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Practice. Practice.

01/14

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A few people have asked me to share some of my calligraphy progress but I’ve been hesitant to do so. I’m a perfectionist (I know, it’s not always the best quality) but I also don’t really want to share things until I feel like I have a really good grasp on it, like I’ve at least “mastered” the basics. I’m doing really well on lowercase letters but to speak frankly, the capital letters are pissing me off! There are a few that have a really specific shape that is hard to get down. Thankfully I recently acquired some new supplies and have fallen in love with two new nibs. I’ve narrowed it down to just a few favorite nibs and that feels good. Really good.

Practice. Practice. Practice. I’ve been doing calligraphy nearly everyday and I can finally see some improvement and it’s helping to keep me focused. I really enjoy it but I also want to see results, you know?

For those of you that are interested, the nibs I like the best so far are the Brause EF66, Brause Steno (also called Blue Pumpkin), Brause Rose,  and Nikko G.

I really love this Koh-l-Noor cork nib holder.

This Speedball Holder is the one you will see most often sold in stores and it works just as well. I own both and use both often. I like the cork holder a bit better because the cork adds some padding for your fingers. Both will work with the nibs I’ve recommended above.

DIGITIZING CALLIGRAPHY WITH MOLLY SUBER THORPE

01/14

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I hope by now that most of you have heard of Skillshare. I’ve taken a few of the courses already and they have all been incredible. Molly Suber Thorpe of Plurabelle has a new course that just opened today and I am so addicted, I watched all of the videos already! It is the most detailed course I’ve taken yet and I cannot tell you how helpful it is for digitizing any piece of handmade art. My husband watched it with me and is excited at how helpful it will be in digitizing his illustrations. She is a brilliant calligrapher and one of the main inspirations for my own calligraphy. It really is a dream come true to have the opportunity to take courses directly from the people who inspire you. I cannot think of a more beautiful way to learn and express your creative outlet, whatever it may be.

Go visit skillshare, there is a course on there for nearly every subject now and you just might recognize some of the artists teaching: Jessica Hische, Molly Jacques, and Cory Staudacher to name a few. The best part is that all of the courses are around 20.00!

 

WALLPAPER 01 | STAY HUMBLE

12/13

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Awhile back I was doing some lettering of one of my favorite quotes “work hard, stay humble.” I ended up really liking the way “stay humble” looked all by itself but wasn’t quite sure how to utilize it. Then it hit me, make a desktop wallpaper! I have been doing a lot of lettering and practicing calligraphy like crazy lately, I hope to share some of my calligraphy soon. I’m still getting the letters down but as I progress, I’m sure it will start popping up all over the place! I really enjoyed making this and am hoping to make this a regular thing here on the blog so check back in a month or so and hopefully I will have a few more!

You can download here.

Enjoy!

 

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