Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a sucker for learning new things – especially when it involves a new skill. You may remember that one time I wanted to learn how to decorate cookies and threw this party to do it? Yeah anything like that, I’m all in!!
So when I heard that a local, self-taught, calligrapher Kyligraphy, was teaching both beginner and intermediate classes on modern hand lettering, I HAD TO DO IT!!!
I had to!!
Think along these lines…
I mean, who wouldn’t want to write like that?
The classes were held at one of my favorite local boutiques, The Foundry Collective – so not only was I learning a new skill but I could shop at the same time! Can we say win-win?!
I took my sissy-in-law with me to the beginner (and intermediate) classes – she is always up for a good time so I can usually persuade her to come with me. It helps that we both like the same things so I didn’t have to twist her arm too hard.
The beginner class was mostly focused on learning how to write individual letters.
after practicing… a lot, we all made a mug with a saying written on it – which was way harder than it looks, let me tell you.
I choose to put the blog name on my mug, no surprise there!!
Thats my very own writing that I traced onto the mug in gold pen – I couldn’t get a good picture since it was on glass, but after it dried we baked them and they became fully functional mugs, like I drink my morning coffee out of it and everything.
We had so much fun we went back for the intermediate class, which assumed that you had been practicing letter drills on your own. I had only sort of been practicing, but I was able to report making these cute seed packet favors for my BFF’s baby shower…
The goal of the advanced class was to practice connecting all those letters together to write pretty words. Which I needed.
Pretty sure I wrote that alphabet out at least 20 times.
I probably asked Kyli how to write at least 15 different words so that I could visualize how they bridge together. She was nice enough to oblige every. single. time.
See, you’re already tired of seeing the pictures – she was patient enough to actually write them all out over and over and over. To me, that is the sign of a good teacher.
And let me just tell you that she is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Even when my writing was terrible (like really sad looking) she was uber positive about it and cheered me on, well after I gave her permission to be brutally honest with me. She is the type of girl you want to be friends with, no joke. I may actually force her to be my friend because I think she’s such a blast.
Anyway, we all made a journal in the advanced class, which I am obsessed with – but that could also be because it was way, waaaaaaaay easier to make than that “beginner” mug from the first class.
I mean, I wrote that free hand!! What?!
Now, I am a far cry away from being good enough to hand address all my Christmas cards this year in my fancy new writing – I mean I probably could but I would have to start now because I am super slow and we send out a ton of cards (let me know if you want one ;)).
That said, I will definitely be practicing more now that I have the hang of it – I am seriously determined to get good at it.
I’m thinking I need something like this in my life – its perfect for a playroom…
…talk about Pinspiration!!! I’ll keep you all posted on my progress.