Strong Lines 2: Colour & Curves with the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen

Alice Young, Calligrapher & Designer

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14 Videos (45m)
    • Trailer

    • Your Project

    • Introduction to Pen Manipulation

    • Pen Manipulations 1

    • Pen Manipulations 2

    • Speed

    • Ink Overview

    • CarefreeColour

    • Walnut Ink

    • Watercolour & Gouache

    • Awesome Acrylics

    • Working with White

    • Magical Metallics

    • Until Next Time!


About This Class

In this class we will:

» Learn advanced pen skills

» Explore colour & various ink properties

» Design an organic ornament


This class is all about coloured ink and pen techniques (pen manipulation), with a focus on the Pilot Parallel calligraphy pen.

These pens beg to dance and play – so, in this class we will look at how the pen can be rotated, twisted and flicked (pen manipulation) to give sophisticated strokes and line endings. But we’ll leave lettering out of this class and practice our pen skills while creating natural floral or ornamental motifs that will bring energy to any page.

This is the second class in a series, and it builds on my first class, Strong Lines: Getting Comfortable with the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen. (That class is not a prerequisite, if you have some calligraphy experience, but this class does build very directly from the first one.)

This class will be valuable for calligraphers of all levels, as well as illustrators, the calligraffiti crowd and anyone who works with ink. It is followed by a third class, Strong Lines 3: The Gentle Gothics

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Its a really good class to understand the pen maniputation to get the best results on your calligraphy works
Diego WKL


These classes are exactly what I've been looking for! The exercises are clearly laid out and easy to follow. What I am loving the most is the excellent and thorough descriptions of inks and ink options.





Alice Young

Calligrapher & Designer

Alice is a GDC Certified Graphic Designer, with 20 years of experience in design and communications. She spent a decade working in the studios of multi-national ad agencies (Leo Burnett, Publicis, BBDO) in Toronto, Canada before moving to Canada’s west coast in 2000. She continues to work on local, national and international accounts, as a member of the team at Taiji Brand Group. Her specialties are typography and hand lettering. 

Her love of letterforms carries through to her practice as a calligrapher and her work spans a broad range of applications – from commercial (logos and wordmarks) to just-for-fun (greeting cards) – to exploratory fine art (asemic calligraphy on canvas).

Her calligraphic paintings on canvas have been exhibited and sold internationally. Along with fifty other international calligraphers, she recently participated in the International Exhibition of Calligraphy for 2015, held in Moscow, Russia at the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy.

Teaching on Skillshare allows her to reach around the world while staying at home and continuing to work with her reactive rescue dog, “The Mighty Quinn”.