Write On!

by jennifer

My handwriting has really suffered the effects of the constant typing I do, but there’s hope I will reclaim the script I once used to fill notebooks with observations about life.

My inspiration? Calligrapher Jennifer Buck.

Jennifer is a contemporary of mine and very skilled with a pen. She kept her day job, but stays very busy, running her calligraphy business, Graceful Expressions after work. I’d like to invite you to read the inspiring story of how she used art and calligraphy, specifically, to heal her soul. She is featured in my GR Press craft column today.

And if you’re local, I’d like to invite you to hang with a couple Jennifers Tuesday night at Craft Club at YMCA in downtown Grand Rapids. Jennifer is going to lead us through a calligraphy workshop that will introduce us to this beautiful art form. If you want to attend the workshop, email me to reserve your seat by noon Tuesday. Space is limited so act fast!

So you can plan, here’s the list of supplies you’ll need:

Writing tablet – preferably a children’s handwriting tablet with lines
* Notebook & pen or pencil to take notes
* Calligraphy pen with a 2.0mm or 2.5mm marker tip. A Sanford Calligraphy Pen” or Marvy Calligraphy Marker – available at any craft store – will do the trick. Any color is fine, but the ink must be dark enough to see. Buck recommends black or red.
* Ruler 

Jennifer gave me a quick calligraphy lesson last week. She’s a great teacher, so this is sure to be a fun workshop. If you can’t make, check out IAMPETH.com and Speedballart.com for some tips and free tutorials.

It’s time to pick up those pens, folks!

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