Heather Held, Instructor

Take your design skills to a new level in this enchanting Holiday Charmers class! Starting with a pencil design of decorative script lettering, we will inhabit the lettering with a charming holiday creature. As we explore colour techniques that create luminous effects on the page, our Holiday Charmers will begin to sparkle and glow. Session One will focus on the draft design, creating festive script letters, designing holiday foliates, and drawing a merry little mouse.

Session Two will focus on gilding technique, painting festive script letters, and a layered wet and dry brush painting technique for the mouse. Watercolour will be used during the class, but these designs can be done with watercolour pencils or colour pencils. You can choose to add a sweet bird to your design along with your mouse. Your finished design will be suitable for framing or for printing as a seasonal card. The creation of an original design is encouraged but if you are new to drawing, there will be guides to follow in the handouts. There is something for all skill levels in this class and you will be able to build on these ideas for years to come! Bring a sense of wonder with you as we unleash the magic of these Holiday Charmers.

Holiday Charmers

Live online course
with video replay

Watch recordings
Oct. 7 - Nov. 19 2023

Live Zoom Sessions: 

October 7 & 8, 2023
1:00 pm New York Time

5 hours total:
2.5 hours per session with Q & A

Join live and/or just watch the recordings


All students may join live or just watch the recordings (or both!) as it suits your schedule. We understand that life happens, and the best laid plans...



These are just a few of the things that will be covered in the class... 


  • Designing a script letter
  • Layering wet and dry brush techniques
  • Adding shading and dimension
  • Adding highlights to your letters
  • Designing holiday foliates
  • A gilding technique

CLICK HERE for the Acorn Arts Amazon shop for the supplies for this class.

How our classes work

  • The class is a live Zoom class that will run for 2.5 hours with time for Q&A.
  • Each session is recorded and available to watch for a full 6 weeks.
  • With closed captioning and filmed in HD.
  • All you need can be found in the online classroom, including the handouts, the supply list, the Zoom links, and the videos to watch when convenient for you.

About Heather

Heather's work in promoting handwriting skills has attracted television, magazine and radio coverage in Canada. She conducts intensive workshops in Offhand Flourishing, Decorative Lettering and Ornamental Penmanship world-wide. Her art work is in private collections around the world and has been featured in Pen World, Bound and Lettered, Calligrafia, Somerset Studio, Romantic Homes, The Penman’s Journal, The Spencerian Review, 1000 Handmade Cards. The Speedball Textbook, The Copperplate Manual and Good Mail Day. She and her husband Chris create hand dyed or painted Held Pens which are highly sought after and in the hands of artists throughout the world.