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Online Workshop

The Basics of 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 that doesn't rely on spontaneity. In this two day workshop, Lynne will go over the basic rules and principles of designing the flourished line.

During this two-day online workshop (Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29), participants 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 their own designs. Additionally, the workshop will explore 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.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify basic elements of well-executed flourishes
  • Dissect what makes good flourishing pleasing to the eye
  • Combine flourishing elements to create your own designs
Materials Needed
  • Grid paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Layout bond paper (Borden & Riley #37, Canson Marker Layout, or Bienfang Graphics 360)
  • 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)
Diversity & Equity Scholarship

Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.

We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.

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