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Building Words: Connecting Letters with Joins

Take your skill set from letters to words

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Okay, so you know how to script the alphabet. But writing words? Well, that's a little trickier! In this mini-workshop, you'll learn how and when to use a variety of joins to turn your lovely letters into even lovelier words.

For supplies, you'll need everything from the Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners class. If you did not take the Beginners workshop, you can purchase the supplies on John Neal Booksellers.


Your Instructor


Kimberly Shrack
Kimberly Shrack

Manayunk Calligraphy is a one-woman show run by yours truly, Kimberly Shrack. I'm a calligrapher for people who shop at Ikea and buy Apple products for the packaging. I specialize in a modern pointed pen technique that's just perfect for your big day, special event or even in a frame on your wall. Together, we can create something really lovely, personal and "ooo" inspiring.

Named for the artsy, intrepid neighborhood where it was born, Manayunk Calligraphy was founded on beautiful Main Street in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. Today, we're located in historic Irvington in Indianapolis. If you're lucky enough to find yourself in the neighborhood, say hello. I'm the redhead perpetually covered in ink stains.

In the meantime, you can find me and my latest work on Instagram - just follow @MNYKcalligraphy.


Class Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Diagonal Joins
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  Horizontal Joins
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  Over & Out Joins
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  Ascenders
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  Descenders
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  Bringing It All Together
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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