#1 New Release in Calligraphy Guides on Amazon! 🎉

SO excited to see my book come up as #1 New Release in Calligraphy Guides on Amazon! :) It's because of YOU guys that my book is being seen and shared to so many. As you can imagine, the competition is so fierce on Amazon and I'm not sure how much longer it will stay #1, but regardless of the ranking...I am so grateful for every comment, every email, every DM that I've received over the past couple of months. Taking on this project came with much excitement but I also felt this tremendous weight wondering if I would do justice to this beautiful form of art. So your words of encouragement, kindness have really meant alot to me. THANK YOU

I also received notice from the publisher that the co-edition team has already contracted the book to be translated into other languages. Eventually, the book will be available in:

🇩🇪 German/World
🇰🇷 Korean/World
🇳🇱 Dutch/World
🇪🇸 Spanish/Latin America excluding Cono Sur (Argentina/Chile/Uruguay) and Peru
🇪🇸 Spanish/Cono Sur and...

Continue Reading...

*NEW* Guidesheet for Ascending/Descending Stem Loops

I'm currently guiding my students through my Copperplate Foundations course and noticed that students have been struggling with consistency in their ascending/descending stem loops:

Below are some examples of students' homework sheets. If we're not careful, the loops can either become too narrow or too rounded: 

An important key to achieving consistency in the ascending and descending stem loops is to visualize an oval within the loop. Here is an example of lowercase letter 'g' and 'l' where I drew in an oval with a pencil before writing the letters with a red pen:

This demonstration gave me an idea to create a new guidesheet so you can use it to practice those stem loops! In the new guidesheet, I added ovals along the ascender and descender line so that you can practice both the ascending/descending stem loops. Remember that these ovals are meant to be used as a guide so it's okay if your stem loops don't contain the entire oval. Take your time, write...

Continue Reading...

Classic Calligraphy for Beginners - An Update

My new book "Classic Calligraphy for Beginners" will be releasing soon! Initially it was scheduled to release June 14th but I just heard from my publisher last week that due to unforeseen shipping delays, the pub date will be pushed back to July 12, 2022. The UK and ebook publication date will still remain as is! Of course I am a bit disappointed, but after working on it for over a year, waiting one more month will be worth it :) Thank you for your patience and understanding

As we count down together, I wanted to take this time to answer the following question I received recently: "What is the difference between your new book and your practice pads? Will your new book cover most of the materials in the practice pads?"

 To help answer the question, let me show you the table of contents from the new book:

As you can see, the book will have some basic introduction to calligraphy, Copperplate, Spencerian, and a chapter that includes flourishing, brush lettering, and faux...

Continue Reading...

Copperplate vs. Spencerian

As I've been posting more of my Spencerian work on Instagram to gear up for my upcoming online course, I got a question recently asking what the difference is between Copperplate and Spencerian script.

Before we talk about the differences, let's talk about the similarities between these scripts:

  • Copperplate and Spencerian are both written with a steel, flexible pointed nib. So, as long as you know how to write with a pointed nib, the transition and learning curve will be easier to go from one to another. I personally learned Copperplate first and then picked up Spencerian a year later, but you can also begin with Spencerian and move onto Copperplate. These scripts complement each other so wonderfully.
  • Both scripts are written on a slant. The standard slant line is 55° for Copperplate and 52° for Spencerian. When teaching, I use the standard as our guide but the difference of 3° is so minor that when you eventually write without guidesheets, you can mix these...
Continue Reading...

STMABD = Small Things Make a Big Difference

With my Copperplate Foundations registration opening up around the corner on 4/19, this saying came to mind - "Small things make a big difference". That doesn't just apply to calligraphy but all part of our lives. I find that it's the seemingly small & mundane choices we make (from the food we eat to what we believe to be true in our minds) that will have the biggest impact in our lives. 

This is my 8th year since embarking on this calligraphy journey and if there's any tip I would share to beginners, it would be to choose quality over quantity when it comes to practice times. Being intentional with the 20 minutes you have will be of greater value than spending 2 hours practicing mindlessly, which will lead to bad habits.

One way you can improve your script is to practice your pressure/release! Two things to keep in mind:

  1. We all have a unique hand. Some of us have a naturally light hand and others have a heavy hand. What does that mean? It means that for...
Continue Reading...

Tips when using Finetec & Handmade Paper

As calligraphers, the words "Finetec" and "handmade paper" are no strangers to us. In fact, I actually got introduced to Finetec during my first Copperplate workshop back in 2014! My instructor had demonstrated writing our names with it and I was so mesmerized by the shimmer and how elegant it looked on paper. I bought my first palette right away and now I'm honored to be an Art Ambassador with Royal Talens who helps distribute Finetec in North America.

Finetec is a line of high quality watercolor and offers a variety of transparent, neon, pearlescent, iridescent, metallic colors that work beautifully for calligraphy.

How to use - Finetec comes in pans and in order to properly use it with a pointed nib, you will need to dilute it with water until you get a milk like consistency. Add a couple drops of distilled water directly onto the pan (I like to keep my water in a dropper bottle), mix with a brush, and load it onto the nib (both front and back!) until it covers the eye of the...

Continue Reading...

Brand Ambassador for Tom's Studio

Hi! 

It's been a while since my last blog post..but I'm excited to come back with an exciting announcement! I will be joining as a Brand Ambassador (BA) for Tom's Studio If you haven't heard of them, they are a small business/brand run by Tom + his wife Gemma. They are quite a dynamic duo and produce some of the most beautiful pens that are made to last a lifetime. When Gemma reached out to see if I would be interested in joining as a BA, there was no question in my mind. I am so thrilled to partner with a brand that I can stand behind and look forward to sharing more collaborative projects with you this year.

For this post, I wanted to share my thoughts about their oblique penholders. I was able to write with them for a wedding project this week:

  • The carrot pen is smaller than the standard pen, but weighs a bit more due to the thicker grip (Keep in mind that these pens are made of solid metal...so no wonder!). Some prefer a wider grip to alleviate hand...
Continue Reading...

Summer Creative Retreat 2021!

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2021

Excited to share that I'll be participating in the Summer Creative Retreat 2021, hosted by Peggy from The Pigeon Letters!  

It's a FREE creative retreat from August 2 - August 12, 2021 and offers mini classes (under 1 hour) from 100 instructors to inspire and motivate you to create something with your hands :)

My lesson will be Flourishing: Tips on Composition. Knowing how to flourish individual letters is great, but what do we do when we are flourishing words? I'll be taking you behind the scene and sharing my thought process and the WHYs when designing flourishes. The word we will be doing together is: Gryffindor. We will go through two variations, talk about tackling double letters, flourishing ascenders, descenders, and end flourishes.

My lesson is scheduled to release:
Date: August 10, 2021
Time: 3:15PM PST

Can't make it live?
No worries! A replay of each day will be available for 24 hours. You can also purchase an all-access pass "Permanent Vacation" for under $1 a...

Continue Reading...

Tip: Fixing Calligraphy Mistakes!

tips Feb 05, 2021

In this blog post, I am excited to share a tip on how you can save a ton of time with two simple tools!

Ever work on a project only to realize you made a spelling error?? . It seems to be a common occurrence ever since I became a calligrapher! But before you decide to start all over and spend another couple hours re-doing your piece, make sure to try this calligra-hack first! It literally saved me a couple weeks ago.

Here's the before photo. Right as I was about to ship it out, I thought to myself "Hm..let me just double triple check the spelling to make sure everything is correct". Sure enough, there was an error in her last name. It should have been Dusmann, NOT Dussman!

Thankfully, because the number of letters remained the same, I didn't have to erase the entire flourish but only work on fixing and rewriting 3 letters.

Materials You Need:

Steps:

1. You want to take your xacto knife and gently scrape away the ink from the paper....

Continue Reading...

How to Paint Florals using Gouache and Ink!

painting tutorials Oct 05, 2020


I love painting and how it complements calligraphy so beautifully. After sharing recent envelopes with painted florals, I received an overwhelming response and requests for a tutorial...so  I'm excited to share this video with you!  

In this video, you will learn:

  • How to paint florals using gouache and bleed proof ink (supplies that most calligrapher already have!)
  • 3 brushes that I use for painting and detailing
  • How to double load a brush with two colors for the ombre look

Supplies used:

You can incorporate these florals into your finished pieces, envelopes, place cards, etc! I personally added these florals onto dark blue...

Continue Reading...
1 2
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.