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Live online classCOVID-19 SecureFaux Calligraphy for Beginners
5(17 reviews)
Discover a fun and surprisingly simple way of learning calligraphy. All you need is a pen, any pen.
8 Students
£15 pp
1.5 hour class
Beginner

Teacher

Smitten with Ink

About this class

Faux Calligraphy - also known as fake calligraphy - is a fantastic introduction to the art of calligraphy. It is fun, surprisingly simple and allows you to create great lettering without all the usual fancy tools. If you have a pencil or any pen at hand, then you are good to go!

In this 90 minutes workshop, participants will learn the following:

  • What is faux calligraphy?
  • What tools do I need?
  • The basic strokes of modern calligraphy
  • How to draw letters
  • Faux calligraphy in 3 easy steps

Prior to the class, all students will be sent worksheets they can practise on while…

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What you will learn
  • The basics of calligraphy
  • How to draw your letters/alphabet
  • How to create calligraphy with a simple pen
What you will need
  • A pen/pencil/biro/felt tip
  • Paper to practise on

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Latest Reviews
5(17 reviews)
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Anonymous - January 25th
I absolutely loved this online workshop hosted by Helene at Smitten with ink. It was the perfect thing to do to relax and unwind. I learnt so much and Helene was very generous with her time and knowledge, during and after the class. I highly recommend this online workshop, such good value for money and so fun! I can't stop practising and have been using what I learnt as time to switch off, which is just what I needed during such uncertain and scary times! Thanks again, Helene! x
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Kumiko - July 7th
Highly recommended for calligraphers of all levels. Helene is patient and thorough, and we had an excellent time! It was super easy to book, log on, and learn. Thank you so much!
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Leila - June 29th
I really enjoyed this class. Hélène had prepared an excellent step-by-step guide which showed the stages to build up through shapes, letters and words and will be a useful reference for continuing to practice. I loved that you only need pen and paper to do this class as well. Merci Hélène.
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Helene is a calligrapher and stationery designer. She works in her home studio in South West London, creating calligraphy pieces for events, corporate clients or private commissions. She loves how calligraphy is a never ending creative & inky adventure where there is so much to explore, from older styles like Copperplate to newer forms of modern script.

Wanting to share her passion with others, she offers workshops to people who wish to discover a mindful activity, find a new creative hobby or spend a lovely and relaxing time away from all the noise of our daily lives.

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Age Requirement

12
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

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Anonymous - January 25th
I absolutely loved this online workshop hosted by Helene at Smitten with ink. It was the perfect thing to do to relax and unwind. I learnt so much and Helene was very generous with her time and knowledge, during and after the class. I highly recommend this online workshop, such good value for money and so fun! I can't stop practising and have been using what I learnt as time to switch off, which is just what I needed during such uncertain and scary times! Thanks again, Helene! x
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Kumiko - July 7th
Highly recommended for calligraphers of all levels. Helene is patient and thorough, and we had an excellent time! It was super easy to book, log on, and learn. Thank you so much!
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Leila - June 29th
I really enjoyed this class. Hélène had prepared an excellent step-by-step guide which showed the stages to build up through shapes, letters and words and will be a useful reference for continuing to practice. I loved that you only need pen and paper to do this class as well. Merci Hélène.
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Britt - June 22nd
Having never tried my hand at calligraphy before, this class was ideal for a beginner like me. Helene is a great teacher and paced the class really well. Her instructions were very clear and easy to follow and her passion for calligraphy infectious. I really enjoyed the session and the whole experience of ‘being in the moment’ with it. Have already been practising for 10 – 15 minutes every day and am looking forward to developing my calligraphy skills. Many thanks Helene!
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Aliki - June 13th
Loved this workshop and Helene was a delightful teacher! The workshop was a great way to introduce myself to the basic strokes for calligraphy. It was done at just the right pace and Helene was very clear when showing how to drawn each letter and its variants. I enjoyed not only the artistic element of drawing the shapes/letters, but also the quiet mindfulness involved with concentrating on being in the moment. My favourite letters are "f" and "o" where you can play around with the loops - thank you Helene!
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Laura - June 12th
This was such an enjoyable class. Great coverage of basics and easy to follow worksheets. You can create something beautiful at the end of the class. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a mindfulness activity. But it is really relaxing and calming. Great way to spend an hour to get away from everything.
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Jacky - June 6th
This was a great introduction to calligraphy. Helene was very informative and I really enjoyed my first attempts. I will practice so I can use the basics for cards I can make myself. Thanks Helene
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Stacy - June 2nd
Great class, Helene was generous with her time and knowledge, breaking down the process and explaining everything clearly. I feel like I have a better understanding on where to start and how to develop - thank you!
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Amanda - May 22nd
Very relaxing 1.5 hours! (Tip - if using Zoom on your mobile, then once into the class, swipe to the left so that you are on Gallery view that way you'll see the teacher!! Otherwise you'll only see the main camera which is the paperwork)
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Charlotte - May 20th
This was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. Helene is a great teacher and very patient. The pace of the class was just right and I certainly felt like I’d achieved something by the end of it!
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Angela - May 16th
A lovely class! I’ve tried (and failed) forms of calligraphy and brush lettering before. This was much more achievable and clicked better in my brain than other methods I’ve tried.
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Michelle - May 15th
Loved this session. Calligraphy for everyone. Works really well as a virtual class and ended up being one on one. Helena takes her time with you and talks you through the steps. Have already started doing my own calligraphy at home!
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Tatiana - May 10th
Amazing class! Hélène is an amazing teacher, the way she explains everything is so easy to understand. Even having a close to nothing experience I was able to follow her instructions. All the material provided is a great way to start and now I’m super excited to continue this learning journey. Thank you one more time Hélène!
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Adelaide - May 10th
This online workshop was amazing! Helene was such a good host and teacher. I’d definitely recommend - it’s so soothing and relaxing, such a good way to take your mind of things, especially at the moment!
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Bethan - May 4th
Smitten with Ink was a fantastic host, she had arranged technology so you could see her and her paper. The workbook she shared in advance was professional and helpful - for the session itself and for practice after. She was inclusive of everyone in the group, encouraging and shared her own personal experiences of the benefits of calligraphy for a mindful state. I loved the techniques she taught and spent the rest of my weekend playing around with it - I particularly liked that you didn't need any special kit to have a go. Fantastic session - would highly recommend.
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Alice - May 2nd
An amazing class with a wonderful teacher! The class had a foundation in technique and we went through how to write the whole alphabet and all of the strokes you need to know. I gained a lot of confidence and couldn't have wished for a better class and teacher! I can't wait to put my new skills into practice! Thanks again, Helene!
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Anne-Marie - April 23rd
Fantastic workshop. It was so nice to have a bit of calm and relaxing 'me' time; I'm now addicted to faux-calligraphy and have been practising everyday. Helene was great at explaining the different strokes used and there was plenty of time to follow along with the workbook she sent in advance. She also offered advice on the type of paper and different pens we might like to try. Thank you Helene.