How did I start "calligraphy'?

Updated: Apr 11, 2020

I have always been fascinated by the written word, and enjoyed making my notes pretty in high school with various pen colors, highlighters, and the often borrowed and never given back, sparkle gel pens.



Like many people, I had gotten a 'Beginner's Calligraphy Set' from the local art store at some point in my youth and I was incredibly disappointed that I wasn't able to create beautiful things in he first 5 minutes.


This is what ended up happening:

- The ink got all over my kitchen table

- What was a nib, and why is there a hole in the metal thingy?

- Paper is ripping everywhere!

- I'm all about free-form, guidelines are for babies.


Not exactly the one I got, but you get the point


I had gotten scared and decided that maybe it wasn't for me. That was what computers were for, right?


So when my husband and his mom gifted me my first calligraphy classes in 2015, I don't think they had in mind that I would quit my full-time job in 2019 to pursue this as my new career....


The minute I got into the first 'Intro to Copperplate Calligraphy', I realized how much I didn't know, but how much I wanted to! Thanks a lot to my teacher and mentor Joy Deneen, my love of ink and paper was rekindled. Her enthusiasm was infectious.


My work at the beginning was... not good to say the least.


Pretty swearwords made (and still do) me laugh

Alphabet practice