Blue Eye Brown Eye_Hiring Summer Help

Blue Eye Brown Eye is hiring! My wonderful studio manager, Erin, will be gone for July and August this summer so I’m in search for some temporary help!

If you’re interested, please send me your resume and a little bit about yourself to lauren (at) I’m ideally looking for someone available around 10 hours a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The position is remote, so you can work from home, but I’d love it if you’re in Fort Worth. Applicant must have a car and be willing to drive to Dallas from time to time. Other tasks will include things like assembling invitations, helping me prep for calligraphy classes, running errands, and assisting me as I move into my office this summer, etc. I love go-getters and positive people! If you’re in college and interested in the industry, this could be perfect for you.

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 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, 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. 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 (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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I am so thrilled to announce to you guys that my online classes in partnership with Brit + Co. are officially live and available for purchase! This has been several months in the making and it feels so exciting to see it all come together.  You can hop on over to Brit + Co. and purchase your spot here. I hope you enjoy. Happy lettering!

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!

designlovefest_april calligraphy workshops

designlovefest_brunch spread for calligraphy workshop

designlovefest_mimosas in april

designlovefest_workshop decor

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

designlovefest_blue eye brown eye calligraphy workshop in la

designlovefest_calligraphy class workshop with lauren essl

desinglovefest_calligraphy class in color

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

designlovefest_teal gouache mixing lauren essl

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.

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