Expressive Hand Lettering: DIY Folded Pen

Kim Haskell, Calligraphy, Lettering, and Illustration

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8 Videos (23m)
    • Welcome

      0:47
    • Materials

      2:04
    • Crafting Your Pen

      8:17
    • Getting To Know Your Pen

      3:47
    • Getting Expressive

      3:41
    • Adding Colour

      2:58
    • Caring For Your Pen

      0:44
    • Conclusion and Class Project

      0:52

About This Class

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Welcome to Expressive Hand Lettering: DIY Folded Pen.

A folded pen is a calligraphy tool whose nib is constructed from a folded piece of metal. Unlike traditional calligraphy tools, the unique shape of the pen creates rugged lines and sometimes splatters ink which makes for a very modern result. It's a wonderful tool for experimenting with letter styles- there are no strict rules about line and form, and it encourages you to play.

In this short class, you'll learn how to create your own folded pen using regular household items. Then we'll practice making thin and thick lines and use these to form a basic alphabet. From here, the fun really begins. We'll vary letters to explore style ideas and even see how amazing our regular handwriting can look with this tool. Finally, I'll show you how to use this pen to make fun effects, like adding splatter to your art and creating beautiful colour blends. 

This class is suitable for anyone with an interest in hand lettering. You don't need any previous lettering experience, and since we are making our own pen, there is no commitment to purchase any expensive tools. For those with lettering experience, this class offers a new tool and style that can expand your lettering repertoire. 

Let's get to it! 

19 of 19 students recommendSee All

If you are wondering the very basics of expressive hand lettering this class is for you. It's clear, concise and easy to follow.
Eréndira Espinosa

Teacher and selflearner.

I learnt something new today and am looking forward to try it... you have explained it and made it so easy. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Prerna Poojara

Teaching Decorative Art & Craft

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Kim Haskell

Calligraphy, Lettering, and Illustration

Hello! My name is Kim Haskell and I am a lettering, calligraphy, and watercolor enthusiast living in Nova Scotia, Canada. My love of art started so young that my mom jokes that I was born with a pencil in my hand! Growing up, I thrived on trying new creative endeavours. I've dabbled in everything from acrylic paints to pottery to jewelry making, and when I wasn't making my own art, I was glued to the tv to watch Bob Ross make his.

In 2015, I fell in love with the art of calligraphy and...

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