DESIGN and LAYOUT FOR LETTERING: Vancouver Calligraphy Workshop


DESIGN and LAYOUT FOR LETTERING: Vancouver Calligraphy Workshop


6 hour begintermediate workshop. Must have at least one lettering style under your belt.

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You’re in the right place if you:

  • You’ve started your calligraphy journey and you want to take your lettering to the next level. You want to create longer quotes that look good and enhance and convey the meaning of the words.

  • You want to improve your lettering and eye for layout, but you’re not sure how.

  • Or perhaps you’re a closet calligrapher, experimenting on your own at home through youtube videos or library books. You wonder if real-time learning with like minded pen geeks might accelerate your learning.

  • Or maybe you’re searching for a fun and meaningful creative experience to share with your friends.

No matter where you are in your journey, these calligraphy workshops will refresh your heart and empower you with the creative confidence and tools to live an inspired and intentional life of impact.

This is your invitation to step away from the craziness of your daily life for a little creative space for relaxed fun, inspiration, and connection. Consider it treating yourself to a mini-retreat!

In a hyper-digitized super-speedy world, calligraphy and handlettering bring back a touch of personal and relaxation/reflection into your life and relationships.

In this 6 hour workshop, you will:

  1. Show up for yourself, slow down, refresh your heart, and turn on your creative spark in an encouraging, collaborative space. Meditating on the meaning of words in an expressive way is a simple way to practice creative self-care, which will bring a little more calm and creative play into your daily life.

  2. Learn how to create striking LETTERING LAYOUTS using DESIGN & COMPOSITION PRINCIPLES, enabling you to elevate your lettering. You’ll develop your eye and the language for identifying strong design and common errors. Increase the quality and scope of projects you can create.

  3. Slow down and dig deeper into the meaning of words. Let your creativity guide you in how best to visually express the heart behind the words.

  4. Get hands-on instruction and immediate feedback tailored to you, saving you time, reducing frustration, accelerating your progress (trust me, I know the grief of awkward looking flourishes from trial and error ;)

  5. Learn a process of how to design for digital reproduction. Leave with a digitized file you can send for your own greeting card printing so you can spread some positivity and encouragement to the people in your world.

  6. Create meaningful connections and conversations with others in community. Meet some new people, or invite a friend for a creative date (makes a great gift!)

  7. Collaborate and contribute to a purpose greater than yourself…10% of proceeds will be donated to helping women start a new life free from sexual exploitation. You’ll also be given opportunity to donate your practice lettering as notes of encouragement to women in recovery.


  1. Definitions and Terminology

  2. Design and composition principles

  3. Decorative elements

  4. Choosing complementary styles

  5. Designing for maximum meaning and impact

  6. Design process from concept to digitization


  • 6 hours of Instruction and interaction (class size limited to provide tailored feedback + increase community connections)

  • Personalized name tag

  • Basic art pen set

  • Layout and Composition Workbook

  • Tracing paper

  • A digital file of your completed design that you can reproduce for your gifting pleasure

  • Access to the pens from the community tool box to complete your design

  • Cardstock to make cards for women in recovery served by our partner charities

  • Light lunch included


  • “Begintermediate” calligraphers who have explored basic lettering styles. Ideally you’ve taken an introductory class (either online or in person). If you haven’t taken a class, you can still enjoy this class using your own natural handwriting, but you might want to learn one or more basic styles first, to get the most out of this class as we won’t be focusing on specific lettering techniques here.

  • Self-experimenting, you-tube surfing dabblers who want live feedback and want to take their lettering design skills to the next level.


  • Your smile, and an open spirit to learn and make connections in community. (All supplies will be provided).

You deserve to treat yourself to a creative date that will refresh your heart and bring inspiration to others. The world will be brighter for it!

10% of proceeds will go to, a charity with a proven long term success in freeing women from a life of sexual exploitation in Vancouver and globally.

REFUNDS are not available, however you may defer your ticket to a future workshop, or you may transfer your ticket to a friend. If the workshop is cancelled due to not reaching the minimum number of participants required to run it, you will have a choice of deferring your ticket to a future workshop, or receiving a full refund.