I’m back from five crazy days spent at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, and as you can tell it’s taking me longer than planned to get focused again. But more about my Alt experience later in the week, right now I want to talk about a new hobby I picked up quite accidentally while out of town. Calligraphy.

Saturday afternoon I stumbled into a calligraphy class taught by none other than the uber-talented Melissa Esplin. I’d tried my hand at some Old English calligraphy when I was about 10 years old, but hadn’t touched the stuff since then. (RE: I was awful at it.) I didn’t have high hopes of any latent talent on my part, but when Melissa introduced us to Copperplate calligraphy and I start experimenting with letter forms I was sort of instantly hooked. Now I can’t wait to research other forms of the art and get going, I’m completely drawn to the more modern scripts. Today I eyed this set from Terrain and love the look of the letters. Luckily we got to take our pen, nibs, and india ink home with us so I can get started right away. I also happily won a free online class Melissa is about to launch! Hooray for the unexpected.

  • rooth

    January 24, 2012 at 9:40 am Reply

    My dad bought me a calligraphy kit when I was younger and I really liked it. Unfortunately I never had the patience to practice and it all came out looking like splotched ink everywhere!

  • Marissa

    January 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Ooh, lucky you! I’ll have to keep an eye out for Melissa’s calligraphy class. I’ve always wanted to learn, but as a lefty, am afraid I’ll make a smudgy mess of it.

  • Kelly Cummings

    January 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm Reply

    Jealous on Alt Summit and the new endeavor! I love the font in the bottom pic!

    I have played with calligraphy every now and then but haven’t really spent enough time to actually improve. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do though! Kudos!

  • Tan

    January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Well done! Calligraphy is such a lost art form that really needs to come back!

  • Jessica @shimmerkai

    January 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm Reply

    So fun! I wish I had had a chance to go to that session.

  • Sabrina Webb

    January 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm Reply

    In my childhood I adored Calligraphy. I had a pretty good hand for it….good penmanship helped I guess. This is so romantic and pretty. It makes me want to grab some ink and get going! Adore!

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