Calligraphy Inspiration: Post Calligraphy

It’s always interesting in seeing how self taught calligraphers develop their styles. It’s an opportunity to let a little personality shine through with a line quality based on each individual hand, rather than simply replicating a sequence of strokes; that’s just a part of the charm of modern calligraphy! I came across the gorgeous work of Lisa Mavian, the artist/designer/calligrapher behind Toronto based Post Calligraphy a while ago and have been thoroughly enjoying digging through her portfolio and feed. Take a look and I’m sure you will too! – Julie

Calligraphy Inspiration: Post Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Post Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Post Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Post Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Post Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Post Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

For more of Lisa’s work, follow her on Instagram or try your hand at calligraphy at one of Post Calligraphy’s workshops!

Photo credits: 1, 2, 5, 6 l+r Lisa Mavian; 3 left ARTIESE Studios, right The Love Studio; 4 Sally Pinera

The World of Illustration: Kelsey Oseid

I’m so excited to share the work of our first illustrator here on The World of Illustration: Kelsey Oseid. Kelsey is a freelance illustrator and artist located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work first caught my eye on Instagram when I scrolled by one of her beautiful moth illustrations. I particularly love her use of colors and shapes along with her choice in subject matter. Kelsey was kind enough to speak to us a bit about her profession and personal inspirations. – Julie

The World of Illustration: Kelsey Oseid / Oh So Beautiful Paper

What is your background?

I took lots of art classes growing up, and my father, who is a watercolor painter, taught me to paint as well. I also have a degree in Visual Communications from Loyola University Chicago.

How did you begin your journey of becoming an illustrator?

I’ve really always wanted to be an illustrator. When I graduated college I worked for a publishing company as a production artist for a while, but I craved more creative outlets. I left my steady job to become a “piecemeal creative” freelancer, taking design and art related jobs wherever I could get them. Finally in the last year I’ve been able to focus primarily on my illustration work, which I love!

The World of Illustration: Kelsey Oseid / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Who or what inspires you?

A lot of my work is about the natural world. So of course, nature is an inspiration! And I absolutely love studying natural history — museums, nature documentaries, books — I am fascinated by the ways humans have tried to interpret and connect to the natural world. Also, David Attenborough is my hero.

What do you love most about your profession?

So many things — getting to make stuff every day, creating pretty things, learning about my subject matter, feeling that loving feeling for my career! I am very lucky.

The World of Illustration: Kelsey Oseid / Oh So Beautiful Paper

What sort of advice would you offer someone who is thinking of pursuing or trying to advance their career in illustration?

The one thing that has had the biggest impact on my career and business has been social networking (big surprise there, right?). I started a project in 2015 to post a new piece of art on social media every day, and I think I’ve landed more jobs from that project than from any other avenue. Also, to just make a lot of work. Try to illustrate every day!

The World of Illustration: Kelsey Oseid / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The World of Illustration: Kelsey Oseid / Oh So Beautiful Paper

To see more of Kelsey’s work, follow her on Instagram for a dose of illustration inspiration in your feed, or visit her shop for your very own Kelsey Oseid print or original painting!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Paula Lee Calligraphy

There’s no arguing that the handwritten touch is the epitome of romance. Love letters, Valentines, vows and invitations; calligraphy is the way to go to capture the air of amour. Enter Paula Lee Calligraphy. Based in Toronto, Canada, Paula offers calligraphy and design services for weddings, events and businesses. From light and airy vellum to gauzy fabrics and handmade papers, her work floats across the surface drawing your gaze with its flirtatious curves. –Julie

Paula Lee Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paula Lee Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paula Lee Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paula Lee Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paula Lee Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paula Lee Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

To see more of Paula’s beautiful work, visit her website, Facebook, or Instagram for updates and snapshots from the life of a calligrapher.

Photo credits: 1, 3 right Dallas Curow; 2, 5 Michelle Mez Photography; 3 left, 4, 6 right Julia Park Photoraphy; 6 left Paula Lee

The World of Illustration

Today I’m thrilled to introduce a brand new column on Oh So Beautiful Paper: The World of Illustration! I’m completely fascinated by and enamored with illustration – and there are so many amazingly talented illustrators that I’ve been hoping to feature in a more meaningful way here on Oh So Beautiful Paper. And we’re finally making it happen! I’ve enlisted Julie (who already authors our fantastic calligraphy column) to profile the work of a different talented illustrator each month. Here’s a little sneak peek of what you can expect to see in the coming months! – Nole

The world of paper leaves many possibilities for art and beauty. We see so many shining examples here on Oh So Beautiful Paper with the stationery and paper goods we showcase. This is why I’m so pleased to be sharing a new column with our readers that puts the spotlight on the amazing world of illustration! We’re going to dip our toe in today as I share a few inspirations of late; hopefully this will get you all as excited as I am for this new feature. – Julie

 

The World of Illustration: Danielle Kroll / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Danielle Kroll

The World of Illustration: Tammie Bennett and Emilie Ely / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Left: Tammie Bennett; Right: Emilie Ely

The World of Illustration: Kate Pugsley / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Kate Pugsley

The World of Illustration: Jen Collins and Zanna Goldhawk / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Left: Jen Collins; Right: Zanna Goldhawk

The World of Illustration: Monica Ramos / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Monica Ramos

The World of Illustration: Anna Emilia / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Anna Emilia

The World of Illustration: Emily Isabella / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Emily Isabella

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

After another day lost in the world of OSBP’s Pinterest, I found myself going for one pin to another and landed upon the striking work of Kelsey Malie Calligraphy. Kelsey Carpenter of Portland, Oregon offers custom designed suites for couples as well as amazing logo work. Playful and dramatic, her calligraphy tugs at the heartstrings of romantics everywhere. Take a look at her beautiful pieces and you’ll see just how it held my gaze. – Julie

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Oh So Beautiful Paper

To see more of Kelsey’s work, visit her Etsy shop, Instagram feed and Facebook page for continuous inspiration.

Photography credits: 1 Katlyn Marie PhotoArt; 2 Lahna Marie; 3 left, 5 Michelle Boyd Photography; 3 right Shauna Veasey; 4 Andie Reavely; 6 left Sweet Blooms Photography, 6 right O’Malley Photographers