Intro To Modern Calligraphy Workshop Hosted by True Ethic

This past September I held a calligraphy workshop in central Minnesota and because of the overwhelming response I got from it, I am teaching another workshop in NE Minneapolis on October 29th from 10am to noon! If you'd like to see photos from this event, you can head over to my blog here. Laura from True Ethic has been kind enough to allow this workshop to be held in her beautiful shop. You can find the link to sign up here (Intro To Modern Calligraphy Workshop Signup)

This is a beginners course in modern calligraphy that will teach the basics of a long lost tradition. You will learn all of the basic techniques needed to beautify your Thanksgiving table, write thank you notes or daily devotionals.

I will be providing tools and materials for you to use and take home that include:
- Calligraphy Pen

- 2 Nibs

- 1 bottle of Black India Ink

- Sample Pack of Favorite Paper

- Alphabet Tool

- Practice Tools for Modern Calligraphy

- Helpful Resources.

Space is limited. I so hope to see you there! :)

Floral + Hand Lettering Workshop

I am excited to announce that this September I am partnering with a favorite florist of mine, Sharayah Krautkremer (the bee's knees floral), for a Floral + Hand Lettering workshop in Brainerd, Minnesota! 

The workshop will be one half floral crown making (these darling crowns will look amazing hanging up as dried-flower decor in your home) and one half learning the basics to hand lettering.  I will be sharing some of my favorite tips on getting started along with providing the attendees with some of my favorite tools.

Bring a girlfriend, your mom, or your daughters and save the date. Mark your calendars for the afternoon of Friday, September 16th and be sure to sign up for the mailing list to stay up to date on additional info. We are still in the beginning stages, so more details are to come. 

I don't know about you, but we can hardly wait!

- Rachael + Sharayah

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Tools of the Trade | Hand Lettering

Reach as high as you can, and then reach a little higher. There you will find magic and possibility. And maybe even cookies.
— mark johns

Hello there,

Rachael here! I am here today to give a little insight in what I do on a day to day basis and a hand lettering artist and the tools that I use. I remember when I first started this adventure I was desperate for anything that would help me better understand this craft. Anything that would help me to know which tools to use. But since everyone who enjoys this whimsical craft has to start somewhere, what you have in your reach are always your best first tools. 

When you see hand lettering online such as places like Pinterest and Instagram, everything always seems to look so pretty and perfect. Keep in mind this is the finished product! Art is messy and so is the process of creating words. Hand lettering takes time, like any craft. But with a little practice every day, you will be surprised with how much you can improve!

Now let's get to the good stuff :)

* In addition to these things listed, I also use scraps of paper such as printer paper (a lot) and tracing paper.

(In order from left to right)

- Sharpie Paint Pen
- Copic Pen
- Micron (01)
- Pentel Aqua Brush Pen (filled with black ink)

- Bristol Smooth Surface
- Cold Press Watercolor Paper

- Winsor & Newton

- Round Brushes (Numbers 1, 3)

Be sure to ask about any question you may have! Also, if you enjoyed this, feel free to share :)