Introduction to Flourishing: How to Complement your Calligraphy and Attract Attention | Doris Fullgrabe | Skillshare

Introduction to Flourishing: How to Complement your Calligraphy and Attract Attention

Doris Fullgrabe, Lettering & Calligraphy, Freelance

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9 Videos (30m)
    • Welcome & Introduction

    • Handout & Basic Shapes

    • Historical Examples: Analysis & Principles

    • Warm-Up Exercises

    • Love

    • Joy

    • Flourishing a Longer Quote

    • Troubleshooting & Thank You

    • Bonus: Longer Quote Flourishing Process

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About This Class

Flourishes are swirls, loops, waves, and curves that decorate and embellish existing letterforms. They can be connected to letters or free-standing. They can be used to add flair or whimsy, and if there’s too many of them, confusion. 

With the right eye for design and layout, they can enhance your piece and help with overall composition and beauty. You can use them to fill gaps, to make interesting connections, and to fill imaginary shapes. Most importantly, you can practice drawing them. 

In this class, we’re going to look at examples of flourishing and learn to analyze the principles of when and where to place them, how to build them, and why they may or may not work. This class is intended as a companion to my Introduction to Copperplate course, also available here on Skillshare, and you don’t need previous experience. 





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Doris Fullgrabe

Lettering & Calligraphy, Freelance

Born and raised in Germany, I have lived and worked in Scotland, England, Spain, the Canary Islands, Mexico, and Texas, before moving to New York City. I was a student and a secretary in my 20s, an MBTI(r) and Cross-Cultural Trainer in my 30s, and am pursuing lettering and calligraphy in my 40s.

Writing and doodling with our hands has been shown to improve memory retention, calm monkey-brain, and lower blood pressure. It makes everyday life more beautiful, and it's a craft you can lear...

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