100 days of creating, practicing, writing, blogging, marketing, learning, making, reading, searching.
What a journey this has been. I’m starting to find my voice, I’m starting to be proud of my work, I’m starting to be comfortable letting the world get to know me.
I have changed so much as a writer, blogger, and most importantly a calligrapher. I tried so many new projects and commissions. I said YES to everything that stretched me as a person and artist and NO to everything that didn’t support me physical, emotionally, and financially.
It’s been awesome. I will absolutely continue blogging and showing my work on a regular schedule. Not exactly sure what that schedule is, will have lots of time for reflection these next 2 weeks. Or, as life tends to go, I will MAKE time for reflection these next 2 weeks.
Most importantly, I want to take a moment to thank YOU.
Thank you for following me on Instagram and Facebook.
Thank you for liking my posts and sharing my giveaways.
Thank you for telling your friends about my business!
Thank you for reading this blog and commenting on my work.
Thank you for supporting this journey!
I truly, truly could not have done it without you. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart.
How much do you love this saying? Gosh, I saw it and had to letter it. One of the envelope orders I did this past weekend used a combination of script lettering and block lettering. I used this style block lettering and haven’t stopped! On the envelopes I spaced everything out pretty far but I mixed and matched the spacing on the print. It’s rare that I write out a quote and have it laid out exactly how I want it, it usually takes me about 10 edits of rearranging. This one though, I wrote it exactly like this and stuck with it! It’s up in the Etsy shop if you’re looking for a gift for a friend!
That’s it for today, gotta keep my productivity streak going. If I sit here too long I’ll get sucked into the vortex that is the internet! 😉
Friday!! Woohoo!! I’ve had an awesome day full of all sorts of activities. Trail run, breakfast out with friends, envelope addressing, hair cut, errands, blogging. It’s 7:30 and I’m just starting to feel like I’m in for the night. Not that I’ll bring a blow dryer and do my hair in Belize but it is fun to get a “trip” hair-do!
I set my timer for an hour today and wanted to see how many envelopes I got done in that time. I was doing my “Lauren” style calligraphy which is a casual brush script. I used red ink and a size zero watercolor brush. I thought I’d get about 10 done, but the final was 14! I was happy with that, I’ve gotten a lot faster. It helps a ton that the envelopes were white so I could use my light box to help with straight lines and centering.
This was the first custom wedding map I ever made! What do you think? I have to admit, I traced the longhorn and Sundance guy. Listen, I’m a calligrapher, not an artist. Not that kind of an artist anyway! I did everything else free hand (clearly, as it’s a little wonky) but overall I was happy with how it turned out. I like the fun colors and the river and the purple TCU football! It was really, really fun to work on. Here’s a closer look at it:
Have a great weekend!! Are you busy with holiday parties and shopping? I’ve got a long run in Fort Worth tomorrow and then a scarf exchange brunch party! Can’t wait!
I didn’t have the wood to make bride and groom chair signs, but I did have a huge piece of wood to do this! So much fun! I have one more piece from this wedding to show you tomorrow and then I’ll be back with some printables! And then that’s it for a couple weeks! Vacation, woohoo!!
Last spring I did a Welcome to our Reception sign on a big mirror. I tried quite a few different brands of markers and ended up settling on Molotow. I was really happy with how it turned out but unfortunately don’t have a great picture of it!
For the wood sign today I wanted to use the same blue that I did on the invitations. That meant that I would need to use paint and a brush, not a marker. It’s significantly more time consuming for me than markers but it definitely makes a difference being able to carry the colors over from the invitation!
Had such a great time with these girls last night in Grapevine. It was so fun to walk Main Street and peak in the shops. There were so many people out enjoying the lights. They even had fake snow blowing around everywhere! It was pretty chilly, but no where close to as chilly as it is tonight!! We finally turned on our heater, it was 62 in the house. I didn’t even notice but my husband came home and was like, it’s freaking freezing in here!
I did a little shopping after work today and there were so many people Christmas shopping! (I was shopping for me. Haha!) Have your been busy buying Christmas gifts? We are celebrating Christmas with my family New Year’s weekend so I haven’t even started!
Happy Wednesday!! Ahhhhh, the countdown is seriously on for me re: workdays until Belize!!! I’m off this Friday, hoping to get all the “last minute” (everything I should have done months ago) things done so that I can finish all my non-work calligraphy projects over the weekend. I’ve got personal envelopes to address, emails to send, documents to work up. Plus, new prints to get in the Etsy shop before I leave.
Last night I started updating the Etsy shop with printable high resolution jpeg files in addition to PDF files. If you order something before I’ve got the new jpeg in there, don’t worry, I’ll email it to you! That way you can print something out on a canvas and it will look great up to 20×30″ print size. I’m almost done updating all the listings, just have a few more to go.
I reaallllly want to write this Better Together out on wood boards and paint the flowers but I just didn’t have time to do it! I’ve seen prints like this hung on the backs of chairs but I think the wood will look a little better. Now at least, I’ll have my sketch all ready for when I get some! Maybe Erin will make some wood boards for me! 🙂
Still sticking with the round watercolor brush this week for my lettering and the beautiful color combo from Heather and William’s wedding invitations.
That’s it for me tonight, girls night out!! Have a great evening and I’ll see you tomorrow! Thanks for checking in! 9 days to go!
Pinterest is awesome for color inspiration. I stumbled across this palette and my mind started spinning with ideas. Typically, I am not drawn towards the color red, at all. I think it’s beautiful but it is never a color that speaks to me. If I ever wore a red dress or red lipstick I would feel so out of my element and uncomfortable. I’d probably be strutting pretty seriously but inside I’d be REALLY uncomfortable. 🙂
I just love this though! The different blues and neutrals combined with the fierceness of that red. Beautiful!
The last few wedding suites I worked on had a significant amount of calligraphy in them. This time, just the main titles are done with brush calligraphy and the rest of the lettering is a font. A nice clean look, but with a little more flair than I typically do. What do you think?
I hope your week is off to a great start and you’re keeping your spirits up in this dreary weather! I was in quite a mood today, I think I need a little sunshine! I had a dream last night that I went to a running store to buy Christmas gifts for my husband (um, he’s not a runner) and my total was $800! I was like, WTH?! And then I woke up. Like, bolted upright wide awake in a panic. Turns out it was exactly one minute before my 4:45 alarm. Ridiculous. I could have used a do-over! Thankful for my hubby, friends and coach, they all kept my spirits up and the day is ending much better than it started!