• Calligraphy Art Tutorial: How to Make a Flourished … Well, Anything!

    You may think of your dip pen as a tool with which you can write beautiful alphabet characters … and you’re right to see it that way! The alphabet isn’t the only thing that can benefit from a dip pen, though. Today, we’ll examine how to use a dip pen to create artwork depicting almost…

    Calligraphy Art Tutorial: How to Make a Flourished ... Well, Anything! | The Postman's Knock

    For the past week, the focus of this blog has been on Lasso Lettering, which you can create with any pen. Today, I’d like to shift attention back to the dip pen! While any writing utensil is worth the time to get to know, I especially love the dip pen because of its stroke variation. A dip pen can seamlessly transition from making delicate, thin strokes into bold, heavy strokes — which leads to some serious visual appeal!

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    You can learn how to flourish this bunny in the (free) “Flourish by Number” Bunny worksheet!

    When I’m not lettering with a dip pen, I love using it to make flourished artwork! The artwork always ends up looking complicated to create, but it’s not. In today’s YouTube tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a flourished heart, and you can apply the concept to almost any recognizable shape!

    Calligraphy Art Tutorial: How to Make a Flourished … Well, Anything! Video

    You can check out the tutorial by watching the video below, or you can find it on YouTube by clicking here. At approximately five minutes long, the video is short and sweet!

    The gist of it: make a pencil outline of your subject. Then, fill in that outline with dense flourishes! Erase your pencil guidelines, and you’ve got some very cool calligraphy art.

    Other Examples of Flourished Calligraphy Art

    I love including flourished calligraphy art in my drills sheets! Following instructions to create such art can really help you to get used to the idea of creating calligraphy art! That will come in handy when you want to make your own piece of original art using a dip pen. Here are some examples:

    Flourished Skull Artwork

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    You can find instructions for making this little guy in the Spooky Drills worksheet! (I used this artwork as a Halloween decoration last year.)

    Flourished Hummingbird Artwork

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    Instructions for making this artwork are in the Garden Drills worksheet! This bird dresses up the back of an envelope beautifully.

    Flourished Fish Artwork

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    This creature is a bit more complicated to make than the heart I showed you today — but worth every minute of your time! Find him in the Under the Sea Drills.

    I hope that this post inspires you to use your dip pen to create some flourishy magic! In addition to giving you artistic satisfaction, any piece of calligraphy art that you make will also result in fantastic calligraphy practice. That’s great because sometimes writing “A, A, A, B, B, B …” can get old!

    If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contribute to the comments section. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you! Thanks so much for reading (and watching) TPK, and have a great weekend!


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