Last week, my friend Alexis a.k.a. Ink Scribbler invited me to her 3-hour basic calligraphy workshop! I expressed my interest in learning calligraphy from her in the past but couldn’t go the the last session that she did because WORK. And I couldn’t really get out of it as much as I wanted to.
This year, I promised myself to make time to learn new skills, especially if I had the opportunity. The top two on my priorities list are cooking and driving because I’ve postponed lessons for almost 4 years now, but… other things like calligraphy appeal to me more. Please congratulate me when the time comes when I start mentioning my cooking and driving progress. Please.
Anyhow, Alexis was my batchmate in Ateneo, but I got to know her better when she worked for Lancôme. She was pretty much the person responsible for introducing me to the brand, so I have to thank her for that! I also bumped into her at some L’Oréal brand events where I witnessed the beginnings of Ink Scribbler. I still have a press giveaway notebook with my name written in perfect calligraphy by Alexis herself. Been a fan of hers since then!
She quit her job to pursue her craft full-time – a very inspiring passion story that most people our age can get a lot from. Now she is free to conduct workshops and bless us mere mortals with the hopes of one day achieving her god-like calligraphy skills!
The workshop I attended was held at Kitchen’s Best at Bonifacio Global City. Cute place!
Cover of our folder with worksheets inside.
Handwritten menu by Alexis! Snacks were provided but I didn’t bother because I was too engrossed with practicing calligraphy. I didn’t leave my seat for the whole duration of the workshop.
First things first. She taught us how to manually place a flexible nib into a nib holder. I’ve never tried writing with a flexible nib or anything similar before so I was amazed at what it can do. Suddenly, creating thin and thick lines became much easier! No need to fill the thick parts in with a pen like we all used to do back in grade school and high school.
Not posting all the worksheets here so as not to spoil those who are interested in attending her workshop, but here’s a little preview of one of the last pages before the practice sheets. This is Alexis’ guide to writing script letters. I guess you can say this is her own font, but we were also very much free to create our own after we were done with the worksheets.
Upward strokes should be thin while downward strokes should be thick. It took a bit of getting used to but after completing the worksheets, it somehow becomes second nature already. All the frustrating pencil and nib drills at the start paid off.
Suddenly, I want to write everything in calligraphy! Someone give me a brush pen for my book signing in February!
Not posting any of my work because it’s a mess compared to Alexis’, lol. Here’s one that she did in like… 10 seconds. Check out that beautiful blue gradient too!
3 hours well spent! Because of this workshop, I’m now on a constant lookout for brush pens, flexible nibs, and time to practice so I can attempt to be the next Garance Doré. Or not.