Magic Centering Method for Calligraphy

Have you ever wished you could center your practice pieces without all the fuss of creating a layout? In this class I’m going to show you how to use an optical illusion to give your calligraphed passages the appearance of being centered, when in fact, very little actual centering is taking place.

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Any supplies you have on hand will be perfect. I am including links to the supplies I prefer for your convenience. Many of these are available at John Neal, and I link to my supply page there for reference. Others are available at local arts and crafts supply stores, and I'm including affiliate links to some products on Amazon.

Pen and nib--See my supply list at John Neal for specific pen and nib recommendations

Ink--Moon Palace Sumi Ink

Paper--Canson Pro Layout Marker Paper

Distilled Water

Cloth--Ticking fabric


Ruler--12" cork-backed ruler


Paper cutter--Fiskars Paper Cutter

Paper clips--Box of 50 gold clips

Washi tape--Mr. Pen washi tape set 21 pcs.


The handout for this class is very extensive and gives a written description and calculation for the techniques taught in the video. Our students get access to the handout and many additional resources for our classes. 


Want to see our students homework? Search the hashtag #kcamagiccentering on Instagram. Be sure to checkout #kallicampacademy for hundreds of posts from our student portfolio.

Instructor: Heather McKelvey

Co-founder, Kalli Camp Academy

Instagram: @kallialitheia


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