If you are a beginner, you've likely popped your new nib into your nib holder and attempted to start writing with zero success. What's one more frustration when trying to learn something that's so dang hard already!? That's because nib manufacturers leave an oily residue on the nibs to help preserve them for long term storage. While that helps keep the nib in shape until it's ready to use, it leaves more work for you before you can get started. If you don't remove the oil by priming your nibs, the ink simply won't stick to your nib and will just run right off. I've provided five methods for priming your nibs below, so try them all and choose whichever you prefer!
Whether you know someone who is a calligraphy expert or is just getting interested in the art, there are plenty of gifts you could get them to make their day! They'll be so happy you remembered their love for hand lettering and will be appreciative every time they use these gifts.
1. Calligraphy starter kit
Laura Hooper is a leader in the calligraphy industry, so she's a great person to learn from. She offers workshops throughout the year as well as sells calligraphy starter kits and all the supplies you could think of to get started or continue your/her craft.
2. Drying Rack
Whether your friend pumps out orders and orders of envelopes for brides or just leisurely addresses Christmas card envelopes or party invites, a drying rack is extremely handy. More than likely she's doing them at a small desk or the dining room table, so leaving a ton of envelopes out taking up the whole counter or in danger of tiny hands grabbing them isn't ideal! You can find these racks from several sellers on Etsy and the like, but I love mine from Ashley Bush (AshBushInk).
Y'all, I'm all about continuing education, and these days it's so easy to find experts in your field putting on free webinars, releasing new blog content, or sharing super inspirational captions with their pretty little Instagram squares. I especially love all of the free "training" out there, but I splurge every year on the Modern Calligraphy Summit. If you are putting any serious thought into legitimizing your calligraphy services or are already an established business and just want to get to the next level, you should consider registering.
Whether you have a chalk paint wall, have a chalkboard you use for weekly grocery lists or are working on a chalkboard sign for an event, there are some tips and tricks that will make your life easier and your chalkboard prettier. Everything from your cleaning method to the tools you use make a huge difference. This is part one in a three part series, this one focused on where to buy affordable chalkboards.
Hi guys! Who's excited about fall? This girl is. I'm not one to completely makeover our house for the changing seasons and holidays, but I do love a touch of change to get into the spirit of the season. That usually means changing out a wreath and throwing a few pumpkins around this time of year.
For indoors, I like to grab a few tiny orange and white pumpkins. It gives off a cozy seasonal vibe without being over the top. Bonus points if you find these little cuties on a pumpkin patch excursion, but store bought are just as pretty! Now take those pumpkins and throw some pretty gold paint hand lettering on there and you have a cute little personalized fall decoration.