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Brush Lettering: Flourishes & Ornamentation

with Laura Worthington

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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About The Class

Add flair and style to your brush lettering.


Be sure to check out our other Brush Lettering classes on Brush Lettering Basics and Putting Together a Final Piece.  


Lend grace and beauty to your words. Flourishes are an opportunity to loosen your grip and add a bit of personal style to your brush lettering. Join type designer Laura Worthington for this class, and you'll learn:

  • Different styles of flourishes per letter
  • Ligatures as flourishes and how to letter flourishes
  • Adding in ornamentation (similar to flourishes, but not attached to the letters)
Enhance your brush lettering practice, and draw extra attention to your work!  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:46
  2. 02

    Overview of Flourish Parts, Styles & Functions

    07:23
  3. 03

    What Makes a Good Flourish

    06:16
  4. 04

    Flourishes for Lowercase letters

    11:30
  5. 05

    Flourishes for Uppercase letters

    07:06
  6. 06

    Flourishes for numerals

    05:33
  7. 07

    Embellishment & Ornamentation

    02:13
  8. 08

    Revise and Refine with a Pencil Skeleton

    19:08

Meet Your Expert

Laura Worthington

Laura Worthington is a typeface designer from Washington State. After training and working as a graphic designer since the mid ‘90s, she turned her lifelong fascination with lettering and typography into a business, publishing her first typeface in 2010. She has since published more than 80 typefaces, and designed custom faces for Fortune 500 companies. Laura’s faces are primarily based on her own hand-lettering and calligraphy, a practice she continues to hone daily. Her typefaces are primarily for display, and often include a broad variety of ornaments, contextual alternates, and swash forms. Laura Worthington handles every aspect of a font’s creation, from concept and hand-lettering to digitization. ... read more

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  • pdf Worksheet | Practice Flourishes
  • pdf Alternate Letterforms
  • pdf Library of Flourishes

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • April S.

    April S.

    September 2016

    I am watching the Brush Lettering courses live. I did quite a bit of lettering years ago and have wanted to start again. It was serendipitous that Laura's classes were being re-broadcast now. I have them playing while I'm at work so I'm not fully focused but I stop and look when something catches my attention. I really like Laura's straightforward, uncomplicated method of teaching. She doesn't hem and haw, her voice is friendly, she speaks and moves confidently and I really just enjoyed listening to the course even when I couldn't watch. I did watch enough to catch some important examples and tips. I would definitely recommend Laura's brush lettering courses for beginners, and I think those with some experience will also get some tips and motivation from the courses.

  • MikeD

    MikeD

    February 2017

    I think the last time someone said something positive about any piece of "art" I produced, including my handwriting which was a school subject in the 1950's, was about 1962. It has been pretty much downhill from there. Since retiring I have made a commitment to practice these "worthless" skills since I have ignored them my whole life. Watching these classes on Brush Lettering is giving me hope I can actually do this and Laura seems to be an extremely patient instructor who actually loves her work. I've ordered the brushed and paper and such and I'll be purchasing the series of classes as soon as the supplies arrive. I love it, look for me to post my work in the student session when I get an acceptable product completed.

  • Creativelive Student

    September 2016

    love Laura and the class! Learning so much! Perfect for me to write my own word then scan it into Illustrator and go from there! Excellent!

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