Author Archives: Katrina Alana

Snapshots from Instagram


Instagram Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: We’ve been working on a detailed breakdown of each letter for the Modern Calligraphy classes this weekend to assist students in learning each letter. As part of our post-workshop program, we’re making this available to all our previous students as soon as we finalize the layout of our planned booklet. If you’re keen on getting it sooner, drop me an email and we will confirm your class details. The worksheets will be free of charge however you will need to pay for shipping. Unfortunately we will not be able to do meet-ups but we will post the sheets to you instead. This offer is valid until the end of the month (Nov 31)

Calligraphy Flourishing Meet-up with Shipra

We met-up with Shipra at The Fabulous Baker Boy last Saturday. Shipra is a fourth generation calligrapher and her ancestor was a calligrapher at a royal court. She got in touch with us and offered to conduct a lesson in calligraphy flourishing with the local group of calligraphers.

The Fabulous Baker Boy

The Fabulous Baker Boy

We had arrived earlier than the rest of the group at the Fabulous Baker Boy to check out the place and for a late lunch. We had the Eggs Benedict, which had perfectly poached eggs but a bit disappointing as it tasted very plain. The cappuccino, on the other hand, was very good.

Eggs Benedict and Cappuccino

Eggs Benedict and Cappuccino

They have a wide selection of cakes. We tried out The Big Mess, a very rich and creamy chocolate cake, which was excellent.

The Fabulous Baker Boy Cakes

The Fabulous Baker Boy Cakes

As attendees arrived, we started preparing for the session. We were supposed to have a calligraphy lesson and we prepared guide sheets so each participant can practice as techniques were taught. Since we were at a cafe and not in a classroom setting, it was quite noisy and not very conducive for an actual lesson.

Shipra showing us some examples of flourishing with watercolor

Shipra instead demonstrated several flourishing techniques using different tools and some tips on flourishing, as well as how to handle negative spaces. She also brought examples on how she uses flourishing in her work.

Flourishing Examples

Flourishing Examples

She shared with us some drills to practice with when doing calligraphic flourishing. One of the drills is the spirals, which is done to practice spacing and consistency. In this drill, she instructed us to hold the pen with the hand and wrist hovering above the paper and draw large spiral strokes using whole arm movements.

Flourishing Drills: Spiral

Flourishing Drills: Spiral

Shipra demonstrated the use of colorful inks. We loved she encouraged us to experiment and try new materials. I’m very excited to order some folded horizon pens from a maker in India.

Calligraphy using colourful inks

Calligraphy using colourful inks

She also showed us some interesting colour blending techniques. In the example below, she initially painted blobs of water, gradually blended different colour inks, and created strokes with a comb painting knife

Colour Blending

Colour Blending

Overall, though we had challenges conducting the session, we had an interesting time with Shipra and the Calligraphers SG members.

With the Calligraphers SG

With the Calligraphers SG

Snapshots from Instagram

Snapshots from Instagram

Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: This piece by artist Keng Lye called Kopi-O-ctopi (available at $9,416) is made from acrylic and resin painted layer by layer to look hyper realistic and appear 3D. If you’re in Orchard, drop by at the @keeperssg pop up store in front of H&M to see his work. A must-see for art lovers!

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