New Class:Calligraphy on Unconventional Surfaces

Beginning Calligraphy Hello everyone!

As some of you may know last year I teamed up with Creativebug to teach a 4-part series on calligraphy with my Beginning Calligraphy class. My four-week course is perfect for beginners, and what I love about it is you can watch it any time, and follow along at your own pace. I had such a lovely experience teaching this course that I’m excited to share with you my newest Creativebug class, Calligraphy on Unconventional Surfaces.

Read more about my classes below or get started now and take my Creativebug classes here!

About my Creativebug classes

In my beginning calligraphy class I include ample warm up exercises that will help you understand how to hold the pen and control the flow of ink onto the page. From there, I’ll teach you how to form upper and lowercase letters, and how to join them to create beautiful words and phrases. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply calligraphy to anything imaginable. Each part of this series is designed to make learning calligraphy fun, and approachable.

My second class, Calligraphy on Unconventional Surfaces will teach you how to take your calligraphy to the next level. In this class I teach you how to apply calligraphy writing techniques to surfaces like wood and chalkboard, using acrylic paint, gouache and chalk. You’ll also learn how to mix custom colors with gouache, allowing you to work with hues other than black and white!

If you’re brand new to calligraphy (or just want a refresher), be sure to take my Calligraphy for Beginners class to practice your lettering.

If you already own calligraphy supplies, you are all set. But if you don’t, you can purchase my kit on Etsy by clicking here: and watch along with me by signing up and clicking here.


xo M

tokyo workshops

Do you have a special place that you like to go to when your creative batteries need a re-charge? My go to place is always Tokyo. I was lucky enough to plan a few workshops with the help of Yumiko from Fog Linen by way of my friend, ceramic artist Rae Dunn. We were just discussing it over yaki-tori and beer at our favorite Ippuku in Berkeley one evening, and before I knew it, there I was teaching calligraphy workshops. I am really grateful to Yumiko for being such a visionary and believing that something like this could work in one of my favorite cities in the world. If you take a look at the  lovely store that she has built in the Shimokitazawa neighborhood, you will see why I gravitate towards this kind of beauty.  To my surprise, my workshops were all sold out, with a waiting list for next time! If I wasn’t heading to Singapore for a few workshops after Tokyo I could have easily added a few more classes!

Oh Tokyo. If you follow me on instagram, you know that I was guilty of a little bit of  “over-gramming” my travels. I spent half a day just looking at packaging in every department store there was humanly possible. I spent a good two hours in the calligraphy section at Sekai-do which is an art supply store in Shinjuku. I could have done a lot more damage if it were not for the more than two carry on bags that I brought with me to Singapore.

The black and white photo that you see here were taken by my friend EnriqueBalducci who is living my fantasy with his young family as a designer in Tokyo. He shot these images on film with a Yashica camera given to him by his father, as captured in a behind the scenes photo here: I spent a beautiful afternoon with another friend Curtis Christophersen, who is also a designer  living in Tokyo. I like to experience my favorite city through a designer’s eye and thanks to Curtis, I am  I am currently obsessed with: Arts and Science and Higayshiya.

If you want to see a  few more beautiful photos from the point of view of one of my students at my workshop,  please visit Etsuko’s blog, Chiffonerie. She is a photographer, and also the mother of twins and lives in Kamakura, Japan and her instagram feed is just the cutest!

Sidenote: While I was traveling in Japan, I was interviewed and featured for an entire week on one of my favorite blogs!  Can you imagine what I was feeling on top of being in my favorite city? I am so honored and touched… In case you missed  the interview you can read it here on Besotted. Tristan is simply amazing at everything that she does, including her new baby! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, T!




Hello there!  I want to tell you about the best ever (and my first) giveaway on my Instagram feed. I am posting it tomorrow morning, but for you lucky ones, who are reading this on Sunday instead of Monday, aren’t you glad that you stopped by a day early?  My friend Jill Lauck happens to have the best taste in the whole wide world. Just have a look at her Pinterest board, and you will agree. We talked about this idea when she was in the Bay Area visiting last December, and decided that we should do a souvenir giveaway!!! In March, we will be traveling to opposite sides of the globe. I will be in Tokyo and Singapore to teach a few calligraphy workshops and she is heading to Paris. You would think we would plan better so that we could travel together. Our beautiful souvenir giveaway, is really just a fun project for us, and for you, we hope!  Of course, you can’t see a photo of the prize just yet! But we do  promise that  they will be a well-curated assortment of our favorite keepsakes.  No refrigerator magnets, not that there is anything wrong with that.  The items will be sent in a beautiful wooden box, complete with calligraphy on your mailing label by yours truly! Here’s how you can  enter: this image (above) with the hashtag #mbelleandjillsouvenir 2.Follow and tag us in the post @maybelleimasa @jilllauck 3. Three random winners { one per city} will be announced on  March 15  and parcels sent first week in April! It’s going to be fun selecting these items! You can share this on any social media platform if you like. We will post previews on our feed. Good luck everyone!