Calligraphy for an Ex Libris

A course by Ricardo Rousselot Schmidt
Calligrapher, Typographer and Designer. Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain.
Joined February 2015
, Calligrapher, Typographer and Designer

Learn the secrets of Chancery Calligraphy with a great maestro

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (248)
  • 3377 students

Learn the secrets of Chancery Calligraphy with a great maestro

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (248)
  • 3377 students
  • 17 lessons (3h 26m)
  • 20 additional resources (15 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

Ricardo Rousselot -Calgrafo, Typographer and Designer who has worked for brands such as Nike, La Casera, La Vanguardia, El Corte Ingles, Panrico, Nestle or Borges among others- will teach you the basic knowledge to enter the exciting world of Calligraphy.

By drawing the letter Cancilleresca, a Renaissance alphabet emerged at the beginning of the 15th century in the court of the Medicis that was later adopted by the Papal Chancery for the drafting of administrative documents, you will learn a little more about its history, the Ductus and the "Short cuts" or shortcuts necessary for optimal performance.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. This is me
  • U2
    U2. Let's prepare
  • U3
    U3. Writing Chancellor's
  • U4
    U4. We are going to make an Ex libris
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin by knowing the trajectory and the works of Ricardo Rousselot and then delving into the authors, books and images that have most influenced him.

Below you will discover the history of the Chancellor's Office and the tools necessary for writing: pens, inks and paper.

Then, Ricardo will explain exhaustively the Ductus de la Cancilleresca, that is, the way, the direction, the sequence and the speed at which the strokes or traits that make up the letters are drawn.

When you are ready, you will touch to write. Following the indications of Rousselot you will learn to master the morphology of the letter, the interlinear and interletrado as well as the uppercase and lowercase.

At the end of the course, after doing numerous exercises, you will use the letter Chancellor to draw an EX LIBRIS or personal mark adding the ornamentation typical of the era, although rabidly modern today.

What is this course's project?

Once you have learned this beautiful and versatile handwriting, you will design an Ex Libris (stamp, label or stamp that used to be placed on the cover or cover of a book and that contains the name of the owner of the copy) or personal mark profusely decorated with pen strokes.

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Who is this online course for?

All people interested in Calligraphy, with curiosity and desire to create with their hands, are welcome!

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge of Calligraphy is necessary. Regarding the necessary materials, there are not too many (wide pen, Nogalina ink and Kraft paper). In addition, you will have a list of addresses where to buy them.


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Ricardo Rousselot Schmidt

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Calligrapher, Typographer and Designer

Ricardo Rousselot from a very young age had a vocation to draw letters. In 1957, in the study of Enrique Petersen of Buenos Aires, Rousselot ventures into the world of printing and typographic design.

In 1962, he moved to the city of Chicago, and went to work at the Ficho & Corley studio, working as a designer collaborating on publications such as Playboy Magazine, in numerous advertising campaigns for leading agencies such as JWThompson, Young & Rubicam and packaging lines for Libbys, Bordens Milk, Seven Up, RG Dunn Tobbaccos, Kleenex Tissues, Kraft Foods and Conqueror papers among others. During his stay in Chicago, in Europe, a lot of things were happening in the field of design, predominating the style of the School of Switzerland (Helvetica and Univers).

In 1975 he settled in Barcelona, for his Modernist career and established his own studio of Design, Corporate Image, and Packaging. Already in his own studio, making use of his knowledge of calligraphy and typography, designs "Premium" packaging: Tobacco, Perfumery and Spirits for companies such as Tabacalera, Tabacanarias, Tobacco from the Philippines, Domecq, Larios, Miquel and Costas & Miquel (Smoking), Perfumeries Dana, Elida Gibbs, Puig and Myrurgia, La Casera, Kass, Nutrexpa , and a long etc. They commission your designs.

Design the logotype of the newspaper LA VANGUARDIA of Barcelona. (In 2009 redesigns the current logo of this prestigious newspaper).

Among its clients, Rousselot, Designers, from 2000 is called Grupo Erre, among its clients are Casa de Tarradellas, Hacendado, Spanair Líneas Aereas, Reckit Benckiser, Bic Iberia, Miquel and Costas & Miquel, (Smoking), Friskies Purina , Nestle Purina Petcare, BORGES, Marcilla Farm, Juvé & Camps, Claramunt House and the wineries: Cavas Avinyó, Miguel Merino, and Borton World Brand. Recently Panrico, Dom Perignon, Nike, Gallina Blanca and MN & A, reusable Stands have been added.

A Rousselot can be described as a scribe, calligrapher, designer, draftsman of letters ... whatever it is called, is ultimately a lover of the letter. She has devoted practically all her life to her designs, recently being very well collected in the work, jointly edited by the Museum of Il·lustració i la Modernitat of Valencia (MuVIM) and the publisher Campgràfic Calligraphy lives!


  • U1

    This is me

    • Presentation of my work and the project of the course
    • I introduce myself (Part II)
    • Influences
  • U2

    Let's prepare

    • A bit of history about the chancellery
    • Writing tools 1
    • Writing tools 2
    • Paper
    • The inks
  • U3

    Writing Chancellor's

    • The Ductus, guided and modules
    • Morphology of the letter
    • Interlinear, interletrado, digraphs and additional letters
    • Uppercase, lowercase, numbers and interrogations
    • Continuous writing (Part I)
    • Continuous writing (Part II)
  • U4

    We are going to make an Ex libris

    • Creation of the Ex libris (Part I)
    • Creation of the Ex Libris (Part II)
    • Ex libris application
  • FP

    Final project

    • Calligraphy for an Ex libris

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Calligraphy for an Ex Libris. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Ricardo Rousselot Schmidt

Calligraphy for an Ex Libris

A course by Ricardo Rousselot Schmidt
Calligrapher, Typographer and Designer. Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain.
Joined February 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (248)
  • 3377 students