"Faux" calligraphy or hand-lettering is the art of turning your own handwriting into beautiful calligraphy—and because it does not rely on pen pressure, angle, or special tools, it is a great place for the beginner to start! Whether you're a veteran hand-letterer or you just started practicing yesterday, here are five mistakes hand-letterers usually make. By fixing these five items, you'll be well on your way to perfect hand-lettering in no time.Read More
We hope your holidays are merry and bright!
Add a little hand-made joy to your gift wrapping this year with some printable notecards! These can also be printed two to a sheet and cut down into gift tags. You can also import into Microsoft Word, and print your Christmas letter on the inside.Read More
Hand-lettering/calligraphy has become an incredibly valuable and practical skill to learn! Here are some creative and practical ways to use your calligraphy skills (or the free printable at the bottom of the post) for your Thanksgiving table.Read More
"Consistency is key!" This worn old adage couldn't be more applicable to hand-lettering and calligraphy. Especially when you're learning, your letters should be consistent—in height, width, slant, and so much more. Of course, I believe that this rule, once learned, can and should be stylistically broken. But you should learn to form letters the way they are intended first, before you can approach variations. Practice sheets will help.Read More
Bullet journaling is the most versatile planner system in existence—the rules are created to be broken (or rigidly adhered to, depending on your personality) to create the perfect planner for anyone. Ryder Carroll, who invented the system, has a great summary: "The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less." You can check out his website for an overview of the system and some more ideas. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to Bullet Journal systems. (If you are local to Spokane, I occasionally teach a workshop on this topic; see if I have any upcoming classes on it here).
I’m often asked for recommendations on notebooks and other supplies for bullet journaling. I could recommend a lot of supplies, as I’m a pen and journal aficionado, but for the purpose of this post, I’ve distilled it down to my five absolute favorite items—the essentials.Read More