Calligrapher Profile: Jodi Bonig

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.

Calligraphy Starter Kits Coming Soon

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Happy first day of October! 

This month, I'll be working on calligraphy starter kits and I'm pretty excited! It will include a Facebook group called #leenmachineandfriends that will have some instructional videos, resources and generally a place to ask questions and chat with other aspiring calligraphers! Make sure to sign up for the newsletter to be the first one to know when it launches.  

Modern Calligraphy Beginner Class Recap

July has been such a whirldwind. Teaching a beginner calligraphy class was definitely one of the highlights. I didn't expect to have so much fun myself and gain a deeper appreciation of the art of calligraphy. 

My first students, Nicole and Jodi, had some major skills. It was so exciting to see them get comfortable with the pointed pen and see their own unique styles develop.

I'm looking forward to teaching again August and September. Check out Gather and Craft for dates and times. Hope to see you in class!

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Shop Closed For Three Weeks

I will be closing Leen Machine and our Etsy shop starting on Monday, June 23 and will reopen on Wednesday, July 16. 

Why? For the next three weeks, I will be out of state, some on vacation and most as a bridesmaid in two weddings. I also plan on catching up on envelope orders from some sweet brides to be, and preparing for my beginner calligraphy class next month. On top of that, I hope to catch some down times in the middle of all this busy to reflect on where I want Leen Machine to be and also create new calligraphy goods for Leen Machine. 

I will do my best to answer any emails during the weekdays. 

This is the longest I am closing up shop ever, but I'm excited for this time and just as excited to get back to the swing of things three weeks from now.