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Brush Lettering Workshop | Lehi, UT

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LAST CHANCE to sign up for this Thursday’s upcoming calligraphy workshop. We’re covering brush lettering and making customized tags for this season’s gift-giving. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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This class is going to be jam-packed full of great info, and tasty treats. For $80, you get:

  • materials (marker, pencil, paper, tags, ribbon, exemplar sheets)
  • treats
  • 2 hours of instruction

The instruction is hands-on. I’ll demonstrate the basic strokes, alphabet and walk around and help attendees with orientation, positioning and grip. Lefties, beginners and intermediate letterers are welcome! I demonstrate left-handed for left-handed guests, so no one gets left out.

Can’t make it to Paper Crush for the event? Take the online brush class HERE or sign up for our newsletter below.

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Sponsored: Envelope Template Freebie with Tiny Prints

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This post is sponsored by Tiny Prints. They provide excellent quality printing and amazing printing options to make your holiday cards stand out this year.

I love Tiny Prints. They make sending out Christmas cards a no-brainer. The designs are beautiful and already done for me (we used this one for ours). It’s wonderful to be able to simplify another thing about this time of year without sacrificing tradition. To help you simplify even more, below I’ve included a printable envelope template to help you address your holiday cards quickly. I’ve even included a fun, casual all-caps alphabet exemplar to use with the template.

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Do you have a Silhouette cutter? CLICK HERE to download the .DXF file for the envelope template. You may still want to scroll to the bottom so you can print out the alphabet exemplar as well.

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The family photos were totally chaotic, but Sam Pierson captured the energy and love of our family perfectly. And to be quite honest, I love the screaming photos. June was in the worst mood ever, she didn’t want to have anything to do with our photo session. I was worried that we wouldn’t have any good ones, but candid photos  just get me.

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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Use the envelope template for all-caps work with markers or pens (thicker pens work better, in my opinion), or use it in your regular handwriting! Just write the descenders last, after you take off the template.

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Shop ornaments here.

With the help of Tiny Prints, I’ve gotten grandparent, teacher, bus driver and friend gifts all taken care of. Their custom wrapping paper is beautiful and you can get it in large rolls to wrap bigger gifts.

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Shop gift wrap here.

A huge thanks to Tiny Prints for working with me this year! It’s the third year I’ve partnered with them and I’ve loved every single product I’ve ordered through them. If you have any questions about ordering, just ask!

The freebies in this post are free for personal use only. Alteration or distribution without written consent is prohibited.

Calligraphy-Lover’s Gift Guide

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Happy Cyber Monday! Good grief the year is flying by so quickly. I’ve been meaning to write the reprise to my first gift guide for over a year now. Here it is. If you’ve got a calligraphy/letter lover in your family, hold on to your pants. My online class at Calligraphy.org is 10% off with code CYBER2016 from now until 11/30/2016. Discount available on gifts (hint: gift it to yourself, it’s always a good idea).

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If you yourself are a calligraphile, forward this to your family and friends. Clue them in to the hottest, awesomest stuff to gift this year. I’ve broken it up into 3 price tiers: budget-friendly, mid-range and SPLURGE! All tools are great for all experience levels. They’re tools that I have in my own studio (or ones that I’m lusting after myself). If you have any questions at all, give me a shout-out in the comments below. I’m happy to reply.

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BUDGET FRIENDLY

  • Ruler: This rolling ruler allows you to easily make parallel lines! It’s awesome. I use it constantly.
  • Gold watercolor inks: Add water and apply to the underside of the nib to make gold ink. These come in separate containers that are tiny and portable.
  • Adjustable oblique holder: Your loved one looking to graduate from the speedball universal? This is a fabulous holder that works with a wide range of nibs, even crowquills.
  • Zig twin brushes: These brushes have a foam cone, so they don’t fray or dull. They’re great for beginners, heavy-handed letterers or the busy mom & pop that have mischievous children.
  • Copic Gasenfude: It’s a nylon brush marker that has a springy touch and juicy ink that won’t quit.
  • Copperplate nib sampler: Give your calligrapher the option to explore nibs he/she hasn’t tried before.

 

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MID-RANGE

  • Sakura Koi watercolor set: It’s compact, comes with a fabulous water-brush. The pigments are brilliant and archival. Great for your artist on-the-go.
  • Calligraphy.org Gift Kit: I’m biased, but these kits include one-on-one coaching for brush and pointed pen calligraphy. So if your letter-lover has no idea what he/she is doing, we can help. Or we can push him/her farther with off-script challenges.
  • really nice brush for watercolor: I think everyone should have at least one sable brush in their supplies.
  • A leather blotter: it helps get finer, smoother hairlines to write with a blotter underneath your work. or you can customize it for a little extra splurge. Mike Ward makes the most beautiful signatures.

 

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SPLURGE

Post-Pinners Class Recap

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Last weekend I spent all day Friday and Saturday at Pinners Conference. This year it was in Downtown Salt Lake; so it was bigger, louder, crazier and better. I think it was about double the size of last year’s conference. Just nuts.

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I was asked to teach a calligraphy class for the conference. The limitations being that I need to do something in 1 hour for 175-ish people. Considering that most of my regular workshops are 3 hours and we only cover the lowercase alphabet, that’s just crazy talk. So I opted for pencil calligraphy. It takes away the complication of the moving parts of pointed pen, and isn’t as permanent as brush work since you have an eraser.

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Blackwing and The Papermill Store donated materials for the class. Top-notch materials to boot!

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I use The Papermill Store’s Fidelity Onion Skin paper on most of my practice. Even things that I photograph. It’s smooth for brush practice and high-quality for ink work. I use it regularly for digitizing my calligraphy as I can place my guidelines underneath. I don’t have to worry about photoshopping out guidelines as they’re completely separate! It’s a fabulous paper and handles printing well, too.

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Blackwing donated their Palomino Pearl pencils. They’re smooth like a 2-4b, but the lead keeps its shape like an HB. A beautiful compromise if you ask me. And the eraser? It’s adjustable. Absolutely fantastic.

Here you can see the pencil in action.

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In the workshop we covered orientation, grip, touch, angle, basic strokes and the lowercase alphabet. It was like the Melissa-Tornado came through, we covered so much ground! But that was just the beginning! I feel like all workshops are much too short!! I could talk and talk and talk about materials, orientation and foundations for hours on end. But thankfully for everyone in attendance, I ended on time.

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Here’s a glimpse of the 175 Pinners in attendance. Biggest class to date!

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One woman came up to me after class to show me her practice. She had never done calligraphy before, and look at this great practice! Proud moment here.

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We also ran a booth this weekend there, I sold markers, watercolors, pens & paper. I found these most adorable pens and stickers and couldn’t not stock them. I’m thinking I need to sell grab bags of the left-over goodies.

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It was a great weekend, but so exhausting! I’m glad to be home and tidying up my studio. It’s a hurricane, you’ll agree if you’ve seen my Insta story on it.

If you missed out on the Pinners class, I’ll be teaching two workshops in the next month. Sign up for my pointed pen workshop here and the brush workshop here. And if not, there’s always one of my online classes here!!

All Kids Are Artists with the Silhouette Mint

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A couple of months ago, I did a video interview for Silhouette for their Mint. It’s now up on my YouTube channel. Check it out here or the embedded video below.

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In the video I mention that anyone can be an artist with the Silhouette Mint. It’s so true! I volunteer as a youth leader for 8-12 year old girls in our congregation. We meet twice a month to talk about spiritual doctrine, learn new skills, socialize and do fun activities. As a learning activity, I taught them about the design process and had them come up with their own stamp designs. I was so impressed with the skill and focus of each of these girls! A few of them had me help them with their word art. I was a little reluctant to do that because I wanted them to have full ownership, so I made them trace and add their own personal touches to do that.

This was perhaps one of my favorite activities as their leader. Seeing them thoughtfully come up with a design, draft and draw it out was so satisfying. For best results when making your own stamps:

  • Use the brightest paper you can find. Premium laser paper is smooth and solid white.
  • Use a black, black marker. I love Pigma Professional markers for this.
  • Draw graphic at a larger scale.
  • Scan your work at 300 DPI or snap a photo under natural light.
  • Adjust your image to make your blacks blacker and your whites whiter. I adjust in my photos setting, or use your favorite image editor.
  • Open into Silhouette Mint software & make!

If you’d like to get your own Mint, now is definitely the time!! Right now they’re only $49.99 (down from $129.99)!!! That’s a steal. With Christmas around the corner, I think it’s a no-brainer.

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