When I was starting with calligraphy, apart from individual and recognizable freehand modern scripts, I always admired all the floating swirls, the unnecessary-yet-it-makes-everything-dreamy loops, and daring swooshes. There are some I like more than other calligraphers. The well-thought-of curls are the most intimidating, and I swore I would do that when I get enough confidence. The thing is, when I started, I didn't know why mine looked crooked and theirs didn't. I even copied for practice, and yet, mine looked totally odd. Absolutely odd.
After a year or so of carefully observing and comparing what works (other people's works) and what doesn't (mine), add several months of practice and giving my hand some confidence in taking on loops, I got to the kind of flourish that I wanted for MY OWN freehand script. Berna, too, a fellow Bella, got her own style of flourish. Together, we thought we'd make a workshop about it: the Freehand Flourish Workshop.
It was quite difficult putting them down in words, you know, 'what works' and 'what doesn't work'. It took us over a month to come up with the modules on how exactly to teach students, without making them copy. I guess the thing with freehand being an individual's signature style, is that there is no exact formula on how to do it. The most important points in this workshop would be understanding what separates your flourish from another person's, and how some rules affect the visual impact of your flourish. This workshop also teaches you on how to find your own "freehand style," that which is the easily recognizable oh-it's-mine calligraphy style.
At the moment, we have the next workshop in Alabang on April 17th. If you're back reading, you may want to check this link to see if we have one coming up. If all else fails, do send me/us an email, and we'll see how we can set one up.