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Pointed Pen Flourishing - Two Ways

With Pat Blair

Starting date : 3 June 2024

Fees : HK$ 1,170 or US$ 150

Workshop Description sketch border illustration


The pointed, flexible nib is a marvelous tool, capable of producing a multitude of expressive strokes from whisper thin hairlines to dramatic, bold shades.

What fun to explore these unique qualities as we play with fun and creative pen illustrations.


We will be using this tool to create both small and large strokes, discovering multiple ways to add flourishes to letters and our designs. 


FIRST, we will learn to use the tool to create small ornamental designs, by combining pressure strokes with curved strokes. These small sketch designs can be combined into wonderful borders, single cartouches, floral decoration, and illustrative ornament. Our inspiration will come from beautiful vintage typographic ornaments and natural botanic forms. We will incorporate some painting with watercolor, gouache, to add another dimension to our penwork.  


THEN, we will move to broader, longer flourish movements.This movement also reinforces the longer whole arm movement needed for more flourished pointed pen letters. These larger designs can be used as borders, under letter flourishes or stand-alone illustrations. We will add simple brush florals to complement them and use color to add interest and softness.

This workshop is good for all levels, since it explores the pressure needed for shade, while giving the student experience in a long forward movement of the pen. 

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Monday, 3 June, 2024

20:00 pm - 22:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Monday, 10 June, 2024

20:00 pm - 22:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Monday, 17 June, 2024

20:00 pm - 22:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 4

Monday, 24 June, 2024

20:00 pm - 22:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Note to Students

  • This is a live online workshop via Zoom (please make sure you have a Zoom account to access the workshop)

  • All live lessons will be recorded and available for 90 days following the final lesson.

  • All recordings expires on Monday, 23 September, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion board for Pat to critique.

  • Workshop handouts (if any), zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page one week (or as soon as practicable) before the first lesson.

  • All workshop dates and times are according to the Hong Kong Standard Time.

Recommended Workshop Supplies

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Refund Policy

  • All sales are final and fees paid for the online workshop are non-refundable.

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