hello monday! to start this week, let's get personal. below you'll find five interesting facts about me and my life. please share about yourself! i'd love to learn more about you too...
1. i'm an outgoing introvert. sounds like a complete oxymoron, huh? read more about the term here. i didn't really think it was a true thing, until it was completely broken down. i've always struggled with describing my personality - since it never fell 100% into either introvert or extrovert - and once i read about the characteristics of an outgoing introvert, i was, like: "whoa!! that's me!!"
2. i have worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 19 years. from bussing, to bar back, to serving, to cooking, to bartending and then to management...i can say i have done it all! i have loved it, and there have been times when it has been difficult (but isn't that true of any profession?). but, overall, it has built my strength of character, work ethic, and taught me so much about myself and people in general. the skills i have garnered from it are invaluable.
3. my little kitty is a rescue, called pinball. she's an orange tabby, and she has no eyes! yes, no eyes. they were removed when she was just a couple weeks old since she had been abandoned and her eyes had gotten infected and the veins had burst. my good friend, a local veterinarian - rescued her, and removed her eyes - and then she was the vet cat for a year. i adopted her on my birthday, just a couple months after moving to los osos (the location of the vet hospital. i still run into people who went there and knew pinball, since she would roam free through the office) - and she continues to surprise me with her feline intuition and fearlessness.
4. i began hand lettering in junior high school! yes, i wrote letters and fonts on any surface. my classmates would see my binder (remember those with a clear cover and you could slip pictures and whatnot into them? loved them!) that had my handwriting on it, and request their names or sayings for their own binder. my best friend would always have me "tattoo" her arm with a sharpie during history class too!
5. i am slightly superstitious. and, still to this day, i always pick up my feet when driving over railroad tracks. my friends started this in high school, and it has stuck with me ever since. i have no clue what the superstition means - but it has become a habit from here on out! if i ever have children, they will probably do it too because their nutty mom had this habit!
well...that's a little bit about me! please share a fun fact or five about yourself.
this is my little love, pinball! she dragged my sweater up onto on the couch to make her little pillow palace even better and more cushier. she is incredible.
i am such a fan of learning. on all platforms.
continually, i am always seeking out ways to expand my current expertise, or to add other skills. i want to learn archery some day. i'd love to learn how to make my own bitters for specialty cocktails. and, maybe, one day i will actually learn how to make a perfect and tasty creme brûlée!
but...until then, i am super excited to continue learning and adding to my calligraphy repertoire! i just signed up for the modern calligraphy summit 2.0 - which, if you haven't heard - is a fantastic platform for calligraphers of all skills to learn from many different instructors, and all different types of calligraphy and hand-lettering. i've done the original summit, and loved it so much! the facebook group alone is worth its weight in gold. the whole group is full of endless support, incredible insight, and has helped me in so many ways when i have been stumped on any aspect of writing or business or digitizing.
another great way to continue your calligraphy journey is victoria rothwell's design house prep school - she is so enthusiastic and helpful in so many ways. a complete open book on every subject. and i love how she has setup her classes - just like a school, with a deadline to watch and participate. this way, you are pressured (in a good way!) to complete it within that time period.
#perpetualstudent for the win!
...and it may be because i am so stoked on the current trend of wedding signage!!
yes, chalkboards have had there place, and they are still great to use (and very handy + you can repaint them over and over). but the newest trends to hit the wedding scene are blowing my mind...
there are vintage window panes.
there are stained wooden boards.
there are mirrors in beautiful frames.
and then there are the fabric backdrops...!! swoon!!
these statement makers are drool-worthy eye candy to us calligraphers and hand-letterers. i can't wait to see more as this 2017 wedding season progresses.
this fabulous backdrop, i created for jen rodriguez for a styled shoot at kestrel park in santa ynez, which is just outside of san luis obispo county - on your way to santa barbara. it is calligraphy on a dreamy navy suede, which is so buttery soft. and isn't that quote so lovely...?!?!
such a fun and small word - but in the calligraphy world, this little bad boy can be the make or break item as a calligrapher.
so...what is a nib? according to my google search, a nib ranges from crushed cocoa or coffee beans, to a black sabbath song, to the national industries for the blind (nib). but in calligraphy speak, a nib is the pointed end part of a writing instrument which distributes the ink onto the paper.
there are countless nibs for you to try - all with different styles of penmanship. some nibs are very stiff, and good for those who have a heavy hand. other nibs are great for writing on unusual surfaces like leaves and rocks. if you are just starting out as a calligrapher, my best advice would be to buy an assortment of nibs and test each one (on different papers and with different inks) to see what your hand prefers. nibs price range are between $0.50 - $1.90 each - so they are very economical to buy a handful to try.
beginner nibs are the zebra and nikko g. these nibs have a semi-stiffness to them, but still give when you press down for lovely thick downstrokes. the hairlines are pleasant too, plus they work great on most surfaces.
as for me, i prefer (and almost exclusively use) the brause ef66 (ef is short for extra fine). this little nugget of a nib is amazing!! the hairlines are super duper thin. it has a great give to it when you put pressure on it. and once you master the control on it, you can create calligraphy downstrokes that vary between think to thin. it does have a scratchy sound to it - which is one of the most noticeable characteristics of the brause ef66 - but i love that sound!
where to buy nibs? paper ink & arts is great. so is dick blick arts...and finally, john neal booksellers. and, of course - you can get anything on amazon!!
tell me...what are you favorite nibs? i always love to find new calligraphy tools, so please share!
this has been a happening in the works - with smaller projects here and there...
but FINALLY official!!
fête & quill is now offering STATIONERY & WEDDING INVITATIONS. yippee!!
i have always loved paper, invitations, and stationery of all kinds. seventh and eighth grade newspaper and yearbook classes sparked that in me, and fueled my love for layouts, fonts, and typography of all sorts. although that was a long time ago, i am so thrilled to now be able to roll that love from childhood into a full-fledged dream for my own business.
f&q will offer semi-custom invitations + full custom invitation suites. the semi-custom will have a specific design already in place, with names or certain words in calligraphy. as for the fully custom suites, those will be 100% uniquely designed from concept to production.
the beauty of these stationery pieces will be the lovely calligraphy and amazing paper that they are printed on. f&q offers gorgeous details like letterpress, foil, gold flaking, watercolor, dip-dyes, and wax seals - to name a few. as for paper - we work with each client to find the right fit, and can even print on exceptional handmade papers like those from silk & willow.
i can't wait for this newest journey of f&q!
photography credit to kristyn villars - she is incredible!