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Calligraphy, Cupcakes & Coffee – Oh My!



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In Books + Reads, Calligraphy, Events, Modern Calligraphy – My Book


September 26th was the launch party for my new book at Venice’s charming stationery shop, Urbanic Paper Boutique, combining three of my favorite things: calligraphy, cupcakes and coffee. Surrounded by old friends and a ton of new ones I met that night, my book’s release sank in for the first time. The evening was a happy, frosted blur. To everyone who was able to attend: thank you — you made the night so wonderful for me!



Modern Calligraphy is now available for purchase most places that books are sold, but here are some online spots where you can find it. (You can support your local book shops by shopping through indiebound!)   |   barnes & noble   |   powell’s   |   indiebound



{ Photos: Malktime Photography  |  Location: Urbanic Paper Boutique
Cupcakes: Frosted Cupcakery  |  Coffee: Alfred Coffee + Kitchen }

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It’s a book party!




In Books + Reads, Calligraphy, Events, Promotion


Exciting announcement!

I will be having a book signing and launch party for my new book, Modern Calligraphyon Thursday, September 26th at Urbanic Paper Boutique. If you’re in Los Angeles, I want you there! We’ll have cupcakes from Frosted Cupcakery, coffee from Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, wine and plenty of other treats to munch on.

>> Come for the whole time or just drop in.

>> Pick up a copy of my book.

>> Mingle with other awesome people.

>> Shop Urbanic’s amazing stationery.

>> Eat cupcakes under the stars (that should be reason enough for you to come).

>> RSVP to Urbanic by September 24th (please).

RSVP to the Party

Buy My Book From Urbanic

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My New Book: Modern Calligraphy




In Books + Reads, Calligraphy, DIY, Press, Promotion, Shopping, Wedding

Many of you have already discovered that I’m coming out with a how-to guide to modern, script calligraphy. I’ve posted teasers for it here and there, and it’s made appearances in a few places around the blogosphere, but here is the official announcement! It’s been 2 years in the making, since the day I signed on with my amazing literary agent until today, a month before it hits the shelves. (I’ve had to keep my lips sealed about it until this month!) Advance copies are out to magazines, bloggers and retailers, boxes of it are being flown to stores around the country, and here I sit, brimming with emotions ranging from immense gratitude to all who had a hand in this endeavor, to nail-biting nervousness about how the world will react to my labor of love. (And that doesn’t even touch on how I felt when I got to hold a printed copy in my hands for the first time.)


What you’ll find within the 192 pages of Modern Calligraphy:


  • Complete beginner instructions from buying supplies to holding the pen to learning to write
  • Special instructions for lefties
  • 14 pages of lettering specimens in modern script styles
  • Guidance on how to create your own unique calligraphy style
  • Intermediate techniques like how to write with paint and digitize your lettering
  • 20 unique DIY projects for stationery, weddings, and home
  • Over 260 full-color photographs and illustrations

Don’t take it from me. Here’s what others are already saying:


“Molly’s book will not disappoint if you are a lettering enthusiast and have questions that you feel still need answering (for the modern calligrapher there is a huge need for a resource like this). At nearly 200 pages she has covered everything from getting started, utilizing different mediums (such as watercolor) to create stunning effects, to an extensive DIY section. Molly also divulges many of her resources (that alone should be well worth the price invested). As a novice to modern calligraphy I am always on the hunt for specimens to reference so I can build on them and hopefully one day create my own distinct style(s). Molly generously has created 14 pages of gorgeous specimens, multiple variations on each letter and in turn unlimited inspiration to try this yourself.  I am thrilled that this book exists and it will be my go-to referral for anyone that contacts me and asks, ‘help!, where do I start?’”  — Miss Tristan B. of Bestotted Brand*

*Among the recent features of Modern Calligraphy have been two write-ups by Miss Tristan B. on Besotted Blog. One is a review of my book and the other an interview with me where I share how I got started, my favorite supplies, and where I seek inspiration.

“I’m fortunate in that I work for a book distribution company specializing in art & craft titles so I receive advance sample copies of new books. I fell in love with Molly’s book a few weeks ago. Molly’s book reimported me to follow my love of calligraphy. I have since invested in pen nibs, ink and paper (which I’ve always swooned over!) and I’m practicing everyday. I also draw and paint so I am inspired to incorporate all of these skills to create stationery products and wedding invitations.”  — Kathy Glynn


Pre-Order Modern Calligraphy

If you want Modern Calligraphy on your doorstep on the very day of its release, September 24th, you can pre-order it from these online retailers:   |   barnes & noble   |   indiebound


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The pleasure of rereading




In Books + Reads

On 26, Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | In Books + Reads |

On 26, Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | In Books + Reads | By Molly

An unusually sore writing hand has given me an excuse to leave my calligraphy desk a little more than normal recently, and allowed me to indulge in one of my absolute favorite pastimes: rereading my favorite books. For me, rereading a favorite book is like being reunited with a long-lost best friend, late at night, in a field in Iceland, under the aurora borealis, while sitting on a Pendleton jacquard blanket, sipping strong African coffee poured from a thermos into vintage jadeite milk glass bowls, as curious reindeer stand at a distance watching us. In other words, my idea of perfection.

Above, three of my favorites. From the top, with some favorite lines:

Magenta Soul Whip by Lisa Robertson
From an interior space we heard the word sequin repeating in relation to leaves and the image was yellow-gold leaves moving on dark water.

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
And still it is not yet enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again. For it is not yet the memories themselves. Not till they have turned to blood within us, to glance and gesture, nameless and no longer to be distinguished from ourselves — not till then can it happen that in the most rare hour the first word of a verse arises in their midst and goes forth from them.

Between The Acts by Virginia Woolf
The flower blazed between the angles of the roots. Membrane after membrane was torn. It blazed a soft yellow, a lambent light under a film of velvet; it filled the caverns behind the eyes with light. All that inner darkness became a hall, leaf smelling, earth smelling, of yellow light. And the tree was beyond the flower; the grass, the flower and the tree were entire.

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