YaMogu

YaMogu

YaMogu

Graphic Designer with a passion for Brush Lettering

YaMogu, paper craft and ink teacher
4.9 (70)
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PROFILE

Alena (YaMogu) is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a self taught Hand Letterer/Calligrapher. Her passion for anything hand written started from younger years, when back in Russia her mother taught her cursive writing. This passion grew stronger during her studies at University whilst she was studying Bachelor of Visual Communication.

Overwhelmed by how much the digital era is taking over, Alena picked up the brush pen, the nib pen and started learning the art of brush lettering & calligraphy. Now she is eager to pass this skill on to people who are eager to learn this art, as she believes that writing with our hands is a skill that should never be replaced by a font/typeface.

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5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Very patience teacher. Learned so much in this class. Enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was fantastic! Professional and skilled, our staff were very engaged and loved the class
5

Private Brush Lettering Workshop


We had a private class with Alena and she was really patient and comprehensive with her teaching. We went through the basic brush lettering strokes before covering all the alphabets. By the end of the class, we were able to write our names using brush lettering. The lesson included all the necessary materials and a booklet for further revisions after class. Highly recommended class as time flies while Alena was teaching and we came out of the class with a new skill set.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was a great teacher who showed us the steps involved in creating brush lettering. She was very patient and encouraging and funny! After the class I feel like I have a good grasp on the basics and feel equipped to continue progressing at my own pace. I'll definitely be back for the intermediate class!
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


I've always admired people who are able to do beautiful hand lettering, so I jumped at the chance to do a Beginners Class and see if I have what it takes!
The venue was easy to locate, with plenty of (paid) parking nearby. I loved that
Alena provided everything needed to get started - she even included 'Thank you' bags with snack inside, and then invited us to take home all of the materials that had been used during the class! We learned how to do basic brush strokes, and how to break individual letters down into each of these basic strokes. I found the whole process quite calming, as I learned to take my time and not rush through. I still have a lot to learn, but I am already quite proud of my efforts. This was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I look forward to signing up to do further classes with Alena when she returns to Canberra.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Heidi Kark
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


I really enjoyed this class. The teacher was friendly and approachable and she really knows her stuff. My whole table enjoyed a few laughs and came away with confidence to start the brush lettering journey. I will be attending the next class held in Canberra!

Beginner's Brush Lettering Class review by Loretta Toms
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Firstly, I'd like to say that this was an amazing class. The teacher explained the technique of brush lettering so well. As a left hander I did struggle a lot with the principles of brush lettering, however, this was incredible that I finally understood how to brush letter. The teacher even showed me how to do with her left hand.
The class was also value for money, considering the snacks, pens, workbook and the teacher travelling to Canberra it was such a bargain!
I will be recommending this class to anyone interested in brush lettering.
4

Paper Craft and Ink class


The main portion of the workshop involved me learning basic strokes used in every day lettering as a starting point. At the end, we recreated our names based off the cards given to us as we walked in, and before that, constructed the word minimum by breaking it down into the strokes learnt throughout the 2 1/2 hours.

I couldn't think of one complaint to submit regarding the teaching style, as Alena explained clearly everything in detail so we weren't left confused or wondering what she was asking us to do. She was happy to give her assistance when ever possible if we were encountering some difficulties. In general, she had a warm, welcoming and comforting personality

The venue of choice was pretty easy to find, and although not the biggest room, was still a sufficient amount of space to not feel like we were cramped in tightly.

Considering the cost of being transported from Sydney to Canberra, purchase of materials and snacks, I thought the price was good value for money

Overall, the aim was about exploring new territory in the field that still uses traditional mediums. Although I had previous experience in using the humble pen and paper throughout my childhood, more focus was placed on illustrating nature/animals and nature. Tapping into the typographic element of this art will hopefully help me broaden up new work opportunities. I learnt it was the little things that you either don't or do during the brushing of the strokes really does make or break the final result.

Thanks
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


I enjoyed this class immensely. I found the content and tools available of high quality. I even liked the snacks provided. Very thoughtful. The technical side of the brush lettering class was simple and easy to follow. Will be doing the next one when back in December .
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena is an excellent teacher, patient and encouraging. She provided all the materials for the class. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in brush lettering to attend Alena’s classes.
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena was fantastic - she was excellent at explaining the techniques and was very helpful when practicing. I didn't realise how difficult brush lettering could be, but I think I have found a new hobby.
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena is a remarkable teacher, breaking down the steps and explaining things clearly. You get individual attention and she is precise with any corrections she makes. I would recommend this class to everyone!
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


The teacher was well prepared and had a lot of clear pointers. She went through the exercises we would do and demonstrated, along with some common mistakes to avoid. Then as we practiced she was very attentive, checking in on how we were going and giving us individual attention.
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena is the best teacher and so generous with her time and feedback (and goodie bags!)
I had a blast and learned some amazing techniques that I can’t wait to put into practice!
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena is an incredibly patient teacher and explains things clearly. For a complete newbie with barely passable handwriting, I was extra nervous but was soon able to settle in and have lots of fun!

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Catherine To
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena is a very talented brush artist, and was a great teacher, while professional and patient, especially while encouraging with those who might take a little longer (like me)

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Hannah Cleary
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena is very patient and clear with her instructions. It’s a well paced lesson, covering all the basics of brush lettering. And with the materials provided, one can definitely continue learning and perfecting the craft. Worth the money!

Beginner's Brush Lettering Class review by Aishwarya -
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena teaches brush lettering techniques so that any beginner is able to pick it up. She was very thorough in her instructions and she goes to each person in class to ensure they are doing okay. It was a great class.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Ina Jalil Sydney
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena is very friendly and talented! She is a great teacher and is very encouraging. The class was intimate and it was great to get personal feedback. A very relaxing yet enjoyable workshop; highly recommend!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Miz Nakamura Sydney
5

Paper Craft and Ink class


Alena was absolutely brilliant! So attentive, kind and caring in her teaching. Thoughtful preparation and she clearly went above and beyond with providing materials to use and follow up advice beyond the lesson. An absolute joy to learn from and a great workshop that brought advanced skills well beyond the beginners workshop. Thank you for everything!
4

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was a lovely teacher. Very friendly and attentive.
Venue was comfortable and accessible. Great basic materials provided and helpful recommendations if we chose to upgrade other equipment! Would recommend for all beginners!
4

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


The teacher Alena is a very sweet girl and handed on practical skills on brush lettering. The materials provided are good and I enjoyed the class with my friend. The only thing I don’t like very much is the venue. It’s a table in Caroma with some construction noises at the beginning. Overall, it’s good and we like it.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena is very talented. She is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend this class.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


I loved this class! Alena is a great teacher. She is incredibly skilled, kind and supportive. I'd highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to do something fun and creative with their friends on the weekend.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great pens provided and lesson was really thorough. She was very helpful and a great teacher!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Very interesting class and learn lots of new stuff. Teacher is very nice. Would recommend to others for sure
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Brilliant introduction to brush lettering, good post class follow up sessions for students - recommended course
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great location and a well planned course. Alena was patient with us newbies - and so positive!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


My 12 year old daughter loved the class. All materials were supplied and the teacher was fabulous. She came home and made her friend a birthday card using her new skills
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was great and patient to teach with a passion. The venue was fine but location wise difficult to get to time wise as there was alot of roadwork around the Newtown area and Newtown on Saturdays on King St or Enmore Rd is a nightmare. Ultimately learnt alot with brushstroking. Will be practicing often to master this art and be creative!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was lovely and came around to each of us to show us how we could do better. We got to take home a set of pens home to practice. Looking forward to join Alena's online practices.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


This workshop is great and would highly recommend! Alena was great, so patient and helpful. Looking forward to practicing my brush lettering and then hopefully progressing to Alenas intermediate class!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


The class was really good value for the money and the teacher showed us everything we needed to know.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


This class was amazing. The teacher was very patient, friendly and approachable. Throughout the lesson she walked around providing all students with quality feedback and support. The materials that she provided were easy to use and it was amazing being able to take the pens and workbook home to continue practicing the new skills we learnt.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Manja Rhijn
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was lovely and super helpful. She clearly explained the course. Materials and pens provided were excellent!
4

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was a great teacher. Explained the process well she was patient & very much encouraging . You got your own set of pens to take home & you had access to plenty of paper to practice with. My only point of criticism would be the venue @ The Tramsheds. It was changed to there last minute & wasn’t ideal for the student teacher environment. Little to open making it noisey and not ideal for when Alena was trying to demonstrate.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great workshop that really broke down the steps to the art of lettering. Alena was a great teacher!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great class, fabulous teacher and a really lovely skill to have learnt. My husband and I loved it. A really relaxing and calming thing to do on a Saturday morning.
4

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


I enjoyed the class. Alena was very good; knowledge and pleasant teaching style. I think the venue was nice, but probably not appropriate for class size and demonstration purposes. Both the two long tables were full (18 people) and not much individual space to work. It was cramped and a little difficult to learn and develop your own style to get comfortable with paper on angles etc. Pace of the exercises was good. Alena tended to show more than some of the other participants could handle in one go, but I liked it because it wasn't baby steps. You can progress at own pace. Equipment was good for beginners and the cost was suitable for class and materials. Duration was appropriate. Not too short or too long. It was better that materials were included so everyone was learning from the same. I think it helped Alena teach on even ground as well. She was able to reach each student, but I think the classes should have a maximum number of 10 or 12 in future for learning environment and venue.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


I had a great experience during this class. Though the location didn't give us a private room, Alena made sure we all understood what we needed to do, and she was walking around to give tips and encouragement. She was very professional and friendly, and she also took the time to answer questions at the end of the class individually. I'd highly recommend this class with her.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great class that I'd highly recommend! A fun way to spend a few hours on the weekend. Alena was very attentive and offered great advice throughout the lesson.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great morning learning a lost art in the digital world. We even got the brush lettering pens to take home
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Excellent teacher, we learnt a lot and this is a class that is perfect for beginners.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was so patient and very experienced. Great class with take home brush pens for practise! Really enjoyed this experience and looking forward to my next class with Alena =)
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Fantastic class - Alena is very talented and spent a good amount of time with each person. She also did demonstrations on how best to approach Brush Lettering, which was helpful when practicing your own work. Would recommend as I went on my own if you're looking to learn a new skill or with friends/partner.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


The session was really good and I learnt a lot. Would highly recommended to anyone.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alina is actually such a nice and caring person! I’m sure the class could testify to this, but you can see how passionate she is when it comes to brush lettering, and passing her knowledge of it unto others. She was gentle and kind as she explained, she didn’t rush us at all. Also, her feedbacks were so useful and it created an immense difference in my work. She took out time to teach every individual. The class is very beginner friendly, I met a lady who said her handwriting was bad and she ended up being one of the best. I definitely recommend this class. Also, loved the snacks!

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Moyo Adesina
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was great and helpful. She went around to see if anyone need any help or questions. The venue are quite unique too. I would definitely recommend the class.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


I thoroughly enjoyed the class, the venue was spacious and the material was provided for us, too easy.
I would highly recommend it.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great class, Alena was a wonderful teacher. She demonstrated each task in a group format and go through each student individually to make sure the correct technique is used.

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Sol Jones
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Fantastic class with a lovely teacher. I think I have a new obsession in brush lettering. Can't wait to get practicing
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was fantastic at teaching, very patient whilst we were learning and very clear on how to learn lettering. Just the right amount of assistance and letting us try ourselves and correcting our techniques as needed. The venue was perfect and very comfortable and spacious. I only wish this was a two day workshop so we could continue to use our new skill and more time. I definitely recommend any of Alena’s classes. Thank you
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Teacher was lovely, she came around to all of us many times to ensure we were on the right track. We got to learn the basics and I was surprised how much I improved in the class. We got to keep the pens which is great and I'll definately recommend it to someone starting out!

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Colum Corr
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was very encouraging and friendly. Not only everyone was given plenty of time to practice during the 2.5 hours with her guidance, we also got to learn different types of brush pens as well. Overall it's an inviting and fun workshop for all beginners! Highly recommended!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Cathy  Sydney
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was very friendly and encouraging, she patiently explained and guided us through the basics of brush lettering with individual feedback as we practiced the techniques. The venue was a room just sufficient for a small group of 8 people. We were provided blank paper to practice on, and a set of Artline Stix markers and workshop booklet with a clear breakdown of the basics of brush lettering techniques including all the alphabets and practice lines. It was fantastic that Alena also demonstrated the other markers she uses/recommends which we were allowed to try out during the workshop. She also kindly offered that we may reach out to her if we need any additional feedback in the future. I highly recommend this class, it is perfect for beginners!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Lydia Loo
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was really lovely and approachable, very patient in teaching and good vibes throughout the 2.5 hours! Her artwork is absolutely amazing, and absolutely suitable for everyone - even absolute beginners like me.
Venue was amazing, near the grounds of alexandria, plenty of parking.
Love the materials, brush pens and papers were provided and Alena even brought along her personal collection of pens for us to try out different brush pens.
Highly recommend this class, super fun and interactive. Thanks Alena!! :)

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Rhiannon Homer Sydney
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was great and explained the technique behind brush lettering. The venue was great and easy to access. The room we had was great to fit us in (we were 8 in total) and practice while Alena gave individual feedback on our progress during practice. Definitely recommend the workshop. :)
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena is very friendly and approachable, she taught some technics for brush lettering and allow us time to practice in the class. Great handout with the 'drills' and pracice sheet too. I enjoyed this class very much and highly recommend anyone who is interested in brush lettering to go.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


I loved this class. Arena is a helpful and patient teacher, and I am looking forward to practicing and furthering the basics we were taught.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


This was such a great workshop, after this 2.5 hour class I now feel confident to create my own style and went straight home and have been practising since. I really recommend this class to anyone interested in brush lettering/calligraphy- such a fun class! It was a bonus to get the pens + notebook included :)
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Good pace and class size was conducive to sufficient hands-on approach to be given to individual students. Venue chosen was private and quiet; and there is ample space for everyone to spread their papers and elbows out to practise. Teacher has good techniques and clear explanations which were well mapped out over the course of 2.5 hours. Our practice was punctuated by live demonstrations where we have to get off our seats to observe, which was an effective was to keep us engaged! Besides the stationeries provided, she also showed us correct methods in using other brush pens, which is extremely helpful if you’re intending to experiment. Not only that, she repeatedly mentioned that she’s happy to be reached out to should you be struggling with your practice — which is encouraging. All in all, I highly recommended joining this. Thank you for an enjoyable lesson!

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner review by Chan San
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Alena was kind and approachable and took her time to really make sure each and every one of us picked up each step before moving onto the next. The venue was beautiful and all materials needed for the class were provided! Definitely recommend this workshop to anyone curious about brush lettering.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great workshop. Alena was a thorough and attentive teacher - highly skilled and a lovely person. Recommended!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Awesome venue, fantastic and attentive instructor, lovely and small group of people, FREE PARKING!!! I’m looking forward to doing the intermediate course next.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Jacqueline
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


We really enjoyed the class with Alena - it was a great introduction into Brush Lettering.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Loved this class, Alena was lovely and provided a great introduction to brush lettering. The venue was well suited to the class and it was a good length. I'd recommend for anyone interested, and hope there are more intermediate/advanced workshops in the future.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


The class was so fun and the teacher and fellow classmates were all wonderful. Learnt so much~ Highly recommended
Thank you!
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Lovely class, Alena was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful. The resources are great and was amazing having something to take home to practice with.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


Great class. Work at own pace, fantastic surroundings, small group. Alena made everyone feel comfortable very quickly. Materials were great too.
5

Brush Lettering Workshop - Beginner


awesome teacher. great location and atmosphere. very informative and interactive course. engaging and motivating skills and techniques achieved. all equipment provided - so good. additional support and advise provided after the completion of course was done from the teacher.


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