In this workshop, even beginners to brush pens can make words into art using “tsutefude,” or brush pen technique. Tsutefude has become popular in Japan in recent years as a more accessible style of calligraphy. In Japan, the cultural tradition of calligraphy known as “shodo” has blossomed over the centuries, yet even Japanese people can struggle with handling the brushes and obtaining the materials needed to practice, like inkstone and sumi ink. The brush pen used in this workshop retains the feel of a traditional brush while containing ink similar to fountain pen ink, allowing the ink to flow through the tip. This allows people of all experience levels and backgrounds to enjoy calligraphy!
This workshop covers everything you need to know to make beautiful artwork:
1. Learn how to use a brush pen:
Characteristics of a brush pen
How to hold a brush pen
How to create lines with a brush pen
2. Practice by imitating examples in both Japanese and English using the tsutefude technique:
Choose from two examples and practice the characters:
3. Use a brush pen in your favorite color to create a message card:
Pick either a postcard or a folded greeting card, and decorate it using the characters practiced in step 2
All materials will be provided for this event, so you don’t need to bring anything other than yourself!
About the Instructor
Representative Director of the Tsutefude Association
Focusing on brush pens to transform invisible "emotions" into words, we developed the hand-lettering method "Tsutefude" that allows even beginners to create artistic-like lettering in just a few hours. In 2015, the Tsutefude Association was founded. We achieved collaborations with anime and the Evangelion Exhibition. Our Tsutefude event was featured at the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom and covered by five British newspapers. A workshop at Paris-Rouen "Samurai Japan" saw a turnout of 576 participants and concluded with great success.
Together with over 300 instructors from both Japan and abroad, we have transformed the writing of over 40,000 individuals in just five years.
-Held art exhibitions in Tokyo Ginza.
"Improve Your Writing with Straight Lines!" (Sanmark Publishing)
"Create Artistic-Like Lettering in Just a Few Hours" (E-book)
With the vision of spreading the joy of hearts connecting through handwriting to the world, we are expanding our activities overseas.