Brooklyn in June

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Calligraphy Classes_with Calligraphy

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be returning to Brooklyn in June to teach workshops in partnership with my friend, Erin, of Knot & Bow. The last trip was such a fun experience, I’m thrilled to come back!

Beginner Calligraphy Courses will be on Friday, June 13 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, June 14 from 11-1. I’ll also be teaching an Uppercase course from 2:30-5:30. If you take my beginner course on Friday night or Saturday morning, you will have all of the skills you need to take Uppercase, in case that interests you. I hope to see some of my past students there, as well!

Classes include all of your supplies, plus a wonderful spread of treats and beverages from Knot & Bow. To see images from my previous Brooklyn class, click here!

Would love to see you! Registration is now open.

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Calligraphy Class Supplies

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Knot and Bow Studio in Brooklyn

Images by Amanda Marie Portraits


Join me on April 22 for Blue Eye Brown Eye’s first calligraphy happy hour! Space is limited to 10 people, and it is for my former students only, please. From 6:00 – 7:30 pm we’ll letter, socialize, and unwind. I’ll provide wine and snacks for you to enjoy while you’re there, and you’ll bring your supplies along with you. In addition, I’ll be available to help you with any problems you’ve encountered while practicing, answer questions, etc. There will be no formal curriculum, and you can come and go as you please. I’ll have nibs available for you to purchase in case you need some new ones, too!

For a limited time, enjoy 15% off your ticket spot with code BEBEHAPPYHOUR. Register here.

Hope to see y’all there!

Image by Amanda Marie Portraits

Gold is Good

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Gold Ink

Hands down, gold is the most requested ink color these days. She is the “it” girl. It is good to be gold.

I wanted to share with you my favorite gold ink – Dr. Ph. Martin’s Copperplate Gold. It is so fluid, so pretty, and dries lighting fast. It is just pretty wonderful.

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Gold is Good

Something to note about metallics – as you use them, the pretty pigment tends to sink to the bottom rather quickly. You’ll want to constantly give your ink a little stir or shake as you work with it to keep the color consistent. If you’re new to calligraphy, I recommend getting yourself a bottle of gold ink. It will reinvigorate your practicing regimen and make you happy!

Images by Amanda Marie Portraits

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Cute Tape Giveaway Winner

Wow! Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway! I love your enthusiasm for washi tape. You’re my kind of people.

Now, for the winner: KERRI DOVALE!

Kerri, shoot me an email and I’ll get you all set up for your $50 spending spree!

P.S. The amazing tipsy and fresh print is by Read Between the Lines.

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Cute Tape Giveaway

I love washi tape. I love fun packaging supplies. And I love a giveaway! A big thank you to for partnering up with me to provide washi tape for my upcoming students AND for providing a $50 credit to to one lucky reader! Yay!

Here’s how you can enter to win $50 to

1. Leave a comment here with your name and let me know what you’d love to spend your $50 credit on! Personally, I’d stock up on fun washi tape like these.
2. Follow @cutetape on Instagram, then comment on the image above on my Instagram account that you have done so! (Also include your first and last name). If you already follow @cutetape, just leave a comment on the photo with your name!
3. Re-post the image above on Instagram and tag myself (@laurenessl) and @cutetape in your post!

Each of the above will count as an entry, and one lucky person will be picked at random and announced here by the end of the day Thursday. If you won, you’ll email me to learn how to redeem your $50! Don’t forget to include your name in your entries.