Workshop Wednesday: Calligraphy IPhone Case (or just about anything!)
Hello makers! Workshop Wednesday is back with a surprisingly simple and cute project from our fantastic calligraphy instructor, Kristara. All you need is something to write on (we used a white IPhone case we bought on the cheap on Amazon) and an oil-based Sharpie paint pen.
The trick here is really to practice your layout and script - we traced out the IPhone case on a blank sheet of paper and wrote our phrase out a few times in pencil to get a sense of placement.
Kristara is of course incredibly good at making great looking script - something you can learn in her upcoming workshops on the basics of modern calligraphy. The biggest mistake she sees in beginner calligraphers is that they work too quickly, so take your time and make sure you like the way your letters flow.
Once you have the placement and text how you'd like, practice filling in with the Sharpie. You'll do this in two passes: once in a simple, controlled line and then a second pass through to fill out the edges of each downstroke, making the script look like traditional calligraphy done with a dip pen.
You'll repeat this same process on your IPhone case (or whatever other object you'd like to try it on!). Sketch out your design in pencil first.
Then go over simply in your Sharpie - this first outline is called a monoline.
And go back over the downstrokes of each letter with your marker, filling them out.
The Sharpie will dry pretty quickly, and then you're good to go!
These oil-based Sharpie paint pens are great and durable, but test your desired color out on your surface first before committing to a design. We loved the way the black marker looked on these cases, but when we tested out a gold version of the same marker, it turned out streaky and just didn't look super great, so we were glad we tested!
Try this technique on mugs (hand washing them only, please!), other ceramics like planters, and any other surface you think could use a little calligraphy.
Kristara Schnippert, founder of Kristara Calligraphy, has been passionate about writing for as long as she can remember. Whether she’s writing a story or a letterform, she loves how creativity can transform a simple word into a work of art.
Kristara will be teaching two classes at Houston Makerspace this January: Modern Calligraphy Basics on January 10 and Intermediate Modern Calligraphy on January 24. You can sign up for these and all our other classes here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=146054