Introduction to Ink Lettering

A course by Marianna Rezk Timcke
Designer specialized in calligraphy, lettering and typography. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined October 2014
, Designer specialized in calligraphy, lettering and typography

Know the significance of lettering by using different ink techniques and bring your works to a different level

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (20)
  • 644 students

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Introduction to Ink Lettering

Know the significance of lettering by using different ink techniques and bring your works to a different level

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (20)
  • 644 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 Lessons (2h 16m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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A blank canvas is an invitation to creativity and, in the case of Marianna Rezk, a brush or pencil are the favorite tools to let your passion flow. Marianna is passionate about lettering and in this course she will share her techniques for making letter compositions using ink.

You will learn to let go of your hand and your imagination while discovering basic notions of calligraphy, typography and lettering to compose a coherent and stylish phrase.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Bases and preparation
  • U3
    U3. Unique phrases
  • U4
    U4. I want my tote bag
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start by knowing Marianna, who will take you on a tour of the studies she has taken and her career in the world of letters. She will tell you some of her calligraphy and lettering , and show you some of the professionals who inspired her to follow the path of the letters.

You will lay the foundations by briefly learning what lettering and exploring compositions with ink by hand. You will discover some of the styles and types of letters you can use.

Next, Marianna will tell you in detail about each of the materials and tools you will use during the course.

You will discover simple exercises to warm your hand and get used to the pencil and paper. These exercises will help you train your eye with respect to the black and white of the letters, as well as the spacing between letters and words.

You will start working on your project by choosing a phrase with which you connect and you will sketch it with different fonts until you get the form that convinces you. Marianna will explain different techniques to create different widths, contrasts, fillings, etc.

You will pass your sketch to the final paper of high grammage in pencil, expanding your sentence to the desired size.

You will learn to make some effects with ink: gradient, borders, blends of colors and shadows before inking your design on the final paper.

Marianna will teach you to digitize your composition and correct errors, colors and lighting of your piece in Adobe Photoshop and leave your piece ready for printing.

Finally, you will learn some possible printing techniques to translate your phrase into a tote bag .

What is this course's project?

You will draw a phrase in ink that you will then stamp on a tote bag .

Who is it for?

To graphic designers, typographers, calligraphers, specialists in lettering and all lovers of letters who want to learn to do lettering and draw letters.

What you need

You do not need to have any previous knowledge about the drawing of letters, although the processes will be easier if you have general experience in drawing. You will need basic notions of Adobe Photoshop and a computer with the software .

As for materials, you will need: sketching, finishing and tracing papers; pencil, erasure and pencil sharpener; brushes of different shapes and water-based inks. As additional resources, Marianna recommends having a light table and a printer.


644 Students
20 Reviews
95% Positive ratings

Marianna Rezk Timcke

A course by Marianna Rezk Timcke

Designer specialized in calligraphy, lettering and typography

Marianna Rezk is a Colombian lettering artist, although she originally studied Industrial Design. It was in Barcelona (Spain) where he found his true professional purpose, having studied a master's degree in Graphic Design and another in Advanced Typography.

He has his own design studio, where he has the satisfaction of being able to exercise his great passion which is to make calligraphy, draw lettering and work with typography for different clients, including Ferrero Rocher, Tiffany & Co. , Hush Puppies and Ray-Ban.


  • U1


    • Know a little about me
    • Whom I admire
    • What we are going to do in the course
  • U2

    Bases and preparation

    • What is lettering and what styles of letters can we use?
    • Fantastic Tools
    • Warming of the hand and eye
  • U3

    Unique phrases

    • Find a phrase that connects with you
    • Sketching the composition
    • We went to the final role!
    • Great effects with ink - Part 1
    • Great effects with ink - Part 2
    • Now yes, inking!
  • U4

    I want my tote bag

    • Digitize your piece with love
    • Print and stamp your magnificent Tote Bag
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to lettering with ink

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Introduction to Ink Lettering. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Marianna Rezk Timcke

Introduction to Ink Lettering

A course by Marianna Rezk Timcke
Designer specialized in calligraphy, lettering and typography. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined October 2014
  • 95% Positive reviews (20)
  • 644 students