Frequently Asked Questions
We get it: after you try your first flourish, it can feel like you're just not as creative or talented as the people you see on Pinterest or Instagram.
But believe us when we say that adding calligraphy flourishes is something ANYONE can learn!
What is calligraphy flourishing?
Calligraphy flourishing is the art of using loops and curves to embellish your hand lettering.
Besides making your lettering look more elegant, flourishes are a great way to add personality to your calligraphy and make it unique.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you get instant access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Example of real-time brush lettering: "Happy Birthday" with flourishing
Who is the course for?
This course is perfect if you... understand the basics of lettering. We don't recommend this course for COMPLETE calligraphy beginners.
A flourish acts as an embellishment to letters in a word, and you need to write the base word in calligraphy yourself first.
If you're still working on your basic strokes or letter forms, these flourishing tutorials may not right for you.
For beginners, traceable calligraphy flourishes could be a better fit. Explore our traceable flourishes workbook instead to see if this could be the right fit for you!
Does this course teach calligraphy letters?
No, this flourishing course does not teach calligraphy letters. If you're looking to learn capitals or lowercase letters, you're better served by our Copperplate calligraphy course or free tutorials.
As the name suggests, this flourishing tutorial is about adding embellishments to your calligraphy and hand lettering and requires as foundational knowledge.
How does this course teach calligraphy flourishing?
This course is more than just a set of examples of beautiful calligraphy flourishes. At Loveleigh Loops, we believe in teaching the reasons WHY some flourishes work and other flourishes don't.
While you'll see plenty of beautiful examples of both simple and complex flourishes, we will take a close look at what makes them so beautiful and elegant. But that's not all…
We’ll then distill this into a set of design principles that you can use to create your own flourish designs and compositions.
Will this course work for modern calligraphy?
Yes, you can use the flourishing techniques taught in this course for any style of calligraphy.
Once you've completed the course, you'll have learned to add flourishes to modern calligraphy as well as pointed pen calligraphy, hand lettering, Spencerian and more.
Basically, adding flourishes is all about creativity so it works with any styles you want it to work with.
Does this course teach how to make unique flourish designs?
You bet it does! You'll learn the fundamentals of good flourishes and how to apply those characteristics when you come up with your own.
We will look at key characteristics such as the importance of the oval shape or the role thin and thick lines play when designing flourishes.
After beginning with the easiest ways to flourish, it won't take long before you're adding fancy embellishments to your own calligraphy.
What does this course include?
Inside, you'll find over 5 hours of video lessons, accompanying workbook pages and homework assignments as well as tons of practice sheets.
Does this course teach calligraphy flourishing and layout?
Yes! We will leave you in the best shape, completely prepared to add flourishing to your repertoire of calligraphy skills.
After an in-depth look at flourishes, we’ll zoom out and show you the best ways to make flourishes work in your layout and compositions.
We’ll look at recognizing empty space and the best ways to fill it, flourish formulas and more tricks of the trade to make your flourishes look right on the page.
What pen should I use?
We suggest going through the course with pencil. Practice the shapes of flourishing and develop your muscle memory, and then apply it to your tool of choice (pointed pen, brush pen, etc.) once you're comfortable with it. That way, you'll be focusing on just the technique and not worrying about the tool—it can be frustrating to practice both at the same time! Note: the majority of the course is taught in pencil, and some of the videos show a Pentel Sign brush pen.
"Anyone committing to this class can expect rewarding results. You will NOT be disappointed."
- Ruth G., Flourishing Fundamentals student
Do you have a free calligraphy course?
If you’re not able to make a financial investment in your calligraphy flourishing right now, we do have free calligraphy courses available. You can browse our course directory to explore your options. If you’re already familiar with calligraphy basics, maybe a free worksheet is the perfect resource to help you practice! From calligraphy flourishing to traditional pointed pen calligraphy to modern calligraphy, we have tons of free printables in our free calligraphy worksheet directory.