I love masking fluid envelopes! They're different and fun. I've done a couple weddings with them and they're a huge hit, so here's a little tutorial to show you how to use a nib and calligraphy pen with masking fluid and a paint overlay!
So you had a client request a big design for some chalkboards, easy enough right? But then you get into it and you've had to erase and start over multiple times, projects like this can turn into time and money sucks real fast. How do you create the perfect design without spending a ton of time on it? Here's a glimpse at my process for when I need more precision than just free-handing a chalkboard design.
As you may or may not know, carrot pens are my all-time favorite! They're my preferred pen shape, I use one for every project and here's why...
A year ago we started on this journey for our new calligraphy product line. The initial exploration stages are my second favorite thing about a launch. The trials and errors, the happy accidents, the dreaming, the big ideas, the excitement, the creative problem solving. I live for this stuff. My first favorite thing? Actually launching and getting them out in the world. So here goes nothing!
One of the important aspects of running your own creative business, is being able to showcase your work well. You build trust with potential clients when they see beautiful images of your work, and a thoughtful, consistent feed. You'll also need great images if you want your work to be featured on blogs and other accounts! This post is also for photographers too
New Year's resolutions are an incredible tradition our culture has - one of my favorites! This idea of bettering ourselves, reflecting on the past year, making changes and looking towards a better future is a really great habit to get into. Especially for business owners!
The ultimate holiday wishlist for the letter-loving soul! It's that time of year again! Full disclosure - my love language is gifts, so this is by far my favorite blog post of the year :) We've got affiliate links for all kinds of fun paper and calligraphy goods to get you all set up for your lettering journey. The best part is that I found most of these items on Amazon so you can do one-stop shopping, and if you've got Prime = FREE SHIPPING!
Busy season for me also means BUSIER season for newly engaged brides, which means: decisions, decisions, decisions. Choosing a venue, date, photographer, guest list, and stationery suite can be daunting to say the least, so I wanted to offer some help where I can. A lot of people forget that the invitation is the first thing guests will see that has anything to do with the wedding. It sets the tone for the big day, months in advance. So, here are some tips about choosing and designing your wedding stationery.
In last week's post, I shared 5 podcasts that have both encouraged and challenged me as a small business owner, especially one that works from home. Now I definitely believe much more in the positive aspects of working from home than I do in the negative ones, but that doesn't mean I don't have to fiercely address the negative ones! In fact, most of these issues can be summed up in one word: discipline.
A few years ago, I'd only dreamed of owning my own business, and sometimes I still can't believe that I get to be my own boss! I love everything from having the flexibility of setting my own schedule, to being able to take intermittent walks around the block with my family, to being able to work with my sweet, sweet clients. However, making the switch from a 9-5 to working from home has had its growing pains. Specifically, I've needed to both learn discipline in ways I didn't know I would and how to find new, refreshing ways to grow my business all on my own! If you're in the same boat or just looking for a productive way to kill time or multi-task, here are 5 podcasts that I've been plowing through lately that have been inspiring and refreshing!
If you're a letterer then you know the hoarding struggle is real, so when I went to organize my studio space I knew that a clean, minimal look was out of the question - I was gonna have to somehow make functional and pretty coexist. Pretty storage, lots of shelving, and hidden drawers were the answer - along with lots of light, colorful items!
Anne Elser is everything that is right with the calligraphy world. She has learned to focus on the joy to be found in it, for herself, and for others. I've been ogling her work for years. There's really nothing out there like it! What makes it so unique is that you can feel her joy through it. Sometimes we get boggled down with all the technicalities of calligraphy, and while Anne's technical prowess is obvious, it's the emotion behind her work that really makes you to stop and stare. I could, and have, quite literally stared at one of her posts for a good 20 minutes. You just feel something when you look at it! You feel admiration for her skill, adoration of her smart color and layout choices, and an overall contentedness. I truly believe she finds a happiness through her lettering, and it emits from her work in a seriously beautiful way. You can't help but love her for it!