my top ten pens for lettering

One thing that’s taken a lot of experimentation and time is finding my favourite pens for various lettering projects. From paper to wood, to glass, to chalkboard - every pen works different on different materials!

Until you try, you never really know how a pen will work. Will I like the bend of this brush pen? Will this white paint pen be permanent on glass? Will this pen be opaque in one layer or will I need to do many layers? Will this gold pen be metallic enough?

Today, I’m removing all the testing and questions for you and sharing my favourite pens for various uses, and how well they stay on various materials!

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3 reasons why you should start a calligraphy practice

Maybe you’ve been wanting to develop some kind of creative hobby and just haven’t found the time. Or maybe you’re stressed and want to find a way to relax at the end of the day. Or perhaps you’ve tried some calligraphy here and there and you want motivation to really dig in and practice more to develop your skills.

Let me tell you why I think it’s time you got started with calligraphy.

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3 reasons why developing your own calligraphy style is important

There are many traditional calligraphy alphabets that are specifically meant to be copied perfectly (Copperplate, Spencerian, etc.) - but most of us “modern calligraphers” aren’t learning the craft to copy the same traditional alphabets the rest of our lives. We want to be our own brand of artist with our own unique style and creative expression.

One of the hardest parts about learning calligraphy can be taking that step into developing our own style. How do you make your specific style different from other calligraphy and lettering artists?

Or maybe you’re wondering why you even should develop your own style? Hasn’t everything been done already?

Nope, it hasn’t! Let me me tell you why developing your style is key.

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my purpose (for now)

Last week I dropped the news that Jennifer Bianca is about to go through a “re-orientation”. (I mean, I’m already in the trenches working on it but you won’t see the fruit until I’m done on December 6th!)

I also told you what led me to this decision, this need, to change things up.

In short: I acknowledge that calligraphy is not my purpose. And in discovering my purpose, I need to realign my business to reflect that.

And so, I want to tell you a little bit about me today and what I believe my real purpose is. (At least, what my purpose is for now!)

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