A Tutorial For Adding Texture To Calligraphy In Volcom's "School Of Cool" With Gemma O'Brien

For the third and final episode of Volcom School Of Cool with Gemma O’Brien, Gemma wraps up this three part “How To” series of hand lettering tutorials by demonstrating how she adds texture to calligraphy by using balsa wood instead of a pen.

In this lesson Gemma begins by showing you the basics behind her calligraphy technique and how to begin working with this style of hand lettering, to then how she adds a bit of texture to the technique by replacing the standard calligraphy pen with a piece of balsa wood. Below is a list of all the supplies you’ll need to follow along with Gemma in this episode.

You will need:

  • A3 paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Balsa Wood (available at most art supply stores)
  • Ink
  • Lightbox (optional)