In the past few weeks, I've been featuring some of my previous students who I've been blessed to share the art of modern calligraphy. They've shared a little bit about themselves, and what their advice is for those just picking up the pointed pen for the first time.
Jordan made me laugh so hard in class when she Instragrammed a photo with a caption of "Y'all! I just calligraphied my initials (& made calligraphy a verb)" Seriously one of the best reactions of excitement I've heard when learning calligraphy. I'm so thrilled to watch her grow and even try new things, like writing on textured paper.
Tells us a little about you. My name is Jordan. I work full-time as a Research Specialist at a local school district - meaning: I generally spend lots of time staring at a computer screen. To balance out my fierce need to create, I spend my time away from the office crafting - mostly sewing (my favorite!) and making jewelry for my handmade business - resliced. I'm also a big fan of running (as a way to justify the pizza & cupcakes I love so much), rescuing black dogs (but I'm at my limit with 3!) and blogging about all the things I love (and the occasional DIY) at resliced by Jordan.
What made you interested in learning calligraphy? I have been watching the fancy envelope pictures float around Pinterest and had tried [unsuccessfully] to copy them several times. I absolutely love sending snail mail. I wanted to spruce up the exterior of the cards I send because I selfishly wanted the whole experience of receiving a card from me to be fabulous from the moment they saw it all the way through my concluding salutation (and as a way to distract them from the fact that there was no money inside). I realize that receiving something other than bills in your mailbox is nice, but finding something fancy in your mailbox is even better!
What is your advice for those picking up the pointed pen for the first time? Don't be afraid to use your pencil! After I took Paulene's Modern Calligraphy class, I went home and immediately felt like I'd digressed. I started lightly drawing lines on my envelopes before I started with the ink and that really helped me focus on alignment. Sometimes I even outline the text I plan to write so that I can make sure it fits appropriately and looks how I'd envisioned. Another tip: avoid comparing yourself to others! When I find a new craft I want to pursue, I dive head first into researching everything about it (I've already admitted I'm a researcher by trade so no surprise, huh?!). With calligraphy, I quickly found a billion absolutely stunning blogs. They were beautiful, but they caused me to quickly spiral into a cloud of self-doubt. At this point, I've kind of given up following a specific style (because I'm a perfectionist and following a strict style always stresses me out). I'm no professional [that's for sure!], but I'm starting to embrace my style!
What's something with calligraphy you've tried that's become your favorite? Something like color combo, Nib, Ink, etc? The best thing I've tried so far was testing out The Postman Knock's "5 Unique Ways to Address an Envelope". The Lawrence style is my favorite - I loved wrapping the names in calligraphy around the address on the envelope. I used the bottom and top of a cup to draw the circles (because I didn't feel like digging the ribbon wheels out from my holiday stash!) and it worked perfect. I also like The Margaret style - it was kind of fun writing the address backwards!