Letters California Style 2017

Over Presidents’ Day weekend, I had the best time at Letters California Style, the member’s conference that takes place every year on that weekend, organized by Society for Calligraphy in Southern California. This year I was in Robbie Saslow‘s class, “Fabulous and Functional: The Art of Certificates and Scrolls,” along with nine other calligraphers from California, Texas, Nevada, and Washington State. We all enjoyed learning from Robbie who shared wonderful stories, knowledge, and great tips! He was such a fantastic instructor.

Robbie doing a class demo.

Our first class assignment was to create a certificate, picking one out of three choices with different criteria and styles. Most in the class opted for a certificate for the “Golden Poppy Society of Southern California” (a fictitious organization). We sketched drafts and worked on our designs with Robbie’s guidance for the first two days:

Snap shots from class: Robbie doing a demo and shared his beautiful work for the Los Angeles County; beautiful certificates done by Schin Loong, Diane Reiter, Kathy Barker, and Cindy Haller.

I ended up choosing a baby name certificate, which had the requirement of: baby name should be prominent, with a style that is casual, playful but clean, no pink, and must have three cats. I felt it was the most comfortable for me to dive into!

Rough draft of my certificate.

Needless to say, I had a lot of fun with this one, using pointed pen styles, sketching cats, lettering with colored pencils and using green with FineTec gold!

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Pick Your Own Battles

I know I am not alone when I say that recent news have left me feeling sad and hopeless. But we must keep trying, because we must have hope, for there are so many things to fight for. We obviously cannot fight for all, so we must pick and choose our own battles.

I choose to fight for our wilderness, our national parks, and our environment.

After hearing about the rogue national park rangers in the news, I got inspired to follow them as well as alt-NASA on Twitter. I have always been a liberal, and have always voted. But this time, voting was not enough. Following the rogue scientists’ lead, I decided to write all 42 members of the House Committee on Natural Resources, urging them to protect our wilderness, protect our public lands and national parks.

25 Republicans and 17 Democrats. From coast to coast, all going to hear from me, and getting a John Muir quote. This is how a calligrapher resists.

A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye

Last weekend, I spent the weekend in San Diego learning from Amity Parks! I was really sad to have missed the opportunity to learn from her last year, so I was glad that San Diego Fellow Calligraphers invited her to teach her workshop A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye, and they had an opening!

The last time I visited San Diego was in 2013 for Pat Blair’s Copperplate workshop, and I really enjoyed the experience. SDFC’s classroom space is big and open, and everyone was so kind and welcoming.

Amity demos for our class

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The Passionate Pointed Brush

Julie Wildman (left) speaks to the class

I attended a wonderful Society for Calligraphy workshop over the weekend – The Passionate Pointed Brush with Julie Wildman who was visiting us from Chicago! Julie has been working as a designer and artist for over 25 years.

The class took place on the campus of Cal State Long Beach. The classroom was nice and big, and we had so much room on big work tables!

My practice sheet, with name tag lettered by Julie

I have always loved the pointed brush. It’s definitely quite challenging because it is so different from using a steel nib. Julie shared some great exemplars with us, including her own, as well as work from pointed brush master calligraphers such as John Stevens, Yves Leterme, and Carl Rohrs. She also showed us letterform variations, such as the different ways to do each letter. I loved watching her do demo – she has such great control of the pointed brush and has such a light touch.

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A Show of Hands 2016

North Carolina hospitality

I just spent a week at A Show of Hands, the 2016 International Calligraphy Conference, and I had one of the most fun calligraphy experiences ever.

This was my first time in North Carolina, and the town of Asheville was just so beautiful and green. I got an AirBnB off-campus with five other calligraphy friends, and we had the best time hanging out, attending classes, and learning in a wonderful atmosphere. The conference took place on the campus of Warren Wilson College which had beautiful grounds, with blooming flowers in the midst of summer.

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Love is in the air! Ceremony Magazine published a styled shoot I participated in, entitled A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and this could not be more dreamy and more perfect.

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The shoot took place on the beautiful grounds of the Heritage Museum of Orange County, with its gorgeous garden setting, I was inspired to use some natural, handmade paper embedded with real flower petals and of course, PearlEx Rose Gold, written in a flowing and romantic script. The whole suite turned out so pretty!

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Head over to the Ceremony Magazine feature for more wedding inspiration!


 

Photography | MeghanElise Photography
Location | Heritage Museum of Orange County
Planning & Design | Ruthie Linnert
Rentals | Bella Vita Vintage Rentals & Something Borrowed Party Rentals
Gown Design & Bridal Salon | Enaura Bridal
Floral Design | Penelope Pots Floral Design
Cake | Plumeria Cake Studio
Calligraphy | Linda Yoshida Calligraphy
Hair | Delia Falls
Makeup | Sharla Gerkin

 

Vermeer Visions – Smitten Magazine

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The new issue of Smitten Magazine (Issue 14) is themed Painterly, and I am so honored to be part of the styled shoot called Vermeer Visions! I worked with the talented team of Nomad Nuptuals, MeghanElise Photography, Jen Events, and others at the spectacular St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

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I absolutely adore this dreamy shoot with beautiful, muted colors. I used shades of warm gray, blush, and gold to create the wedding invitation suite, table numbers, and place cards. It’s definitely one of my favorites by far.

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A shot of the full wedding invitation suite. I love how the gold “painterly” brushed effect on the pale blush cards worked out perfectly!

For more of this breathtaking shoot, head over to Smitten Magazine and check out the Painterly issue, or look for it at a retailer near you!


Floral + Event Design / Nomad Nuptials
Photography / MeghanElise Photography
Venue / Monarch Beach Resort
Jewelry / Atlantis Watches
Beauty / FUSE Hair & Beauty
Coordination / JenEvents
Cake / LoveCakes
Calligraphy / Linda Yoshida Calligraphy
Rentals / Rustic Urban Events
Gown / The Dress Theory
Signage / The Duo Studio