Writing With Whimsy
Brush lettering didn't quite make sense to me when I started, but the more I practiced, the more I realized what an amazing tool the brush was! Although the pointed pen is my first love, a brush allows you a lot more flexibility with the size of your letters. Which means that you can take on larger projects (like lettering an 8'x12' fabric banner, if thats' what suits your fancy) with ease!
And, although you can do just about anything with a nib, I find that it's easier to insert whimsy into lettering with a brush.
There's just something about it.
Keen on trying your hand at brush lettering? You're in luck! I'm teaching a workshop on July 25, 2018 in Georgetown.
Writing With Style
When you pick up a pointed pen for the first time, you're going to need some help to figure out what's what.
I learned everything I know through books, online courses, and mentors on Instagram. And boy, do I wish someone would've been there in person to show me how to put the nib into the pen correctly, and to explain why my ink kept blobbing.
Which is why Writing With Style (an introduction to the pointed pen) was created to be informative, interactive, and fun!
I step you through every part of the writing process, from the anatomy of your pen to personal troubleshooting with each student as you practice your first letters in calligraphy.
The necessities for an evening of learning calligraphy: wine flowing throughout the night, a keepsake project to take home, a guidebook, an alphabet exemplar, lots of rhodia paper, a pointed pen, nib & ink for practice at home (conveniently provided for you!)
All you need is a good friend or two to chat with while you learn.
I found calligraphy at a time in my life when I desperately needed a creative outlet that I could do on my coffee table. Something slow and deliberate, which I quickly realized that I was falling in love with. Calligraphy has allowed me to create beautiful pieces of art, from word mosaics to wedding invitations to quotes hung up in my home. It's an art that's more than attainable to whomever wishes to learn it!
All you need is a little patience, a good teacher, plenty of ink, and sometimes wine.
When you're starting to learn calligraphy, the last thing you need to worry about is selecting the right nib and holder.
I want to pass all of the knowledge about supplies you'll need right along to you during the workshop, but supply you with the best materials for a beginner... so you don't have to worry about a thing!
I'm a visual learner, but know (from my past life as a French tutor) that everyone learns differently. This is why I give you a guidebook and alphabet exemplar to learn from while I teach from a blackboard. You can see and feel, while doing and listening.
You'll be a pro in no time.
Private Lessons, anyone?
By popular demand: I'm now offering private lessons.
Otherwise known as "let's hang out while I teach you everything you want to know and fix any problems you're having."
Practice at home is so important, but nothing compares to having someone next to you who can answer your questions and show you how it's done.
We can develop a personalized curriculum that depends on where you want your lettering to take you.
Interested in a more formal script?
Do you want to start lettering pieces for family and friends?
Or does developing your own style of calligraphy sound like the coolest thing ever (I promise, it is)?
I'm offering two packages: a set of 3 classes, and a set of 5 classes.
These can be used at any point in a calendar year, though I suggest starting with once per month.
But, as always, I want to do what's best by you, so if you have something else in mind, let's chat about it.
Let's follow each other on Instagram! See what I'm working on and what workshop fun I'm preparing next.
All photography on this page by Lissa Ryan Photography