If, like me, you are a current Google Reader user, you will know the doors will be closing on the 1st of July, so I just now moved my blog list, and it was quite a quick, easy and painless process. It looks like Bloglovin is a good alternate blog reader, and I am hopeful that it will make things easier for me to follow my favourite blogs more regularly.
The fact of the matter is that really and truly, I AM preparing lots of new stuff to post in the coming weeks and months… tips and tricks, photos, class information, and much, much more … so stay tuned!
Oh, and while you are in the “follow” mode, please visit my Facebook page and follow me there, too. : )
Recently I had the decided pleasure of being invited to participate in an onsite event with Paperblanks® at The Huntington : Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. For years I have enjoyed writing in their journals because of the wonderful paper for pens, and great format. In the past few years they have really stepped up what was an already artistically interesting line of writing journals and blank books to offer a truly exceptional line of reallygorgeous books.
Here are a couple of images that are included in the full post awaiting you at the Paperblanks® Blog, so head over and check it out when you have a minute.
Just last week, while at the National Stationery Show, I stopped by their booth for a quick visit, and it was like a stepping to a candy store! Whether you are already a fan, or if you have yet to become one, their newest lines will more than delight.
Oh, and do tell … have you had the pleasure of owning and using a Paperblanks® book?
This past weekend I found myself on a 5-day door-to-door whirlwind trip … to New York City for the National Stationery Show and Surtex (for art licensing). Never one to miss an opportunity to do more, I also visited a … Continue reading →
Before I tell you about my upcoming workshop, I feel the need to share my guilt and apologize to those who follow me (although I well-know that pointing out the negative is generally frowned upon). It was my best intention … Continue reading →
Happily I can report that jet-lag was barely discernible, but it may be due to the fact that I have been placed with an absolutely wonderful family who have made sure that I have all the comforts of home … including some delightful pets!
As it is winter here, most of the days have included rain, but Saturday morning was glorious, so I had a chance to take a nice long walk ’round the neighbourhood. Although I was told that I could catch a glimpse of Melbourne from the local park, they did not say it would be spectacular, as you can see from the picture here.
Today we will go to a local art store and the Vic Market, and then on to the University to set up the classroom for Copperplate 101, as Summer School in Winter starts tomorrow!
It is a fact. I am in a dream-like state. Those of you who know of my journey through the past 15 years will understand, and for those of you who are not familiar with the details behind how I got into business, let’s just say it is still a bit surreal to think that in just a few short hours
I will be embarking on a journey of 7,968 miles from Los Angeles to Melbourne, to teach at the Summer School in Winter calligraphy conference (my first conference). To say that I am eager with anticipation would be an understatement to say the least, and I am filled with gratitude for this opportunity.
The process of preparing for international travel, to teach two classes over five days at a conference, in addition to juggling my daily work, jobs and life – all jam-packed into a mere 3 months – has been incredible to say the least. Oh … and the part where I didn’t receive my passport until last Friday (barely 5 days before the plane leaves, despite proper planning) made my hair catch fire for sure! But I am happy to say that the bags are virtually packed full with art supplies and winter wear (I adore the rain and cool weather!), and I am looking forward to the experience.
Feel free to stop by regularly over the next few weeks (or subscribe to the blog by clicking the button over there on the right ) to see what’s happening … because if I keep my fingers crossed and my hair parted just right, all will go as planned and I’ll be posting lots about my adventure! xoxo
A girl couldn’t be more excited to finally get to post about being invited to teach in Australia! You can’t believe how hard it has been to keep this under wraps until I was finally cleared to tell you about … Continue reading →
A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of teaching for Kaligrafos, the calligraphy guild in Dallas. What a great group of people! It was a wonderful experience
and I enjoyed nearly every minute of my stay (except for the part where I hurt my toe – but it’s almost better
Anyway, Debi Sementelli was my hostess with the mostest and, if you don’t already know, she’s the artist behind the terrific Belluccia font. Outside of class, we had a great time talking about lettering and fonts and as many other alphabetically related things as possible.
While this may not be the sexiest post ever ; ) the topic of Set-Up Fees came up while I was recently in Dallas to teach a workshop (more on that to come, so stay tuned), and I thought that posting my list of what is included in my [relatively] small charge might be a good idea. Not only is it important for my clients to understand why the fee is requested, but I feel that it is necessary for calligraphers recognize as well.
When someone asks, “How much do you charge to address an envelope?” I respond with a price for lettering a simple script, in black ink on an envelope by Crane & Co., or equivalent, which is based on the time it takes to do the lettering, and I go on to add that a there is also a Set-Up Fee which helps defray the cost of other activities and supplies associated with addressing those envelopes.
Without further ado, here is my list….
Of course, there are additional charges for extra flourishing, lettering on difficult paper, mixing an “exact” ink colour, writing in gold or pastel inks, etc., etc., but again, all of these (and more) are based on the time it takes to do the work.