Calligraphy with a Ruling Pen

A course by Silvia Cordero Vega
Graphic designer and calligrapher. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2017
, Graphic designer and calligrapher

Learn to master the calligraphy technique and to bring expression to your letters

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (191)
  • 2332 students

Learn to master the calligraphy technique and to bring expression to your letters

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (191)
  • 2332 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 lessons (2h 16m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Silvia Cordero Vega - graphic designer and calligraphist better known as' Letrerías'- will teach you to master the technique of calligraphy and drawing with tiralíneas, the most versatile and expressive tool used by contemporary professionals.

You will learn to create your own tyrannical lines and you will know the technique to create highly expressive paths, from the basic movement to more elaborate compositions.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Travel itinerary: introduction
  • U2
    U2. Calligraphic suitcase: the materials
  • U3
    U3. Good trip: the style
  • U4
    U4. Confines: the scope of the line
  • U5
    U5. Runway: final piece
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start knowing the work of Silvia and you will immerse yourself completely in the world of tyraline.

You will embark with her on a journey through the different typologies of this tool, her genealogy and you will discover which are the media and supports that best match this discipline.

You will learn, too, to build your own toolbar with simple and easy-to-find tools.

Next, you will begin to experiment with the letters through different exercises. You will start with the lowercase, and then move towards the uppercase.

Silvia will teach you the importance of working with energy and rhythm and the best way to manipulate a tyraline. You will discover how a tool that was born to be applied in technical drawing, can bring to your calligraphic projects a modern and artisanal touch.

To finish, you will learn different tricks and effects that will bring a different style to your calligraphy projects with pencils. And you will create a composition in which you will apply all the knowledge acquired during the course.

What is this course's project?

Supported by the technique of calligraphy and expressive illustration created with chalk lines, you will make a poster with unique effects.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Calligraphers, typographers, lyricists, illustrators, designers, lovers of letters and illustration with traditional methods, with concerns to learn how to handle a particularly expressive technique.

What you need

It is advisable to have previous notions of calligraphy, although it is not an indispensable requirement, since Silvia will explain to you how to work with tyralignals step by step.

When it comes to the materials you will need: soft pencil, sketch paper, quality paper with texture, a pen and ink or tempera.


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Silvia Cordero Vega

A course by Silvia Cordero Vega

Graphic designer and calligrapher

She trained as a graphic designer and calligrapher in her hometown, Buenos Aires and in Europe and the United States, learning from prominent international calligraphers.

For almost three decades she has developed a dissemination task and is strongly involved in projects for the development of calligraphy in Argentina and Latin America that lead her to give workshops and conferences in universities, foundations and associations around the world.

Among her clients are Casa Foa -the biggest interior design fair in Argentina-, Papelera Palermo and various foreign agencies, although a good part of her work is focused on author projects and with a social or artistic character.

She is the author of Alphabets, flora and fauna and Travel in tiralíneas , from the visual collection of calligraphy and for more than 20 years she shares her calligraphic knowledge through teaching.


  • U1

    Travel itinerary: introduction

    • Check in: presentation
    • An own atlas: influences
    • Find a treasure
  • U2

    Calligraphic suitcase: the materials

    • Round the world: the line
    • Typologies: what, how and for what
    • Tin man: how to build it
    • Alchemy: means and supports
  • U3

    Good trip: the style

    • Starting point: soften the hand
    • First destination: basic exercises
    • Rhythmic tours
    • Earth in sight: lowercase letters (Part 1)
    • Earth in sight: lowercase letters (Part 2)
    • Other reliefs: capital letters
  • U4

    Confines: the scope of the line

    • The great contortionist: variations and postures
    • Off-road: FX
    • Other clues: plots and drawings
  • U5

    Runway: final piece

    • Landscapes: composition
    • Souvenir: travel poster
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Calligraphy with tiraline

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Calligraphy with a Ruling Pen. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Silvia Cordero Vega

Calligraphy with a Ruling Pen

A course by Silvia Cordero Vega
Graphic designer and calligrapher. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2017
  • 100% positive reviews (191)
  • 2332 students