I have been telling myself to sit down and get some intentional calligraphy practice for months now, and not just a couple words here or there, I need to get back in the habit of daily practice. My muscle memory starts to fade, but when I'm writing regularly I see my skills start to flourish quickly. So I put together a month long challenge for us to hold each other accountable and get some creative posts out of it!
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!
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!
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!
There are so many fun ways to learn calligraphy and hand-lettering! You can attend an in-person workshop, take some online classes, go to full-day conferences or enroll in actual classes. I love learning! So I'll talk about my personal experience with the classes I've taken and mention some others that I haven't taken but would love to!
There are so many different forces working together to make for a good calligraphy experience. Your paper, ink, nib, holder, grip and experience. As a beginner it can be overwhelming to try and get everything set up so that you can just focus on your strokes and letters! Using a holder that works for you is important. What length should you be using? What grip size? Oblique? Straight? Ergonomic?
There is a steep learning curve when it comes to calligraphy, and everything effects each other! It can be so frustrating, and at least for me, it takes a couple years to really feel like you have a solid foundation established. I'm totally still building my foundation but these are some things I've learned along the way! A nib that fits your style, quality paper and good ink are the essential building blocks for your calligraphy journey!
I love getting peeks into other people's studios and design spaces! It's so inspiring for me to see how they have their desk set up to their personal workflow, what tools they use, the art on their walls, the style and feel of the room. When I look at my workspace I often wonder if messy & mis-matched could be my brand? My studio looks like Lisa Frank and a vintage European estate sale had a baby and it puked everywhere.
I'm so excited for this first installment of the creative spotlight series! There's something invaluable about getting insight into another artist's mind, workspace, process and inspiration.
This first interview is with my friend, Amy Webber, from Sincerely Amy Designs! We actually go all the way back to 2008, when we went on a Cru summer project together! And being the small world it is, we also happened to be taking the same online calligraphy course at the exact same time! I love that we're on this small business, calligraphy journey together!