Calligraphy has always been interesting to me. I love the way the lettering looks on paper. I recently had the pleasure of taking a calligraphy workshop at a local studio, called Porridge Papers. They are a local papermill and letterpress studio.
This class was very hands on and incredibly cool. I loved learning how to write with the special pen and ink. It was hard for me to learn at first. It takes a lot of practice and an open mind. I won’t be going into the calligraphy business anytime soon, but I made some really cool monogram cards. Our instructor was a trained & talented professional. Did you see how she wrote my name on that tag in the photo below? LOVE it!
When we arrived at class, the shop was set up and ready to go.
The owner had chocolate, apple cider, and an entire packet of papers/calligraphy ideas waiting for us in our spots. We even had a “take home” kit that included, ink. paper, pen, brush, and instructions. This was the perfect creative atmosphere! We practiced writing our monograms & submitted the final project to the class instructor.
It only took them a week to get our monogram plate back. Then we were invited back to the shop to print our very own monogram greeting cards. This part was amazing! Christoper taught me how to use the old printing press. He showed me how everything works and then let me print my monogram onto the cards. It was cool to see up close how this whole process works. I love the way the cards turned out. I can not wait to send them out to people.
Porridge papers is getting ready to open “the bar”. You guys! This is so awesome! You can take classes, rent their machines for printing on your own, and more! I hope you will be able to check it out in 2015. I highly recommend taking a class. They will announce the line up of workshops and open studio dates next week. I can’t wait to go back and use the bar area for printing!