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Strong Lines 3: The Gentle Gothics

Alice Young, Calligrapher & Designer

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14 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Introduction

    • Context

    • Introduction to Worksheets

    • ABC

    • DEF

    • GHI

    • JKL

    • MNO

    • PQRS

    • TUV

    • WXYZ

    • Project Requirements

    • Spacing & Balance

    • End Notes

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About This Class

In this class we will:

» Learn gothic letterforms

» Learn the basics of letter spacing

» Design a simple greeting card


In this class we'll look beyond the well-known, well-loved, dense and forceful blackletter, to learn a more gentle, sensitive version of gothic letterforms. 

With a focus on using the Pilot Parallel Pen, our goal is to create a special thank you card or birthday card using this appealing calligraphic hand. We'll look at introducing simplicity – in order to balance the ornate nature of these beautiful letterforms. 

This class is appropriate for students with some calligraphy experience. If you are a complete beginner, I suggest starting with my first class, Getting Comfortable with the Pilot Parallel Pen. Many of the strokes in this class were also taught in my second class, Colour & Curves with the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen.

This class builds naturally on the first two classes. 

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength. 
– St. Francis de Sales

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This is a fabulous class I love it!!!
Esmeralda Jonsson

Designorita -The Señorita

Could you show us how to do your flourish techniques? They are beautiful in your freehand blue ink versions, but aren't part of the worksheets. Thanks! Glen
I love Alice Young's courses!! They are beautifully made, easy to follow and to practice with. And continue practicing with.





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 ...

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