Philly Calligraphy Brunch

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Sunday was SOOO fun!!! My friend & I stumbled upon a calligraphy brunch being hosted in North Philly, and knew we had to go! I’ve been OBSESSED with hand lettering, but quite honestly have zero skill. I mean, if I’m being honest, I have the hand writing of a 2nd grader. When it’s time to write a cute card at work, or address envelopes, no one runs to me to help out…so needless to say, I was pretty excited to attend a 3 hour workshop on basic calligraphy!

The studio was BEAUTIFUL – brunch foods (champagne, tea cakes, mason jars, croissants), gorgeous flowers, and of course, cookies & stationery with incredible hand writing…giving me hope since it was clear I was going to learn from someone talented!

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Hardest step – putting the “nib” in the calligraphy pen deep enough & at the right angle…I feel this will be an ongoing issue for me, but hey there could be worse things in life!

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As a part of the workshop, we got a jar of ink (is that the correct term? A jar?) and 3 nibs…my favorite was the blue one…once I learn the name, I’ll share it. The silver one was good too, but the gold one (not pictured) did not work for me. While I really loved learning to do “official” calligraphy, I’m excited to use other writing utensils like fine tip markers, paint, and even my normal pen!

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After learning “basic strokes”, we went through all the letters in the alphabet. I quickly eliminated potential baby names based on my ability to write the letter well…as you can see, I still have SEVERAL hours of practice ahead of me. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I’m sure weeks, months, years from now, I will look back at this post & smile from where I started.

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Once we went through the alphabet, we had some fun Valentine’s Day themed paper we could practice on. Uppercase K was too hard, so I’m glad lowercase is trendy…that dang nib was not cooperating at the beginning (you can see the heavy ink situation on my “k”). We spent about 30 minutes just playing around, and it made me excited to go home & practice some more! Our homework is to practice 10-15 minutes a day for the next 3 weeks…and work on developing “our style”. I know what I like, but we’ll see how well I can execute!

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Any advice on hand lettering? What’s your favorite nib, ink, and paper to use? Where is your favorite place to shop for supplies?? I need all the help I can get!!!

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