted to start with the uppercase alphabet because is usually the one that most researched kinds beginner need the more help with figuring out different ways to write.

1 – Letter A uppercase

alphabet letter a

2 – Letter B uppercase

alphabet letter b

3 – Letter C uppercase

alphabet letter c

4 – Letter D uppercase

alphabet letter d

5 – Letter E uppercase

alphabet letter e

6 – Letter F uppercase

alphabet letter f

7 – Letter G uppercase

alphabet letter g

8 – Letter H uppercase

alphabet letter h

9 – Letter I uppercase

alphabet letter i

10 – Letter J uppercase

alphabet letter j

11 – Letter K uppercase

alphabet letter k

12 – Letter L uppercase

alphabet letter l

13 – Letter M uppercase

alphabet letter m

14 – Letter N uppercase

alphabet letter n

15 – Letter O uppercase

alphabet letter o

16 – Letter P uppercase

alphabet letter p

17 – Letter Q uppercase

alphabet letter q

18 – Letter R uppercase

alphabet letter r

19 – Letter S uppercase

alphabet letter s

20 – Letter T uppercase

alphabet letter t

21 – Letter U uppercase

alphabet letter u

22 – Letter V uppercase

alphabet letter v

23 – Letter W uppercase

alphabet letter w

24 – Letter X uppercase

alphabet letter x

25 – Letter Y uppercase

alphabet letter y

26 – Letter Z uppercase

alphabet letter z

LOWERCASE LETTER ALPHABET

As I mentioned, lowercase letters are usually the first one we start when we are learning to do brush calligraphy and lettering. They usually require fewer strokes, and they are easier to understand once we have mastered the basic strokes.

So if you are using the FREE worksheet that I am giving away at the bottom of the post, make sure that you start with the lowercase letters first =]

1 – Letter a lowercase

lowercase a 30 ways

2 – Letter b lowercase

lowercase b 30 ways

3 – Letter c lowercase

lowercase c 30 ways

4 – Letter d lowercase

lowercase d 30 ways

5 – Letter e lowercase

lowercase e 30 ways

6 – Letter f lowercase

lowercase f 30 ways

7 – Letter g lowercase

lowercase g 30 ways

8 – Letter h lowercase

lowercase h 30 ways

9 – Letter i lowercase

lowercase i 30 ways

10 – Letter j lowercase

lowercase j 30 ways

11 – Letter k lowercase

lowercase k 30 ways

12 – Letter l lowercase

lowercase l 30 ways

13 – Letter m lowercase

lowercase m 30 ways

14 – Letter n lowercase

lowercase n 30 ways

15 – Letter o lowercase

lowercase o 30 ways

16 – Letter p lowercase

lowercase p 30 ways

17 – Letter q lowercase

lowercase q 30 ways

18 – Letter r lowercase

lowercase r 30 ways

19 – Letter s lowercase

lowercase s 30 ways

20 – Letter t lowercase

lowercase t 30 ways

21 – Letter u lowercase

lowercase u 30 ways

22 – Letter v lowercase

lowercase v 30 ways

23 – Letter w lowercase

lowercase w 30 ways

24 – Letter x lowercase

lowercase x 30 ways

25 – Letter y lowercase

lowercase y 30 ways

26 – Letter z lowercase

lowercase z 30 ways

DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEETS

To help your practice, I have compiled a workbook that contains all the letters that we revised today, and if you subscribe to the HowJoyful Newsletter, you will also have access to all the other extra worksheets and workbooks that are available for FREE inside the Letter Vault! All you have to do is fill out the box below!

If you are already subscribed, there's no need to fill out the box again, all you have to do is head over to the Letter Vault and download the Letter styles workbook.

Font Credits

The examples that I am sharing here (and the accompanied worksheets) were created using the fonts below, you can reference them by the name in case you are looking for a particular one, and I have also linked to them below in case you want to download or purchase.

font credit image

I hope you liked this post and if you are looking for more Calligraphy post check out this selection:

Have a wonderful day and as always, feel free to message me if you have suggestions for additional alphabets or topics that you want me to cover on the blog!

And remember! Practice makes better!

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Sara

Friday 15th of January 2016

Oh no! These aren't available in your etsy store any longer?! I love the turquoise one!

Hanneke

Sunday 26th of February 2012

Your blog makes me happy! :) (and colors too)

Joy

Monday 27th of February 2012

Thank you Hanneke =]!!

Jesse

Thursday 8th of December 2011

I love them!! I just got them so I can frame and give to my friends for Christmas, it was like you knew their favorite colors!

Anni

Wednesday 30th of November 2011

This are so cute! I will be definitely checking your shop for the patterns and pretty printable