In the next coming weeks, I will be featuring some of my previous students who I've been blessed to share the art of modern calligraphy. They'll share a little bit about themselves, and what their advice is for those just picking up the pointed pen for the first time.
Jodi Bonig was one of my very first students. She definitely kept me on my toes and asked me plenty of calligraphy questions which was great! It's been so amazing to see her progress and to see her grow.
Tells us a little about you. I'm a Columbia, SC born-and-raised native with a knack for all things crafty. I've dabbled in everything from embroidery to wood-burning. I'm also a cat mom of 2 and married to a pretty awesome dude named Patrick.
What made you interested in learning calligraphy? The various applications of the skill is what first attracted me to learning Calligraphy. Not only would I be able to jazz up my envelopes, but also make gifts for people, cards, gift tags, place cards, etc.
What is your advice for those picking up the pointed pen for the first time? My advice would be to go with the flow (pun intended, but somewhat unintended haha). When I first started practicing on my own I would get frustrated when comparing my letters and writing to others online thinking that mine wasn't pretty enough and that I must have been doing something wrong. I realized that I was just taking on my own style and needed to go with it. Just as in writing with a regular pen- everyone's handwriting is different so I shouldn't expect my calligraphy to look exactly like someone else's either.
What's something with calligraphy you've tried that's become your favorite? Something like color combo, Nib, Ink, etc? My favorite color combination so far has been shimmering gold ink on navy paper. I also like pairing calligraphy with watercolors. The black ink paired with a soft watercolor painting make the words pop even more.