Always welcoming and encouraging, Bryn covers all the details aspiring calligraphers need to get started. From materials and setting up a workspace to basic shapes, line widths, movement, and connecting individual letters, this class is a complete and thoroughly enjoyable guide.
Are you curious about calligraphy? Join Paperfinger Founder Bryn Chernoff for a warm and welcoming introductory class on the tools, techniques, and best practices to transform your handwriting into a beautiful calligraphy script! Always welcoming and encouraging, Bryn covers all the details aspiring calligraphers need to get started. From materials and setting up a workspace to basic shapes, line widths, movement, and connecting individual letters, this class is a complete and thoroughly enjoyable guide. Plus, with 7 Skillshare-exclusive practice pages, a guide to straight lines, and countless inspiration photos, there's no clearer introduction to the world of nibs, ink, and beautiful writing. At the end, you will write a meaningful name, quote, or passage in a simple calligraphy script. This fun project is a perfect way to spend time with the words you love, increase your calligraphy skills, and practice making artistic decisions in pursuit of beautiful handwriting. ______________ Summary of the class Introduction. Writing in calligraphy is a timeless art that imbues even the simplest writing with an air of sophistication. This course from celebrated calligrapher Bryn Chernoff can help you learn calligraphy at your own pace and create beautiful works of typographic art with little more than ink and paper. It will also provide you with links to download handy worksheets that can help you develop your style and technique. Heating. Dive into pieces of paper with some exercises designed to help you relax, as well as teach you how to approach the art of lettering. You will learn to express emotions, not only through the words themselves, but also through the form those words take. Different lettering styles can evoke different reactions from the reader, such as "whimsical," "rustic," or "shy," and Bryn demonstrates her own techniques for finding the right shape for your project. Welcome! Bryn talks a little about her background, her love of calligraphy, and why she decided to pursue this career after studying computer science. Objectives and Methods. The world of typography is as varied as the printed word itself, but in calligraphic terms there are two main approaches: modern and traditional. Bryn offers a brief history of both and their differences so you can decide which style best suits you. Calligraphy tools. In his "Essentials Kit," Bryn demonstrates and outlines the basic tools and equipment you need to get started. Here it shows you the two main types of nibs and how to use them to create different strokes. It also covers types of ink and paper, as well as some tips on how to use these tools. workspace A clean and tidy workspace is essential, but there are other aspects to consider as well. Bryn goes over the need for "vertical space" on your desk and demonstrates how the tilt of your body can affect your handwriting. Using a tip. Before you begin, you'll need to know how to properly load the nib with ink and avoid problems. After some tips, Bryn demonstrates how to make straight lines so you can see how the tip reacts to changes in pressure and direction. Using a tip (Part 2). You will now begin practicing loops, which require skill and a delicate touch to execute correctly. Problem solving. If you're having trouble, Bryn demonstrates some techniques for common problems that many beginning calligraphy students suffer from. She'll show you how to avoid scratching or tearing the paper, how to address ink that doesn't flow, and how to achieve proper line thickness. Such frustrations are quite easy to fix once you know how. shapes Calligraphic letters are built from shapes, and with a new worksheet, you'll start working on achieving a consistent letter shape to keep your typographic art clean and beautiful. Chiseled tip. Switching from the pointed tip to a chiseled tip requires some adjustment, but the resulting letters have a more structured feel. Bryn demonstrates how to create the "two stroke" letter O, as well as some other considerations to keep in mind when using the chiseled tip. How to clean a tip. Even if you only pause for a few minutes, keeping your nib in good condition requires just a little care. Bryn demonstrates how to clean and dry your nib so it maintains consistency while you practice. Construction of letter forms. In another worksheet, you will practice the most useful shapes that apply to most letter shapes. This will help your calligraphy look and flow better, no matter what words or letters are used. How to write a script. Bryn gives insight into how to develop your own distinctive style of calligraphy. He also demonstrates his own classic script to help you get started. Practicing Screenplay. Writing a pangram (a sentence using all the letters of the alphabet) is one of the best ways to practice scriptwriting, and Bryn provides prompts so you can dive into your own practice. Class project. By putting all the previous lessons into practice, you will create a beautiful memory to frame or give to your friends. Choose whether you want to write a quote or song lyrics and Bryn's teaching will help your project come out perfectly. The finished piece. The art of calligraphy is appreciated for its personal and artisanal touch. Bryn shows you her final project and goes over some stylistic differences she made when creating the same piece that gives each a unique finish. Are you curious about calligraphy? Be sure to explore the other classes in this series! Calligraphy II: Diversifying Your Writing Styles Calligraphy III: Experimenting with Designs, Surfaces, and Digitization Bryn shows you her final project and goes over some stylistic differences she made when creating the same piece that gives each a unique finish. Are you curious about calligraphy? Be sure to explore the other classes in this series! Calligraphy II: Diversifying Your Writing Styles Calligraphy III: Experimenting with Designs, Surfaces, and Digitization Bryn shows you her final project and goes over some stylistic differences she made when creating the same piece that gives each a unique finish. Are you curious about calligraphy? Be sure to explore the other classes in this series!
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