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
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
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
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
Okay, raise your hand if you’re all signed up for the Modern Calligraphy Summit! I first shared the news about this fantastic online conference back in August (and again just before Thanksgiving), including all of the amazing participating instructors and lesson topics! If you haven’t yet had the chance to sign up for the Summit, I have good news! Registration re-opens this week, and it will be the last chance to enroll before the Summit takes place later this month.
As a special treat this week, the Modern Calligraphy Summit is offering the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the creative studios where professional calligraphers work their magic! Three of the talented instructors will take you inside their offices for three gorgeous studio sneak peek video tours. You’ll see what it’s like to work from home as a professional calligrapher with studio sneak peeks from Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy, Anne Robin Calligraphy, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Sign up here to see the free video series!
And of course, the full Modern Calligraphy Summit will officially kick off later this month, with video lessons in modern calligraphy and brush lettering from nine amazing artists! From beginning calligraphy to flourishing, from envelope addressing to floral embellishments, it’s an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best professionals, all from the comfort of your home.
Registration reopens this week – February 8-12 – and is the last chance to enroll before the Summit takes place online February 22 – March 5. You can sign up right here!
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
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
I came across the work of Katie Roden of Linen and Leaf while searching for inspiration on Instagram. The lovely tones, textures, and utter beauty of her feed kept me scrolling for more. Katie’s gorgeous work isn’t merely reserved for weddings, as she provides calligraphy for a variety of projects, including branding. Has your interest been piqued? Stop by her portfolio for more! – Julie
Follow along with Katie and her most recent projects over on her Instagram feed. And if any of you lucky readers are in the Alabama area, you can also register for a modern calligraphy workshop with Katie in the new year!
Photo credits: 1 Joel and Amber Photography; 2 Katie Rogen; 3 left, 4, 5, 6 right Sleepy Fox Photography; 3 right, 6 left Paul Simon