The Easiest Way To Add Flourishing To Your Calligraphy (HINT: it’s with a free worksheet!)

If you’re like me when I first started learning calligraphy, you look at people who appear to “effortlessly” add flourishing to their work, and start having a mild panic attack.

Every time you try to flourish, it looks like a your six year old niece did it. Right?

Yeah… I feel you. Trust me. I was there. I avoided flourishing for sooooo long before I decided to just jump in and figure it out.

Turns out that was actually the best way to learn- JUST DO IT. Just jump in, start playing around, and do it.

But…lets be honest. “Just do it” is the most annoying advice ever. Like, seriously?

Prefer to watch than read? Feel free to skip right to the video and see these mistakes in real-time! 👇🏻

The links below may be affiliate links where appropriate. This means that your purchase through these links may result in a few cents in payment to me, to support creating further resources like this one! That being said, I will never suggest supplies that I do not personally use and fully recommend.

So like I said, those three words “just do it” are so unhelpful when you’re looking for concrete advice on where to start. So instead of writing a blog post that tells you to “just do it”, and leaves you with no more skill than you had when you got here, I’ve actually compiled a starter cheat sheet for you (it’s at the bottom of this post!)

But first, let’s back up a bit. What if you don’t even know what flourishing is?!

Flourishing is basically just a fancy term for “decorating your calligraphy”.

It’s all those pretty swooshes and swirls you see added to various parts of letters or words. It’s what the pros so beautifully add to their pieces to finish them off. Let’s look at some simple examples:

Minuscule t’s and y’s are pretty common spots to add flourishing.

But… how do you know how to make/add these shapes onto your letters? Well, we talked about this. Common advice would tell you to “just do it”…. just play around and figure it out.

However- if you know me, you know that I am a much more methodical person than that. Over the past few years of learning calligraphy, I’ve pinpointed some styles of flourishes that I see commonly, and I’ve spent time studying them and reproducing them. I have filled pages and pages and pages of random swirls and swooshes- not even attached to any letters at all.

And I’ve found that just the very act of drawing the shapes has completely built up my muscle memory and my ability to actually add them to letters later on.

So I want to share a page of those swooshes and swirls with you. I encourage you, if you want to learn how to flourish, to play around with this practice sheet using tracing paper with a monoline pen or a pencil. And once you’ve traced over it a few times, try doing it freehand. Then once you’ve done that, start exploring with your own swirls and swooshes! Fill as many pages as possible with your flourishes, completely unconnected to letters at all.

I promise- this exercise is both fun and helpful.

Want my FREE Flourishing worksheet?

Enter your email below, and I’ll send it to ya ASAP!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Comments

  1. Yay!!! So excited for your next workbook and that it’s flourishing 😊👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I just love your workbooks, I feel like I’ve learned so much from you.

      1. After keep scrolling for hours on YouTube for Calligraphy guidance. I glued to your videos.
        The way you teach and explain is really good.
        Thanks becca

        1. Thank you so much Becca, as we approach this last book in Flourishing I can say I am truly happy to have taken all of your courses in this semester of Hand-lettering. I have learned so much and it has brought so much to me. I will continue to practice .
          I Thank you , YOU are an awesome teacher !!

    1. I feel it is not easy to do flourising. However, after watching your video, it seems it is worthwhile to have a try. Thanks for your tips.

  2. I soooo love the freebie! 🙂 Thank you so much Becca!
    I’m still running behind, but I certainly appreciate all the effort you put into these worksheets and workbooks. <3
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😀

  3. Becca, thanks for the headstart worksheet! Also, thanks in advance for the book because I know it’ll be as great as the other ones!! A

  4. Just randomly found your blog from an IG post about the flourishing page, I will definitely be reading everything on here from now on 😊

  5. Thanks for the flourishes. Your videos have inspired me to take up calligraphy again. And your stroke video helped me so much to understand how hard I made it before. It is so much easier and more fun. You really helped me to understand how to practice. And I have done pages of your strokes.

    You are amazing. Thanks for sharing so much. Jnetti.

  6. I have started learning the art during quarantine. Your videos have greatly helped me. Iam practicing with ur videos. Thanks for the worksheet.

  7. I’m so happy to find you. Everything clear in my head, now it’s a time to practice. Thank you so much a worksheet and i can’t wait the other videos and worksheets!

  8. Hi Becca,
    Is your workbook designed for brush pens? Or it’s for any calligraphy types? I’m learning pointed pen calligraphy atm and wonder if this workbook still helps? Thanks

    1. You want tools with flexible tips (not chisel or broad tips) – brush pens, pointed pens with flexible nibs, etc.

Tell me what you thought!

Instagram