Thanksgiving Day

On this Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 A practical way to show one’s gratitude is with a handwritten note. How to get started? Begin by writing “thank you for______” and share how you have enjoyed the gift, why you like it, […] Read More

Thank a Vet

“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they’ve suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us.” ~Ronald Reagan Last night I sat at my desk with watercolor paper and paints, mixing colors to create a camo-themed piece in […] Read More

Practicing Spencerian Script

When it comes to learning a traditional hand, I have found that “copy work” is helpful. This is where you place an example on your desk, and then do your best to copy it (no tracing, just look, study, and try to write exactly what you see). Having scripts from the original masters is so […] Read More

Hello November!

We’ve said our goodbyes to October, and now it’s November! One of the things I love most about calligraphy is the variation. It seems like you never run out of ways and styles of writing. Here’s November, written in several different ways, from traditional to modern to flourished. Note the various starting positions on the […] Read More

Holiday Workshop!

I’m so excited about this upcoming fall workshop. We’ll be meeting November 2nd for all things festive for the holidays! This workshop is perfect for anyone who loves to create, and you do not need any prior experience in calligraphy. We’ll be learning faux calligraphy, hand drawn letters that resemble calligraphy. We’ll be using markers […] Read More

Calligraphy on dark colored paper

Dark colored paper is not only great for practicing on, it’s also beautiful for projects. Recently I participated in an envelope exchange, and I addressed my blue envelopes in white ink. If this is something you’re interested in trying, then I hope the instructions in my post are helpful for you! Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed […] Read More

Getting Started in Calligraphy

Pointed pen calligraphy is a beautiful form of art! With hand lettering classes on the rise, and the abundance of colored markers with flexible tips, many are now interested in pursuing this style of calligraphy! My mom introduced me to Italic calligraphy which uses a broad edged pen, and I enjoyed that immensely as a […] Read More

Modern vs Traditional

Modern hand lettering has become popular, and I’m sharing a few tips for writing in a more modern style using your pointed pen. I’ll always recommend starting with a traditional hand before trying your own thing! Having the foundation of a classic, timeless letterform is so important. So, take time to study Copperplate or Spencerian […] Read More

Count on me like 1,2,3

This week I shared quite a bit regarding writing numbers in calligraphy over on my Instagram account. I tend to keep my numbers more simple, as less can be more. If a 1 could be mistaken for a 7, know that you might end up with postal delays. There are some pretty ways to flourish […] Read More

August!

It’s a new month, and I can’t believe summer is nearly over. Today I’m sharing three ways to write the word August. I’m using a Moblique penholder, Nikko G nib, black sumi ink, and my favorite lined Rhodia tablet! (click through to purchase) Have fun giving these a try! Read More