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The Flourish | Expand Your Modern Calligraphy Skills

Peggy Dean, The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

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12 Videos (1h 50m)
    • Introduction

      0:50
    • Basic Standalone Flourishes

      6:38
    • Changing Direction (Figure 8) with Standalone Flourishes

      3:20
    • Elaborate Standalone Flourishes

      5:33
    • A-B Uppercase

      10:17
    • C-M Uppercase

      20:49
    • N-Z Uppercase

      17:18
    • a-z Lowercase

      18:57
    • Using a Brush Pen with Flourishes

      1:20
    • Composition with Thumbnail Sketches

      12:23
    • Final Touches

      11:42
    • Project Time

      0:50

About This Class

Flourishes look tricky. They fight our need to be precise and to keep full attention on details. They demand swift motion so their line work flows effortlessly, creating wispy lines that look as though they're floating through the air, moving with the wind. 

This class will teach you two basic shapes that will challenge you to branch off and create styles you may not have thought you could. Learning these motions comes first, and as you practice, experiment, and practice some more, muscle memory begins to develop. Allow this class to be an introduction into a whole new world of embellishments to add to your lettering!

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Note: All flourishes shown in this class can be downloaded for reference in the class materials. You will also find blank practice guides for your reference.

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I really enjoyed this class! All of Peggy's classes are great!
Fabulous class- particularly like the segment regarding how to create a phrase with balanced flourishes.
Jennilyn Nevins

Love cards, calligraphy, and other crafty goodness

Covers the basics of creating beautiful flourishes; encourages you to practice them so the lines look effortless. Good stuff! Can't wait to start practicing.

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Peggy Dean

The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration


Hey hey! I'm Peggy. I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700).

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