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… let’s be honest. “Just do it” is the most annoying advice ever. Like, seriously?
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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.
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I have a course dedicated entirely to flourishing! The course includes multiple tutorial videos, a full workbook, and a bonus block lettering workbook! You can check it out here.
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.
Love it! Thank you so much for all your help!
Really like your videos
Will love to do calligraphy with you
After keep scrolling for hours on YouTube for Calligraphy guidance. I glued to your videos.
The way you teach and explain is really good.
The way you teach is mind blowing with all techniques. Love to watch your videos. Keep going!!
Very excellent and designed Calligraphy for beginners
Thank you Becca! Looking forward to the beginning of Flourishing. You’re the best!
Thanks for the worksheet. Looking forward to your new book! Coming soon❣️
Thank you for the worksheet Becca!! So excited to buy your book! 🙂
Gracias desde Ecuador!!!
Hola. Gracias por compartir tus conocimientos. Saludos desde Costa Rica
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 !!
How to get your workbook
Here’s a link to my Flourishing Workbook: https://www.thehappyevercrafter.com/product/flourishing-workbook/
Thank you. It was very helpful
Becca…thank you so very much… I’m so super excited about the flourishing class coming up!!!!
Thank you! This is one of my more difficult areas!
Yay!! Thank you ?
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.
Just what I needed! Thank you!
You are the bomb!! Thanks!! ❤️
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! 😀
Thanks for the worksheet!! So excited! Also, thanks for listing what materials to use 🙂
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
Thank you for sharing! !!!
So enjoy your site! !!!
Just randomly found your blog from an IG post about the flourishing page, I will definitely be reading everything on here from now on ?
You are killin’ it, girl.
Thank you for the worksheet.
Thank you so much for sharing all of your incredible tips and information.
Just found your site. Where can I find your flourishing workbook?
thank you thank you!!!! Love your stuff! and encouragement
Flourishing is my main problem but watching you do it leaves me with great aspirations.
So happy I found you!
Thank you so much! Can’t wait .to get started on the 6th!
Looking forward to practicing flourishes.
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.
Thank you for the worksheet ❤️
I have started learning the art during quarantine. Your videos have greatly helped me. Iam practicing with ur videos. Thanks for the worksheet.
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!
I actually cannot beeelieve I got to the last workbook ? I had sooo much fun this semester with you
Yes please to your FREE FLOURISHING WORKSHEET Becca
Hi!! I love what you’re doing, I’d love to be helped with the free worksheet ! 😉
THANKS! For the free worksheet??
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
You want tools with flexible tips (not chisel or broad tips) – brush pens, pointed pens with flexible nibs, etc.
Thank you for this work sheet ???
Because can you actually solve my problem I am clicking on download workbook but it show oops ! This page no longer existed Because please help me through this I can’t get it
Sorry the because I inserted in my comment were becca it’s typing default
Thanks u for everything ?
My teen daughter has covid and we are all quarantined with her and practicing calligraphy has been a blessing for my mind. Thank you for sharing your talent
Ahhhh Becca, I just love how you simplify even the most complicated stuff. Love your work and I’m a keen follower.
Thank you very much!
I just love ur art of work . Iam a medico student. And i love calligraphy so much . And im addicted to your vedios . Keep it up u r just amazing
It’s really helpful although I’m just a beginner and I am always watching your videos in YouTube
I don’t know how to download worksheet. Please help me to know how can I download those worksheet and start my practice.
AHHHHH I am so far behind. I have to go review letters before I tackle this.
Thank you so much, Becca!
Your videos are always fantastic, and your tutorials are so well-explained.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
Thank you so much for free downloaded!!!
Your instructions are spot on. I, however, can’t seem to figure out how to not hesitate and get glitches in my strokes and can’t figure out how to make a thin stroke for the up line. Currently searching your supply list to see if maybe I just own the wrong type of pens and if I should practice with lower quality pens until I become more confident and comfortable. I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS! PLEASE KEEP POSTING THEM!