My new birth-year resolution.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have a birthday coming up, so for the past couple weeks, Shawn has been pestering me about what's on my wish list.

But I have everything I need, Sweetie. Seriously.

I really do feel that way, but that answer doesn't appease him. So when I finally thought about it, I want to learn calligraphy. Modern calligraphy. (There is a definite difference.) I adore some of the gorgeous hand lettering I've been seeing for years now, and I love the style that looks like someone's handwriting... just better. It's a far cry from the more traditional, Old English style calligraphy I learned from a kit back in middle school.

I've asked for this book to help me get started:
Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy

And I found some favorite tips & nibs suggestions:


And finally, I've been inspired by these gorgeous examples...
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So as I get to practicing, I have a feeling I'll be talking more about this on the blog... so consider yourself forewarned. :)

Any other resources I should know about as a beginner? I'd love to hear.

15 comments:

  1. Amazing! What a beautiful talent you have. Love it.

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  2. I have a dream to learn calligraphy too! Any type (pun intended) of hand lettering is so beautiful. Have fun and good luck! I can't wait to see your progress.

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  3. Oh my goodness, we must be on the same wave length! I just posted last week about learning calligraphy. I used some of my Christmas money to order some supplies online from Paper & Ink Arts. I was surprised at how relatively inexpensive it is to get started! I bought three nibs, a straight pen holder, an oblique holder, some ink, an eraser, a sketch pad, and tracing paper all for around $30 with shipping. I am working on the traditional Copperplate script, but my main goal is modern calligraphy as well. There are a ton of great resources online. One of my favorites is http://theflourishforum.com ~ they offer free lessons in the forums and have a great community of calligraphers who offer tips and critiques. I'm excited to follow along with your calligraphy posts on the blog!

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  4. Starting this comment by saying I have no experience in calligraphy.

    That being said, I love reading Melissa Esplin's blog. She does a lot of beautiful calligraphy! She also has a calligraphy website where she offers online workshops to go through- I've been looking into doing one myself! (https://istilllovecalligraphy.com/)

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  5. I hope you do share more in future posts, this looks fascinating! I had one of those kits as a teenager as well but I love the fresh look of modern styles.

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  6. I want to do that too! Probably not until after summer, though, but for sure a skill I want to learn! I've been pushing myself with lots of continuing education classes, mostly for design work, and this is right along those lines. I love, LOVE learning new things! I am sure you will EXCEL at this!

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  7. Hey Whitney! I just picked up this hobby too - it is so much fun! I'm excited to hear what you think of that book. I'd be interested in getting a copy myself if you enjoy it. And I'm glad to see you like Lindsay Letters...I love her work.

    I got started using a calligraphy kit I found on etsy. It was helpful because it came with everything I needed to get started.

    By the way, happy early birthday! My birthday is Sunday! :)

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  8. I'm a modern calligrapher. :) You're going to have so much fun!

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  9. I've never loved the look of my handwriting, but I love looking at other people's writing. Sounds like fun to learn calligraphy! I'm sure you'll be great at it.

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  10. I love this! I've wanted to try modern calligraphy for some time.. but it has been so intimidating to me! I'm excited to hear of your progress. :)

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  12. Oh my word, I SO want to learn this type of calligraphy as well! I can't wait to see all the good info and progress you share with us!

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  13. Learning modern calligraphy is on my to-do/wish list as well! I can't wait to hear about your experiencing, what you recommend, etc. Have fun, and happy birthday!

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