A Flourish Is No Lasso

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,...

The Magic Wave

The Magic Wave: Beautiful flourishes look sometimes like a magic wave, when they transform plain text into an enchanting visual experience. Of course it has to be well made, not every piece of flourished art gives me that impression. Learning about flourishes more...

The Oval Form

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...

The Flourish Cloud Technique

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

Learn How To Flourish

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...