Alright, I’m just going to flat out say it: Suzanne Cunningham is to calligraphy flourishes as Beyoncé is to…well, everything else.
Not only is she incredibly talented (oh you know, just 25 years of calligraphy experience, nbd), but she’s amazingly generous, too.
When I asked Suzanne to come on for a live Q&A with me, not only did she agree to let me pepper her with questions, but she also said she’d be happy to do a live lesson, aaaand give us free worksheets.
Yep. Make sure not to miss the bottom of this post of those.
Honestly, if I were to say nothing more in this post, I would just leave it at this: she is THE Queen of flourishing ?. If you don’t believe me, you will after you watch this video. It’ll completely change the way you see your flourishing skills (or, lack thereof!)
Feel free to skip right to the Q&A and lesson here, or you can read on for my full recap!
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Among a ton of other things (proper posture, what an average day looks like in the life of a pro calligrapher, & more), one of the most popular questions y’all wanted to know was about her preferred tools. (BTW- I’ve never said “y’all” in my life, but this time it felt fitting with Suzanne’s Alabama roots!)
Here’s a list of all of the tools Suzanne mentioned in the interview, complete with links for where to find them! (By the way- some of these are affiliate links, meaning if you buy through clicking here, I’ll get a few pennies! *kissface*)
- Lindsey Hook Oblique Holder: https://www.lindsey-hook.com/
- Borden & Riley Marker Paper: https://amzn.to/2KKh0WI
- Nikko G Nib: https://amzn.to/2GCDVAZ
- Zebra G Nib: https://amzn.to/2LlP64L
- Hunt 22 Nib: https://amzn.to/2KJnQfa
- Gillott 303 Nib: https://amzn.to/2rZYov6
- Gillott 404 Nib: https://amzn.to/2rZYov6
- Blanse 605 Nib
- Velleda Nib
- Spring Loaded Nib: https://www.paperinkarts.com/inkcag—zeb.html
- Younghae Chung’s guidesheets: https://www.logoscalligraphy.com/resources/
- Nina Tran’s guidesheets: http://anintran.com/guide-sheets/
Now, I actually can’t tell you enough that the interview has so. much. more. information. If I were to recap everything we discussed, we’d be here all day. So I’ll just keep it simple, and give you a few quick wins.
The good stuff: flourishing tips!
- Plan with pencil first if you’re feeling hesitant. There’s nothing wrong with that!
- Use a combination of finger movements, as well as arm/wrist movements for your flourishes.
- Ascenders, descenders, entrance/exit strokes, and the crossbar of the “t” are the most obvious places to add flourishes, but you don’t have to start in the obvious place.
- Cross your flourishes at 90 degrees – an OPEN crossing looks better!
- Think of your flourishes in terms of ovals!
- To fix an off-centred envelope, add a big flourish on whichever end needs it!
The EXTRA good stuff: FREE worksheets!
If you’ve watched the video by now (do that, trust me), you’ll have seen Suzanne demonstrating different types of flourishes. Aaaand… I bet you wished you had a little cheat sheet of those, dontch’ya? It’s your lucky day.
Just enter your name & email below and I’ll send it over to you right away.
I really hope you enjoyed this interview, and make sure you’re subscribed to The Happy Ever Crafter TV to catch the rest in the series! And one last HUGE thank you to Suzanne, for being so awesome and teaching us ALL-THE-THINGS flourishing!
You can also join the Facebook group, where these Q&A’s are hosted LIVE, so you can submit your own questions for future guests!
Leave us a comment below- what was your biggest A-HA moment from Suzanne’s lesson?! ??
Can I have the link to the guidelines?
Hey Esmeralda… it’s in the post above. Enter your name & email address and I send it to you! 🙂
Can’t wait to practice!
Loved the video and and looking forward for more. Would love to receive Suzanne’s flourishing freebie’s also.
Hi Kenneth, glad you enjoyed! If you enter your email address/name above, I’ll send it to you right away! 🙂
Thank you both for not only the class, but for recording it to be watched later! Really enjoyed it and interestingly saw many parallels between Suzanne and myself. o_O LOL. Can’t wait to print and practice! Thanks again, ladies, for your generosity. <3
So glad you enjoyed it Amy!!! 🙂
I really enjoyed the workshop. My head was hurting from all the new information. Thank you for putting it on.
Haha, in a GOOD way!!!! 🙂
Yer trick of only providing Suzanne’s practice sheets is sneaky and conniving, but Hey!, anyone who can get Suzanne to provide a two hour video deserves kudos. Thank you, very much. 😉
Hi, sorry, can you clarify what I did that was sneaky and conniving?
How do we get the worksheets for Suzanne’s flourishing?? I can’t wait to get started!! ?
Thank you, Becca, for bringing Suzanne to our community of calligraphers… I would have never known about her wonderful work!! ?❤️
Hi Pam, just enter your email in the blank space and I will send it to you!
Thank you so much becca for having Suzanne here to help us with flourishing! And thank you Suzanne for doing this video! I enjoyed it so much!
It was MY pleasure!! 😀
I loved the video and have admired Suzanne’s style for a long time! Can’t wait to practice and hopefully take a class meeting her in person. She is so encouraging!
Very, very interesting and all the tech details were so impressive . Amazing stuff. Just what I need to help me catch the idea. Thank you, Becca and Suzanne.
amazing class! thank you
This is so amazing! Thank you for making all these phenomenal artists and their knowledge accessible to us common folk! 😀
I would love a copy of your free worksheets. I saw your work at Letterworks and wished I had taken the class on modern Script variations!!
I’m just seeing the interview with Suzanne. Thanks for bringing her on. I’m new to calligraphy. I have been a decorative painter for years. My paintings were always filled with circles and spirals coming from stylized roses. So I love to watch and learn this beautiful form of calligraphy . To see this type of education is awesome! Thanks for all the teachers so willing to share!
Marcia from Arkansas
I would love to get a copy of the workseets.
Thank you and Suzanne for this wonderful video.
Anja from Germany
sorry Becca – I did get the download. It was down below by my apps and I didn’t see it.
Thank you so much!!!!!
May I please have the practice worksheets rom Suzanne? Thank you for the wonderful information you are sharing with us!
Hey Laura, it’s in the post above. Enter your name & email address, and I’ll send it to you! ?
I have enjoyed watching all your interviews. Not only have they taught me so much, but you have introduced me to artists I would have never known about! Thank you!
Not an ah ha, but my envelope guides were just horizontal lines and I like the guides she makes with the vertical slant lines and the number lines. Thank you for another great video.
Thank you so much for furnishing this wonderful instructional video. I’ve always loved calligraphy. I got my start from Ken Brown years ago. Then I dropped out for years with other hobbies. Now I’m hooked again. The pointed pen is a real challenge; copperplate, etc. All of the beautiful flourishes are the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you again for your part.
What a wonderful presentation. I watched per recommendation from a friend.
Just watched this great video about flourishing ! Unfortunately I can’t download the worksheets even though I filled in my name and email 🙁
Can you help me get these worksheets ?
Thank you so much !
Hi Joelle! As soon as you enter your name and email, a “Download Now” button will appear for you to click. 🙂
YAY! I am just getting started and I want to flourish! You just made my future brighter and my goals reachable. Thank you so much!
The video was amazing; I never realized that it could be so exacting and take so much time. I really appreciate Suzanne and you giving us this awesome lesson. Sure gives one the inspiration to learn how to do it and do it correctly. Thanks so much.
Amazing! Thanks for the interview with her. It’s a pity I saw it just now because I would like to asked her couple of things… But amazing!!
OMG What a great interview!!! Many thanks!!!