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Published March 27th 2020
Take handwriting to the next level
In an age when screens are overtaking our reach for paper and the tapping of keypads is replacing the swirling of pencils, it's good to know that there is still a way to create beautiful handcrafted products through the art of brush lettering and embossing.
If you are looking to create a more personal approach to corresponding and communicating, then exploring the craft of brush lettering and embossing may be for you.
I recently discovered that Brisbane based, Pixie Dust Calligraphy offers workshops and online materials to learn Brush Lettering and Embossing.
What is Brush Lettering and Embossing? Brush lettering is a form of hand lettering and modern calligraphy. You might have seen it appear in glossy magazine titles and promotional material or been fortunate enough to receive a stylish personal invitation or note featuring this writing style.
This style of fancy lettering is characterised by placing heavier pressure and emphasis on the downstroke and lighter pressure on the upstrokes on the letters and words being written.
Once you get the hang of brush lettering, you can add to the glamour of work by adding embossing which takes the design to the next level. This adds dimension and texture.
Take your handwritten masterpiece and sprinkle some glitter (or matte) embossing powder, dust it over the letters, grab a heat gun to seal and dry the powder over the letters.
Let it dry and marvel at your creations or give them to others to enjoy.
How would I use brush lettering and embossing in everyday life?
Once you are armed with the skills and materials to write using your modern brush lettering calligraphy and embossing, you'll probably find yourself wanting to practice it on everything.
The important ones are wedding and other invitations, baby showers and other special occasion cards and banners. But for more general applications, parents can brush letter and emboss the kids' lunchboxes and water bottles or send a thank you note to the kids' teacher. The possibilities are endless.
Meet Your Guide Guiding you through this process is Charlotte Chan, the creator of Pixie Dust Calligraphy. Charlotte is a passionate, experienced and dedicated calligrapher who teaches participants the art of brush lettering to create the swirls and twirls of modern calligraphy writing.
She has worked with high profile clients to produce material for David Jones and the international fashion label Prada so is well recognised in the industry for her work.
Interested? Why not sign up to the workshop waiting list to exercise and learn this craft for yourself and start the adventure to brush lettering and embossing.
Simply visit the website at Pixiedust Calligraphy to find out more. Workshops are held at venues including The Paper Empire The Paper Empire in James Street, New Farm the place of dreams for any connoisseur of fine stationery. It is situated opposite New Farm State School.
Workshops cost $150 and include materials and a barista brewed coffee to kick start your creativity.
So, bring a personal touch and some sparkle to your next invitation or letter with brush lettering and embossing.