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Last Month’s Salt & Honey Workshop

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Teaching calligraphy is my jam. I truly love igniting that passion for letters in other people and helping them understand how letter forms work, how the materials work together and helping them explore their own identity through letters and words. Teaching online is pretty much all I do these days, but I jump at any chance I have to teach in-person. If you’ve missed my live classes, check out calligraphy.org. It’s the next best thing to an in-person class because you get personal coaching from me and my co-calligrapher, Erika. We love what we do.

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Last month’s Salt & Honey workshop was a blast. We had a great time in such a gorgeous space with amazing food provided by The Patisserie. My mouth is watering and I have a sudden craving for toasted coconut cake just thinking about it.

Want more Salt & Honey? Their spring market is this weekend! Details here.

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Each guest got a custom pouch packed with all the essentials.

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And of course a place card with their name written on it in rose gold. Naturally. View More: http://photos.pass.us/salt--honey-workshop

Those cakes were divine. I may have had a couple slices. Of each.

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We had a dude show up!! Haha. Usually I have one. Guys who sign up for calligraphy workshops are very smart. They get to learn something new and they’re always outnumbered. ;)

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I was just so impressed at how passionate everyone was about letters, how much they learned in such a short time and how many beautiful marks were made!

All photos by Stephanie Lorraine Photography

#Hallelujah Easter Printable 3: Printable Calligraphed Scripture

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I believe in Christ! He did something super awesome for all of us. I’ve teamed up with Mormon.org and Sugardoodle to share Easter printables focused around our Savior. I hope that if you’re a disciple of Christ, regardless of denomination, you’ll enjoy these designs.

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I knew I wanted to share some kind of calligraphed quote or scripture passage that would go beyond Easter Celebrations. I had a hard time thinking of what to do. But then Chris told me to do the obvious. While this scripture is so common, it still maintains so much power.

I went through a few different design ideas before settling on this one. The simple blues with the variation in watercolor feel just right.

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You can print off this scripture in a frameable 8×10 size or in a 5×7 to send easily as a postcard or in an envelope to a loved one living far away.

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I plan to keep this one up year-round. I do hope you enjoy it and don’t forget God loves you.

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Click the link below to download the printable PDF:

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Check out past year’s printable Easter stuff:

Easter Basket Tag • Easter BannerEaster Sunday Printable • 2011 Candy Box • 2010 Easter Candy Box

*By downloading the above material, you agree to terms of use: This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

Modern Calligraphy: In-Person Workshop in SLC, UT

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I’ll be teaching a calligraphy workshop this weekend in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah! I’m so excited to be teaming up with the awesome Salt + Honey Market to teach a beginning pointed pen class. It’ll be downtown at the Charcoal Loft from 2-5pm this upcoming Saturday, March 12, 2016. 

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In the pointed pen workshop, I’ll be teaching the essential foundations to modern pointed pen calligraphy to make it graceful and readable. The workshop includes:

  • Calligraphy kit (2 holders, 4 nibs, ink, pencil, handout and notepad as seen here)
  • 3 hours of instruction
  • Drinks & refreshments
  • Swag bag

I’ve been teaching calligraphy online and off for 5 years. Righties and lefties are both welcome.

The workshop starts from ground zero. If you’re coming with some experience, let me know at the beginning of class. I’ll have you work on some more challenging work during instruction time.

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Class sizes are small enough that I make rotations around during open practice to answer questions, physically adjust you to help with your positioning and encourage and critique your work. I look forward to meeting you on Saturday. SIGN UP HERE.

Unable to make it to Utah? Take the online class right here (same materials included holla!) and use code MARCH at checkout for 10% off. :) Expires 3/31/2016.

Freebie: Valentine’s Day Treats 2016

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We had a grand time this year prepping for Valentine’s. I nearly forgot to share what we did. I found a gigantic bag of (my favorite) Hi-Chews at the grocery store a month ago, so I knew immediately I wanted to do something punny with those. So here we are.

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The kids love these things (I had to buy a second back of Hi-Chews just to finish all the valentine’s because a bunch may or may not have been eaten many weeks before the fact.

I found little 3″x3″ zip closure baggies at my local Pak ‘N Wrap. You can find these just as easy at papermart.com. I just didn’t want to wait for shipping. I wrote out the little phrase, printed and cut these little fold-over cards and stapled them together. Mega easy.

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Penelope designed and I made a stamp so she could own her valentine’s day treats. Felix even helped putting them together! I love when I can include both of them on the fun! I know it’s too late for 2016 Valentine’s, but I figure I’d share this printable for anyone looking to use this idea in the future. See the link below to download the printable.

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FREEBIE: Silhouette Mint Designs & Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I swear it was just Thanksgiving. This time of year just flies right on by. I’m teaming up with Silhouette (my favorite, as you know) to provide you with some fun printables in time for Valentine’s Day!

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The Silhouette Mint is one of my favorite new gadgets of all time. I can create a stamp in minutes. Literally. If you haven’t seen my youtube video on the process check it out here. It’s super slick, which makes card making, gift giving and label making so much more fun and customized. I wrote out a few little sayings and drew up a little banner. All these things are available to download free at the bottom of this post. If you don’t have a Mint, no problems. Feel free to use the graphics for personal use.

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This Wednesday, we had an intimate gathering to learn calligraphy and make Valentines. I wanted to allow these awesome people to use their freshly gained calligraphy skills, but also give them the opportunity to put calligraphy on something if they didn’t feel comfortable writing something out. Each guest got a calligraphy kit and a card making kit with card stock (Thanks to my favorite My Mind’s Eye peeps! We used the dark grey from this line.) and piles and piles of stickers, washi tape and stamps for everyone to deck out their cards to the gills. Because a gaudy valentine is an awesome valentine. Totally channeling my inner Schin Loong.

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These little stamps are so fun to use. See below for what size stamps I used for each design.

  • banner: 90×45 mm
  • Be Mine: 30×30 mm (on the diagonal)
  • You’re Hot: 30×30 mm
  • I Freaking Love You: 15×60 mm

If you’re interested in purchasing the Mint. Use code: MELISSA for $20 off a Mint machine! Wouldn’t it be so darling to have your kid design their own Valentine’s card? So adorable. Click the link to read more about the workshop and download the free artwork.

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