Have Pens Will Dazzle presents:

The Flourished Name calligraphy class with Have Pens Will Dazzle and Kathy Milici

With Kathy Milici

Let's Create Some Fancy Flourishing!

with Kathy Milici

Ornamental Decorative Flourishing is one of the most challenging and rewarding skills that a calligrapher can acquire; but did you ever wonder how it’s successfully done?

Please note: This is a design class, not a letterforms class. Basic knowledge of any pointed pen script style (modern or classic) is necessary to fully benefit from this workshop

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How we'll get fancy in this 2-day Zoom workshop:

Ornamental Decorative Flourishing is one of the most challenging and rewarding skills that a calligrapher can acquire; but did you ever wonder how it’s successfully done?

In this class, we’ll combine both history and artistry as we explore the world of flourished names. First, students will learn the fundamental techniques of flourishing, with their signature graceful curves, concentric ovals, and gentle direction changes. In this step-by-step, guided tutorial, we will experiment with the endless possibilities of flourished extensions and attachments using pencil sketches. We’ll play with proper names and words until we feel comfortable, then start designing our own!

As a final project, you will create a beautifully rendered pen and ink composition! Both decorative and useful, our goal in flourishing names and words is to achieve a balanced, harmonious and visually beautiful look, while maintaining the overall integrity and readability of the letterforms.

You will also learn the meaning behind little-known flourishing phrases that have been practiced throughout history, along with insights and tricks/tips from “the mind of Milici.”

Class recordings will be available to view until October 21, 2024.

Student Experience

Intermediate & Advanced Calligraphers - You need to know at least one pointed pen style to benefit from this class.

Kathy’s teaching style has been described as thoughtful, intelligent, detailed, entertaining, and joyful! She believes in the healing power of creating art.

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Kathy creates a safe environment where participants can express themselves without judgment. She encourages, inspires, uplifts, and supports your learning experience. It’s never too late to learn!
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What You'll Learn:

Choosing the right tools

Creating a plot path with pencil

Letter entrances, exits and extensions

Balancing flourishing with ornamentation

Critical thinking & analyzing your work

How to loosen your grip and relax your hand

Finding your own design process & style

You'll Also Learn...

Creating direction, movement and balance

Layout tips for creating small compositions

Easy centering techniques

Mirror image flourishing

Transferring your design to art paper

Choosing a color palette

Unique and challenging letters

Adding highlights, shadows, and embellishments  

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What You'll Receive:

Handout package

Historic examples

Bonus handouts

Reading list

What Kathy's Students are Saying:

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"Inspiration, Gratitude, and Kindness. These are all words I’ve written out a number of times in Kathy’s classes. And these are truly the words that best describe Kathy! Kathy’s classes are always packed with information and love. She always takes the time to make sure her students gain the knowledge they need to help them improve their skill! I can’t thank Kathy enough for being a wonderful teacher!"

~ Jessica Nucifora, Philadelphia, PA, USA

"Just wanted to say a very BIG 'Thank You' for the Bloomin' Masterpiece class. I was totally absorbed with everything.  The classes were really engaging and the instructions, guidance, tips and tricks and all the downloads were fabulous - thank you! I will be signing up for Kathy's classes in the future - so excited!"

~ June, UK

"Kathy Milici has been a true inspiration to me with her can-do attitude and teaching style. She is an instructor who wants you to "get it" and gives practical suggestions so you too can have stellar results. Remembering there is no substitute for practice, you will leave the class understanding what it will take to get the end results you desire. Kathy's creativity knows no bounds!"

~ Edie Richardson, Wolverine Lake, MI, USA

Class Schedule

The Flourished Name will consist of four 2-hour class sessions taught over two days:

Sessions 1 & 2: Thursday, July 11, 2024

Sessions 3 & 4: Thursday, July 18, 2024

Times: 10:30 am-12:30 pm US Eastern time & 2:00-4:00 pm US Eastern time each class day

Level: Intermediate & Advanced - you should have knowledge of at least one pointed pen script style (classic or modern) to benefit from this class.

Cost: $ 195

DOOR PRIZES: All students will automatically be entered in a drawing to win one of Kathy's amazing door prizes! The prizes will be given away at the end of class on July 18th.

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SUPPLIES: After you register, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to our MemberVault student portal. You can login to download the Supplies List found in the Welcome Module.

CLASS RECORDINGS: We will post links to the class recordings and teacher demo sheets in the student portal the day after class. The recordings will be available until October 21, 2024.

REFUND POLICY: All sales are final. Fees paid for this online workshop are non-refundable and non-transferable to future workshops.

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About Your Instructor, Kathy Milici

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Kathy is an internationally known calligrapher, designer, teacher, speaker, author and mentor, who happily admits to being obsessed with letters since childhood. With a studio located in northern New Jersey, her work has been featured in books, design blogs, national magazines and on television. Kathy's clients include private individuals, collectors and corporations, worldwide.

Kathy Milici has been an instructor for the Society of Scribes in New York City, a popular instructor at national and international calligraphy conferences, including IAMPETH, Letters California Style, and for the Sacred Arts Program at Enders Island in Mystic, CT. She teaches both small group classes and privately in NJ, and travels the country, promoting, lecturing and teaching calligraphy and the related arts.

The originator of the #1 best-selling font Gratitude Script, a modern typeface, Kathy also enjoys mentoring fellow artists and students on how to create a living and maintain a viable business as a working artist.

With a reputation for consistent excellence, a joyful heart, and a fun, encouraging teaching style, Kathy is honored to be a professional calligrapher and teacher for over 40 years. She feels privileged to have studied under some of the best known and well-respected Master Penmen of the world, including White House calligraphers. Her teachers have included Sheila and Julian Waters, Valerie Weilmunster, and IAMPETH Master Penmen Pat Blair, Michael Sull, John DeCollibus, Harvest Crittenden, Jake Weidmann, and Rosemary Buczek.

After all these years, Kathy is still enjoying her lifelong passion for “everything calligraphy.”

About Your Tech Host, Maureen Vickery

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Maureen Vickery is a professional calligrapher and engraver with PenDance Studio in Houston, Texas. She also is the former publisher and editor of Calligraphy Crush Magazine @calligraphycrushmagazine.

Her specialties include wedding calligraphy and luxury brand events and activations. She loves working in both historic and modern calligraphy styles. Her main focus is pointed pen lettering, but she also enjoys creating compositions with broad edge pens, markers, and paint brushes.

Maureen's work has appeared in Dasherie, UPPERCASE, Expression, Letter Arts Review, Modern Luxury Weddings Houston, and Weddings in Houston magazines, as well as Kitty Burns Florey's book Script & Scribble. She is a member of the Houston Calligraphy Guild and IAMPETH.

You can find her wedding calligraphy on Instagram at @pendancestudio. Brand activations and calligraphy clients include Creed, Coty, Tiffany & Co., The Menil Collection, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s.

Calligraphy and art classes are her favorite way to re-energize. Other interests include Keto recipes, gardening, Zentangle® (she’s a CZT), urban sketching, genealogy (she’s a descendant of 11 Mayflower passengers), watercolor illustrations, doubles tennis, and lemon bar cookies — not necessarily in that order.

Join us!

We'd love to have you in Class!

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