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Designing Flourishes

  • Date
  • Time
  • Led By Lynne Yun
  • Where Letterform Archive

Good flourishing is not the result of “happy accidents”. Flourishing is most effectively employed in a systematic way, instead of relying on spontaneity. In this class, we will go over the basic rules and principles of designing the flourished line. We will examine high quality flourished work, learn how to identify basic elements of well-executed flourishes, dissect what makes good flourishing pleasing to the eye, and combine the elements to create our own designs. As we go through exercises, we will cover methods of combining flourishes in a visually pleasing way, with particular emphasis on white space and hot spot control, scale, intersecting angles, smoothness, and rhythm.

Provided Materials
    • Grid paper
    • Tracing paper
    • Layout bond paper (Borden & Riley #37, Canson Marker Layout, or Bienfang Graphics


  • Ruler
  • Pencil and sharpener or mechanical pencil with refills
  • Eraser
  • Tape (artist’s or masking)
  • 1-2mm chisel tip marker or pen (e.g., Sakura Pigma calligraphy markers, Zig calligraphy
    chisel tip markers, chisel tip fountain pen, etc)

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