If you’ve been following me over on Instagram, you will have seen a bunch of freestyle calligraphy pictures recently.
(By the way, if you haven’t seen them then you really should follow me over there – I go under CraftyMummy – find me here.)
This may be my new addiction!
(the freestyle calligraphy that is, not Instagram – I was already slightly addicted to that!)
I recently decided to do an online class with Liss from liss.com.au. She is currently running her first ever Freestyle Calligraphy class and it is AWESOME!
Now I don’t say that lightly – and she is not paying me!
I’ve done a few online craft classes over the years and some have been better than others.
But I’m impressed with this one after only a couple of lessons.
Liss herself gets behind the camera and her friendly, down-to-earth personality shines through. She is great at what she does and a natural teacher. Each Module so far has had 3 or 4 videos showing how to use the tools and techniques, and great footage of her actually writing letters and strokes so it easy to see exactly what to do.
Each Module so far has had 3 or 4 videos showing how to use the tools and techniques, and great footage of her actually writing letters and strokes so it easy to see exactly what to do.
She throws in lots of tips and suggestions based on her experience, as well as answering lots of questions in the private class Facebook group. Each week there is another Module plus some specific things to practise, but I’m already finding that I’m keen to play and try more lettering which is easy to do with the printable guides.
I really feel like this class has been great value for money and my Little Miss is enjoying following along too.
Answering a couple of questions:
I won’t give you specifics from the course because, of course, that would pretty rude after all the work and thought that Liss has obviously put into planning and creating it, but I have been asked a couple of questions about the pens I’m using so I think it is ok to share those with you. I’m sure Liss will run the class again in the future so I’ll be sure to update this post with those details when they are available and you can always subscribe to my email Weekly News for all my updates.
Pens I’m playing with:
Pentel Fude Brush Tip Sign Pens – these have a super fine brush tip so they would be lovely for lettering in a journal or diary.
Pigma Brush Pen – I have only a black one of these but it may be my favourite of them all. The brush tip is like writing with a brush but it is nice and fine. It is also archival ink which is great for scrapbooking if that’s your thing, and can be used on fabric and set with an iron for quilt labels.
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Brush – I need to get some heavier paper for writing with these as they seem to bleed through the page. I have only a couple of colours as I bought them individually at an art shop.
Artline Stix brush pens – I came across these in Woolworths as I did the groceries so they are not expensive and quite easy to find. My set is only 6 brights.
Sharpie Brush pens – these are quite thick but nice bright colours.
So there you have it – my latest new craft obsession. Have you tried it?
Looking for an online class on modern calligraphy?
To get started with calligraphy have a read of this guide on 9mousai.
I recently came across a couple of classes on Skillshare so you can check them out: