Spring and Summer Wedge Brush Florals

The wedge or triangle brush is a specialty paintbrush where the ferrule and hairs of the brush form a triangle. The tip of the brush comes to a fine point and the body of the brush is full. This unique shape helps the brush hold a lot of water in the body which helps distribute pigment evenly throughout the strokes. Petals and leaves and many other shapes can be created with one stroke. In this course, you will learn to create petals and leaves using a press and release technique as well as press and sweep, press and wiggle, press and pull. You will put these techniques together to create florals, including my signature wedge brush rose.  

 Topics Covered:

  • Wedge Brush petals (press down and move back & forward and to one side)
  • Jane's "Signature" rose (press down and pull to one side and lift)
  • Wedge Brush petals and leaves (press down and sweep to one side and repeat to the other side)
  • Using a non-wedge brush to create these petals and leaves\

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Modern Calligraphy in the Blue Skies Lettering Style

Have you ever been tempted to try modern calligraphy? Not sure where to begin? Well, this class is for you! Modern calligraphy boasts a very wide range of styles and is perfect for creating your trademark look! That being said, modern calligraphy can easily get out of hand without a set of rules to work within. In this class, you will learn a basic alphabet that is very similar to copperplate with a few exceptions. We will also discuss small changes that can be made to each letterform that can drastically change the look of your script while still staying within a set of basic rules. This will help your script to appear whimsical and beautiful while maintaining the integrity of the letterforms! At the end of the class, you'll create your own alphabet using the techniques we discuss in the lesson. So let's get started!

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting April 4, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Art Nouveau Lettering Style with Speedball A Nib

Inspired by both organic and geometric forms, Art Nouveau first appeared in Brussels in the late 1800's and quickly spread through Belgium and France and all throughout Europe. During this time, the Art Nouveau Style can be seen most prominently in furniture, textiles, architecture, interior design, glass art,  ceramics, jewelry and graphic design. Art Nouveau lettering styles took on the overall look and design of the trend of very high or very low waistlines, diagonal and triangular shapes, curved organic shapes, and long lines. In this class, we will explore the Hill House Typeface using the Speedball A-1 nib. This typeface is said to be based on the "distinctive handwriting" of Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Come join me in getting to know the Speedball "square bent nib" through a series of warm-up exercises and let's have some fun learning this stylish asymmetrical typeface!

Topics Covered: 

  • Bent nibs
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Hill...
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Freehand Engraving Your Calligraphy

Homework hashtag: #kcaengraving

This class will show you the basics of getting started with engraving your calligraphy on various surfaces and objects for gifts or clients. If you’ve been wanting a way to add luxury calligraphy to your portfolio, elevate your calligraphy or add a new skill set to your hobby, this is the class for you.

Students will learn:

•what tools to use for engraving

•safety while engraving

•items to engrave on and what to use for drafting your calligraphy

•correcting your mistakes

•how to refine your calligraphy on 3D objects such as tile, glassware and metal

•ideas for additional surfaces that can be engraved

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting February 6, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Materials Needed: 

•An engraver, brushless motor nail drill or micro motor Dremel that has an...

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How to Make a Nib Organizer

Let's kick off the new year getting organized! How many of you have more than a dozen nibs? How many of you like to share the nibs that you have? Perhaps you can use a nib organizer or a pretty way to gift nibs to your favorite calligraphy friend. I have designed this nifty nib organizer and will take you step by step in showing you how to make one (or more) for yourself or for gifting!

Topics Covered: 

  •  How to create a nib organizer
  • How to use the organizer 

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting January 10, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Materials Needed:

  • Printed Supplies List
  • Printed cutting and scoring templates
  • Cardstock and Designer / Scrapbooking paper / Marbled paper
  • Corrugated cardboard 
  • Utility knife
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive 
  • Printed sheets of the Kalli Camp Academy Class Notes for note taking or a notebook

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Weaver Writing Style

Advance your script repertoire with this whimsical unicase script. Weaver Writing contains only 26 letterforms! Rather than having minuscule and majuscule letters, it has one style of letter with a variable mix of classic "upper" and "lower" case.

This class builds on concepts taught in the Intro to Pointed Pen Uncial class, so we recommend taking that class first. It is found in our Class Archive, and Tier 2 members can access the class here.

Topics Covered:

How to Write in Weaver Writing Style

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting December 5, 2021 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Supplies:

  • Weaver Writing Guide Sheet from the handout printed on paper such as Gilbert Bond Practice Paper
  • Pointed Pen Nib Holder of your choice
  • Pointed Pen Nib (Nikko G or your favorite)
  • Ink, Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black
  • Dinky Dip or other small ink well
  • Pencil
  • Padded writing...
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Creating Wax Seals and Tying Ribbons

My name is Allison McClanahan, and I am a calligrapher and stationer. For my wedding clients, I work with ribbon and wax seals which makes a piece of mail extra fun to receive. In this class, I’ll show you my favorite methods for creating wax seals and tying ribbons.  

Topics covered

  • Wax and sealing stamps sourcing
  • Ribbon sourcing
  • Gold marker brand
  • Wax seal formation--various methods and shapes with a focus on the glue gun method
  • Ribbon/wax seal combinations
    • opposite direction tails
    • same direction tails
  • Ribbon tying
    • knot
    • bow
  • How to keep your wax seal and ribbon from attaching to the paper

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting December 5, 2021 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Supplies

  • Sealing wax (I prefer glue gun sticks from Artisaire) 
  • Sealing stamps (shown in video: Artisaire, Elisa Anne Calligraphy, Hobby Lobby) 
  • Ribbon (I use...
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Foil Quill Pen Calligraphy

If you love the look of foil as I do, this class is sure to inspire you! Whether you want to add an elegant touch to personalize handmade cards, scrapbooks, journals, photos, gifts, home decor, and more, having the ability to foil your calligraphy is sure to be eye-catching to your recipients. This class will walk you through the steps of how to use the foil quill pen on various surfaces in several different projects. From cards to envelope addressing, to place cards and ribbon, I am excited about showing you how to add a personal touch with foil to your designs.

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting August 2, 2021 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Supplies:

• Foil Quill Pen - We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Note: be sure to get the Foil Quill Pen, as there is a cutting machine attachment called Foil Quill, which is used in Cricut,...

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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.

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting July 5, 2021 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Supplies

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...

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Watercolor Leaves and Florals Pop-up Card

Make a splash of brightly colored leaves and florals to bring a little happy to your work space or send to someone else. We will start with a step-by-step process of creating each of these different designs with watercolors. You’ll learn some special techniques for painting florals, how to give them an extra sparkle with gold paint, and how to get a layered pop-up effect for a 3-D card that will wow the recipient.

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

Pop up dots

EK Success Cutter Bee Precision Scissors

Watercolor Paint Palette

Silver Brush Black Velvet Round Brush Size 6

Princeton Aqua Elite 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky Round Brush Size 6

Strathmore Watercolor Cards and Envelopes, Pack of 10, or

Strathmore Watercolor Cards and Envelopes, Pack of 50

Daniel Smith Watercolors

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