I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a mirror lettering class at Macy's on Thursday, March 29th! Unfortunately, the class sold out pretty quickly. If all goes well, I'll be adding mirror lettering to the courses that I teach. I'll come back and post pics!
I've got another free goodie for you guys! Check out this cool flourishing worksheet featuring lowercase letters! So many options to add a little flair to these letterforms. Perfect for those of you bored with crafting the same safe styles!
I have penned a Brush Lettering Guide! It is a "quickstart" guide with all the basic info you need to get started! Suggested tools, basic strokes and the entire alphabet with individual letter practice sheets!!!
Check it out on my Etsy shop and start your lettering journey TODAY!!!
It's that time of year again. I usually have Calligraphy Workshops closer to the Spring. Before I get bogged down with wedding orders! I've created so many new and fun worksheets and I hope that you will join my first formal instruction since May of 2017.
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Yes, its February and I am just now posting for the New Year. 2017 featured a whirlwind of events that I was excited about participating in. Just an amazing year. This season is getting started in the same way, with new projects, new clients and more challenges as we move through the year.
I got some pics from an event that I did "day of" stationery for on 12/30. Tina LaMorte of NJ based Oh So Fab events tapped me to do an "ombre" table. I'd never done this before. I split the list up into three parts and lettered the first section in a pale pink, the middle a deeper shade of pink and then the last section fuchsia. It came out looking wonderful! I also executed some mirrors behind the place cards for other guests who had open cocktail seating.
Gorgeous, detailed shots being delivered to me after an event is a real treat because there is no guarantee that happens! Please enjoy and I'll be back with more updates in a more regular fashion!
Quick tutorial on painting frames. I have been finding that as soon as I find an ornate mirror, regardless of whether its the color I'm looking for or not, I buy anyway and paint if necessary. The mirrors are simply becoming too contemporary now and clients want ornate/vintage looks.
Wanted to share my process in case any of my D.I.Y. brides/grooms need to acquire this skill as they get closer to the big day.
Use painters tape around the edges. This is critical. You want to make sure you don't have to use paint remover after you finish painting the frame. Go slow and make sure it is perfectly flush. If you leave a sliver open you'll see a line of paint afterwards. This brand of paint is a "paint and primer in one" so I went right into painting. I definitely recommend a primer though, at least one coat prior to painting. It makes a difference in terms of consistency of coverage. Make sure the frame is dust free as well.
I'm back. Finally replaced the laptop that I killed last season with a fatal spill of coffee so I'll definitely be able to blog more. I've missed blogging for sure!
I've started a YouTube channel and have been uploading vids as I work. I've got a few to upload from my Instagram that were informative as well. At least I can upload longer versions to YouTube.
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The Kendra Scott event held on 4/30 was a great experience. I met a number of brides and The Simply Elegant Group were wonderful hosts. Wanted to share a few pics, I can't believe its already June 1st, this wedding season is flying by. Have great days everyone.
Mirror seating charts are STILL extremely popular. I did my first one back in 2013 and 4 years later, they are likely my most popular item and MOST inquired about "day of" decor element.
This post is for those of you getting married that may be wondering exactly what kinds of mirrors you can have designed. The two most popular ways (and there are alternate ways to display each type) are:
- Alpha Order - Guests organized by last name. I like to add a letter or letters above each "section/group" of names in order to make scanning/finding your name easier.
- By Table - Guests seated by table name or number - This is a lovely look and one that clients ask for most often, however I like to remind them that anything over 14-15 tables may make it harder for guests to navigate.
Other add ons:
- Be Our Guest
- Where Am I Sitting?
- Please Be Seated
- Please Find Your Seat
- Wedding Hashtag
- Thank you for sharing in our special day
I've got another free download! Check out these exercises. These strokes will be helpful in gaining control. You should be able to press (firm pressure) and release (ease up on your pressure) with greater control as you continue through this journey.
I have put together a video walking you through practicing with this sheet, check it out and download and practice yourself!
Thanks to The Simply Elegant Group for inviting me to be a part of a bridal showcase Sunday, April 30th! From 10A - 12P on 900 North Michigan (Bloomingdale's Building). Can't wait to see everyone! Wedding season is officially upon us!
I am so excited to introduce you to a fresh new font by Deb Sementelli. Deb is responsible for some of the most popularly used wedding fonts in rotation now. Bellucia, Dom Loves Mary and Cantoni Pro to name a few.
This new font has been fashioned solely by Deb and is a labor of love that reflects a tribute to her sisters. With plenty of alternates, ornaments and flourishes, this font speaks to the kind of creative, signage, and wedding/shower invitations we are seeing all over the internet today. Its fun, whimsical and can be dressed up or down. I believe it is a MUST have for graphic designers, stationers and lettering artists everywhere!
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Be back soon!
Yes, its on a Sunday! I thought parking would be better and learning calligraphy is a GREAT way to spend a Sunday afternoon! New location! Newer content! I'm super excited and hope you can join me! 11:00A-2:30P. Book your spot today!
The class is Saturday, March 11, 2017! Start your calligraphy journey THIS year! I hope you can join me for my 1st Quarter class! There will be refreshments, a detailed curriculum, practice sheets and MORE. Better yet, a HALF HOUR has been added to this course so its 3.5 hours! Hurry and book your slot while the Early Bird rate is still available.
I've got a goodie for all of you guys who may have put your pen holders down for too long. Its a chance to warm up your wrist with some interesting STROKE PRACTICE!
These particular drills are designed to go BEYOND the basics and really get yourself comfortable moving the nib over your paper. Make a few copies, find a quiet spot and sneak in some work on your craft!
Indie Wed was a huge success for me. I loved everything. The vibe, the vendors, the couples, it was truly special. Very intimate and "kitschy", I thought it was a one of a kind show. My mirror decor fit in perfectly. Special thanks to Kelly Horvath, the show's founder for accepting my company with open arms. Also need to thank my biz buddy Desiree Dent of Dejanae Events who encouraged me to do this show and also came out to help me field client inquiries.
I also heard that there was a special 7:15A segment that featured ONLY my mirrors but I have been unable unfortunately to obtain the footage! I DID make it to the "wrap-up" reel, but it was truly a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, so I made sure to get a screen shot of it.
I have been SO busy preparing for the show on Saturday and I'm excited for you guys to be able to come out and see some wonderful independent artists!
I am at BOOTH 88!
Am I the only one that is finally getting around to adding ornaments to the tree? I've had it up for a couple of weeks, but somehow the ornaments are just making it on!
Wanted to quickly share a tutorial re: glitter ornaments. I stumbled onto this recipe (it was in more than one place, I guess its pretty popular) while creating my Cubs ornaments. I ran out of red glitter ornaments and needed to create some on my own. The glitter was large, not fine and seemed to be embedded behind the glass. How exactly did it get stuck there I asked myself? Was the ornament filled with the glitter or was it glued somehow?
Well, it turns out there was a method to achieve this look after all!
Thanks for viewing this last minute craft idea! You can also letter them with a deco color paint pen if you are wanting to personalize them!
Ahhh! I've been wanting to do Indie Wed for a couple of years now and it looks like 2017 will be the YEAR! Finally. I'm excited.
What is Indie Wed?
Indie Wed is THE alternative to traditional wedding expos. For those in the midst of wedding planing, Indie Wed offers a one stop shop for all the best wedding artisans and professionals around the country. Indie Wed is the longest running independent wedding show in the U.S. featuring unique, eco-conscious, handmade-focused, LGBT-friendly, and otherwise rad vendors.
When is it?
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm | Ravenswood Event Center
Entrance at 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago
Who should attend?
Brides who'd like to use/support independent artists for their big day
Cool, let me know all the deets!
Check out www.IndieWed.com for complete details!!!