online classes with creativebug

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Well hello there! I realize that it has almost been one year since my last blog post, but if you follow me on Instagram,  you know that I try to post at least once a day. I like to think of it as my mini blog.  As you know I’ve been traveling quite a bit. In addition to my workshops in Hawaii, NYC and at Oh Happy Day,  I’ve traveled to Los Angeles, Australia and Japan twice  (yes, that’s twice in one year) and I am not sure how I did it! It’s a lot to juggle with the kids, deadlines for clients and an upcoming book or two (more on this later). In addition, the twins started kindergarten last September. I really enjoy volunteering as much as possible at their school, especially on the days that they concentrate on Penmanship. I am convinced that their school is one of the only public schools left in the United States that is still teaching Penmanship.

Last year I was  approached by a few companies inquiring if I would consider filming a video for my classes online.  I was really  on the fence about it. What I love about workshops is meeting and connecting with students in real life. I posted a question on Instagram about offering my classes online. There were a few people in a few cities, like Seattle, Memphis and Charleston that I would love to but have not yet taught a workshop. My friend Lisa Congdon immediately sent me an email and recommended Creativebug, the company that she worked with, and guess what- everything she said about how lovely it was to work with the Creativebug team was true! I enjoyed it immensely, which included designing my set to mimic my realy studio. Well, I can’t tell you how excited I am to let you know that the 4 part series premieres tomorrow, Feb 3, 2015 but you can really watch it any time, and follow along at your own pace.  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.

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reporting live, from IAMPETH 2013

sullpen Happy Friday everyone! Today I wanted to share a few of the highlights from the 2013 IAMPETH convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I cannot begin to tell you how fantastic it is! I’m learning lots of new things, meeting so many legendary calligraphers, talented artists and having the time of my life. If you are thinking attending, and have any questions, please send me a message.

I have been a professional calligrapher now for ten years, and in a way, I am glad that I waited a little bit before attending this convention. First of all, it really is a test of your love and dedication to this art form. You are in class all day long from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. sitting at a desk and writing. There are events happening at night too. Because there are at least a hundred people in each class, you watch what the instructor is doing from an overhead projector, while taking notes, and following along with your own pen and ink. While IAMPETH is open to calligraphers of all skill levels I think one would benefit the most with some previous experience.

The first day I took a Beginning Spencerian class with the legendary Michael Sull and he is a treasure. If  you google the word Spencerian his name appears. I showed up to the class with a plastic oblique pen in my tool box. During class he talked about having the proper tools which is applicable to any art form. The “plastic holders should be used to stir your coffee.”, he lectured (gulp). That day, I made an upgrade and purchased a wooden oblique pen holder handmade and adjusted by Mr. Sull himself.

I am so glad that I had the proper tools because I noticed that it really did make a huge difference in my work, especially the next day when I attended Pat Blair’s Flourished Copperplate Capitals class. Pat Blair is the Chief Calligrapher at the White House. Her work is exquisite and perfect. It has to be.

An added bonus to this experience was meeting Anne Keenan Higgins who is also attending for the first time. She has been my IAMPETH buddy and my saving grace. You have no idea how excited I was to find out that Anne was attending this convention and has made this first time experience here even more memorable. I have been a fan of her work for so many years. If you don’t know her illustration work, you have probably given or received a card, perhaps may have read a book with her beautiful artwork on the cover.

When I asked Anne how she found out about IAMPETH, she said that it was from reading Tristan’s Besotted blog. Coincidentally, my calligraphy kit was featured on her blog post today. I am so grateful for this and for my career as a calligrapher. I hope you are having a week. I am having THE BEST WEEK. EVER. xoxo, M.

 

 

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