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!!!
Super excited that the Cubbies FINALLY did it! They won the whole doggone thing!
Now its time to celebrate with some Christmas Ornaments. Grab a few from my Etsy shop! Supplies are limited and you can get a special price of $5 each through today. Extension of a Cyber Monday deal, don't wait, order now.
Take care til' next time!
It's been a looong time and so much has happened since the last blog. I need to recap the awesome calligraphy workshop I hosted on October 22nd... I've got some cool worksheets to share, and finally I want to get you up to speed on some cool holiday calligraphy ideas. Whew!
FIRST, I want to share that I've FINALLY (and I do mean finally) put together a "how to" guide for creating mirrors. I get so many questions about this particular style of writing that I thought I'd go ahead and put together my BEST tips for doing these right the first time. You can purchase a digital download from my hand lettering page or from my Etsy shop!
Grab the e-book by 11/30 if you can for the special rate! I'll be back soon with more goodies!
Welcome to part 2 of Getting Started with Pointed Pen! Check out part 1 when you get a chance...
Choosing an Ink
Some inks work better than others based on the type of paper that you are using. Different kinds of ink: Waterproof, Non-Waterproof, India, etc. will have different absorption levels into your surface. Some blacks may even appear lighter/darker.
One of the BEST ink comparison, explorations I've found done online (although limited to Higgins and Windsor Newton brands) was done by the Calligraphy Pen Blog... The owner does mostly illumination, and he is phenomenal, please check him out. He's one of those tireless calligraphy instructors that was doing this before it everyone knew calligraphy was cool!
I like Sumi Ink personally. It is a permanent, black ink made from vegetable oil made specifically for painting and calligraphy. Others are decent too... Speedball, Higgins, J. Herbin, etc., I just like Sumi because it's one ink that really never lets me down, no matter what kind of surface I encounter.
Time to start making strokes! I did a prior blog on drills that you can start doing with pencil. Check it out when you can. I also provided a free worksheet. After you get used to making those marks, making the same kinds of strokes with a pointed pen will feel a little more natural. Actually, if you can go from executing these drills with:
fine line brush pen
finally, the steel pointed pen, that's the BEST preparation I can recommend!
You can find fine line brush pens at JetPens.com. This is one of my favorite places and if you are any kind of pen aficionado you will LOVE what they have to offer. They not only offer a HUGE variety of pens, they also have invaluable guides that help you shop for just the right tools. Can't say enough good things about Jet Pens. Anywho, similar to the pointed pen nibs, a brush pen SAMPLER kit is available and I highly recommend it. They actually have about 4 or 5 differnt sets available!
Hope this was helpful, I'll be back with some more goodies later!
I'm starting to prep for my second pointed pen class this season and I thought I'd share some tips for some of you interested in getting started in this medium! Part 1 includes info about the steel pen nibs you will need to start exploring and part 2 will cover inks and starting to make strokes!
Anatomy of a nib
Selecting a nib
Nib selection can be very frustrating and definitely hit or miss. There is SO much information available now about nibs that its a bit easier... Back in 2007-08 when I first determined that I'd master this discipline, I just tried everything without knowing much about flexibility, nib manufacturers, etc. It was more along the lines of "ooh I like this one!" So NO shame if that's where you are right now because all of us write differently (with varying amounts of pressure) and nib preference is really, really a personal thing.
I ordered a nib sampler from John Neal bookseller back then and they STILL sell this now. There is a GREAT assortment of nibs here.
Many will say that the Nikko G nib is a good one for beginners. Typically, beginners are HEAVY handed and the Nikko G is pretty sturdy in this regard. Its all about pressure. You can provide beginners with pretty sophisticated nibs, but if it provides too much flexibility, there is a possibility that the first few strokes they make will utilize way too much ink, which will require them to dip the nib back into the inkwell more often, which will result in a level of frustration.
Moreover, I would recommend that you try as many nibs as you can and if you know you press down really hard when you write, I'd look for rigid, stiff nibs. Those will give you the most success to start.
I'll be back soon with part 2!
I've got SO much to share with you guys, but I've also got a ton of orders to push out. Just thought I'd share some of my latest IG posts until I can get you some cool calligraphy stuff to look at. I'm all about instruction and getting better at this craft this Fall, so stay tuned!
Clockwise from left: (1) Had the pleasure of providing mirror decor and attending a portion of The Coordinate Bride brunch at the Waldorf Astoria on 9/18 (2) Installed a mirror for Christina and Steven at the fabulous Oak Brook Hills Resort on 9/17 (3) Taught a craft night class the SAME evening in Richton Park! So fun! (4) Finally, there are STILL seats open for my 10/22 intro to calligraphy course!
I'll be back soon! Follow me on IG for all the latest!
I recently posted a video on Instagram and got some great feedback on it. Thought I'd expand on it with a blog post! Addressing guides... I feel like I have DOZENS of these and have been making them since as far back as perhaps 2008?
Normally, when writing on envelopes, I use a lightbox. You can slip in a sheet of paper or light card stock with horizontal lines that you've either drawn with a straight edge or created in an art program like Adobe Illustrator.
There are also some guides I've seen (and ordered), from Paper Ink and Arts. They are nice. They are printed on a soft, clear/transparency like stock. Kind of flimsy (I like my guides to be thicker than this), but definitely still serviceable.
This brings us to envelopes and surfaces that are OPAQUE. If they are heavily lined or are colored, you will NOT be able to use a traditional addressing guide. The lightbox will be rendered useless with these kinds of papers due to the lack of transparency.
There are static addressing guides you can buy for these (I didn't discover that companies actually sold these until a couple of years ago). Paper Source sells one called the "Lettermate".
I prefer to actually make my own guides so that I can actually have room to LETTER inside each space. It basically starts out as a regular address guide, I just use an exact blade to physically CUT the lines where the address is eventually lettered.
The purpose of the guide is twofold:
- It obviously keeps the lines straight
- It keeps me from having to pencil in and (later erase) guidelines. The last thing I want to do after writing on (and proofreading) 100 or so envelopes is erasing guidelines, ugh!
The only wrinkle is you have to remove the guides in order to add in both your ascenders and descenders. A bit more of a "confined" feeling for sure, but again, it negates the need for guidelines and I think erasing guidelines for me personally, is distasteful.
In lieu of guidelines, I see many calligraphers using laser pointers to keep lines straight.
I keep saying I want to try, but I literally have dozens and dozens of these addressing guides and i've grown accustomed to using them. I still want to keep growing as an artist though so utilizing the laser will be a future blog for sure!
Take care til' next time!
My first official pointed pen workshop was a great success! I hosted ELEVEN lettering enthusiasts for three hours and it was so exciting for me personally, that the time just flew by way too quickly.
Thanks to Nikki Bruce of Grey Matter Photography who captured details that I honestly don't even remember. My favorite are the ones showing the students interacting with the materials for the first time. If you ARE a lettering enthusiast, this moment is usually marked by feelings of hope, wonder and possibility. I think it was captured perfectly.
Warm thanks also to Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Luxury Group, who graciously opened up her offices and allowed me to hold the workshop there.
For those who'd like to take the class, I am actually doing ONE more pointed pen workshop this year. I'd love for you to join me on 10.22.16!
Ok, here is my ENTIRE September schedule. I kept blogging about these classes individually for different reasons, but had no idea I'd be teaching FOUR times. Thought that warranted a complete recap and is great for you guys that have been wanting to start out lettering.
Sat. 9/10 - Southport - Intro to Calligraphy (broad edge/chisel tip markers and some brush lettering) 3543 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 | (773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P
Sun. 9/11 - Oak Brook - Intro to Calligraphy (broad edge/chisel tip markers and some brush lettering) 433 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523 | (630) 572-1955 | Noon - 3:30P
Sat. 9/24 - Oak Park - Intro to Calligraphy (broad edge/chisel tip markers and some brush lettering) 1109 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301 | (708) 445-7700 | 11:00A - 2:30P
Sun. 9/25 - Oak Brook - Calligraphy II (broad edge steel nibs/dipping in ink/more fine line brush and mini intro to pointed pen) 433 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523 | (630) 572-1955 | Noon - 3:30P
Call the store and sign up, I can't wait to connect with you guys!
Ahhh! I have been wanting to teach at the Oak Park Paper Source for the longest time! I'm going to be teaching on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 11:00A to 2:30P. Its broad edge (chisel tip/marker based), with a little bit of brush pen. Come join me!
Don't forget that I'll also be on Southport on 9/10!
I'll be back teaching chisel tip or broad edge calligraphy (beginner's) at the Southport Paper Source on 09/10/16! Call and sign up today, space is limited!
INTRO TO CALLIGRAPHY
Saturday, Sept 10, 2016
3543 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
I am so excited to announce a new date for my modern calligraphy class!
Saturday, October 22, 2016!
Registration is open, please visit the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-modern-calligraphy-workshop-tickets-26920245178
Hope to see you guys there!