Design & Faux Calligraphy Lettering Layout [Live Workshop]


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Begintermediate workshop to give you the basics of handlettering and faux calligraphy, using regular markers and pens. You’ll also take your lettering exploration to the next level by adding design principles and decorative elements. You’ll also be able to write on any surface (mirrors, frames, wood, ornaments, mugs, etc.) for all those gifts you want to create. This online live in real time introductory workshop gives you the confidence and technical foundations and immediate feedback.

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You’re in the right place if:

  • You’re curious and secretly admire the calligraphy craze on Instagram. You’re inspired to stretch your creative muscles. You wonder if this could be your new form of self-expression.

  • Or maybe you’re not confident in calling yourself creative, you feel a little dry, but you’re hungry for inspiration, for something new…a new creative outlet and a way to slow down from the pace of life.

  • 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. You want to give learning in community a chance.

  • Or maybe you’re searching for a fun and meaningful experience to share with your friends. Or you love meeting interesting people and engaging in good conversation.

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.

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 begintermediate workshop, you will:

  1. Show up for yourself, slow down, refresh your heart, and turn on your creative spark in an encouraging, collaborative space. Lettering with meaningful layouts 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 write FAUX CALLIGRAPHY & LETTERING, enabling you to build a foundation for future adventures (gifts, cards, envelopes, endless possibilities, oh my!) This is also a great starting point to lay a good foundation for practicing letter forms before bringing in trickier tools like metal nib/pointed pens or paint brushes.

  3. You’ll also learn how to create striking LETTERING LAYOUTS using design and composition principles. 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.

  4. This is the class you want to take if you want to do CHALK LETTERING or any type of writing on surfaces other than paper, such as mugs, t-shirts, wood panels, etc.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 😉

  7. Learn a process of how to design for digital reproduction. After the class you’ll receive 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.

  8. 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!) Inquire to receive a special code for $10 each when you bring a friend!

  9. 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 (including, “what’s the difference between calligraphy and lettering?”)

  2. Anatomy of a lettering style

  3. Three styles of lettering and how they can complement and work together

  4. Identifying your style

  5. Design and composition principles

  6. Decorative elements, including flourishes

  7. Designing for maximum meaning and impact

  8. Design process from concept to digitization

  9. Create your own card or quote design


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

  • Personalized name tag

  • Basic art pen and pencil set

  • Workbook with sample designs

  • Sketchbook

  • 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

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

  • Light refreshments


  • “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.

  • Anyone who likes to get creative for a good cause


  • Your smile, and an open spirit to learn and make connections in community.

  • All supplies will be provided.

  • Optional, not required: if you have some favourite pens you would like to use in your final design, feel free to bring them.

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!

COVID PRECAUTIONS: We will continue to closely monitor the government’s instruction in the Re-Start plan and will communicate regularly with those who register for the class. Provided things continue to improve and restrictions are increasingly removed, the workshop will continue with the following precautions:

  • Class size will be limited to 5 participants or less in order to practice social distancing appropriately.

  • You will be required to wash your hands upon arrival.

  • The instructor will be wearing a mask as an additional precaution.

  • If you are not comfortable with this, there is an option to join the workshop live online.

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 defering your ticket to a future workshop, or receiving a full refund.

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