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

BELLOCQ: A Special place for Calligraphy + Tea

Bellocq rare tea collection Today I wanted to share some of the highlights from my workshops in NYC, Greenpoint, Brooklyn to be more precise. The workshops took place on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at Bellocq Tea Atelier. In January of this year, I made a list of “dream projects”. Teaching a workshop at Bellocq was one of them. I cannot think of anything lovelier than sipping tea and practicing calligraphy, can you?

As we all know, part of achieving your goals is putting yourself out there and making it happen, so I sent an e-mail to Heidi Johannsen Stewart.  I received a very nice e-mail back right away from Heidi who knew of my work from her days as a food editor and stylist at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Somehow, she had an old postcard from ten years ago with my alphabet written on it and kept it displayed in her studio – I felt so honored!  I explained how I loved the  hand lettered the labels for their rare tea collection posted on Bellocq’s Instagram feed and it sparked this whole idea of a workshop. It was created by one of the owners, Michael Shannon. She thought the workshop at Bellocq was a great idea, and once we figured out a date, we announced it on Instagram. Many traveled to NYC for the day just to attend this special workshop with me, some as far as Miami as in the case of photographer Jeanette Polynice  of To Love Photographie who took  all the beautiful photographs that you see here.

All day long, I was overcome with so many emotions to experience such a surreal moment like this. The space is very romantic, every detail just so. Bellocq is housed in what used to be a pencil factory Michael decorated the atelier with a few branches of Poke weed, (how appropriate for the class as it was used by native Americans to make ink.) Heidi made delicious Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Le Hammeau-Poached Apricots (recipe here) and hors d’ oevres were created by the talented Karen of The Cocktail Party Chef.  My friend Jill Lauck made her special caramels  for each student, and at the end of each class, a refreshment of Bellocq Majorelle Mint tea, St.Germain liquor, club soda and fresh mint was served. There was no detail spared.

I felt a special connection with each and every student in the class and I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet and share my love of calligraphy in this special setting. The owners, Scott, Michael and Heidi were so gracious and  are some of the loveliest people that you will ever meet. Their atelier is a place to be inspired and explore ideas and the teas are magnificent!  I hope you will have a chance to enjoy some of their wonderful blends to drink while you practice your calligraphy. One of my favorites is No. 20 Kikuya. For those of you in NYC, they open their atelier to the public on the weekends for people wishing to taste their selection. I hope you will find it as beautiful and inspiring as I shall always remember. xoxo, M

personlized wooden ink well

Tea + Calligraphy at Bellocq

maybelle the calligrapher


new website – behind the scenes


I feel as though have been talking about this website re-design for a few years now, it’s been on my list of things to do, and  then our twins were born,  so it prolonged the process even more, about three years more to be exact. Well, it’s here and I’m so excited to share it with you, however I can’t help but feel like I have just given birth to another baby! While I did enjoy the time with my kids during the early years, now it’s time for me to hit the ground, running.

When I ran the idea of my website re-design by Tristan I knew that she understood my concept, but how embarassing is this very rough sketch that I showed her? I’ve had this botanical poster idea (an obsession, actually) for my splash page, and I wanted to showcase some of my illustrations as well as my hand lettering. Thankfully, she really “gets” me and knew exactly who to put me in touch with, in case you don’t know, Tristan has THE best taste in the whole wide world, so her opinion really mattered. I am so glad because Sarah and Lindsay at Hello-Monday are AMAZING! If anyone is looking for someone for their site, I highly recommend them!

If any of you remember, my old site had a very hand-done feel and I didn’t want to lose much of that, as much as possible on screen. I wanted to be able to update the site from time to time and I wanted a blog built in to the site, etc. I don’t have a budget to hire a designer to update my site each time there was a minor change. I am so pleased with my decision to go with a custom WordPress site.

I submitted a tighter sketch shown here for my website. I have completely outgrown ‘may+_____ drawing of a bell’ so, I used my long hyphenated name which I hand lettered in my version of an imperfect Bodoni, I wanted the same treatment as you would see on a botanical poster. Sarah and I had a meeting and then she got to work. She is so gifted because to take what I provided and add her design sensibility to what we ended up with is magic! She came back with too many great designs to choose from but once the final design was approved, Lindsay got to work and custom coded the site, she is another gifted one because coding is a foreign language, and viola my website!


I want to send a very special THANK YOU to all my friends and family who viewed my site in all the different stages. To all my followers on instagram, tumblr, facebook, pinterest and twitter, and my blog!  To my husband Greg for his fantastic ideas, expert woodworking skills and for making what I love to do possible by being such a wonderful dad and putting the kids to bed every night in order for me to work late. To Sarah and Lindsay of Hello-Monday for agreeing to take on my project, for your patience with my late night website help. To Tristan, for all your branding expertise, non-stop ideas, and for believing in me. Traci Williams for lending her photography skills for my portfolio, Laura Monfredini of Elle Photographs for waking up early one Sunday morning to take photos of me in Golden Gate park, (blog section) Victoria Stanell for her gift of editing which put the finishing touches to my site, to my friend Vic at MilkfedPress for being one of the best printers around  and making my work come alive! And last but not least to the talented and inspiring Elizabeth Messina for teaching me how to see the world in a completely new and exciting way! Many, many thanks! xoxo