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



On top of all the crazy deadlines, workshops in NYC, my husband’s birthday and the twins’ 4th birthday, I am attending two conferences this month. What was I thinking? The first one is the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. This is a glimpse of what I am packing for my trip to the IAMPETH conference in Albuquerque next week. I am so excited, and I don’t want to forget anything. I will be micro blogging from the conference all week and I will post it on my instagram feed. If you are attending the IAMPETH conference, please say hello, I would love to meet you! Lets be calligra-pals!  xoxo M




Cute as a Button!


Last Christmas I received this 1 inch button maker from my husband. While some women would be a little bit upset that they did not receive jewelry, I was so excited, I think I was jumping up and down. I have been wanting a button maker ever since I worked on this story for Martha Stewart Weddings. For a while I was a making buttons like a crazy lady. I have probably made at least 50 of each letter by now.

I thought I would show you how I make these cute buttons and use them to wrap special gifts. To the untrained eye, it looks like calligraphy written with white gouache onto black paper, but it’s much easier and quicker! (The buttons featured in the Martha Stewart story used actual calligraphy writing.) Using a pointed pen nib, and black ink on white paper, I wrote out the capital letters A-Z and scanned it in at 600 dpi. I saved each letter as a separate file. I dropped the letters into Illustrator and reversed the letters out on a 1.5 inch black circle background and I printed them, in this case letters A-F out on my laser printer.


Using this 1 1/4 sized circular punch I cut out each letter. I gathered the parts that come with the button maker, shown here: maybelle.buttonparts

I pressed them in the button maker, video demonstration here, and viola! I love the simplicity of gifts wrapped in kraft paper, tied with black hemp twine. The calligraphy initial tied at the top makes the recipient feel special and the package feels finished without being overdone.