Drawing the Acanthus Motif

The acanthus leaf is an artistic motif going back as far as Ancient Greek architecture. Once you learn to recognize it, you will see it everywhere and start to understand how to approach creating your own. In this class, you'll learn to create the Roman period acanthus style and we'll apply it to a stunning stationery suite design with drawing, painting, and wax seals. 

Topics Covered

  • History of the Acanthus Motif
  • Anatomy of the stylized plant
  • Drawing from simplified to complex
  • Stationery suite design
  • Acrylic paint embellishments
  • Wax seal stamp tips

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Materials Needed

  • Sketch paper 
  • Pencil
  • Fine liner
  • Flexible tip black marker
  • Ruler
  • Vellum 
  • Envelope
  • Piece of cardstock 
  • Acrylic or gouache gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • Wax seal, ribbon, or string if desired

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Watercolor Painting: The Seven Species

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In this jam packed class, you'll learn to use watercolors to paint pomegranate, fig, wheat, barley, dates, grapes and olive plants, all known as part of 'Seven Species' (Deuteronomy 8:8). We will run through watercolor basics, both in terms of recommended materials and techniques, and you will also learn my approach to sketching from a reference as well as finally painting a detailed piece. 

Topics Covered

  • 'Seven species' background, context, and deeper meaning
  • Wet on wet technique 
  • Wet on Dry
  • Sketching skills
  • Detailed yet loose watercolor painting 

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor paper - I'm using Canson Aquarelle 300g
  • 1 small round brush, 1 detail brush - I use Size 1 Princeton Select Round size and 0000 
  • Paints - pans or tubes. Must have Yellow, blue,...
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Lettering for Organization

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • How to create custom lettering on organizational products in your home,
  • How to use faux calligraphy to letter with a paint pen,
  • Tips for lettering on curved or flat surfaces,
  • Tips for lettering on plastic and glass.

After joining in on this class, you’ll be ready to expand your creativity and show off your calligraphy skills on various surfaces to make your home more unique!

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Materials Needed:

  • Any organizational tubs, bins, jars, or boxes that are glass or plastic
  • White China Marker (optional)
  • Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pen

Homework Challenge

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Copperplate Critiques: The O-form

Copperplate calligraphy is a beautiful script but for a beginner it can be quite challenging. In this class you will learn how to critique the key stroke that is the foundation to the entire alphabet. 

Topics Covered

  • Micro-critiquing one copperplate basic stroke
  • Self-awareness tips

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 Materials Needed

  • Your choice of nib and nib holder
  • Ink of your choice
  • Pen to critique (different color than your calligraphy ink) 
  • Your preferred set of guidelines (or Kalli Camp Academy calligraphy guidelines)--Visit Lanquach.com/guidesheet to create custom guidelines
  • Homework handout

Homework Challenge

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Intro to Pointed Pen Uncial

We've done the first session of monoline uncial, and now you're ready to progress to the next step! In this session, I will introduce you to pointed pen uncial with some warmup exercises. Then, we will go through the script with a pencil, and finally we can ink up a nib! 

Topics Covered

  • Pointed pen uncial techniques

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Materials Needed

  • Guidelines 
  • Pencil (HB or 2B)
  • scrap piece of watercolor paper or scratch paper
  • eraser
  • Nib holder
  • Nib
  • Ink 
  • paper towel 
  • writing pad or stack of copy paper to write on

Homework Challenge 

Want to see our students' homework? Search the hashtag #kcapointedpenuncial on Instagram to see samples from this week's homework. Our students who participate in this challenge get entered into a drawing to win prizes.

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Copperplate Critique: Ascending and Descending Loops

Copperplate calligraphy is a beautiful script but for a beginner it can be quite challenging. In this class you will learn how to micro-critique two basic strokes and begin improving your skills and calligrapher's eye. 

Topics Covered

  • Micro-critiquing copperplate basic strokes
  • Self-awareness tips

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and now available in the class archive. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets today!

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 Materials Needed

  • Your choice of nib and nib holder
  • Ink of your choice
  • Pen to critique (different color than your calligraphy ink) 
  • Your preferred set of guidelines (or Kalli Camp Academy calligraphy guidelines)--Visit Lanquach.com/guidesheet to create custom guidelines
  • Homework handout

Homework Challenge

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How to Write Faux Calligraphy

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • How to create the feel of calligraphy using any mono line instrument,
  • Tips for keeping consistent downstrokes and thicknesses,
  • Purposes for using faux calligraphy,
  • Creating a “hollow” looking downstroke and tips for adding embellishments. 

After joining in on this class, you’ll be ready to expand your creativity and show off your faux calligraphy skills on paper and beyond!

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Materials Needed:

  • Any monoline pen or marker
  • Any paper

Homework Challenge

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Instructor: Carrie Ellis

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Watercolor Painting with Tea and Coffee

classes malka watercolor Dec 06, 2020

In this class, you will learn to create your very own homemade paints from simple products you have at home - coffee & tea! You'll also use basic watercolor techniques and learn to apply them to an actual painting.

Topics Covered

  • Paint creation
  • Watercolor washes
  • Wet on wet technique 
  • Wet on Dry
  • Painting a loose rose
  • Envelope design

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor papers (size A3 recommended)
  • Two fruit-based tea bags
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • Glass of hot/ boiling water
  • Clean cool water
  • Any round paintbrush
  • Paper towel 
  • Q tips (optional)
  • An Envelope
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Book recommendation: Make Ink 

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Intro to Monoline Uncial Calligraphy

In session 1, you will learn Monoline Uncial using a pencil (or marker).  The monoline technique is a great way to learn the basic forms of any script. It is also a fun way to change up your writing style using everyday writing tools such as a pencil or marker or fountain pen. In session 2, coming in the next rotation, I will introduce you to pointed pen uncial with some warmup exercises. Then, we will go through the script with a pencil and then ink up a nib! 

Topics Covered

  • How to letter with the monoline uncial script

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and now available in the class archive. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets today!

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Materials Needed

  • Guidelines 
  • Pencil (HB or 2B)
  • scrap piece of watercolor paper or scratch paper
  • eraser
  • paper towel 
  • writing pad or stack of copy paper to write on

Homework Challenge for Session 1

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How to Style and Photograph Flatlays

In this class, we will talk about how to take a picture that accurately represents what you want to show by using good lighting, editing the picture in lightroom mobile, and styling your piece as well.

Topics Covered

• Good things for flat lay props
• Proper Lighting
• How to arrange props around your piece
• Taking different pictures of the same piece to have more photos for Instagram
• Editing the pictures in Lightroom

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Materials Needed:

Flatlay Props: (of course, these are not all required, just suggestions)

  • Wax stamps
  • Wax seals (created by pouring wax onto aluminum foil, then peeling off when cool)
  • Old nibs, shells, feathers, ribbon, other small antique items
  • Vintage postage, handmade paper
  • Supplies used to create the item
  • Die-cut shapes, pretty stickers
  • Palo Santo,...
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