The Flourish | Expand Your Modern Calligraphy Skills

Peggy Dean, The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

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12 Videos (1h 50m)
    • Introduction

    • Basic Standalone Flourishes

    • Changing Direction (Figure 8) with Standalone Flourishes

    • Elaborate Standalone Flourishes

    • A-B Uppercase

    • C-M Uppercase

    • N-Z Uppercase

    • a-z Lowercase

    • Using a Brush Pen with Flourishes

    • Composition with Thumbnail Sketches

    • Final Touches

    • Project Time

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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!


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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Super helpful! Flourishing is super hard
Great class! It has helped me so much to see Peggy forming the letters and adding the flourishing. I never could get the hang of it on my own. Peggy, thanks for sharing your talent!
This is a very good starter course for flourishes. I learned a lot!





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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