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Skip Allen

“I love to teach”, Skip remarks,“ I find that it is a wonderful sharing experience.” Skip is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of Painter with those anxious to learn about the program and the digital creative process. ​ Besides teaching, Skip enjoys making custom brushes for Painter. While he has made Impasto and Liquid Ink brushes, his favorites are Watercolor. His brushes are available for free at his blog Skip Allen Paints.

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About this course


Modern calligraphy is a looser version of traditional calligraphy. The modern calligrapher scribe does use some of the traditional methods but can break the rules and create something spontaneous and free.  In this class I will show you one basic modern font, which you will be able to alter and add your own spin. 

To be successful in any course, one must practice.  This course does require a lot of practice…more so than any other course.  As I built the course, I could not help but notice how my skills improved as I practiced. 

I give you various practice sheets to help you develop your skills.  I explain how to make the strokes that create the letters.  I show you an example of each letter as lower case and upper case.  Number examples are also included.  I demonstrate two examples of using modern calligraphy and ask you to finish two assignments. 

There are 26 videos, which are instantly available once you register for this course.  There are four practice sheet handouts and one brush, called Modern Calligraphy Pen-18.  The pen will work with Painter versions 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

I enjoyed creating this course and had a lot of fun with modern calligraphy.  I hope to see you in class.  We can have fun together.



Skill Level


Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painter™ 2018 or greater is required. Remember that you can download a 30-day trial version of the software to use for this class.
A Wacom Pen Tablet & Stylus- Using a Mouse is not the optimal tool for digital painting
A system capable of running Corel(r) Painter™ 2018 or greater

Hardware Requirements

4 GB of RAM or better Note: For optimum performance, your system should have 8GB of Ram or better


  • Introduction
  • Paper use
  • Learn and practice strokes used to create each letter.
  • Practice letters and numbers
  • Looking at spacing and connecting the letters
  • First exercise
  • How to bounce letters and use flourishing
  • More practice
  • Using Color, gradient, and Patterns with Modern Calligraph Pen-18
  • Second exercise

Course Overview - What will I receive when joining this course?

  • Me!  I will be available for you during the entire course run!  Should you have questions, I am more than happy to help you on your digital journey.  I ask that you place your question in the question forum.
  • Practice handouts
  • Custom brush compatible with versions 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
  • 26 video lessons.

Who is this class for?

  • People who love to paint with Corel Painter!
  • Digital Artists
  • Art enthusiasts
  • People interested in calligraphy

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