One goal I've set for myself this year is to learn calligraphy.
I'm always drawn to beautiful packaging, and the addition of modern calligraphy makes it even more alluring.
The first example of modern calligraphy I came across was in a quaint little floral shop, Coriander Girl in downtown Toronto, quite a few years ago now.
Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, a calligrapher and artist from California, had designed everything from her business cards, to her store window lettering, to her website graphics.
For years I've wanted to master this art, and while I've attempted it with generic calligraphy sets, I haven't been able to.
That is, hopefully, until now.
While browsing through Anthropologie, looking for some unique Christmas gifts this year, I came across a calligraphy set and immediately recognized the script.
Maybelle has created a kit for learning modern calligraphy.
I ordered one for my sister, and one for myself.
All of the basics are included -
a pen and nib
bottle of black ink
vellum tracing sheets
lined guide sheet
Today I finally opened it and started acquainting myself with the basics.
I know it will take a great deal of time and practise, but I think it's a beautiful art. I was inspired after reading Pride and Prejudice, again, and being reminded of the beauty of properly penned letter.
Another goal? The first photo is from an event Maybelle did, teaching calligraphy. Doesn't it look like a wonderful way to spend an evening? You can view the evening here.
And for a peek into Alison Westlake of Coriander Girl's charming converted church, which is also lovely, you can view an article from Chatelaine Magazine here.
And now to practise, practise, practise.