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Beginners Guide to Brush Pen Calligraphy

November 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This exclusively-designed 4 hour workshop led by the talented Ajab of Calligraphy Quill covers everything you need to know about Brush Pen Calligraphy. Yes, everything.

The class is divided into eight modules. Each module is detailed and thorough to help you get your foundations strong. The class is very interactive, so relax, have fun, and ask as many questions as you’d like!

1. Introduction: Before you begin your calligraphy journey, it is important to know why it matters. Which is why the class begins with a short discussion on what calligraphy means to you. Proper position, placement and posture are a must when writing. To avoid health issues down the line, I’ll take 10 minutes to discuss why these are important and how you can develop these. By the end of the class, proper posture will be second nature to you.

2. How to hold a brush pen: Even though brush pens may look the same as a regular ball pen, the way you hold and use them makes a ton of difference in your style. I’ll demonstrate the effect that different angles of holding the pen can have on your font style. Before we move on, I’ll make sure that you’re comfortable with holding and using the pen.

3. Warm-up and Drills: Your hand is a muscle, and muscles work best when they are warmed-up. We’ll spend 10 minutes to warm-up our hand and forearm muscles before beginning. This also helps with consistency and smoothness in your writing.

4. Basic Strokes: Now for the real part! I’ll introduce to you the nine foundational strokes of calligraphy. We’ll familiarize ourselves with these before moving on.

5. Lowercase Letters: I’ll walk you through each letter – how it is formed, things to look out for, other tips and tricks. We’ll take it slow so that you’re comfortable with A before we move on to B.

6. Uppercase Letters: Similar to the lowercase, I’ll demonstrate how each letter is formed and tell you a few things to look out for.

7. How to Connect Words:  Not all words are connected using an entrance/exit stroke. I’ll demonstrate how you can connect those tricky words (axe, for example).

8. Writing sentences: Finally, you should be able to write beautiful sentences in brush pen calligraphy by the end of the class. Time to flaunt your skills!


1. Two brush pens – a Tombow Fudenosuke and a Zig Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pen

2. Beginners Guide to Brush Pen Calligraphy – a thorough workbook that I’ve created keeping you in mind. You will use this workbook during the workshop as I walk you through the different modules. After the workshop, you’re welcome (and encouraged!) to use it as you continue to practice.

All supplies are included in the class price. All you need to do is come to the class and I’ll take care of the rest!

If you would like to use your Workbook for practice after the Workshop, I would recommend buying Borden & Riley’s 9×12” Layout Paper. You can lay this paper over the Workbook and write on it, instead of directly in the Workbook.

Few things to note:

Like I said earlier, the aim of this workshop is to have fun while you learn something new. You will make new friends, learn a wonderful new skill and… simply relax. I want you to be super comfortable, so grab a coffee and a snack before you come to class if you’d like. We will also take a 30-minute break mid-way through class as well. Empty stomachs and calligraphy don’t make good friends.

If you have any questions (which I hope you will!), I will be available both during and after class. You’re encouraged to ask as many questions as you’d like. I love interacting with my team! You can also reach out to me at hello@calligraphyquill.com 🙂

Register now!


447 Forest, Ave. Ste. 1
Plymouth, MI 48170 United States




Ajab of Calligraphy Quill

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