Modern Calligraphy And Lettering On Leather | Joy Tay | Skillshare

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Modern Calligraphy And Lettering On Leather

teacher avatar Joy Tay, Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer |

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. A Note On Our Leather Calligraphy Project

    • 3. Play: Using a Pointed Pen Nib For Leather Calligraphy

    • 4. Play: Using Pen Marker For Leather Lettering

    • 5. Your Class Project And Thank You

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About This Class

Personalise your leather products by adding beautiful modern calligraphy and hand lettering. In this 11-min Skillshare class, letterer Joy Tay will teach you how to  by incorporating your hand lettering or calligraphy skills on leather to help you create unique gifts and items.

You may first choose to get an introduction to the Prep-Play-Display process in the video "Primer to Creating Calligraphy On Different Materials" before watching this video.

For this class, you will be taken through a step-by-step approach for selecting supplies which work best for hand lettering or calligraphy on leather. Get foolproof methods to create these elegant calligraphy pieces that attract compliments every time.

The class is great for all levels; whether at the -

Intermediate level: Familiarity with the modern calligraphy style would be great for best results; or as
Beginners: No experience in lettering or calligraphy? No worries! Get a similar look with your own style of lettering using supplies readily available at art supply stores.

What You'll Learn

Joy will take you through her tips for selecting the most appropriate supplies that can showcase your beautiful calligraphy work, and selects two of her favourite ones specially for working with leather.

Now let's get creative; the possibilities are endless!

Keen to learn how to add your beautiful calligraphy on other materials? Check out how to add calligraphy on...

Keen to learn how to add your beautiful calligraphy on other materials? Check out how to add calligraphy on...

Meet Your Teacher

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Joy Tay

Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer |



Oh, hi there! I’m Joy Tay, your gal behind the joy-soaked fingers you see in all my classes. 


I’m here to help you to use art to evoke joy from our hands to our hearts, through creating art. Check out the mussel shell lettering video above where you can see how I teach classes.


Interested in creating lettering and calligraphy on ANY surface at all? You can download these FREE:

(A) 20-page Guide to Lettering & Calligraphy On ANY Material

(B) 21-page Curated List of Pens and Inks


I’ve found that art has been my joy alignment tuner whenever I am out of balance.

When I feel stuck in life, picking up a pen to hand letter ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to the plants where I'll be taking you dear. Process off how to drink calligraphy and lettering on left. You can call me joy and I'm here to take it to your specific paths off the press, play and display process So you're able to select the right kind of truth and supplies and being able to infuse the calligraphy effectively on you can use these s GIF for yourself or pats off your business often there No prerequisites for this class. But I do use appointed end. That's great if you're already familiar with it. But if not, you can always use your own style lettering. I'm joined me. I cannot wait to see insight. 2. A Note On Our Leather Calligraphy Project: So I just meet this wallet and it's made out better. So this is a cardholder com bullet and holding it like this only because I haven't put in a riff it yet. And so I need to put my fingers here so that the, um, cardholders stays in place. So the idea is that this flat goes underneath this piece and this is the last piece. So I was thinking that I would like to do some calligraphy on this piece. So let's get fatter and how to do calligraphy on leather because my reports are gold and gonna use a Goal Inc. And as you can see, my ink of choice is going to be Dr Beach moderns evidence and think so. I need to shake it. As you can see, it's not yet well mixed, so it can turn it a couple of times until you're quite happy with the even distribution. I do have to tell you something before we thought writing on this, you usually for Ph Mountains in you can take it off with rubbing alcohol, but not bring your writing on leather because leather is porous. I want to show you an example that I have tried. So I have a couple off scrap pieces when I was creating the same piece of leather, So I was trying out different things on a scrap piece of paper. So you can see that this is actually the beach mountains, every descent pink. And that's the one that I will show you how to use. I've also tried to use other thinks I can't take them off, but it also results in really discoloration off the letter once you tried to have the solvent to take it off. So I recommend that, you know, if you're writing on leather, just bear in mind that unlike a gate, glass and tile, you cannot take the ink off. Okay, so you might want a pissed ah, few times on script for your body to write your final piece. 3. Play: Using a Pointed Pen Nib For Leather Calligraphy: once you think that you have shaken your bottle enough and that the paint is even the mixed , then you can get ready your brush your pendant in a pen holder and I have a small container that always use. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to drop a few drops off the ink. Enough for me to finish writing on this small piece off leather. Okay, The conveniently it comes with this, uh, I drop. Okay, you gotta put this bottle out of the frame so I don't accidentally knock it over. Then what you're gonna do is you're gonna take your pin and you got a coat. The back off. You're in it, like though once you're ready to write, put the letter in a position where it's easy for you. I'm gonna write the word abundant concentrate on getting the first stroke. Are the first start Off Inc. It's a little bit more difficult to do the up strokes, but just be patient. Have you on the down? Stroke was put more pressure. So just a tip. If you are writing on something like leather when you're doing the up strokes, you just it is just skipping, just skimming the surface off the letter. But when you're doing down straight, you can put greater pressure. He could see that the ink is quite cooperative. Excuse me and going really slowly, but it doesn't mean that it is difficult to write instead of me scared of it. It just gets a little bit challenging, especially on the up strolls. But on the down strokes, it is actually very smooth to write on. So you're gonna have fun writing on leather and look at the goal. I really love how brilliant it is. - I don't have the rivets in yet, but check out the ink. Lovely gold. 4. Play: Using Pen Marker For Leather Lettering: I've tried working with many pens, and the one that I like the most is the Moloto quick room because the ink pops out so well against the letter. Okay, so I'm gonna turn, doesn't do a book, Mock. And I've already made a hole here. I'm gonna put Silver String and Elsie, I'll show you what it looks like later. But first I'm gonna right. Okay. I read a lot, and I think that for me, sometimes I need to take action. So to remind myself, I'm just gonna put down take inspired action. Remember to shake your pen before using it. Okay, My in. So this is gonna be the monoline style where again, all the weights are equal. You don't have fixing things, okay? And so now that I know how to center it, I'm just gonna put the first would take. You can already see how brilliantly the liquid chrome appears against the leather. Just going to give a bit of movement. Diego 5. Your Class Project And Thank You: great to see you again. How was it? Well, class project. You are going to select your own leather and you're gonna be injuries in your calligraphy electric, using any of the techniques and methods that I shared in my figures before. Now, the picture of the finish, please, and uploaded to our past project. If you have any questions about this cast, you can go to the community sexual below and post a new discussion. And I'll be glad to help you. Are you interested in working with other materials at the classes? Off projects, Looking for a gate disease, a key. So I hope to see you again once again. My name is Joy and thank you for taking this.