Last weekend I took a calligraphy class sponsored by Bing at the Oh Happy Day Studio. Oh Happy Day offers some fun classes at her studio. I took her letterpress class before, and really enjoyed it. The studio is so cute and full of color. I hope to have my own design studio one day! That would be some an amazing dream come true.
Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls was the teacher. I loved hearing her story about how she became a calligrapher. Long story short, she took 3 calligraphy classes and had written a letter to Martha Stewart Weddings many years back. She was contacted by an editor who was impressed by her calligraphy skills and the crate of samples that she had sent over. When asked if she was a professional calligrapher, she said yes, and ever since then she has been a calligrapher. You just have to fake it until you make it. It can happen! :)
Anyways, I've always wanted to learn calligraphy. I've doodled and tried to imitate calligraphy, but something about using a calligraphy pen just really drew me.
I bought a kit from the internet earlier this year, but I tried it a litte and was always unsure if I was doing ok. I needed someone to give me some instruction of how I should be holding my pen, how to dip ink, and other techniques.
Maybelle gathered us around her table to explain some techniques and what we would be doing for the day. Once that was over, we went back to our tables to try out what we saw. I loved the setup of the tables. I especially loved the little wooden pen and ink holder that her husband made with our names on it!
I first practiced making thick and thin lines. My hand would shake with the thin lines, but hopefully that will go away with practice. I then tried some ovals and figure 8s. It was nice to have Maybelle walking around and answering questions.
Once I felt semi comfortable with those, I went on to try the alphabet, and before I could get to the letter G we only had 30 minutes left in the class! We were encourage to try the white ink on black paper, so I switched from black ink to white it.
I loved the white ink on black paper. It just immediately looks more fancy. The paper felt so special. I felt like I had to put a special quote on it. I remembered a quote about love and summer and decided that I was going to try writing that out. I didn't want to mess anything up, and that made me extra nervous and my arm would shake. Although not having lines to guide you can be freeing, it made me even more nervous. In the end it wasn't so bad! I got through it. Now it's time to keep practicing!