Materialligraphy Introductory Course: Creating Calligraphy On Different Materials Overview | Joy Tay | Skillshare

Materialligraphy Introductory Course: Creating Calligraphy On Different Materials Overview

Joy Tay, Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer |

Materialligraphy Introductory Course: Creating Calligraphy On Different Materials Overview

Joy Tay, Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer |

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11 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Understanding The Materialligraphy Approach

    • 3. The Big Picture: Prep-Play-Display Overview

    • 4. Prep: How Do You Select The Right Materials?

    • 5. Play: How Do You Select The Right Style and Tools?

    • 6. Play: How Do You Work With Solvents?

    • 7. Display: DIY Video Set-Up (Using Household Everyday Items You Already Have)

    • 8. Display: How To Showcase Your Calligraphy Items As Gifts

    • 9. Display: How To Pack Your Calligraphed Items for Small Delivery Orders

    • 10. Display: It's Your Turn!

    • 11. Conclusion

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About This Class


Learn a simple framework for lettering on ANY material from A to Z (agate to zucchini!). Knowing this framework is the foundation that will give you the confidence in selecting the right combination of materials, tools and supplies so that they all come together harmoniously in helping you to apply your calligraphy designs on any material.

Have you ever been to events and admired the beautiful modern calligraphy-infused escort cards, signages or souvenirs, wondering how you can create them too? Have you been doing calligraphy on paper for a while, and itching to progress to using other materials? Have you spent ages scouring the Internet for the right tools and supplies to use for specific types of mediums and just wish that all the information can be found in one place you can turn to? If you answered YES to any one of the questions above, then this course is for you!

This is an introductory, yet comprehensive, step-by-step course to learn the Prep-Play-Display framework which can skyrocket your creativity in infusing your modern calligraphy and lettering on a variety of mediums.

You (yes, you!) are probably a modern calligraphy or lettering enthusiast who wants to progress to working with different materials other than paper, or thinking about create gifts, place names, signs, etc.for new income streams.

You will learn:

Section 1: Introduction and Overview

Section 2: Selecting the Best Materials for Adding Your Modern Calligraphy and Lettering To

Section 3: Selecting Tools and Supplies, Using Solvents Effectively

Section 4: How to Show Off Your Modern Calligraphy Pieces on Video, Photos and Packaging

After completing this introductory course, you will probably be yearning to learn more about applying the Prep-Play-Display methods for specific materials. You may want to go on to my other Skillshare classes where I work from a variety of materials from crystals to tiles to leaves to food, and many more. Come join the fun!

You can go on to learn how to infuse calligraphy on...

I am sure you will love this course as much as I have loved creating it for you!

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Joy Tay

Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer |


Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer | Joynhands Designs

Oh, hi there! You can call me Joy, and I am Pen & Ink Experimenter at Joynhands Designs.

My motto is #letterallthethings, because why letter on paper when they are sooo many other surfaces to letter on? Join me as I take you through my experience and offer you tips and tricks on how to letter on different surfaces and mediums, so that you can create unique pieces that everyone will love.

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1. Introduction: welcome to this material. A graffiti introductory course. You will learn how to feature your beautiful calligraphy or lettering on any material from a a gate to Z zucchini. You can call me Joy, and I've been teaching for more than a decade. In this course, I'll take you through the three stage prep, play and display framework, which will help you to become confusion free so they can combine the right materials, tools and supplies. And they will all come together harmoniously in helping you to apply your calligraphy designs by the end, others course, you'll be able to know the exact process to youth to confidently create unique, personalized products made from different materials, which can feature your calligraphy. These can be used as gifts or, if you have an existing business, become a new product line there. No requirements necessary to enroll, but do bring on board your creative juices. As we learned the overview off the prep play and display free well together. Please feel free to look at the course description. You would love what I have to share. Once again, I look forward to seeing you inside this material. A graffiti introductory course 2. Understanding The Materialligraphy Approach: Hey, and so glad to see you inside. Welcome to the material Liquor fee Introductory course. As a start, I like to share with you my approach to creating calligraphy on materials. If you're anything like me, you'll thought during your modern calligraphy, off brush lettering on paper. But I'm also inspired by my travels around Southeast Asia. Traveling around these secret grounds, I was mesmerized at the sun script inscriptions in the majestic ancient temples off Uncle Watch Barbuda. And I love running my fingers at the in, dense on the stone walls and also even when I was entering. So the temples in laws, a zit can see a picture of me here. There are a lot of inscriptions and lettering on the walls, and I was just so inspired to infuse my own calligraphy on non paper materials. My objective here is to help you be able to combine your materials, jewels and supplies that it all worked together in harmony. I'm so excited to share with you the prep play and display process 3. The Big Picture: Prep-Play-Display Overview: I'm so excited to share with you this process because it will help you to become so confident and choosing any materials and picking up the right tools and supplies. I'm just going to do a short overview off the prep, play and display method. So the 1st 1 is prep. So think about the two thieves which are cleaning and choosing. So think about how you clean the materials, how you choose the materials and you're choosing materials. Think about the four F, which is the size, the shape, the surface and the shade or color off the material. Next, the place stage, which is the one that I love and have the most fun with. Think about these two things to s what style off, calligraphy or lettering are you using? Because this four determined the kind of tools and supplies that you pick up And also, you know, sometimes we make mistakes. Then if that happens, what solvents do you use also that these things and pains can come off? And I really like this concept off solvents because we were walking on paper. Usually you can't have a do over. You pick up another piece of paper and do your designs another piece of paper. But when you're working with materials, you can always use solvents to take off the ink and the paint and start all over again. And I really think it's such an at metaphor for life because insurance never mistake that we can never recover from. And the last stage is display. How do you want to showcase your work? Um, you know, how do you do? A video or pictures for beginners had a package. Demas gifts are Pakistan for delivery. And also, I would like to see how you display your creative work. 4. Prep: How Do You Select The Right Materials? : Let's dive into the first stage preparation. Now this stage is the stage where you prepare your materials so that the surface is in prime condition. Toe work best with your things or your pigments. There two steps to the stage, which is the two thieves, namely, cleaning and choosing. Let's talk about cleaning fussed. The level of cleaning starts from zero where you don't have to do any cleaning to four. Where you do have to clean with water is so been breached along with a lot of elbow grease . So some examples. If riel looking off Macron's are chocolate, you probably won't have to do any cleaning. But if you're using freshly shucked oysters is, it will need a good scrubbing before the end up on the plate off your guests s wedding favors. If you got your supplies like wouldn T chains from the cross store, you probably don't have to do much. Maybe you might want to just clean it with water, but sometimes if it's a little bit dirtier, like some stones or rocks, you probably need to clean their with water and mile soap, sometimes for things like a gate. Maybe it's easier for you to clean it with water and ethanol or rubbing alcohol, which is a good way to clean because it is very fast evaporating. All right, now we come to the choosing part. What kind of materials do you choose? Just like the perfect piece for your calligraphy needs. Think about the four F approach, namely size, shape, surface and shade. We start with size. Ensure that this enough surface way to write on evaluate the size of a material in relation to the size of your pendant and assessment. It is enough space, you know, like a clothes hanger, would probably allow calligraphy design written with the one and then Moloto liquid chrome to breathe, but a bigger wouldn't sign but probably require pin nip size off, at least for M m. Similarly, on a small magnolia, leave pointed pen. Calligraphy would fill up the space beautifully but on and elephants your leave. The same pen will look stringy and not substantial enough, so you'll need to get something that is bigger in tip size. Secondly, you think about the shape off the item or material, so the first thing you need to be thinking about is what is the theme off event. If you're doing kind work, um, the shape off the material would really elevate its relevance. For example, Ah, Hexagon own marble tower exude a modern luxury look as a place card at a wedding. But, ah, Moroccan shaped. How would amp up the exotic theme? What will you be drawing on your material round shape? Macron's would be a beautiful backdrop for monogram, but if you're writing a name, perhaps an oval shaped chocolate piece would work better. And then there things from nature like shells, which come in irregular shapes. What do you like? Do you like the oyster shells lower half, which is long and flat, or do you prefer the coughed up 1/2? Sometimes they're fan shape. Sometimes the oblong shaped and there's so many different choices for you to pick it, depending on your preferences. When working with shapes that are not flat, consider what supporting AIDS you can use and be attacked at repositioning your fingers to be able to support your lecturing as you keep the material stable toe, what with Now we come to the surface. The first question you think about is how did the Nips or pen tips interact with this office. Think about this. Most nous off the surface. Is there enough teeth? If it's too smooth and you're not careful, your nip or your pen will slide or skit, and sometimes it will throw your design off course, So you need to draw really slowly. And these are items like a glass or a gate. If you're using appointed pendant ah, perfect balance its windows. Enough teeth in the material and maybe some gift that the point of nip can hold on to in order to be able to deposit Inc Is the surface bomb or is it flimsy? Sometimes your times for your pointed pen nips might be too sharp. Some are blood. Some are more shop and sometimes can actually puncture your material surface, such as leaves, which are very easily bruised. If the surface is too coarse or bumpy, your lettering might appear jacket, and this applies some tiles with texture or driftwood. Instead of using the pointed pen nib, you might probably want to reach out for your pen moccasins did, and they will be a more amiable companion for these materials, which has rougher surfaces. You also want to select something that is free off obstacles that prevent your ink from flowing. For example, if you're during lettering on socks when you have limbs on the salts, it will prevent the puffy pain from adhering to the sock. When it's dry and the public paint's gonna fall off for ribbons, for example, the fibers sometimes just soaked up the ink and get caught up in the time so it's wealth while finding a ribboned as smooth as possible. Sometimes the surface water resistant so things with too much water content would be repelled and cannot stick to the surface. You will also think about how does the ink or paint interact with the surface, for example, like chocolates? Sometimes when you have things from edible pens, they just dissolve in the fats and you don't get Chris blinds. What you get instead is some staining effect. You might also want to think about whether the surface needs to be covered. For example, some surfaces come with protective materials from the manufacturer, such as tile of its webbing and glue, and you'll need to remove it or cover it with the velvet call for bet. The presentation, the last s is going to be shade, or you can think about color the fuss. How do you select the material you think about? What is the color theme off the event? If the color theme off the event is black, then you on a select a tiled it's black. It's also good to think about what shape contrast with our compliments. The in color. For example. I use the love metallics like gold for my lecturing. So I think about the shapes that go well with it. Such a solid greens for leaves sort of Gold Inc really pops or ever using things of white pigments. Then you need a dark shaped like black so that there's a contrast on metal. Black ink is a safe bet, but your silver and what things will probably not create enough contrast to enable your calligraphy to be seen. And that's it for the first stage preps. I have to get a lot of ideas percolating in your mind about what kind of materials you would like to start working with and how to think about choosing and cleaning them 5. Play: How Do You Select The Right Style and Tools?: if the prep process was more about selecting your materials, this play process it's more about selecting your tools and supplies is my favorite stage. This is the stage where you'll do your actual lettering or calligraphy, and if you want to play, you gotta know your toys, namely your tools and supplies. So at this stage should be thinking about the two s first. What style of calligraphy or lettering are you using? And then what solvents do you use? If you're doing modern calligraphy, you be looking your penance for us. You think about what is the degree off the flags. For example, the nickel G has a medium flags, so it offers more control over your material, your brows rose or your brows. You have success. Six. Their high flags Uniqlo G also Hess shopper times, and he's a suitable for hot surfaces. But probably you would be quite worried about whether you scratch the surface off your a gate or your glass. It's worthwhile thinking about something that has a blunt the time and so it doesn't puncture your materials like leaves. I like to use the browse pen nips a lot. Ah, the brows rose is full phones that bigger, But your brows e f 66 uh, probably gonna be using for those small phones if you have a small surface area off your material. Once it's like that, your pen nips, you might be thinking about what things are you gonna be using? These are some of the things that you might want to try when you're walking of different materials. The 1st 1 If you're thinking about having instead of different colors, think about using wash acrylic. Or I also do My Own Custom Inc. Where Makes my gum Arabic solution with Oxides and Michael's. I'll talk about it, not the video. Another course. You might also want tohave colors such as metallics and out. Recommend using doctor PH. Martin's David isn't calligraphy color. You might also want to do the plate liquid leaf If you're thinking about having white ink, one that our really recommend is a doctor pH moderns bleep of white. If you're during either more online or four calligraphy, thes are the colors that I'll recommend you starting off with actually there so many tools and supplies out there, but my objective is for you to is thought A in a basic curated collection and the basic colors You wanna, what with a black, white and metallics, and these are depends. The L recommend, for example, for Black recommend you using the Mafia Cheetah Deco color and also other choices that listed below for metallics out, recommend for silver. Oh, gosh, I really love the Molitor liquid chrome. Or you can also use the peddler metallic Marco, which is, um, not water. Pull very easily soluble in water if you're more comfortable using things like that, or it can also use the Deco color also by Marv you Cheetah. If you want white, recommend also Dekel Color all the pen tell paint mark only because it is something that's so easily available for working on materials. I normally don't use brush pen lettering because a lot of the materials are quite resistant to water and our brush pens are water based. So normally, the surface off the material are gonna reject most off these things. But for some reason this zik food Abe Yuri Metallic brush pens do work for some of the services, so that's why I'm this thing. A Shia brush lettering with a round watercolor brush, starting from size zero is gonna be very useful for services that are very coarse, such as rocks that might blunt your nips, Afraid of felt tips off your Marcus. So using a brush is the way to go. This also works if you're using things that are materials that easily punctured or delicate , and these are things like leaves. Or I also use a paintbrush for lettering on food like Macaron, as I share. I really tried to rate limited amount off tools and supplies so you don't have to go out and buy so much if you really thinking off trying to, um, work on different kinds of materials. But the's are some material specific supplies and tools, Um, and it works best with these tools. So, for example, the trunk board and of course, you can use a paint pen. But what's recommended is to use your liquid chalk all your troubled markka if you're thinking off walking with fabric, yes, again, you can definitely use a permanent marker, but the effects are not very long lasting. And if you're using a light colored fabric back, I really recommend you using a fabric Marca in one of my classes, I actually used the more abou textile fabric. Okay, If you're gonna be lettering on socks, then I think perfect pain is the way to go. Especially if you're trying to make grippy socks for food. There's no getting around it. You must get something that's edible sometimes to get like decorating supplies and it will say for decorative purposes only. But for food, if you're gonna be lettering on it is going to be eaten. Please make sure it's this 100% edible, So these are some of the supplies that I've used for food for foot paint. I used the rainbow dust foot paint for edible last the dust I use of Roberts Bren, and I got it from Spotlight. If you have spotlight in your country and for foot, pens are used the americal ago May writer, But they're also different kinds of edible footprints that you can try and become if all sorts of colors in what amount of the classes you'll see me just using the Black America Lagoon boy writer for me. And when I first thought I was so enthusiastic about getting supplies and I like by the whole set off colors, but I do find it. Sometimes it's good to just thought with the basics be just black, white and metallics just so you know, whether you like using that pen or that that pen Marca or that ink and salon, so just constrain yourself when you're first starting out. 6. Play: How Do You Work With Solvents?: next. Sometimes when you're playing, you make a mistake. So then what kind of solvents are you gonna be using for the ink and paint? You need to think about the material. Is it porous on than Paris? If the material is porous, like leather, let's say you use the pH moderns Medicine, calligraphy in gold. Not all the pain is gonna come off even if you use your rubbing alcohol, which is a good solvent for your doctor. Ph Martin's iridescent calligraphy color. This is because the in get soaked into the leather, so even if you use a solvent, it's not gonna fully come off. But if your material is non porous that say, I use the Mafia treated echo color and I, you know, do calligraphy on the glass. Then if I use a paint thinner, it's all gonna come right off. So basic solvents I shut with you for water. Dr pH Martin's BLEEP for White and the State law Metallic pens. They come off really well in water for rubbing alcohol. The doctor pH moderns. Every distant calligrapher color will come off, and if you're using pain pins or the plate liquid leave, it's both while using at a paint the now or turpentine to get the things off. Well, you're 2/3 of the way off the prep play in the state process, and next will be doing the last stage display. 7. Display: DIY Video Set-Up (Using Household Everyday Items You Already Have): Congratulations on reaching the final stage display the first I want to talk about how I take my videos of my pictures. So for me, what I consider us basics. I mean, of course, you can go really fancy if you like, but for the basics, these are the things that I work with. Um, I like to have a white background. So I used either white foam board Oh, lemonade, a plywood. And for lighting, I think it's best to choose natural light. And in another video, I'm gonna show you how I have my set up near the window and I also use props. So for my first set up, I use the cup and chopsticks method. Um, and these are useful close ups. So my second set up. If I use a combination off the close racked boxes to adjust the height, the stool of phone holder is therefore my overhead videos. So I'm gonna share with you what that looks like. And these is just a set up for big anus for a view that looks something like this, which is slightly slanted. This is my set up. I have a table and I put a full boat on it or my laminate that, um plywood, because I like my background to be white. So my materials are there. Let me show you how I pop up my camera so that it's at an angle. Hey, so put something here to represent my phone, but this is essentially my set up. If I want something that's quite splendid, um, so it's being propped up by a box so I can change the height off. This depending on the kind of box. How tall or how short my boxes and how I hold up my phone is by putting four chopsticks into a cup. This cup has a very small base as compared to the opening of the cup. So this allows my phone to be splayed out like so? So I brought them by cup in my chopsticks. I just assure you, mock really, how this looks like I'm gonna take this away. This is a standing for my phone. He can see that this cup is smaller and base than it is at the opening, so this allows the chopsticks to be splayed out in a southern ankle. So in fight, you can see that they are all interconnected. Hey, when I put my stand in for my phone again, right, you can see that, Um, it is supported by all the trump steaks. You and you can adjust the angle that you want. Yeah, we can see how you want to move this chopstick around so that either your phone is upright or if you bring the back closer together, your phone is gonna slide down a little bit more. So you're used the's four chopsticks, a device for you to adjust your angle, Kyi for and not to. If I want to take these two away, then it doesn't have support at the back, as you can see. Yeah. So that is my d i Y. Method to using chopsticks and a cup to film some my close up videos at an angle. So this is the set up. We can see that it is starting with a clothes rack right in between the colts rag. I'll place a stool and, as though helps to prop up a piece of plywood board and I'll be walking on whatever walking on on this play with board. So there is a stick. You So this they actually helps the whole my phone. And then I can take the videos directly over hit for whatever I'm working on. Yeah, So I'm also working near the window. Um, but I do have the curtains drawn just so that sometimes as a glare, So it helps to just diffuse the light a little bit. So this my set up for direct overhead video? 8. Display: How To Showcase Your Calligraphy Items As Gifts: After lettering on your chocolates, for example, you might want to give them away as gifts, so boxes and ribbons are indispensable when I'm rapping these lettering pieces. So here's one example where I package as a gift the personalized chocolates that I created for someone. And here in this other example, I had created a unique ribbon that has been let that, um, and has a message. Don't want to send to the receiver. Oh, you can use it to wrap up a gift, a bouquet of flowers. 9. Display: How To Pack Your Calligraphed Items for Small Delivery Orders: a while back actually have a small business where I will take orders for shell lettering and social calligraphy. And so I wanted to share with you also how I package my small orders. And what's so vital for me is bubble ramp boxes, creep paper, my phone paper and, of course, ribbons. So where do you get your packaging supplies? Not many of your probably bought your supplies on Amazon, but it's not a viable option for me here in Asia because of the shipping costs and sometimes an item calls motor ship, then it actually cost itself. So these are the other options that I try. These two. What is un express? It is cheaper, but it takes a lot longer, but it does offer me free shipping. Sometimes I do get tempted by the lower bulk pricing. You can decide whether you want to buy more and store your packaging supplies, but I usually don't buy too much because it takes up a lot of storage space in my house. But you know, if you can anticipate your orders in advance that you know wedding season is coming up, then you might want to stock up when you're packaging supplies Now each item on all express can have free shipping, but a time it takes to reach you can be very variable. Sometimes I buy my items on the same day, right? I buy my box together with my bubble wrap, but Jamie arrived like, two weeks apart. So that's just something to be mindful off if I need my supplies fast and it's only a place to me in my country here in Singapore, in Asia, I order my packaging materials from a locally com a site called to 10 next three. Well, I've never used them, but I have read very good things about them. I don't buy from them because of the same reason or shipping calls. But I've heard about you lying You packin ship I heard will allow you to do a very delightful unboxing experience and is also Paper Mart. So already prepared a box and I've lined it with a creep paper and the basis here of some bubble wrap is I'm gonna show you how I am going to wrap the shell for that death safe for transport. So I have some form paper, my Scotch tape and my sisters. Take your shell. Make sure that the pain is awfully dry. I usually leave your overnight, and then you're gonna take the phone people and cover your shelves fully. Make sure that all pat for the show uncovered. And now you're gonna take your scotch tape and just wrap it all around. Okay? So I already have my four shells wrapped. I'm just gonna put them all inside. This bubble wrap today offers extra protection, e have the box and that and here, have the box. I'm gonna put this insight, and this should keep them secure if you need, so you might be arranged. A shell study fits into the box safely inside. You can take your book and they go. 10. Display: It's Your Turn! : And I hope that what I've gone through a give it some ideas and inspiration when you're looking at a material like, well, chocolates or you again a sock. Are you looking at like a You know, a clothes hanger? I hope it gives you some ideas about how you can approach lettering ordering calligraphy on it. If you were inspired and you created a piece based on anything that I just shared on practically and this play off what left the CEO book? Snap a picture off your material liquor feed project. Upload your finished piece upto our class project. And also, you can hashtag material a graffiti or attack me at joint hands. 11. Conclusion: Thank you so much for taking this introductory. Cause if you have any questions about the prep play in this bay process, please feel free to post them on the discussion board. I hope you're inspired to go and create something awesome. I hope you found the overview off the prep play in this play process. Helpful. And if you're interested in learning how to infuse a calligraphy electric on specific materials, I worked on everything from a gate A to Z zucchini. So I have all these different projects and I'll walk through them together with you. And if you're interested in that hit over to my other class once again, my name is Joy and thank you for taking this material liquor fee, introductory course.