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April 29, 2013

Anne Elser's calligraphy workshop


I woke up this morning with a creative hangover -- Anne Elser's calligraphy workshop was so much fun! She makes the most beautiful things. Anne has inspired me to make new pieces...and best of all, she's made me realize I need to slow down a little bit. I have a tendency to work fast, draw fast, paint fast. I think that stems from the fact that I'm a highly impatient person. But when you slow down and truly take your time, your work will always be your best. Apparently this is also true with handwriting. Who knew? 

During the second day of class, I became a little more confident with my ink strokes, and my lettering started to improve. (You can see some of my calligraphy above!) Anne is quirky and has a great sense of humor -- the words we practiced included "fart," "groin," "dork," and a couple of other choice words. Who said calligraphy has to be stuffy and formal, right? Ha! 

See Anne's website, here, full of pretty letters and artwork. Locals can find out more about her classes and workshops via the Binders site, too. 

Photo credits, from clockwise: Anne Elser's handkerchief vows for Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Illuminated Letters Event photo taken by David Foster, calligraphy practice sheet + photo by me, envelope calligraphy by Anne Elser // Envelope design by Anne Elser; photo by me // painted monograms on linens by Anne Elser

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