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My New Skillshare Class

30

Nov
2013

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In Calligraphy, Class, Graphic Design, Lettering, Press, Promotion, Teaching

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exciting-news

I have been invited to teach an online calligraphy class at Skillshare.com — Digitizing Calligraphy: Designing A Flourished, Calligraphic Logotype from Sketch to Vector.

Don’t be intimidated — while having at least a basic knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is a plus, it is not required. I will also cover techniques for created a polished design using felt tip pen.

Sign up by December 15th with this link or by clicking the button below and you can receive 25% by entering the coupon code FLOURISH at checkout.

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what-youll-learn

  • Sketching. We’ll start with sketching, covering the basic rules of drawing script letters, and examining opportunities to add flourishes. You will learn to recognize the difference between purposeful flourishes — those that enhance a design — and extraneous ones — those that distract and impede legibility.
  • Adding Flourishes. With a polished sketch in hand, you will then calligraph the design (with a pointed calligraphy pen or a fine tip felt pen) with emphasis on learning special techniques for calligraphing flourishes.
  • Digitizing. Then the computer fun starts! We will bring our design into the computer and polish it further in Photoshop, then vectorize it in Illustrator.* I’ll teach you some special techniques for making sure your final logotype retains the integrity of the stroke contrast, including the charming imperfections of the fine hairlines, that it had as ink on paper.

*You do not have to be an expert in either of these programs. If you do, great, but I will cover absolutely everything you need to know. You don’t even need to have the programs when you sign up. You can download free 30-day trials of both from adobe.com. 

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My New Book: Modern Calligraphy

26

Aug
2013

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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.)

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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:

amazon.com   |   barnes & noble   |   indiebound

 

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Plurabelle’s New Site!

08

Jan
2013

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On 08, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In Press | By Molly

plurabelle_calligraphy_new_siteIn honor of the new year, PlurabelleCalligraphy.com has gotten a makeover. We’re starting 2013 with a new website filled with fresh photography, previously-unpublished projects, and an entirely revamped blog. Stop by and take a tour!

 

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Rachael & Justin: A Montana Wedding

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Jan
2013

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In Calligraphy, Press, Wedding

On 06, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Press, Wedding |

On 06, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Press, Wedding | By Molly

Prepare yourself — this one is a real stunner. Back in March of 2011 I was hired by Rachael, one of the sweetest clients I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. She came to me with a rich color scheme of purples, greens, and blues, and a gorgeous invitation suite designed by none other than Rifle Paper Co. For the calligraphy, I mixed hues of gouache to match colors in the illustrations Rifle had done, and we ended up with hunter green envelope addresses and yellowy-sage place cards.

Just last month, Style Me Pretty published a three-part feature on Rachael & Justin’s Montana wedding (here, here, and here). I suggest taking a look at the expanded image gallery to see more of the amazing taste and talent that came together to make this celebration so jaw-dropping.

The wedding is also featured in Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Wedding, published last month by Clarkson Potter. This book is seriously beautiful so get a copy!

{ Photography by Jose Villa Photography  |  Calligraphy by Plurabelle  |  Wedding Invitation, Program + Escort Card Design by Rifle Paper Co.  |  Floral + Event Design by Joy Thigpen  |  Full wedding credits list here. }

As a final touch, I created a logo of the couple’s names that was printed in their wedding album.

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Playing Catch Up: Miscellaneous July 2012 Updates

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Jul
2012

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In Paris, Press

On 13, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Paris, Press |

On 13, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In Paris, Press | By Molly

{ The view from my apartment’s skylight, overlooking the 11ème arrondisement }

>>  Thank you to Eunice & Sabrina at Hello!Lucky for featuring my work on the Hello!Lucky blog. I’ve long been a fan of their designs so I’m really flattered by their kind words.

>> This wedding I posted about in January was just featured on Style Me Pretty. The expanded image gallery is worth a look because this wedding is a beauty, not to mention staggeringly large, with 400 guests and 24 bridesmaids. I will never forget calligraphing the 500 envelopes for this couple, which involved converting every flat surface in my studio into a drying rack, and a lot of ice for my wrist!

>>  My friend Jessica Marquez of Minature Rhino – embroidery artist, photographer, crafter extraordinaire – is publishing a book and you should all pre-order it ASAP! The book is called Stitched Gifts and while it will be released by Chronicle Books in October, it’s available for pre-order at Amazon now.

>> I almost literally ran into Karl Lagerfeld rounding a Paris street corner today. To me, this is an update worth mentioning.

{ Photo of a spread from Stitched Gifts, the new book by Miniature Rhino’s Jessica Marquez.
Photo © Jessica Marquez, via her blog. }

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Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2012

24

Jun
2012

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On 24, Jun 2012 | 5 Comments | In Calligraphy, Craft, DIY, Press, Wedding | By Molly

{ Photography by Bryan Gardener for Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer issue, © 2012 }

The new Martha Stewart Weddings Summer issue is on newsstands now, and Plurabelle Calligraphy was comissioned to design an alphabet of flourished capitals and numerals for this magazine’s nifty issue-within-an-issue, Design-It-Yourself Style (pages 257, 260–261, 263). The alphabet is applied to 3 D.I.Y. projects, each of which has downloadable templates through marthastewartweddings.com so you can try them out yourself. Above are photos of all three, and below are links to the instructions and templates for each. Enjoy!

Mini Barrels of Matches Favors: InstructionsEyelet TemplateChevron TemplateFaux Bois Template, and Watercolor Template

Monogram Table Numbers: Instructions and Template

Favor Tags: Instructions and Template

{ Photography by Bryan Gardener for Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer issue, © 2012 }


{ Calligraphy in the above templates by Plurabelle Calligraphy  |  Chevron pattern by Noelle Fitzgerald O’Reilly  |  Watercolor pattern by Antiquaria  |  Eyelet pattern based on design by Erica Hernandez  |  Faux bois pattern uncredited in magazine }

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The Guardian: National Stationery Day

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May
2012

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In Calligraphy, Press, Rubber Stamps

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On 21, May 2012 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Press, Rubber Stamps | By Molly

April 24th was Britain’s National Stationery Day and Plurabelle Calligraphy was featured in The Guardian’s article celebrating “inspirational craftsmen and women from across the globe, working in paper and card.” I’m so honored to be a part of this line-up along side such awesome stationers. Kudos to all of you – your work is an inspiration to me!

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Country Living Magazine, April 2012

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Mar
2012

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In Calligraphy, Press, Rubber Stamps

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On 17, Mar 2012 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Press, Rubber Stamps | By Molly

Country Living Magazine included my ex libris rubber stamp in its April “Fresh Picks” section. I’m so flattered! The issue is on news stands now, and you can purchase a custom calligraphed ex libris stamp of your own right here.

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Book Feature: I Heart Stationery

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Mar
2012

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In Calligraphy, Press, Rubber Stamps

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On 02, Mar 2012 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Press, Rubber Stamps | By Molly

Yay! I’ve been so excited to announce that Plurabelle Calligraphy has been featured in the February 2012 release from Universe Publishing, I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals, & Other Paper Goods. The book is an overview of the hottest trends in all things stationery that are sprouting up around the globe. Author Charlotte Rivers contacted me back in December 2010 with this book idea and asked me to submit samples of my calligraphed rubber stamp designs. Well, I’ve been waiting these 15 months to see the final product and I am beyond thrilled! More than anything, I feel so honored to be featured alongside such amazing stationery designers, illustrators, typographers and calligraphers from around the world. Many of the names in the book are ones I already knew and whose work I already admired, but I’ve also been turned on to dozens of new designers with mouth-wateringly beautiful portfolios. If you’re a fan of paper goods and beautiful hard-cover coffee table books, I highly recommend you invest in a copy today.

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All the rubber stamp designs featured in my section of the book can be purchased through my Etsy shop.

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Joyce Kim Weddings: Plurabelle Interview

26

Feb
2012

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In Calligraphy, Press

On 26, Feb 2012 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Press |

On 26, Feb 2012 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Press | By Molly

I was recently interviewed by the fabulous Joyce Kim of Joyce Kim Weddings. I will admit that I had to think for awhile before answering some of the personal questions, like what the simple joys are in my life, but I appreciated that because it was cause to reflect on these things that I don’t normally take time to consider. Thank you, Joyce! Read the interview here.

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