Category: Calligraphy

Blue Eye Brown Eye_Sumi Ink JetPens.Com Giveaway

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful week. I’m excited to announce the winner of the Jetpens.com giveaway and extend a neat little offer to you!

First off, the winner of the calligraphy kit is @meghan_malnar! Yay! Meghan, if you will email me I’ll get you all set up.

Secondly, Jetpens.com is extending a fun offer for Blue Eye Brown Eye readers. With each purchase of $25 or more, you will receive a free pink Le Pen with purchase! I give a Le Pen to all of my calligraphy students for note taking. They’re my favorite. Jetpens.com has started to carry a lot of great supplies for calligraphy, which I’ve shared with you below. To take advantage of the pink Le Pen offer, you must click through this link. Once you’ve hit $25, a Le Pen will appear in your cart! Enjoy.

Some great supplies you can find at Jetpens.com (remember, you must click the link above to activate your deal):

My favorite nibs | My favorite black ink | Oblique pen holder | Practice pad | My favorite eraser

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When your photographer friend, Amanda, travels with you to LA and you teach in the most beautiful space ever, it makes for some very nice images (especially when shot in film)! I had the hardest time narrowing them down, but after toiling over them here are the highlights from my most recent classes in LA with designlovefest. It was a marathon of workshops – four classes in two days. The first class was an advanced class in gold – a first for me – followed by three beginner courses in color. Thank you to all of the wonderful women who attended and to the designlovefest team for being such wonderful hosts!

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Uppercase students used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Copperplate Gold during class. (My favorite gold ink).

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Beginners mixed Winsor & Newton gouache in: Opera Pink, Opera Rose, and Cobalt Turquoise Light (my personal faves).

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designlovefest_dipping ink in gouache

All images by Amanda Marie Portraits. Check her out.

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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

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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.

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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

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The 5th Anniversary Edition of The Brides of North Texas launched a couple of weeks ago, and it was exciting to see some of the work I did months ago come alive on page! I took part in three different shoots, one being a bright, tropic-inspired vignette designed by Bows + Arrows. I helped out with the favor boxes, invitation suite, the design of the neon sign, and the laser-cut cake toppers. Gotta love bright colors with black and white accents.

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Design and Floral by Bows + Arrows // Photography by Sarah Kate, Photographer // Sweets by Layered Bake Shop // Linens by BBJ // Hair and Makeup by Natalia Issa // Bridal Gown by The Bridal Shop at Neiman Marcus // Videography by Sweet Honey Films // Rentals by AFR Event Furnishings // Venue 129 Leslie

The second shoot was the backdrop for a feature on Bows + Arrows florals. This things was a labor of love!

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Photography by Perez Photography // Venue 129 Leslie // Gown by Bella Bridesmaid // Florals by Bows + Arrows

For the last shoot, I switched gears to a softer vibe in Jen Rios Design’s vignette, inspired by romanticism and handwriting. Here you’ll find my custom backdrop and invitation suite.

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Design by Jen Rios Design // Photography by Ben Q Photography // Videography by Sweet Honey Films // Furnishings by Fauxcades // Sweets by Layered Bake Shop // Florals by Lush Couture // China and chairs by Posh Couture Rentals // Venue The Room on Main // Linens by La Tavola // Custom napkins and pillows by Love Dove