Calligraphy Profile: Jordan Slice

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!  

Calligrapher Profile: Anne Wearn

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.

 

The gold ink I let my students try in class is not very beginner friendly. I still remember Anne being one that just kept trying to work with gold ink. I even remember her saying that the gold is worth the hassle. I am so proud of how far she's come and love her fun attitude towards calligraphy. Anne provided so much great, beginner information below - enjoy!

 

Tells us a little about you. My name is Anne and I work at a bank by day and am in school at night. I grew up in Charlotte and moved to Greenville for college and never left! I love sending mail, baking WAY TOO MANY desserts, and I am an EPIC FAILURE at crafting (Pinterest fail is a normal outcome for me). I want to be one of those crafty people - but its not in the cards!


What made you interested in learning calligraphy? I love sending mail and calligraphy on envelopes is AMAZING! I have wanted to learn for a while and I finally decided to take the plunge - I figured I should give it a shot and I fell in love with it! It's a great way to unwind at the end of a long day and now my envelopes look so fancy! I know I have a ton of work to get them looking perfect but I am enjoying the practice! Best part - my lack of craftiness is not a problem!! I feel like I make mistakes all the time - but its never a failure! I am so glad that I stumbled on Paulene's instagram page and found out about the classes - Calligraphy has been so much fun! 


What is your advice for those picking up the pointed pen for the first time? Be patient!! Progress feels really slow - but it's very helpful to keep older practice to look back at. On days that I am getting frustrated it's so nice to look back at the first attempts at the letters and appreciate how far I have come. It's so hard to remember to slow down - my letters look so much better when I really take my time. Go slow - it's really worth it! Experiment with different nibs - I really hate some and love others and everyone has an opinion on them. Good thing they are not too expensive - it's quickly becoming an addiction! Paper & Ink Arts has become a go to shopping website….my cart seems to fill itself up! 


What's something with calligraphy you've tried that's become your favorite? Something like color combo, Nib, Ink, etc? GOLD INK!!!! Even the biggest mistakes and ink blots look nicer in gold! It's my favorite and I find that I reach for it every time! I am trying to work more with black ink - but its hard to cheat on the gold! I have also found that good paper is helpful - it does not have to be super expensive but the cheapest copy paper was not so great for me. I went for the slightly nicer printer paper (it's still only around $17 for 500 sheets - not too bad!) and it has really made a difference. I am also loving the G nibs (nikko and zebra specifically). I tend to press really hard on the page and they are a bit more forgiving than others. It has also been fun to "customize" my alphabet - I'm still experimenting with different styles for each letter. 
 

  

Calligraphy Starter Kits now available!

I cannot believe that the day is here - the Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit for the Absolute Beginner is now available!

These kits have truly been a labor of love and I am so excited to be able to continue to share with others the art of calligraphy.

You can find out more about the starter kit here.

And if you haven't, make sure to check out the calligrapher profiles of my previous students and their advice to those picking up the pointed pen for the first time. 

Calligrapher Profile: Lauren Carnes

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.

 

Lauren Carnes of Lauren Carnes Photography is a great example of someone who learns something, just runs with it and has lots of fun with it.  I've loved seeing calligraphy through her eyes and how much she reminds me that there's joy in the process.

 

Tells us a little about you. My name is Lauren Carnes and I'm a wife, puppy mommy, photographer, foodie and lover of all things creative. Born and raised just north of Atlanta, I attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs! Sorry, Paulene! ;) ) and graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Spanish. I was fortunate enough to stay in Athens, GA for a few years after graduation while my husband finished medical school. During those long nights of studying, I had two options: sit lonely on the couch watching HGTV and eating Talenti Sea Salt Gelato or invest my free time into something productive and life-giving. Fortunately, after a couple pints of gelato, I chose the latter. I've always been a "crafter." In fact, it might even be slightly embarrassing to look in my "craft closet" and see the variety of things I've tried. However, in that time in Athens, I really began to pursue my passion for photography and launched Lauren Carnes Photography just before moving to Augusta, GA in May of 2014. I now spend my time photographing weddings, food, events and more, working from home with my best furry pup, Sophie, enjoying time with my husband, decorating our new home, and building our new life together. I am so grateful for the life I live and the opportunities I've had. The Lord has blessed me immensely and continues to wow me with the relationships He brings into my life.

 

What made you interested in learning calligraphy? Oh my goodness, I simply think calligraphy is the most beautiful thing. I have always wanted to be able to write letters and note of encouragement to friends with gorgeous calligraphy, but it was really propelled when I decided I'd like to learn how so I could send photography clients pretty notes. I have quite a few friends who had picked up calligraphy and taken courses at local art studios, but hadn't found anything in my area that seemed to fit what I was looking for. I was fortunate enough to meet Paulene through the #ColumbiaCreatives group and couldn't have been more excited to learn from someone so talented. She taught me in a one-on-one session on a whim one day, and I fell in love. It's what I use to get inspired and let my mind ramp up or calm down when beginning or ending a work day.

 

What is your advice for those picking up the pointed pen for the first time? Don't be afraid to just give it a try. You will mess up... and that's ok! You may write the same phrase 50 times before you like how it looks, but there is joy in the process. And when you get that one that you absolutely adore, look back at where you started and see how far you've come!

 

What's something with calligraphy you've tried that's become your favorite? Something like color combo, Nib, Ink, etc? Can I gold ink everything? I actually would if I could. The iridescence is my favorite, and I love how it adds a pop and a shimmer to any paper. With fall colors showing up everywhere, I'm particularly loving gold ink on maroon paper. It's gorgeous and may be making an appearance on our Thanksgiving table. And, I recently pulled out an old sheet of origami paper to practice on, and it was so smooth! The ink just flowed so nicely right onto the page! It was great for me as a beginner to have paper that didn't even snag if I tried!

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.