A Flourish Is No Lasso

In the world of design, the flourish is a stroke of finesse, an embellishment that dances around letters, transforming them into works of art. But it’s important to remember that a flourish is not a lasso. It doesn’t seek to limit, but rather to embellish...

The Magic Wave

Beautiful flourishes look sometimes like a magic wave. They are able to transform plain text into an enchanting visual experience. Of course it has to be well made, because not every piece of flourished art gives me that impression. Learning about flourishes more...

The Oval Form

The oval form holds a significant role in the art of flourishes. It’s a fundamental shape that provides a basis for many elegant and dynamic flourishes and also for many letters. Before we dive into a list of several reasons, why ovals have this significant role...

The Flourish Cloud Technique

When I first started writing, I was amazed at the beauty that could be achieved with flourishes, especially those that looked like a flourish cloud. Paul Antonio, the great teacher of calligraphy, calls them “Compound Ellipses”, which is a reasonable name....

Learn How To Flourish

Flourishes in calligraphy involve mastering the art of graceful and decorative curves, possibly paired with letters. It can feel overwhelming to learn how to flourish, especially when you are just starting out. From my experience, I can tell you a few things that can...