Last week I had the pleasure of attending a calligraphy class at The Paper Place on Queen St. West here in Toronto. It was an Intro to Calligraphy class, so we started with pencil and worked through to a straight nib holder and finally onto the oblique holder. Back in January I posted about practicing my calligraphy with a fountain pen. That was a more traditional hand, the Chancery Italic hand. This workshop focused more on contemporary calligraphy and the finding our own hand. We learned the basics on how to properly use the tools and achieve the bold/thin lines. Instructor Lisa of Post Calligraphy was encouraging and inspirational, and so full of talent! It was a great collection of ladies; all creative in our own ways and eager to learn and cheer each other on. Big Thanks to Ashley of Quaintrelle.ca for organizing, to check out her blog post about the class, go here.
Today has been all about dusting off my old calligraphy stuff. It’s old in age, but new again to me! I’m starting pretty much from scratch, with some great titles from the library to inspire and guide me. I will admit that I actually dusted this stuff off during my OOAK prep as a way to find peace and calm amidst the chaos and stress. But it was short-lived and pretty much just the act of putting paper to pen. Now I’m focusing on my skills and the creative possibilities of hand lettering.
I’m hoping to use this as a springboard to more posts about growing skills to use your journals and sketchbooks. So, follow along and learn with me, I promise it’ll be fun!