Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Story of the Brushscript Class

Are you someone who takes a lot of online classes and enjoys learning new tricks and techniques that way? I have to admit that it takes a pretty amazing-sounding class description to get me to sign up for these sorts of things. Only because I know my time is fairly limited so I have to choose carefully.  

Oh, and really... it's also because I often lack the enthusiasm to see it through all the way until the end. I'm too inpatient I think. I'll take the first few lessons and then decide I've learned enough and I just want to do it my way now ;-) I admit... not really the best tactic!

So with that insight into my thoughts about online classes then you must believe me when I say this..... the Kal Barteski Life Scripted class at Studio Calico is one of the best classes I've ever taken! It's totally rocked my scrapping world! Yes I saw it through to the very end. I watched every video, taking notes as I went. I bought some supplies and I've practiced the techniques she taught. And then I've actually applied what I learned and included brushscript into a number of projects now.

I was just mentioning this on the Studio Calico forum, but here's some of the reasons why I loved this class...

1. It's obvious Kal is completely in love with the process, and her enthusiasm is contagious. I've never seen anyone so excited about stirring paint around before!

2. It is a new skill. It's something completely different than many other classes. So once you've learned it, you've got the opportunity to really change the way you create. At least, that's what I've found. 

3. Apart from the class, you really don't need to invest in a whole lot of new tools or other equipment to keep it up. Kal will take you through all the materials she prefers to use, and she's got lots of good reasons for that. But in all honesty, I've had just as much fun using an ordinary paint brush, black ink (misting ink.... like Mr Hueys) and some ordinary printing paper (although I do like the drawing paper better).

I was practicing my newfound skills at my recent Escape 2 Create retreat and it caught the attention of lots of interested bystanders, including my fellow teacher Kim Archer. Earlier this week she published a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at my practice and process of creating this layout on the Jot Magazine blog. You can see that feature here.

Even though the Kal Barteski Life Scripted class has finished running in real time and the message boards have closed, you can still sign up for the class today. It's proved so popular (with good reason) that Studio Calico are going to continue to provide you access to it. You'll still be able to watch all the videos, download the PDF's, get the digital files etc etc, so I think it's definitely still worthwhile investing. You can find out more information and sign up here. If you've taken the class already... what did you think?


  1. Love your layout, that script is stunning.. and I watch online videos and get lots of tips and inspiration from them.. there is always something new to learn!

  2. Hi Natalie~I also took Kal's Brush Script video class & absolutely LOVED it! I agree, Kal's enthusiasm is contagious & fun :-) it was a great class! I really love how you've used brush script in your layout-it's just wonderful!

  3. Absolutely amazing! I tell you I would be over at yours if I lived closer, just to watch you in action scrapbooking and pick up as many tips as I can. I am ALWAYS in awe of your pages, always!

  4. I'm a little like you Natalie and seriously stuck for time .. Looks like you got heaps out of it and i look forward to seeing your applied techniques.. Your work is always so interesting anyways.. this should make it even more spectacular .

  5. Love it! The title, the photo & cropping. You're handwriting (painting?) is superb!


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