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Two Los Angeles Workshops

11

Mar
2014

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On 11, Mar 2014 | 3 Comments | In Calligraphy, Class, Teaching, Workshop | By Molly

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In April I will be leading two beginner-level workshops in Los Angeles. Each 3-hour class will cover the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required. The workshops are hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink. All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price.

As with all my workshops, I’m only booking it for a very small class (which means lots of individual attention!), so I expect the spaces to fill up quickly.

When?

Wednesday, April 16, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

——and——

Thursday, April 17, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

Where?

Alfred Coffee + Kitchen
8428 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Complimentary espresso drinks, tea, and pastries will be provided by Alfred Coffee + Kitchen. We’ll have our own personal barista all evening and indulge in a pastry case stocked with treats!

Sign up for the 4/16 class. Sign up for the 4/17 class.

Behind the Scenes – Instagram Lately

11

Mar
2014

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In Behind the Scenes, Calligraphy, Color Inspiration, Graphic Design, In Pencil, Invitation Design, Letterpress, Rubber Stamps, Stationery, Wedding

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Snaking down from top left:

• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Copper Plate Gold ink drying on a navy place card

• An invitation suite I designed for a Bahamas wedding, letterpressed in turquoise ink and gold foil with a custom return address stamp

• Wet gouache in my studio’s evening lighting

• My sister’s favorite Leonard Cohen line calligraphed on a Moleskine notebook card.

• Bleedproof white on craft paper with one of my favorite vintage stamps

• A packet of Plurabelle samples headed out the door to a stationer in Virginia

• White on turquoise!

• From my sketching desk: refined logo sketches for a wonderful event company and an ex libris stamp in Spanish

• Precision light pad work

• Custom-mixed burnt orange gouache

It’s A Boston Workshop!

01

Mar
2014

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On 01, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Workshop | By Molly

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I am so happy to announce my first ever Boston workshop!

Join me for a Saturday afternoon, Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy at Gray Mist Studio & Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts!

This class is three hours long and will cover all the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required. The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. The supplies you’ll receive include:

  • 3 pen nibs
  • 1 straight pen holder
  • 1 oblique pen holder
  • 1 pad of quality paper
  • 1 jar of black ink
  • A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens
  • A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources

 

When?

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where?

Gray Mist Studio & Shop

364 Huron Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Buy your ticket here.

 

{ Photo by Malktime Photography }

Saturday Workshop, 1/25/14

12

Jan
2014

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On 12, Jan 2014 | One Comment | In Calligraphy, Workshop | By Molly

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Join me for a Saturday morning, Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy at the beautiful Pilibos School Library.

This class is four hours long instead of the usual three-hour classes I teach, and will cover all the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

In this 3-hour class, you will learn the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. The supplies you’ll receive include:

  • 2 pen nibs
  • 1 straight pen holder
  • 1 oblique pen holder
  • 1 pad of quality paper
  • 1 jar of black ink
  • A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens
  • A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources

As with all my workshops, I’m only booking it for a very small class (which means lots of individual attention!), so I expect the spaces to fill up quickly.

Coffee, hot cocoa, and other light refreshments will be served.

When?

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where?

The Ark Library at The Pilibos School

1615 North Alexandria Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90027

Buy your ticket here.

{ Photo by Malktime Photography }

 

Upcoming Beginner Workshop – 01/16/14

19

Dec
2013

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On 19, Dec 2013 | No Comments | In Events, Promotion, Workshop | By Molly

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Not much is cozier for me than spending an evening with my calligraphy pen and cup of coffee. If this sounds like a winning combination to you too, then join me for a nighttime, Beginner Level Calligraphy Workshop at Alfred Coffee + Kitchen.

In this 3-hour class, you will learn the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. The supplies you’ll receive include:

  • 2 pen nibs
  • 1 straight pen holder
  • 1 oblique pen holder
  • 1 pad of quality paper
  • 1 jar of black ink
  • A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens
  • A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources
  • As with all my workshops, I’m only booking it for a very small class (which means lots of individual attention!), so I expect the spaces to fill up quickly.

Complimentary espresso drinks, tea, and pastries will be provided by Alfred Coffee + Kitchen. We’ll have our own personal barista all evening and indulge in a pastry case stocked with treats!

When?

Thursday, January 16, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

Where?

Alfred Coffee + Kitchen
8428 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Buy your ticket here.

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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Cozy Evening Workshops at Alfred Coffee + Kitchen

20

Nov
2013

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A week ago I led a small calligraphy workshop at Alfred Coffee + Kitchen, in the heart of Melrose Place. It was my first evening workshop (7:30 – 10:30 p.m.) and also one of the most fun. Outside it was a chilly fall evening and, in usual Los Angeles style, traffic around the city was a nightmare. But once we all gathered inside, my 14 new pupils and I relaxed into a calligraphic oasis! The café was closed to the public so as we practiced the bowls of our lowercase a’s, we also sipped on complementary cappuccinos and chai lattes (prepared by our own personal barista who stayed all night just to fulfill our every caffeinated desire!) and indulged in a pastry case freshly stocked with everything from bagels to chocolate muffins to ham & cheese croissants to bacon-cheddar scones. (That last part was pretty much a childhood fantasy come to life: “I’ll take as many croissants as I can eat, please!”)

The whole evening was so fun that I’ve decided to host not one but two more workshops at Alfred in December. One will be for beginners while the other will teach writing with paint and on dark paper. Read the details and purchase your tickets below. As with all my workshops, I’m only booking these for very small classes (which means lots of individual attention!), so I expect the spaces to fill up quickly. If you’re unsure which of the two levels is right for  you, just email me about your experiences with calligraphy so far and I’ll be able to tell you!

Early Intermediate Level Workshop at Alfred Coffee + Kitchen
Are you comfortable using the pen but want to learn new techniques like writing with gouache and on dark paper? Sign up for this one!
Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
$200.00  |  
More details here.

Beginner Level Workshop at Alfred Coffee + Kitchen — UPDATE 11/21: SOLD OUT!
Never picked up a calligraphy pen? Tried but still can’t get the hang of it? Then this one’s for you. 
Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
$150.00  |  
More details here.

Sign Up for Beginner Level Class  Sign Up for Early Intermediate Class

{ Pictures by Malktime Photography }

Avere e Tenere

12

Nov
2013

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On 12, Nov 2013 | No Comments | In Calligraphy, Photography, Wedding | By Molly

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I love it when clients send me photos of my work in its intended environment. This petite order was done for Houston, Texas-based photographer April Tracton. She planned a surprise romantic evening for her husband on their one-year anniversary, and hired me to write all the little notes she left around the house, the single menu for their table-for-two, and (my favorite) two little place cards that said avere and tenere (“to have” and “to hold” in Italian). April’s website may not be live yet, but if you like what you see and are in the Houston area, you can email her for rates and bookings!

{ Photography by April Tracton  |  Calligraphy by Plurabelle }

Calligraphy, Cupcakes & Coffee – Oh My!

08

Oct
2013

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

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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!

 

BUY MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

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!)

amazon.com   |   barnes & noble   |   powell’s   |   indiebound

 

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

It’s a book party!

17

Sep
2013

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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