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If anyone here is in Southern California and would like a taste of what a calligraphy conference is like, come check out Letters California Style which is hosted by Society for Calligraphy in the greater Los Angeles area!

The classes are filled, but these events are open to the public:

Fri/Sat/Sun from 9am-10pm: Save on shipping and shop for calligraphy supplies to your heart's content at the Paper & Ink Arts pop-up store.

Sat 2/13 from 12:15pm-12:45pm: Exclusive book signing by 10 contributing artists from the new Centennial Edition of the Speedball Textbook in front of the Dining Room. Copies will be available for purchase through our on-site vendor.

Sat 2/13 from 5pm-6pm: "Serendipities" demos

Sun 2/14 from 11:30am-1:30pm: Work-in-progress classroom walkthrough/open house. This is your chance to check out what everyone's been working on in each of the 10 classes at the conference!

Sun 2/14 from 6pm-9pm: Dinner/Lecture/Live Auction – you're welcome to pay at the door and join us for the dinner buffet or come afterwards for Washington calligrapher & 2016 faculty member Suzanne Moore's lecture & slideshow around 7:30pm. Suzanne is one of two American artists who worked on the St. John's Bible with Donald Jackson, the Queen's calligrapher.

The conference takes place at the Kellogg West Conference Center on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona: 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA

Just a heads-up - if you're not a member of IAMPETH and interested in attending this year's conference in Portland, OR, you have until Friday, January 15, 2016 at midnight EST to sign up. Membership registration will be closed as IAMPETH will be sending out registration packets for the March 12th registration date. Membership will reopen on Saturday, March 26th.

Fascinating yet sad at the same time, since this beautiful cursive is no longer being taught in U.S. schools.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Stationery vs. Stationary
« on: May 20, 2015, 11:27:15 AM »
This has been on my mind for sometime. I see many many calligraphers, even many well-established ones, making this common mistake, and I thought we as calligraphers/calligraphy-/ writing- enthusiasts should all know how these words are different and how they are spelled, especially as we communicate.

If you look at sites such as the very popular Oh So Beautiful Paper, they even say this on their submissions page:
"Any submission that incorrectly spells the word stationery will be automatically rejected."

Syllabification: sta·tion·er·y
Pronunciation: /ˈstāSHəˌnerē/


1 Writing paper, especially with matching envelopes.
1.1 Writing and other office materials.


Syllabification: sta·tion·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈstāSHəˌnerē/
Definition of stationary in English:


1 Not moving or not intended to be moved.

So I've been into this calligraphy thing for a while now (my first "formal training" class anniversary is coming up on No. 4 this September), and I'd really like to know:

What do you want to accomplish with your calligraphy skills? Do you want to be a professional calligrapher, making it into a full-time job? A calligraphy teacher? the next Molly Thorpe? The next Master Penman? Or are you just content with the process of learning, practicing and progressing?

And for those of you who are already doing what you want to do - did you think you were going to be where you are, the first time you picked up a calligraphy pen?

Would love to hear everyone's thoughts.


Just wanted to share that some Flourish Forum members are participating in County of Los Angeles Library's social media campaign to celebrate  National Library Week! Seven quotes about the importance of reading/libraries were chosen and calligraphed, and one quote is posted each day of the week.

Those who are participating: Roseann, Heebs, joi, David/masgrimes, Nickki/Nickkih, Joy/imaginejoy and myself.

Follow the County of Los Angeles Public Library as we celebrate National Library Week with calligraphy!  :)



Tools & Supplies / Guide to Choosing an Eraser - from JetPens
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:30:38 PM »

If anyone in the Eastern part of the LA area is interested, Kristi Darwick (current president of the Society for Calligraphy in Los Angeles) is teaching three Copperplate workshops at UC Riverside Extension.

Apr 18th, 2015, 9am-4pm
Copperplate Lowercase Writing

May 9th, 2015, 9am-4pm
Copperplate Capitals and Beautiful Writing
May 30th, 2015, 9am-4pm
Copperplate Flourishing and Modern Variations

University of California Riverside Extension
1200 University Ave, Riverside

More info here:

Workshops & Conference News / Letters California Style 2015
« on: February 15, 2015, 01:05:13 AM »
Just wanted to say that I am in the middle (day 2) of Letters California Style here in Los Angeles (Pomona, CA to be precise) and it's been an incredible experience so far.

This is my first full conference (last year I only attended a mini workshop at night), and it's such a wonderful feeling to be in a place where all 100+ attendees are just as crazy about calligraphy as you are. The classes are small (only 12 students per teacher!) and we all get the fullest attention and critique from teachers. My class was "Journey into Contemporary Pointed Pen" with Jane Shibata who is just an amazing calligrapher and a wonderful teacher. The class material is based on Mike Kecseg's Pointed Pen Variations. I did Blackletter and Uncial with Pointed Pen for the first time today!

Paper & Ink Arts set up shop for the duration of the conference so we were able to shop (ALL the Cocoiro pens!), and those of us who ordered class supplies in advance got 10% off, no shipping and no sales tax.

There is a great sense of camaraderie. Everyone smiles and says hi and asks "what class are you taking?" There is just so much warmth from everyone. Tonight there was a special calligraphy art performance where Peter Thornton, Pamela Paulsrud, Ewan Clayton, and Yukimi Annand (my teacher, yay!) collaborated on two art pieces together and it was INCREDIBLE.

Pics are in my Instagram so I won't spam them here. There are 2 more days left of the conference and I already know I'll be a little sad when it's over. I strongly recommend those who can attend conferences to just go go go, and experience the calligraphy joy.

Here I am sharing another great blog post by JetPens (I'm not affiliated, just wanted to share!)

Guide to Metallic and Glitter Ink Pens and Markers:

And now I want every single one of them! Enjoy!

Show & Tell / DIY Escort Card Display on Style Me Pretty!
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:20:26 PM »
So thrilled to share a collaboration I did with Mattie of Spark and Wildflower that went live on Style Me Pretty today! :D

It's a tutorial for a DIY Pallet Escort Card Display - I did the calligraphy on cream color deckle-edged escort cards.

Link and lots of lovely photos:

Thanks for looking!

Calligraphy Guilds / California, San Franciso - Friends of Calligraphy
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:26:01 PM »
California, San Franciso Bay area - Friends of Calligraphy:

San Diego Fellow Calligraphers:

Calligraphy Guilds / California, Los Angeles - Society for Calligraphy
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:00:34 PM »
Los Angeles/Greater Los Angeles area - Society for Calligraphy

Out today and perfect for Valentine's Day - from one of my lettering idols :D

Isn't it just gorgeous!

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