I was so honored to be able to partner with Stella Artois at this year's Sundance Film Festival held in the beautiful resort town of Park City, Utah. While a certain part of me was terrified that I would encounter a celebrity while engraving and in my not-so-hip celeb ignorance have to ask their name, the rest of me was completely thrilled to be able to be a part of this exciting event and supported an amazing cause (more on that in a bit).
For those looking to begin learning calligraphy or further their calligraphy journey, I've pulled together a list of some of my favorite resources for learning calligraphy including free e-books, online resources, books, and recommended tools. This post is for all those who reach out saying, I'd love to learn but just don't know where to start!
I'm a bit of a basement bargain hunter so I get a bit of a thrill out of saving a few pennies on Black Friday. I'm not crazy enough to be waiting in line outside store for hours before they open, but I am more than happy to log on to my computer and purchase when the price is right. Thought I would share some deals this year that might be helpful for others who are looking for some calligraphy hobby or business supplies. Enjoy!
Light boards are a wonderful way to avoid drawing guidelines on your paper. But what do you do when your piece is too large, too thick, or perhaps too dark to use a light board?
This is where the Ames Lettering Guide comes in handy! It is a wonderful tool that allows you to quickly draw perfectly spaced parallel guidelines at whatever interval your piece requires (up to 2”)!
Back in April my family and I had the opportunity to move back to my hometown near Seattle, Wa. Having left Seattle nearly four years ago to live abroad in England, it has been some time since we were Pacific Northwest dwellers. Boy were we ready to return! After England, we spent just over a year living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and our rain-loving hearts were ready for something a bit more green than what CA had to offer.
But, in homage to the special time and adventures that my family had in California, I am excited to share a luxurious styled shoot that took place at the Nicklaus Club in Monterey, CA in the spring. The talent behind the design and photography for this particular shoot was Rachel Zee Photography. Rachel was a joy to work with and gave me artistic license to create a vintage inspired wedding invitation suite and table stationery to fit her luxe romantic theme. It's with joy that I break my blog silence in sharing these beautiful pictures with you all.
The Nickaus club is a stunning location with rolling green fields, french doors painted the perfect patina french blue, and this stunning stone fireplace. Details like these are reminiscent of the old word European charm that I miss so much. The Pronovias gown, provided by Epiphany Boutique is the gown of my dreams. Catch the petit pois (french dot) tulle detailing!
The tablescape design was orchestrated by Twigs Floral Design. I had the pleasure of pairing some table stationery along with her brass and gold toned accents to create a french blue vintage feel. Along that theme, I designed a custom calligraphy logo and wreath motif for the menu cards. Menu items were written with an organic modern calligraphy style. Table numbers were painted on a lovely textured handmade paper.
Perhaps one of my favorite details of this shoot where the five baby bunnies who made an appearance courtesy of Epiphany Boutique! It's a good thing I didn't have baby bunnies at my own wedding or I may have forgotten to admire my groom (as if that was possible!).
The invitation suite featured some of my favorite stationery details: vintage stamps, flourished Copperplate calligraphy, organic wreath details, and handmade paper. And because I can't think "french" without thinking "linen," I decided to include a monogramed linen favor bag that I can only imagine must have been filled with an assortment of wee bon bons for the bunnies.
Thank you for the opportunity to share this shoot with you. If you would like to learn more about partnering with any of the vendors involved, I have included their contact information below.
Venue - Nicklaus Club
Model - Mikayla Carr
Floral - Twigs Floral Design
Photography - Rachel Zee
Dresses - Epiphany Boutique
Jewelry - Fourtané
Rentals - Forage Vintage Rental Co.
Cake - Layers Sensational Cake
Hair - Stacia Nicole
Makeup - Kelli Ham
One of the features that makes the English Lake District particularly breathtaking is its natural, rugged beauty. Slate hillsides crash into luscious green valleys. Sheep wander carelessly along fern covered way sides. And every stone cottage looks as though it must have a warm fire burning and a cup of tea waiting for you to come and join.
One afternoon after a particularly demoralizing day submitting the Langdale Pikes (long story short: I just about met my end after 8hrs, 3 peaks, and 2 pairs of soggy shoes......), I decided to pass up on the opportunity to scramble up another local peak. Instead, I connected with my love for wild foraging and went about plucking blackberries, ferns, and other local flora to create a scene the hardy hikers would appreciate upon their return: a Beatrix Potter inspired tea party.
Now, before anyone huffs and puffs about tea parties being a thing for pinkie poking pansies - the kind of thing true hikers would scoff at, let me remind you this was England. The kettle never went cold there, and the five of us easily finished a box of PG Tips in a week's time. Tea is strength, vigor, comfort, and warmth, all in one lovely cup. So, yes, it's a hiker's beverage of choice in these parts. So off I set to create the scene.
The true inspiration for this tablescape was the local slate mines. Every cottage, wall, roof, barn, store, you name it, is made from this gorgeous local slate. And, it just so happened that the cottage where we were staying was conveniently close to one of the slag heaps (aka. mounds of pieces too small to be of commercial use). Walking through the slate I knew those gorgeous rugged slabs were just BEGGING to be calligraphed upon!! And calligraphy I did...and I may have carried a small supply (*cough* extra suitcase *cough*) home for future use.
With natural beauty as my companion, we created a lovely scene for the wind-swept hikers to return to. I hope you've enjoy these scenes as much as Peter and I enjoyed creating them. Now, off to brew another pot...