Tools and Materials for Calligraphy, Journaling, and Painting

A curated series on tools and materials taken from Randall Hasson’s Live Sessions and Videos

Set up your studio for Calligraphy, Lettering and Painting 

Whether you are an artist who wants to learn calligraphy, a calligrapher who wants to paint, or are a beginner who wants a background on what supplies to buy, this course will get you off to a great start! Intermediates will find ideas here too. And you’ll probably get to do some shopping...
A specially selected and organized series of videos
You’ll get a broad education on the materials Randall uses for his layering techniques with acrylics in large watercolor journals. You’ll see the basic tools that calligraphers use for layout and design. There will be a variety of videos with historical information on pen nibs and alternate lettering tools, why they were invented, and how they were initially used. With a concentration on mixed media from his Journal workshop, you’ll see what inks, paints, pens, pencils and markers Randall uses to incorporate lettering, calligraphy, and imagery onto his pages. In each of these sections, you’ll see examples of the textural effects that can be created.
Over 5 hours of content  and growing
with new videos that will also be added from future courses as they are created.

The Tools and Materials Course is for people who want to get an organized education on what materials they should stock in their studios to meet their artistic and calligraphic goals.

With curated videos taken from each of his popular pre-recorded courses and live sessions, you’ll gain understanding of why artists' materials such as acrylics, mixed media, and papers act the way they do. Knowing the “why” will allow you to choose your materials wisely.

Randall’s teaching process will give you the information you need to take away your fear of the blank page. He’ll cover both water soluble and permanent inks, markers, brush pens, and paints, and show examples of the effects they produce when used in the right combinations.

Why choose Courses from the Hasson Studio?

A superior quality, informative presentation is the highest priority in Randall’s Course offerings.
He has a focus on the WHY of his subject matter. Each course has detailed introductions with history and background, information on materials, and skill session videos geared towards your learning style. Short videos allow a more focused concentration, while longer presentations can give a greater overview for those who learn better that way.

Features of these Online Courses

Extended access allows you to learn at your own pace.
Classes are ready to begin as soon as your payment is processed.

  • Classes are prerecorded, allowing you to watch on your own schedule
  • Videos are recorded in High Definition video with multiple camera angles
  • Videos are paced for the artist; unnecessary pauses and wasted time are edited out.
  • Copious handouts, resources, or detailed materials videos are included with each course.
  •  2 years of extended access for individual courses; 3 years for multiple class bundles. 

We also recommend adding Randall's Live Sessions and Session Replays for a full year (10 sessions)
These sessions include presentations, projects, questions and answers, and the ability to interact with fellow students. Live Session Replays are posted so new students can catch the ones they missed, and a private Facebook Group allows you to comment, share your work, and get inspired. 

Course Curriculum

Barbara Filoromo

Artist, calligrapher
(Barbara is on the left)

Randy is truly a master of his craft as well as a gifted instructor. He shares his breadth and depth of knowledge in a professional way that allows participants to readily enhance their own skills. His on-line workshops are a rich experience. The quality of the videos and the instructional content have kept me engaged, inspired, and encouraged to continue learning.

Course Pricing

Tools & materials: Calligraphy, Journals, Painting

$50 USD

  • An overview of basic tools and materials

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Randall Hasson

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of over 25 Arts, Lettering Arts, and Educational Conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He is the author of articles on a variety of Art or Lettering Art related subjects and has appeared as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering Public Art, Art History, the Painting Process, Collaborative Art Projects, and the History of Writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM Alphabet in West Africa.

In 2015, he co-edited of the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook. In addition to a series of online workshops called Writing with a Bent Nib, Randall is currently writing and designing his forthcoming book Teaching America How to Letter – The Speedball Story, a history of commercial lettering and American show card writing in the 1900’s.