Flourishing…an elegant dance on paper! 

To give italic greater “presence and flamboyance” in our designs, we will study the construction of flourishes, break them into parts and then learn how to create and refine them – with pencil first, and secondly with various strokes of the broad-edged pen. Where and when to use them will be discussed, as well as how to add unique decorative elements to the flourish. You will be challenged with a project, flourishing in the round (or spiral) – a circular design incorporating your chosen words, with FANTASTIC FLOURISHES woven around its circumference. Finishing it with fine art tools and materials. Holly will demonstrate how she thinks as she constructs flourishes as well as coaching you with yours. 


Our very-own Holly V. Monroe is a third-generation calligrapher with a deep appreciation for beautiful lettering. Tutored from her youth, by her mother in art, and her father in calligraphy, she has since studied under some of the world’s finest calligraphy instructors. After graduating from Miami of Ohio, Holly opened her own studio (1980) in Cincinnati under the family name, Heirloom Artists. In 2015, she moved her studio to Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Holly’s motivation is “to feed the soul by making meaningful words beautiful.” She captures Biblical and inspirational texts with flourishes, florals, illustrations and colorful hand lettering. Her specialties are lettering on calfskin and illuminating with gold leaf.


Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: In the comfort of your own home. Zoom meeting ID will be sent to you after registration and shortly before the workshop. Create a free zoom account before the workshop at https://zoom.us/

Level of Workshop: All levels

Tuition: $55 (members) and $85 (non-members) which provides membership through 2020.

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Registration: Opens July 6, 2020 (Online registration will open at 9:00 am.)

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Mark Kaufman, Workshop Co Chair
Ingrid Slezak,  Workshop Co Chair

PSC Workshops
1934 NE Hancock Street
Portland, OR 97212