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Tamasin Ford

5 | 78 reviews

Chicago, IL

I am a enthusiastic lover of all things lettering! You can see my work on Instagram @bestlifelettering and join one of my classes to share the thrill of creation with me!

Tamasin's Reviews

5 | 78 reviews
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    Marette F.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    The two-hour class flew by! It was so much fun to learn something new and Tamasin offers lots of tips and encouragement.

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    Lindsay T.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin's class was great! I have been trying to practice lettering at home but her suggestions and coaching really helped add more style to my lettering. Had a lot of fun too, highly recommend!

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    Carla T.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This is just what I was looking for! I appreciated the tips and tricks and individual attention that the teacher gave as she "coached" us throughout the class. This let us play around and get comfortable with trying out strokes and letters while also being able to get feedback and ask questions.

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    Lisa C.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great class! Helpful and fun!

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    Constance J.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Talented instructor, beautiful space, lots of personalized hands-on instruction at a great price. I learned so much!

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    Bailee L.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I was so excited to see a brush lettering class on Dabble, and I'm so happy I signed up! Tamasin was great - she provided awesome one-on-one feedback to each person in the workshop and explained the different types of materials and lettering styles well. I'd take her class again in a heartbeat!

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    Erin S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was such a wonderful two hours. It was so relaxing and informative. You get one on one feedback from the instructor. The lettering really is easy enough to learn. I was shocked at how good I got at it in just a short time.

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    Sherry Y.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin is a very talented teacher and comes well prepared. I learned a lot and it is a very hands on experience. Would recommend to anyone!

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    Haley R.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I really enjoyed this class and would recommend it for newbies. Aside from having a general overview, most of the class-time was dedicated to practicing technique, which is key for beginners. You will leave with a new pen and several practice sheets - yay!

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    Lauren S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I really enjoyed this class. I've been interested in brush lettering for awhile, but had never taken the steps to really understand what it's all about. I liked that we had the majority of the time to actually practice lettering, while the teacher came around and gave everyone individual feedback.

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    Jessica W.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great class for beginners! Teacher provided plenty of material for practice after class.

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    Havah S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was a great first Dabble experience! Tamasin talked for about 10 minutes and then let us practice for the rest of the time, which I was initially a little skeptical about (I like structure), but with her handmade building block-style worksheets and personal coaching it was the perfect way to spend the two hours! I got feedback on my own lettering and also got to hear everyone else's questions that I hadn't even thought of yet. She also shared her personal learning curve and encouraged us that it's all about practice, practice, practice. Thank you, Tamasin!

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    Stephanie B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This class was a perfect introduction to modern brush lettering--all hands-on with some very helpful tips from the instructor! This was a great class to (begin to) learn a new skill while still having fun converstaions with my fellow Dabbler friends in the session.

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    Kim P.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I really enjoyed this class! It was the perfect after work activity for winding down after a long day. Tamasin was a great teacher and offered plenty of hands-on help, which I really appreciated! She clearly understands technique and was able to translate into instructions that I understood. I'd recommend this class to anyone who wants to try their hand at brush lettering!

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    Micheli J.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin is a great teacher. She gives detailed feedbacks and individualized instructions and critique. I just wish she offers classes for the not so beginners anymore.

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    Natale A.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I loved this class!! Tomasin is so helpful and gives each person very individual feedback which really helped me improve my skills. She doesn't waste much time talking, she allows everyone to dive in and start practicing right away. The brush pen that is included with the class price makes practicing and keeping up with the skill even easier. I highly recommend it to any calligraphy/ creative writing newbie!

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    Brett Ashley B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was a great class to learn the basics of lettering. Tamasin does an amazing job of giving you all the tools you'll need to get started including your own brush pen and plenty of practice sheets. Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace. Throughout the two hours Tamasin makes her way around the table multiple times to give individualized attention so you can see what you're doing well and tips for how to improve on more challenging letters.

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    Selga M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This class was excellent! Very hands on with the instructor spending a lot of time with every person in the class to discuss technique and give pointers. Was a great way to start developing lettering skills!

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    Lauren B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This class was great! Tamasin is a patient teacher and gives each person individualized attention throughout the class - which was a pleasant surprise! The majority of the class is spent practicing strokes, letters, and words, and she comes around to provide constructive criticism. It's definitely a harder skill than I expected, but it was fun to learn!

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    Jessica S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    The teacher was very helpful and positive. I really enjoyed myself and I was able to learn things that I enjoyed in a very short period of time.

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    Sarah K.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Wonderful introductory class to brush lettering. Fun new skill to learn and great 1:1 attention from the instructor giving you personal tips based on what she's seeing in your practice work.

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    Rita W.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Fun day learning a new skill that creatively sparks your mind. I'm using the basics I learned in this class to practice modern lettering each day to get even better! Recommend this class if you're looking for a creative outlet or to learn a new artistic skill.

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    Sarah T.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    It was a great class! Time went by so fast.

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    Amber B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    The class was great! It went by SO fast! Tamasin was great and walked around to give feedback throughout.

    The building was very chilly, dress warmly even if you're not prone to chill!

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    Meghan P.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    The class was great! Really enjoyable and I learned a lot!

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    Alisa M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I had such a fun time at this class. Tamasin was very knowledgeable, and custom-tailored her support to each individual student. I walked out having learned way more than I expected in such a short time... be warned though - you're going to want to hand-letter everything in your life after this class!!!

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    Amanda M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    The class was a great learning experience. The teacher was very knowledgeable and created a comfortable learning environment. It's also BYOB!

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    Bailey S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was a great way to spend a cold Chicago Saturday! It seems like such a simple thing to learn, but lettering is fairly difficult and does take a bit of instruction. Love that the class comes with a take-home pen as I've been practicing like crazy ever since!

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    Judith W.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I never tried lettering of any kind.
    The class was challenging; learning to write like in grade school.
    Tamasin's teaching technique was both patient and supportive.
    This was a great class that I would try again!!

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    Jennifer P.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Class was instruction and practice of the skill. Relaxing atmosphere

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    Becky M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Very relaxing and fun! Engaged and professional teacher, helpful feedback and tips. Great class for developing brush control - almost meditative.

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    Stephanie A.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was my first Dabble class and I loved it! Tamasin was great and all 10 or so of us got a ton of personal feedback as we worked through the workbook she had assembled for us.

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    Delaina M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great intro to lettering. I just need to keep practicing!

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    Michelle L.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin did a great job in the intro class. She provided background information and then allowed us to practice while giving individualized tips throughout the class. I'm excited to try modern lettering on my own!

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    Mayon Y.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great intro class to brush calligraphy! Tamasin was a great instructor--she started with a 15 minute explanation of supplies and starter tips, and the rest of the class was spent working on worksheets she had created. The worksheets were really helpful for beginners, as they broke down each letter into strokes. I had fun and left wanting to practice more at home.

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    Genevieve N.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Time flew by during this class. It was great getting feedback through out the class.

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    Anna Kate T.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I can't think of a better way to spend a cold Chicago Saturday, and modern lettering has become my new favorite hobby! I really appreciated Tamasin's building block approach, starting with lines and strokes and building to letters and words, and her 1:1 feedback was helpful.

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    Mollie L.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This class could benefit from being a little smaller, to allow the teacher more time with each person. Overall, it was great!

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    Ashley D.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This class was so fun and relaxing! Tamasin was a great teacher and was great at answering questions. I really like the set up of the class, you could take it super seriously and stay focused, or you could go slow and enjoy your glass of wine! Definitely reccomend!

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    Carolyn B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin's class was great! She provided really helpful worksheets and instruction, and spent 1-1 time with each student to help them improve. Such a fun way to spend a night with friends.

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    Tess O.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin was great! The class was fun and very informal. she provided constructive feedback for each person in the class and I left feeling like I really learned something. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to find a new hobby.

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    Christine S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Wonderful experience taking modern lettering with Ms. Tamasin! Learned so much about modern lettering from her!

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    Kimberly P.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Really enjoyed Modern Lettering and all the tips and guidance that's Tamasin shared with us. Definitely recommend!

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    Janine M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I absolutely loved this class! Learning this writing technique was hard but Tamasin was a helpful and reassuring teacher. We listened to fun music in a beautiful room and chatted while practicing our new technique. Highly recommend this class!!

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    Ella L.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was a really fun and approachable class. Anyone wanting to beautify letters, cards, invites, their notebooks, journal, etc would benefit! The materials and personal instruction are really helpful!

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    Eleanor B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Loved it! Lots of worksheets and a teacher who took time with each and every one of us in the class. Looking forward to more from Tamasin.

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    Monica J.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    It was an awesome way to end the weekend. It was so fun to learn. Tamasin offered great tips and walked around making sure everyone was doing well.

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    Allie U.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was a great Dabble class! Our instructor was very friendly and open, providing individualized and constructive feedback to each of as we practiced our Modern Lettering. There was a great Girls Night vibe in the room and the space was perfect for the activity and the size of the group that attended. The take-home materials were well organized and have been so helpful in practicing at home. I would highly recommend this class to friends and family!

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    Nohemi M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Modern Lettering with Tamasin Ford, was such a pleasant class. The information was very clear and easy to follow along. Instructional and practice sheets were included. You can move at your own pace, and the class is small enough you receive personalized critique about technique. This is definitely a class for someone who has not done calligraphy before. Lots of emphasis on creating muscle memory with repetitive strokes. You'll definitely walk away with the basics to start creating. I look forward to a possible intermediate class to help enhance those beginner skills.

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    Emili S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    My girl friend and I had so much fun at this class! The class was taught in a relaxed environment, the teacher was very helpful, and we were able to go at our own pace. The best part was that we were able to keep the special lettering pen the teacher gave us and went home with a booklet of instructables so we could continue to practice our lettering at home. The BOYB factor made it even more fun as everyone was able to let loose and chat with others around them and give each other fun feedback.

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    Janice D.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin did a great job explaining how to do modern lettering and going around the classroom giving individual help as we practiced.

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    Sarah E.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was a laid back and fun class, perfect for beginners! I left wanting to know and practice more, and appreciated the one on one feedback the most.

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    Kelsey S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Very fun, relaxing environment. I learned a lot from Tamasin and really appreciated that she spent time with everyone individually to show them how to improve.

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    Stephanie S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This was a great class! A lot of practice is needed to master these techniques so be aware that the course is mostly working on specific brush strokes. These brush strokes are necessary for every single word! The teacher was very patient and had a lot of great advice. She walked around to individually help each person as well as gave the basic guidelines to everyone. I would recommend the class to someone that is serious about wanting to learn modern lettering.

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    Lisa W.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I've been trying to teach myself how to do modern lettering through online videos, but I wasn't getting where I felt like I needed to be. Tamasin really helped me understand some of the idiosyncrasies that I was not getting alone. This was a very valuable class for me.

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    Jeanette B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I went to the class with no practice. The information presented and was helpful for the skill being practice.

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    Sarah M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great class! Very knowledgeable and informative instruction.

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    Michelle B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    The class was fun and interactive; the instructor was awesome! Would love to take another class with her!

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    Nikki F.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin was fabulous! She took the time to work one on one with each person in the class which was great as some people were at different paces.

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    Lauren W.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This is clearly not Tamasin's first rodeo--she is an experienced teacher, and it shows. The format of the class is great: she gives a speech at the beginning introducing you to lettering and the basic strokes and then she walks around giving (patient and helpful) one-on-one feedback and tips. I love that she gave us a pen and custom workbook to use during class AND take home. I will definitely continue to work on this skill!

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    Kristin M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great class! The format worked well with Tamasin starting with tips and an overview of brush lettering, moving into strokes, then letters, then connecting words. You get a free pen and notebook with details to take home! She also walks around the entire class to help everyone individually.

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    Heather S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Fun class. The time passed quickly & it was rather soothing to work on the lettering!

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    Nicole B.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I had a great time taking this class! There was plenty of time to practice and Tamasin was able to go around and around the table to give one on one advice as we progressed through the exercises. I have kept up my practice this whole weekend!

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    Hannah R.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I really enjoyed this class! Tamasin did a great job at breaking down the process of hand-lettering and giving instruction. Her practice packets are a great tool for learning and her individual feedback was very useful.

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    Alex M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin's class was a joy to take. She was fun and relatable, while still managing to impart a lot of information without it feeling overwhelming.

    I hope she offers an intermediate class in the near future!

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    Lavina R.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    The class was fantastic!! The teacher came around to you individually and really made sure we knew basic strokes and where we could improve in a very encouraging and kind manner. Would highly recommend this course!

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    Kim T.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I enjoyed the class and was able to confidently do the lettering by the time it was over. I look forward to doing more projects with the skill I learned.

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    Dana S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Modern Lettering was such a fun class! Tamasin provided instruction pages to get you going and practicing was fun. She was helpful to everyone - overall a great class that really flew by.

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    Megan L.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Tamasin was personable, patient and made the class fun! She even offered teas and coffee to sip on while learning. She had a well thought out packet of information that was a nice take home for future use.

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    Maureen D.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great class! Low key environment with great balance of 1 on 1 help and enough time to practice on your own. Tamasin was very patient and knowledgeable!

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    Cristina G.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Great class

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    Bridget K.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    Loved it! Definitely requires patience but Tamasin is awesome and an absolute expert. 2 hours is a long time for this so come in with patience and no expectation of how good you should be at first. Practice makes perfect for this and I look forward to taking another class!

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    Marisa M.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    I thought this was an excellent class, and was a great way for me to get my feet wet in this new hobby. I appreciated Tamasin's patience and help.

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    Samantha S.
    Modern Lettering Just For Fun! (BYOB)

    This class was the perfect introduction to modern lettering! Tamasin provides you with a brush pen and a folder with worksheets to get you started. She's very helpful and goes around the room providing individual feedback.

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