Catherine Langsdorf - Botanical Embellishments - October 16

The class is presented by Lettering Arts Guild of Red Deer:

Botanical Embellishments For Calligraphy with Catherine Langsdorf

October 16, 2021

9:00 am - noon MST Via Zoom

Lettering Arts Guild of Red Deer members $30/non-members $$45

An online workshop with Catherine Langsdorf, scribe. Our time together will emphasize calligraphic flourishes and decorative florals. Students will explore the small, pointed brush marker to build up floral motifs. These designs can be used in journals, on cards and envelopes, and with frame-able art. Students will work along with the instructor to create a finished wreath of florals. Learning how to use and exploit the flexibility of a pointed brush on botanical embellishments will train the calligrapher’s hand which can then be transferred to various alphabets. All levels welcome.

There will be three learning units: learning the tool and building a range of elements, creating botanical motifs, and making a wreath. During instruction of botanicals, other tips of the trade will be shared (measurement shortcuts and writing in a circle.) There will be quick breaks between each unit. Colour handouts will be provided prior to this workshop for students to print out. This will be an interactive workshop for participants to ask questions and to show completed project.

Examples of Catherine’s work on this topic can best be found on Instagram #lvs_botanical

Recorded live class via Zoom with recording for watching at a later date

9:00 am to 12:00 noon MST

Supply List:


  • Brush markers - Pentel, Sign Pen Brush tip (flexible tip) | recommend three colors of your choice (M97)
  • Alternative:Le Pen Flex Brush Marker, colors of your choice (M148)
  • Last resort: Pitt, Faber-Castell brush marker, small size (M43)


  • Canson Marker XL (purple cover), semi translucent, 18lb., 9” x 12”
  • Alternative - Bienfang Marker, 100% rag, 13.5 lbs trans, pads of 50 (P41)
  • Tracing Paper - just a few sheets (P112)
  • Various envelopes - ones on hand, minimum size 5” by 7”

Watercolor supplies:

  • Small round brush (size 2, 4 or 6) and small container for water (BR30) (S1005)

Other items to bring to class:

  • Pencils – artist quality HB and 2B or 4B (PL38)
  • Eraser – Hi Polymer eraser or another artist quality (E13)
  • Low tack tape (like painters’ tape) (S931)
  • Ruler (S270)


  • Black, Pigma Micron by Sakura | two sizes, 01 (.25mm) and 05 (.45mm) (M17)
  • Scrap piece of watercolor paper – hot press, 8.5” x 11” or smaller
  • compass (S1061)

PLEASE use what you have on hand and experiment.