Calligraphy for Beginners: Creating Strong Lines
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Calligraphy for Beginners: Creating Strong Lines

A Fun Introduction to the Pilot Parallel Pen
4.8 (36 ratings)
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Created by Alice Young
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 41 mins on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • develop your pen skills, using a Pilot Parallel calligraphy pen
  • create strong calligraphic strokes
  • design a tattoo (or ornamental graphic) using the calligraphy strokes learned in class
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  • 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel Pen
  • 3.8 mm Pilot Parallel Pen
  • Pilot Parallel Pen ink cartridges (blue-black is recommended)
  • Premium-quality inkjet paper or Clairefontaine paper

This class is a project-based introduction to my favorite calligraphy tool – the Pilot Parallel Pen, a popular broad-edge pen, often featured in YouTube videos.

This class will guide students through exercises which teach pen angle and developing rhythm, while creating a series of marks you can work with in creating your unique project. Using close-up video, I'll demonstrate working with the pen, using only the ink that comes with the pen and recommended papers and addressing the main challenges faced by beginning calligraphers. Carefully designed worksheets allow you to watch and practice at your convenience.

The project is to design a tattoo (or ornamental design). Learners will be encouraged to create an original design, and given four design approaches to use in designing their tattoo. Body inking is totally optional!

Although designed for beginning calligraphers, this class teaches skills which can enhance the work of illustrators, designers, typographers, tattoo artists, watercolour artists and anyone else who isn’t afraid of a little water-based ink on their fingers! My focus is on the Pilot Parallel pen, but much of the class is applicable to any broad-edged calligraphy pen.

NOTE: This class is the first in a trilogy!

I have created two classes to isolate and teach (1) pen skills and (2) more advanced pen skills plus working with coloured inks in two fun calligraphy classes, as a prelude to learning (3) gothic lettering.

My approach is to get you super comfortable with your tool and acquiring skills with both pen and ink – before turning attention to the more serious work of letterforms. The goal is to lead you step-by-step to calligraphy success!

Who is the target audience?
  • beginners in calligraphy
  • experienced calligraphers who have not worked with the Pilot Parallel pen
  • calligraphers who want to refresh their pen skills before starting a project
  • calligraphers who use any broad-edge pen
  • NOT SUITED for calligraphers who are using pointed pen nibs (i.e. for "Modern Calligraphy" or wedding calligraphy)
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 02:00
Tools and Supplies
3 Lectures 13:28

An introduction to the Pilot Parallel pen, including how to fill and clean it.

Your Pens

In this class we will work only with the ink that comes with the Pilot Parallel pen. Includes how to change colours and cap un-used ink cartridges.

Your Ink

This lecture will demonstrate how Pilot Parallel pen ink works on various paper surfaces. It also explains your options for working with either Light or Dark Guides (which are Resources attached to Lecture 1).

Preview 06:02
Building Your Skills
4 Lectures 11:09

A brief introduction to the Exercises.

Introduction to Exercises

In Exercise One, we'll work with the 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel pen and learn about pen angles while getting comfortable with the pen. Demonstration includes lots of tips and tricks.

Exercise One

In Exercise Two, we'll work with the 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel pen and learn how to analyze pen angle and work with various shapes. Each stroke is demonstrated in this video.

Exercise Two

In Exercise Three, we'll work with the 3.8 mm Pilot Parallel pen and more challenging patterns and shapes. This video guides you through the exercises.

Preview 03:06
Your Assignment
3 Lectures 14:02

This lecture offers some ideas and guidance on how to design a tattoo, reviewing four approaches you may choose to use to create your own unique design.

Four Approaches

A demonstration of how to work with translucent papers to refine a design.

Refining Your Work

How to finalize your tattoo design into a clean jpeg which you can take to a tattoo artist.

Finalizing Your Work
1 Lecture 00:18

Conclusion and invitation to join me in the next class!

Until Next Time!
About the Instructor
Alice Young
4.8 Average rating
35 Reviews
276 Students
1 Course
Calligrapher & Designer

Alice is a GDC Certified Graphic Designer, with 20 years of experience in design and communications. She spent a decade working in the studios of multi-national ad agencies (Leo Burnett, Publicis, BBDO) in Toronto, Canada before moving to Canada's west coast in 2000. She continues to work on local, national and international accounts. The focus of her design work is typography and hand lettering.

Her love of letterforms carries through to her practice as a calligrapher and her work spans a broad range of applications – from commercial (logos and workmarks) to just-for-fun (greeting cards) – to exploratory fine art (asemic calligraphy on canvas).

Her calligraphic paintings on canvas have been exhibited and sold internationally. Along with fifty other international calligraphers, she recently participated in the International Exhibition of Calligraphy for 2015, held in Moscow, Russia at the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy