Acorn Arts is proud to present guest artist
F. Phyllis Macaluso
(@FPMmac on IG)
teaching the online class
The Flourished Holiday Envelope

Flourished Holiday Env. Promo online

Back by popular demand, F. Phyllis Macaluso is teaming up with Acorn Arts once again to offer a new online class celebrating the season. The Flourished Holiday Envelope will focus on enticing designs sure to delight the recipients of your beautiful envelopes and cards. What better way to learn new skills using the wedge brush and pointed pen flourishes from the comfort of your home, sharing with other students from around the world.

The Flourished Holiday Envelope is a four-week course, perfect for the complete novice to the more experienced penman, no prior experience necessary.    

Course Includes:

Week OneSeasonal Vine Motifs

Week Two -  Festive Garland Foliates

Week Three - Festive Flora & Watercolour Motifs

Week Four -  Poinsettia & Pine Pageantry

The suggested materials needed for this class, are as follows:     

  • Oblique or straight penholder
  • Nikko G nib or nib of your choice
  • Writing fluid: black /brown, white
  • Mechanical  lead pencil and  mechanical white lead pencil
  • Kneadable eraser, clear plastic ruler, or clear T square ruler (my preference)
  • Envelopes ( your choice of size, A7 recommended, in white, other colours are optional)
  • Cardstock in different colors (optional)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Graph paper ( optional )
  • Gouache or watercolour ( suggested colours: scarlet red, cad red, alizarin crimson, sap green, olive green, violet, colbalt blue, ultramarine, cobalt turquoise,  opera rose, permanent or titanium white, brilliant gold)
  • Wedge Triangle Watercolour Brush
  • Optional: spectralite gold, or Finetec gold, Martin’s Iridescent gold, Holbein brilliant gold
  • Optional:   Sakura clear stardust gel pen, Sakura clear glaze gel pen, Wink of Stella brush pen 

Classes will run for 4 consecutive Wednesdays in November, 2017. New classes will be posted November 8th, November 15th, November 22th and November 29th, 2017. 

New classes are posted once per week but you do NOT need to be online at that time. The videos may be watched at whatever time is convenient for you!  Each Wednesday there will be new worksheets available for you to download with an instructional video. You may watch the video at any time that is convenient for you, as many times as you like during the weeks the course runs, there is no need to be in class at an exact time. The lessons will remain posted for the entire class, so if you need to miss a week you will be able to make it up. Lessons will remain up for an additional two weeks after the last class if make-up time is needed. The Classroom Forum provides a wonderful place to share your designs with the other students and it is always such fun to take the class with students from around the globe. There is no homework for this class, but a project will be suggested each week. 

About Phyllis

Phyllis Macaluso

As a 2013 winner of The Graceful Envelope contest featured by the Washington Calligraphy Guild, Phyllis Macaluso is a lifelong lover of the arts, a graduate of McMaster University, retired elementary school teacher, married 40 years to her best friend Sam, mother of four and nana to her two treasures- Henry & Hazel. Phyllis is a professional freelance calligrapher and watercolour artist, a certified Cursive Handwriting Teacher, member of IAMPETH & multiple other international calligraphy guilds. In her lettering journey, Phyllis studied with some of the very best international teachers (including Harvest). Phyllis especially loves graceful lettering and embellishing of cards, documents, certificates for special occasions, but most especially she has a real passion for the gracefully embellished envelope.

Publications/ Features: Chic Vintage Brides, Dasherie, Bound&Lettered, Penman’s Journal, The Spencerian Review, Vogue BRIDES 2017 Summer Issue, The Copperplate Group of England annual 2014 & 2015 calendars, The Art Gallery of Hamilton/ Annex, featured on P.B.S. by Sakura of America, guest of local tv CHTV & radio CHML. The 2013 Winner of international contest, The Graceful Envelope. As a lover of all flourished lines and tangles, Phyllis is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher in Ontario. She has assisted with online classes at Acorn Arts, and currently does freelance work for weddings and all occasions in her studio. She teaches local and international students in her home studio.

Cost: $175.00 dollars for the full 4 weeks of lessons.

Classes run from Wed. November 8th to Wed. November 29th, 2017. Classes will remain posted through December 13th, 2017. 


Once you have registered, information will be sent the week before the class begins with information about logging into the classroom, your user name and password, and other necessary information. Your PayPal receipt serves as your receipt for Acorn Arts.


The email address that you use to register via PayPal is the address that we use for the class. If you would like to use a different email address for the class please let me know ASAP when you register or you may miss important emails. 

Hope to see you in class!

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