T I M E  T O  R E F I N E 
Heather Victoria Held, Instructor


Take your offhand flourishing to the next level as you refine your strokes and add new layers of dimension to your work. True offhand flourishing is done without pre-planning or designing. It is the direct process of thinking on paper. But as your designs take on more complexity you may want to use the pencil to plan aspects of the designs. Taking the time to refine our flourishing skills will help you take your designs to a higher level.

Inspired by the glow of the autumn season we will add a glimmer of magic and create graceful garlands, shapes, and frames. Colour will be explored mainly through watercolours, but we will accent with metallics, coloured pencil and a touch of white gouache. You will find so many opportunities to augment your calligraphic work with these opulent flourishes.

How it works


This is a live Zoom class over two days, September 17th & 18th, 2022, at 1PM EDT (GMT-4).

The lessons will be 2 hours with an optional 30 minutes for questions afterwards.

The Zoom classes will be recorded and available through October 18th.


Check the class time in your time zone below:




Live online course with video replay

September 17 & 18, 2022, 1PM EDT (GMT-4)

5 hours total:
2 hours per session
+ 30 min. optional Q&A
(all recordings available through October 18th)

Chisato Uno

Heather's classes are always so inspiring and fun! She has an ingenious way of making intimidating flourishing accessible and easy to understand. I always leave her classes with the tools and confidence to create more on my own. 

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


  • refine your flourishing designs
  • delicate etching techniques with pointed pen
  • pointed pen drawing skills
  • learn to plan flourishes with pencil
  • learn to create garlands, shapes, and frames
  • enhancing you designs with watercolors, coloured pencils, and metallic inks

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

About Heather

Heather Victoria Held is a Canadian freelance lettering artist who operates The Victorian Pen studio in St. George, Ontario. She has studied extensively with Master Penman Michael Sull and Master Penman Brian Walker. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Spencerian Heritage Award given through Michael Sull at the Spencerian Saga. She was a long time member of Master Penman Brian Walker’s Spencerian Review Study Group, CLAS, The Copperplate Special Interest Group, and a faculty member of several International Calligraphy Conferences.


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