I am in love with calligraphy! It has been many years since I picked up a calligraphy pen so last week I decided to sign up for a calligraphy class, and not the chisel pen old world style, but the pointed nib gorgeous handwriting style. I will share this class with you as I progress. Since I received my kit for the class last Friday, I spent some of my weekend getting to know my pens and nibs. I broke out my pink metallic ink and with the idea of making a fun personalized gift wrap, created a pattern with the word LOVE across the paper. I loved it! I then used a white chalk marker to make much simpler version on pink paper, just simply handwriting the words “hugs & kisses” onto the pink page. In a few months I might look back and cringe at my less than stellar calligraphy and handwriting, but really it is not the perfection that makes it pretty, but the repeat of the letter shapes. I found with the white pen, the faster I wrote the better I liked the look. So, whatever handwriting you happen to have, writing a repeat word in a pattern will look very personalized and styled. You could even write a whole love poem or love letter on your gift wrap. So sweet.
For the gift tags, I used my punch to make coordinating tags with the leftover paper and I trimmed little hearts from some scraps of glitter paper. With a small hole punch and baker’s twine, these add that perfect gift tag touch. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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This is gorgeous!! Great idea. I’ve been thinking of signing up for a calligraphy class — which one are you doing?
I am going the class from Melissa at istilllovecalligraphy.com. I love her style.
These are so amazing!!! I thought you made these on the computer like you did the Christmas ones. I only just saw these were hand done!! I have no idea how to do the calligraphy pen, but the chalk pen seems much easier. Where did you get the chalk pen? I love this idea!!
I got the chalk board pens at a local craft supply store. Here is a link to them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Uchida-480-C-0-Regular-Bistro-Marker/dp/B003360RFG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1391737724&sr=8-4&keywords=chalk+board+pen
Thanks! I called Michaels and they have them 🙂 I always wondered how pple wrote so well on chalkboards so now I know 🙂
There is something so very lovely and special about taking the time to hand letter a note or in this case beautiful paper. I took a calligraphy class last fall and it was delightful to rediscover an age old craft and all that one can use it for. Thanks for the wonderful idea. You mentioned a while back about workshops on the road-I live in Salt Lake, but would happily travel to Portland for one.
I am still organizing my upcoming workshops. It is looking like a fall schedule. I will keep you updated for sure!
Every time I open your emails it’s one amazing thing after the other, and all I can think off is “I want her as my next door neighbor and friend” You are so incredibly talented.
That is the sweetest comment ever! Thanks Susanne. 🙂
You are an inspiration. Your gift wrap idea is so simple that it is genius. Wow! I love seeing your ideas and sharing your blog with my friends.
That is the sweetest note Barb. Thank you.
Fab-u las thanks for sharing love those “love birds”
You are welcome and thank you!!
Awesome! Love your handwriting!
Thanks Sylvia! Looking forward to improving it too. 🙂
Inspiring! love the tags too…
Thanks Cathie. Can’t go wrong with glitter paper. haha
Loved the gift wrap!! Very clever!!
Thanks Elaine. So simple too.
So pretty! You make me want to give it a try!
Do it! It is a lot of fun!!
Just lovely! …and to think they aren’t teaching cursive anymore in school…it will be a dying art 🙁
Luckily it is really popular in the design world! Maybe we can keep it alive.
These are lovely, Lia. I especially like the white on pink!
Me too! I am loving white on everything right now. 🙂
I use to do calligraphy too so I’m very interested and excited to see your class results.
I will be sharing!