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If you’ve ever had a thing for snail mail, your heart will beat a little faster when you feast your eyes on Allison McClanahan’s special deliveries, hand-cancelled requests, and endearing messages to postal carriers. Join me as I visit with Allison in this calligrapher interview.
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In this interview with Melissa Esplin, she talks all things calligraphy. You’ll hear how Melissa went from having a few calligraphy projects to teaching calligraphy online full-time. She talks about overcoming adversity, being a life-long learner, and when you should start building your own business.
If you’re new to pointed pen calligraphy, there are some insider secrets you may not realize you need to do in order to make that pen work. This article discusses in detail those things you need to do to get your ink flowing.
Allow me to introduce to you Melissa Baker, an artist with a unique touch. Melissa is a top-notch calligrapher who specializes in envelopes and chalk art. We first met at the Birmingham Calligraphy Guild and became fast friends. Melissa is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.
Pointed pen calligraphy can tend to feel a little overwhelming. This article will de-mystify the uncertainty so you can learn how to get started.
I want you to meet my friend Mindy Christiansen, of @thewritingcardigan. Mindy and I have connected on Instagram over our shared interests of calligraphy, knitting, family, and scripture. One thing Mindy has encouraged me in is slow living. I think you will see some of this in her interview, and you will certainly find it on her Instagram account.
When I interviewed Mindy, she was very open about her love of creativity, her need to slow down, and her faith. Here is what she shared:
One of my favorite ways to make a gift more special is to attach a handmade gift tag with a beautiful ribbon or cord. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a unique gift tag using the calligraphy skill of offhand flourishing. Of course you can use a regular mono-line pen if you are not a calligrapher, and this will still be a beautiful tag.
I’m honored to introduce you to a calligrapher from San Jose, California, whom I find ever-encouraging and full of helpful advice and beautiful inspiration. You may know her as @GinkgoArts…Jane Matsumoto.
To start our interview today, I want to give you a quote Jane shared with me:
“The ripples of kindness begin with you. A smile or a kind word or a thoughtful gesture could mean the world to someone. You just never know what someone is dealing with or is up against or the weight of his or her burden. Let’s build each other up. Cheer one another on.” – Jane Matsumoto