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.

Enjoy!

xo M
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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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