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Calligraphy for Mindfulness: 8 Reflections and A Meditative Exercise

teacher avatar Molly Suber Thorpe, Calligrapher & Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Calligraphy for Mindfulness

      2:27

    • 2.

      A Meeting of Creativity and Uniformity

      1:42

    • 3.

      The Calligraphic Process

      1:26

    • 4.

      Peace in the Process

      2:29

    • 5.

      With Our Own Two Hands

      1:52

    • 6.

      The Mind-Body Connection

      2:32

    • 7.

      A Place Both Physical and Temporal

      2:16

    • 8.

      Art Making vs. Art Sharing

      3:14

    • 9.

      The Prime Creative Zone

      2:22

    • 10.

      My Calligraphic Practice

      2:32

    • 11.

      What to Write

      2:02

    • 12.

      Exercise Part 1: Sketching

      4:47

    • 13.

      Exercise Part 2: Flourishing

      3:16

    • 14.

      Exercise Part 3: Inking

      5:14

    • 15.

      Share Your Process!

      1:37

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About This Class

Calligraphy naturally lends itself to mindfulness because it connects our thoughts and language to our body’s movement. 

In this class, I focus on calligraphy not as a technical skill to be mastered, but as a practice to be enjoyed – one that can stir creativity and evoke a unique sort of mindful focus.

My goal in sharing these reflections and practice techniques is that you will feel inspired to explore your own calligraphy practice in new ways and ultimately find even more pleasure in writing by hand.


Part 1: My reflections on the connective power of calligraphy

In the first half of this class, I share my reflections on the unique mind-body connection that calligraphy creates, the benefits of calligraphy as a practice, and the broader benefits of writing by hand. I share the many ways that I believe writing by hand forms connections, both internal and external: connection to ourselves, to each other, to the past, and quite literally, to itself.


Part 2: A meditative calligraphy exercise 

In the second half of the class, you can follow along as I show you my own practice for mindful calligraphy, which emphasizes the process of calligraphy over the finished product. Calligraphy has a unique way of calming the mind and stirring creativity. You will practice slowing down and reflecting on language in a way that fast handwriting does not allow for. Think of it like a self-guided meditation to help you connect your expression of language with your body’s movement.


➤ About Me

I’m Molly Suber Thorpe. I’ve been a professional hand lettering artist and teacher since 2009. I have a particular passion for teaching because I simply love helping other artists hone their skills, opening doors to new creative opportunities and profitable freelance careers. 

As a Top Teacher here on Skillshare, I offer lots of classes about calligraphy, typography, Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, and creative freelancing. Check out my other classes.

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➤ Links to Tools I Use in Class

A downloadable version of this link list is available in the Projects & Resources section. Some of the tools listed below use affiliate links.


Calligraphy Guideline Sheet:


My calligraphy guideline sheet can be downloaded from the Projects & Resources section of this class. Please make sure you’re accessing the class from a browser rather than the app to have full access to course materials.


iPad Tools I Use in Class:

Hardware & App:

• iPad Pro, 12.9-inch, 6th Generation
• Apple Pencil, 2nd Generation
• Procreate App

Procreate brushes:

Both brushes I use in class are from my Ultimate Lettering and Calligraphy Procreate Kit:

• Pencil brush: “Molly’s Favorite Letter Sketching Pencil”
• Calligraphy brush: “Classic Pointed Pen”

Misc:

SmudgeGuard Touchscreen Glove (mine is the 1-finger style in size S)
• Read about my iPad recommendations and essential accessories


Writing Tools I Use in Class:

Nibs:

Nikko G Nib
Zebra G Nib
Zebra G Titanium Nib
Brause EF 66 Nib

Pens & Pencils:

Luthis “Dragonfly” Folded Pen
Tachikawa T-25 Pen Holder
Herbin Glass Pen
Pentel Brush Sign Pen
Kaweko 60’s Swing Fountain Pen
Louise Fili Perfetto Pencils
Mechanical Wood Pencil

Ink & Paint:

Ziller Ink
Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Kuretake Gold Mica Ink
Kuretake Vermilion Ink
Herbin Violet Scented Ink
Finetec Metallic Watercolors

Paper:

Paper & Ink Arts Guideline Paper
Rhodia x PAScribe Black Paper
Borden & Riley Layout Paper
Strathmore Bristol Paper
Strathmore Artagain Black Paper
Polar Grid Paper
SM•LT Calligraphy Album

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Molly Suber Thorpe

Calligrapher & Designer

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I design custom lettering for brands and individuals, Procreate brushes for artists, fonts for designers, and freelancing tools for creatives. I’m the author of four books for lettering artists and teach the craft both online and in person.

 

 

I’m lucky to have worked with some awesome clients over the years, including Google Arts & Culture, Martha Stewart, Fendi, and Michael Kors. My work and words have been featured in such publications as The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Weddings, LA Times, and Buzzfeed.

I love connecting with my students so please please share your projects with me. If you do so on Instagram, tag me with @mollysuberthorpe so I’m sure to see it!&nb... See full profile

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1. Calligraphy for Mindfulness: I'm Molly Suber Thorpe. I've been a professional hand lettering artist and designer for the past 12 years. I have a particular passion for teaching and writing about calligraphy because I simply love helping other artists improve their technical skills, opening doors to new creative opportunities and profitable freelance careers. However, this course is something a little bit different. Today I wanted to talk about calligraphy, not as a technical skill to be mastered, but as a practice to be enjoyed. One that can stir creativity and evoke a unique sort of mindful focus. Over the past few years, I've published some silent calligraphy videos on my YouTube channel, just set to music. Initially, I had no idea if anyone would watch them, but they're actually some of my most popular videos. People have commented that they find it really relaxing to watch someone do calligraphy. And I would have to agree. But for me, what's more relaxing and Meditative than watching calligraphy is doing calligraphy, specifically Calligraphy for myself and no one else. So it occurred to me that if this practice helps me so much, it might resonate with you to the first half of this class is essentially my love letter to Calligraphy. I'll share my reflections on the unique benefits of calligraphy as a practice and the broader benefits of writing by hand. Then together, we will do a calligraphy exercise that emphasizes the process over the finished product. My hope is that this class will benefit you in more ways than one. You'll see the many ways that writing slowly by hand forms connections, both internal and external. Connection to ourselves, to each other. Connections to the past two people we don't even know. And quite literally connections within itself or to itself through Letter form connections. And hopefully, you will also feel inspired to explore your own calligraphy practice in new ways from different angles. Ultimately, my goal in sharing these reflections and techniques is to help you find even more pleasure in writing by hand 2. A Meeting of Creativity and Uniformity: Calligraphy is a unique Art Forum in that it's a Meeting of Creativity with Uniformity. Because we can't make up letters from scratch. Calligraphy must walk this fine line between creative interpretation and adherence to predetermined parameters or to the shapes of letters themselves. In other words, as Calligrapher's, we take creative license with standardized forms. In that sense, our work exists in this space between individuality and conformity. While that might sound reductive, while it might make calligraphy seem limiting in some way, Calligrapher's have embraced these parameters for centuries, push their boundaries, and found it liberating to do so. The majority of the evolution of the world's alphabets has happened at the hands of Calligrapher's, not with a printing press or design software. Of course, because letters are a visual embodiment of language, we're not only creatively interpreting letter shapes in a vacuum, but we're representing language as well. 3. The Calligraphic Process: To a calligrapher, an individual letter, maybe a beautiful configuration of lines and curves. But ultimately, the combination always results in our own interpretation of language itself. In this way, calligraphy conveys far, far more than words. This push and pull between individuality and conformity when writing by hand is what I'll be calling the Calligraphic Process. And the tension inherent in this process can induce a unique sort of focus when we're doing it, I would go so far as to say a mindful or a meditative state. And that's what we'll be exploring even more in depth today. 4. Peace in the Process: In many calligraphy traditions around the world, the literal act of writing calligraphy is as meaningful or more than the finished calligraphy composition itself. The process from stroke direction and stroke order to hand movement is considered as much in Art form as the finished product, which is seen as a reflection of that human endeavor. Maybe Hugh watching this have a background in one of these Calligraphic traditions. But for the most part, Western calligraphy tradition has placed more emphasis on the finished letters than the human act of writing them. I would go so far as to say that sometimes, certainly not always. I feel like the humanity inherent and calligraphy gets overshadowed by discussion of it's technical considerations and the proliferation of Calligraphic type faces while meant to convey an organic personal feeling, has only further separated the hand from the Handwriting. The old adage, peace in the Process always comes to mind when I think about this, It's so true in any art-making. But when I really learned to enjoy the process of calligraphy more than the finished product. My creativity and enjoyment in the Art Form increased exponentially as a bonus consequence. I think my work improved a lot too, but that's the opposite of the point here, isn't it? I suppose I'm really making this class as a response to a trend. I'm increasingly seeing mostly on social media, where the process and complexity of calligraphy is being lost in favor of polished, finished work 5. With Our Own Two Hands: I want to reflect a bit on how writing by hand naturally lends itself to mindfulness and forms a unique sort of mind-body connection. First of all, writing my hand is delicious Lee tactile. As humans, we're drawn to activities that keep our hands busy and working. In fact, when we say we've created something with Our Own Two Hands, we mean that it's an achievement and it's wholly Our Own Creation. And creating something, anything with Our Own Two Hands gives us agency and autonomy. And a deep sense of satisfaction. Writing by hand as in doing calligraphy or even everyday handwriting really exemplifies this tactile satisfaction. Writing utilizes fine motor skills in a uniquely enjoyable way. In the English language, the word and can even mean a handwriting style. Acknowledgment that a page of writing is inextricably linked to the actual hand of its writer. I would argue that as important and revolutionary as computers are, the specific tactile pleasure of holding a pen and making the small hand movements of forming letters can never be replicated by a keyboard. 6. The Mind-Body Connection: Handwriting also creates a unique connection between our mind and our physical bodies, which echoes of other natural human actions. Think about when you speak or walk, and how you unconsciously Adjust your pace, posture, breath, and even the intensity of your movement in accordance with your emotions and environment. In fact, here I am using my hands to help me speak. Likewise, when we put pen to paper or writing speed and the force behind it ebb and flow with our mindset and surroundings. I'm sure that every person is familiar with this sensation, whether consciously or not, but doing calligraphy as opposed to just everyday handwriting amplifies the sensations because it has to be done so much more slowly. Writing by hand connected my thoughts to our bodies because it's not a passive action, but rather a dynamic one. If you focus on your body as you write, you'll realize that from head to hand, torso to toes, your whole body physically engages in the act of putting pen to paper. But just like breathing, we're mostly unaware of this intricate process. Unless we consciously focus on it. We can literally feel handwriting from head to toe because it stirs movement throughout our entire body, not just our arms. The looseness of the shoulder, which is the true control center of writing movement, affects the path of our elbow, which drifts steadily back-and-forth from our body as we travel across lines of text in the hand or fingers move up and down to form the strokes of each letter. And our wrist moves our hand in an arc down the line, almost like a hinge. 7. A Place Both Physical and Temporal: Calligraphy specifically has a unique way of calming the mind and stirring creativity. Perhaps I'm a little bit biased here, but writing by hand connects us to ourselves because it creates a Place Both Physical and Temporal where we can fully be ourselves. And calligraphy specifically forces us to slow this process down in a way that fast handwriting simply does not. Think about when you have the urge to write about your feelings, whether it's in a journal, a letter, or anywhere else. The urges usually to write about those feelings by hand and to be alone when doing so. Well. Why is this? I would argue that this impulse for privacy when writing out our thoughts by hand, stems as much from the process of handwriting as the content of that writing. Calligraphy is no exception. In fact, Calligraphic Handwriting exponentially increases this feeling for me because Calligraphy gives me the satisfaction of writing and reading combined, slowly shaping each and every letter and word, forces me to absorb it, to really reflect on it. And Calligraphy removes that automation, if you will, that comes with fast handwriting. So by stripping away the barrage of thoughts and the rush to get them down on paper. Calligraphy really allows us to enjoy the way that words, thoughts, and physical movement harmonize 8. Art Making vs. Art Sharing: The most important step for me in embracing the process of calligraphy over the polished finished product was to detach my art-making from my Art Sharing. Social media deserves a special place in this conversation. Nothing zaps me of creative energy faster than trying to design something for social media. Will people like this? Will these colors pop in my feed? Is this style trendy enough? How will this fair in the algorithm? And perhaps the most toxic thought of all, if my work doesn't get traction, does that mean it wasn't worth making? When we feel pressured to produce content on a set schedule, then the creative process becomes an assembly line and the artwork gets reduced to mere blips on a news feed. Keeping up with this level of productivity is hard for anyone. But when this so-called content is inextricably linked to your creative energy, it becomes nearly impossible to be hyper productive for long periods of time while maintaining your passion for the Art Forum. In a creative career. This is inevitable sometimes if you're a full-time artist, you can only be a little factory for so long. Even for hobbyists. The allure of the content production trap is still ever-present, I think. Thinking about designing anything for the sole intent of sharing the finished product with others can stump the creative process to, or at the very least, prevent you from seeing the work through your own eyes as you make it, rather than the imagined critical gaze of strangers. So when I catch myself feeling caught in this productivity hamster wheel, I have to zoom out. And remember, my enjoyment of calligraphy is what got me started in the first place. That without that enjoyment, I am less experimental, creative, motivated, and excited to sit down and write it down periods though, in these creative ruts that I certainly do get, I need to intersperse my mandatory work with personal work. And by personal work, I mean doing calligraphy for myself, for the sake of it, not to share and not to sell. If you're trying to do the same, that means practicing calligraphy for yourself and yourself alone and viewing it truly as just that practice. It's practice in that we're always learning, but it's also a practice, a practice of focus, introspection, and acceptance 9. The Prime Creative Zone: The work I produce when I'm in my Prime Creative Zone is almost always my best work, which I judge as the work I'm most proud of. And if I ultimately do choose to share that work with the world, I can then do so without any expectations, without seeking external validation for it. I'm already satisfied with what I've created for others to like. It just feels like a bonus. Of course, I'm only human and so this ideal creative state is certainly not always possible between work for clients that I might not be very passionate about, or just the natural ebb and flow of creative energy that can lead to extended creative rats. I do often make Art when I'm not feeling very creative and I feel nothing but lucky and grateful that I have this type of work to fill my days. For me being a calligrapher is, after all, my actual job and not a hobby. I can't expect to love every moment of it. I'm not owed that. That's one of the trade-offs I made when I pursued this as a full-time career and not something that I did anymore in the evenings to relax after my day job. I've developed a practice for purely personal calligraphy that's extremely Meditative for me. It helps remind me why I started doing calligraphy in the first place. It re-focus his me. It keeps my Glove of the Art Forum fresh. And most importantly, since I do it without any goal or expectations, my mind can wander to other areas of my life while I work, I find myself reflecting on problems or distressing after a long day. It's basically a self-guided meditation. I believe that whether calligraphy is your hobby or your career, doing exercises in Meditative mindful calligraphy could really benefit you to 10. My Calligraphic Practice: Now, I'll walk you through the exercise as I do it, and you can either follow along or just sit back and relax and enjoy watching it. Because the slow pace of writing is one of the most important elements of this exercise, I won't be including any time lapses. While it can be fun and impressive to watch this process sped up, it also emphasizes the rest over the process, and that's definitely not what we're going for here. It doesn't matter if you do this exercise on paper with a calligraphy dip pen and ink, whether you sketch it in a notebook with a pencil, or whether you use a digital tool like Procreate on the iPad. There are benefits and limitations to every writing tool, so no one tool is the right one for this exercise or in fact, the right one for doing Cliigraphy. The medium is up to you. I pick up a calligraphy pen, fountain pen or Apple pencil, depending on my mood. The important thing is just that you feel comfortable and at home with your writing tools, that there's no friction between you and the writing medium that would prevent you from fully engaging in the creative process. I personally love using my iPad to relax with calligraphy, especially because it's so portable and doesn't require any setup. Plus, I treat my iPad more as an art tool than a computer, basically as if it's digital paper. I don't have on any notifications or anything else that might disrupt my workflow. But I know that I'm the exception here. So if you're using an iPad for this exercise, I suggest simply turning off the WiFi and data temporarily so that it becomes merely a screen rather than a device connecting you with the outside world. And as a side note, I have always rejected the idea that digital writing tools are somehow inherently inferior to traditional ink and paper. In some ways, they certainly are, but digital tools also offer possibilities that analog ones don't. There's also a unique satisfaction in using each kind, so embrace both or just pick your favorite. 11. What to Write: Before we dive into the writing exercise, we need to find texts to write. And sometimes figuring out what to Write can be agonizing. I think this is true across the board with creatives from painters picking their subject, to knitters choosing their next pattern. I don't know about you, but I find myself questioning whether other people would like to quote or the message of my work. Whether it's worth the time invested in the Calligraphy and whether there's something better, I could be Calligraphic instead. So the next crucial point of today's exercise is not to think too hard. In fact, not to think hard at all about what to Write. I keep my favorite most well-worn books around me, which I have highlighted dog ears and annotate it over the years. For me, these books provide endless inspiration when I need some good texts to Calligraphic for myself, all I have to do is flip through and land on an underlined passage that resonated with me the first time I read it. And usually it resonates with me still. You may also have favorite books or poems to draw from. But if you're struggling to find a text that inspires you, consider a page from your own Journal of Favorite song lyric, or even an excerpt from a Wikipedia article on a topic that interests you. Websites like GoodReads have search engines for quotes and literary passages where you can search by keyword and find substantive interesting excerpts, both short and long, by authors from all around the world. It's easy to get lost browsing in those, but that's what makes them a really great resource. Just try picking the first quotation that resonates with you. Today. I've chosen a passage from one of my all-time favorite books, ever, a death in the family by James Agee 12. Exercise Part 1: Sketching: I'm going to start by creating a new canvas in a vertical size just because I liked that best for manuscripts and longer pieces, I'm going to make mine US letter size. So eight-and-a-half by 11 " high. For DPI, you can set this at anything that's 300 or higher. I like even higher just because then I can zoom in really far without my image pixel eating. So I'll set mine at 500. Now to get some guidelines, I'm going to just use some that I always keep on hand. These are a nice set of really small guides. I happen to have mine on my clipboard right now, but you can download these from the Class Resources section and then bring them in here as either a photo through Add, Insert a photo or a file if you save it to the Cloud. So I have my guideline layer here and I'm just going to rename it guides so that I never get confused. I'm going to reduce the opacity of this layer quite considerably. Then I'll create a new layer and I'm going to get a Pencil brush. I have a set of Pencil brushes that I like to use for Calligraphy Sketching, but that's absolutely not essential at all. The whole point of this is used which you have. So you can use the Pencils that come right with Procreate. I'm also setting up a color that's really high contrast to the black that I'm going to use. Eventually, I'm going to choose a pink or magenta color here. Now remember that the point of this is not to create something for other people. This is really about relaxing into the process over the finished product. So for me, what that ultimately amounts to is focusing on the shape of every letter and the actual experience of writing it far more than thinking about in advance whether things are really going to fit perfectly and the stresses that I sometimes put on myself, if this is work for a client or social media or My website or somewhere else that the public is going to see or that I'm gonna get paid for. On my new blank layer. I'm just going to start writing. I'm going to write really, really slowly. Please feel free to just sit back and watch if you prefer, or follow along if you feel so inspired. One thing that I like to do because I so enjoy Flourishing, is to write my words that are going to have flourish able strokes like the cross of a T or the stroke of an age, to Write them without their crossbars and flourishes yet, because step number two that I really enjoy is to come back and add those and really have FUN playing with filling and negative spaces. Like to zoom in a lot when I'm writing, I like to look really closely at the texture as I write. That flow of thick and thin is honestly one of the most relaxing and Meditative parts. But even just writing in Pencil is so relaxing. Think a lot about your arm movement, how your arm can just float and glide. This is actually one nice benefit of writing on the iPad simply because you really can float and glide. You'll see that I wear this Glove, Lincoln in the description, but this also helps me glide. But either way, it's really nice to just be able to have very clean, soft, smooth movements around the page. If you catch yourself writing too fast, just take a deep breath. Slow down. Not only is calligraphy, not as nice when it's done quickly, but it actually tends to be a lot less enjoyable. It might mean that you're a little bit out of the Zone. Just reset and come right back into thinking about each and every single word and stroke. The passage that I'm Calligraphic right now is so beautiful that I'm finding myself, while I do focus on the letter shapes. Also sort of meditating on the beautiful words and reading them as I go. It's nice if you pick a passage that also is very thought-provoking and really something that normally would make you relax even just reading it, let alone writing it 13. Exercise Part 2: Flourishing: Now for me comes what I think of as the most Fun part, the most relaxing and meditative part. I make a new blank layer above my sketch layer. And I'm going to choose another contrasting color that's not black. And now this step is a lot more like drawing than anything else. Now, it's a question of coming in and filling in these negative spaces with flourishes, with strokes and loops and any sort of PFK-1 decorative element that appeals to us. And like I said, this is a lot more like drawing than actually writing letters. Still you'll be reading the words as you go. And I just overall find it to be one of the most relaxing stages. On a new blank layer. I honestly come in and I pretty much redraw over all of my letters. They draw over them while editing them. This is very experimental. It's really, really good for practicing flourishes later, but it's also really good at training your hand and just getting that sort of mind-body connection going between your hand and your arm movement because you're making much larger movements here. When you're making flourished strokes. I still go really slowly with this. You remember how I left off a lot of those ascenders and crossbars and descenders specifically so that when I come back and do this now, I'll have the ability to play with them without any interference from the original sketch. Well, sometimes I don't go over every single letter when I'm doing this to relax. I do. I go over every single letter just because it's really, really relaxing to do it. It's nice to add little loops in places like this. So we come down and in like that lot of negative space happening here. So I can really fill that in. 14. Exercise Part 3: Inking: Now that our pencil sketch is complete and all of our flourishes or refined, It's going to be time to do the actual calligraphy layer. So coming up here to my layers palette, I'm starting by reducing the opacity of my pencil sketch layer. Then I'll add a new blank layer over top of that, which is what I'm going to do my calligraphy writing on. Next, also like black from my color palette. But of course you can do your calligraphy in any color that you'd like. I'm selecting one of my favorite Pointed Pen brushes, which is one that I designed and I have linked in the description. But of course you can use any lettering brush that you prefer to make sure that the stroke width is appropriate for the lettering. I'll make a couple of samples strokes, and adjust the brush size accordingly until I get a stroke width that I'm happy with. Then the most relaxing step begins. This is where the manuscript really comes to life. And I can have the most Fun creating my thick and thin down-strokes and really tracing over these letters and refining them as I go. Tracing can really be such a wonderful way to zone out and relax while also building muscle memory that will ultimately improve your free handwriting. Whether you're using an iPad for this or ink on paper, it really doesn't matter. This moment. App is truly about relaxing into the letters, seeing them come to life before you, giving meaning to the words on the page. And just really being mindful of all if a small movements that it takes to create this beautiful artwork. Let's focus for a moment now on writing speed. This is the perfect exercise for training yourself to write slowly, very slowly. In fact, you're watching now is my actual writing speed in all the calligraphy I do. This speed allows me to look ahead as my pen approaches directional changes and to focus on varying my pen pressure throughout individual strokes. You may even see that I pause a lot to consider where to begin my next stroke. And I sometimes trace out in the air what shape it should take. One of the most common mistakes I see my students making when learning calligraphy is writing too fast. Unlike Handwriting calligraphy simply can't be done fast. It usually can't even be done well at half the speed of everyday handwriting. This is another reason that I haven't used any time lapses in this class because they really won't allow you to see just how long it takes to produce a single word, let alone a full-page of calligraphy. So right slowly. Like really, really slowly. If you're already a professional calligrapher, try slowing down even more than you're already used to writing to see if that gives you a fresh appreciation for the Art form. But especially if you're a beginner using this form of practice to improve your writing, you're really training yourself in new hand-eye coordination. So even if your brain knows exactly how you want the letters to look, your hand hasn't been programmed with all the necessary signals yet. Trace letters or draw them free hand, but do so just a fraction of your usual writing speed. Only once you're able to draw a letter with smooth controlled strokes, should you increase your pace at all? 15. Share Your Process!: My sincere hope is that this class has given you a renewed love for calligraphy and even for Handwriting generally. I believe that by appreciating the role that handwriting plays in our own lives, we can connect to ourselves and to each other in meaningful ways. On the one hand, calligraphy is hard. But I hope I've shown you just how Meditative it can be. Two. I invite you to share images of your process in the class project section and tell us all about your writing experience. I know I love to see the many creative ways that my students interpret my lessons. And I believe that you love to see each other's work as well. Remember that for this class we're focused on process over finished product. So don't feel like you have to share images of only polished work. I'd love to see your sketches and hear about your thought processes to if you're interested in learning various other modern calligraphy styles, I offer a library of free downloads where you can find dozens of printable and Procreate practice sheets. I call it Molly's Lettering Toolkit, and I've linked to it in the description of this class. I also encourage you to check out my other classes and my books as you continue learning. Thank you for following along and I look forward to meeting you in the comments section