Thursday, March 27, 2014

new hobby: calligraphy

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I don't know if you have noticed (sarcasm), but calligraphy is having a moment! We have a wonderful business here in Nashville called The Skillery that provides educational classes for adults - anything from photography, sewing, blogging, social media, & apparently calligraphy too! I've been attending Skillery classes since their very first one & am a huge fan. So far I have taken classes on book binding, using my DSLR on manual, sewing 101, & silk screen printing. They always have classes that reflect the current trends in hobbies, so it was no surprise that their first calligraphy workshop sold out ASAP. I got myself on the notification list for the next class, & signed up the instant more spots became available. 

I've always had this notion in my head that calligraphy was HARD & I showed up ready for the instructor to unlock the hidden secrets of this lost art. The class was led by Meredith Bullock & not only did she make it LOOK easy, it actually WAS easy!
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We learned the set up of the fancy looking pens, the tricks to selecting a good ink & got started tracing the gorgeous font that Meredith created. I was also blown away by the affordability of the starting materials. For $10 I was set up with a nib, pen, ink, & tracing paper. The secret to calligraphy? Finding a font that you love & practicing, practicing, PRACTICING!

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So, now I find myself pulling out my tracing paper & font during free time… might have even completed some minor calligraphy projects for the wedding too!

Maybe you don't have a resource like The Skillery in your town… no worries, the internet to your rescue! L H Calligraphy not only offers custom wedding invite calligraphy, she also has in person & online classes to get you started on your new favorite hobby! And that was just 5 seconds of Googling around.

I was just so excited about my new hobby that I had to share! Have you found a new skill lately? Any other newbie calligraphers out there??

P.S. Nashvillians: come hang out with me tonight at the Green Hills Mall Dillard's Handbag Trade-in Event. I will be in the accessory department from 5 - 9 pm talking about Spring trends & helping you pick out your next handbag! Find out all the details here.

13 comments:

  1. I learn how to write in calligraphy in school. I haven't done it in a long time

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  2. i just got into calligraphy! am loving teaching myself. need to find an awesome font and love l h calligraphy's and linnea carta on etsy too! :)

    ladies in navy

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  3. I love the idea of The Skillery. One day I wish I could open a business like it!

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  4. Very Pretty!

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    All Designer Purses, All On Sale!

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  5. Calligraphy is so beautiful and makes things look so much more elegant. I'm just not sure I have the patience to learn it... hmm... I AM tempted, though! :)

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  6. I've taken a class with Meredith and it was great! She's such a sweet lady, and we had fun with the class (it was held at Fort Houston, which is a super cool place!).

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  7. Definitely want to check out the skillery! What a wonferful concept!!

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  8. This is really the coolest–I've always wanted to know how to do calligraphy!

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  9. I have been wanting to learn calligraphy for the longest time but I have been unable to find any classes near me.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  10. I wish Singapore had something like the Skillery! Yes I agree that Calligraphy is an "in" things these days and I found myself taking the plunge as well thanks to the numerous gorgeous pieces on Instagram. I love how I can relax and get my mind to quiet down by doing Calligraphy after a hectic day at work.

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  11. What a cool new hobby for you! Soon enough you'll have friends asking you to design their wedding invites for them ;)

    Bailey
    aka Bailey

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  12. A calligraphy class sounds like fun! And who knew there were so many different styles of pens?!

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  13. That sounds so fun! You'd think as an artist I'd have good handwriting but...I don't...really. But I am good at "copying" fonts. But this just looks so...fancy! haha I love it!

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