Category: Calligraphy

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One of those weekends. When I traveled to New York in early September with my best friend, Anna, we had the most fun together and I’m lucky she was there to capture some of those moments. While there, I taught two beginner classes at Erin’s studio in Brooklyn. Big thanks to those who attended, you were two groups of lovely people.

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Anna and I stayed at the McCarren Hotel and Pool in Williamsburg. This was a treat. It was still warm enough to hang by the pool and enjoy very yummy cocktails and very cute changing tents.

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A few images from the classes held at the Knot & Bow studio:

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Anna Routh Photography_Brooklyn Class in Action

Anna Routh Photography_Brooklyn Calligraphy Class

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Anna Routh Photography_Blue Eye Brown Eye Brooklyn Calligraphy Class
I was so very happy to have Anna along with me, and when I wasn’t teaching, we had the most fun exploring the city.

Highlights included drinks at The Ides (go for the view), exploring the Koons Retrospective at The Whitney, dinner at má pêche (pork.buns.), and drinks at The Carlyle (we felt fancy). Shout out to Anna’s friend from college, Hannah, who was great company and showed us around New York.

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All images by Anna Routh Photography

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

Los Angeles Calligraphy Class_April designlovefest with gold
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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designlovefest_uppercase calligraphy class in gold

designlovefest_calligraphy class in gold with lauren essl
Uppercase students used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Copperplate Gold during class. (My favorite gold ink).

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designlovefest_mimosa up close

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

designlovefest_mixing gouache at lauren essl calligraphy class

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designlovefest_calligraphy class in color with blue eye brown eye

designlovefest_calligraphy classes with blue eye brown eye film

designlovefest_blue eye brown eye calligraphy class in color

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