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portland calligraphy class

graceline | illustration + calligraphy

is one of your new year's goals to learn calligraphy? 

if so - or if not + you have just always wanted to try - then come join us in february at our studio for a beginning calligraphy class! we will be learning the basics of modern pointed pen calligraphy.  you will receive a full supply kit that will get you started + ready to practice your new skill - just in time for valentines day!

you can sign up for the class here. be sure to enter the code 'ink' for $25 at checkout!

we hope to see you there!

 

a new year

graceline | illustration + calligraphy

isn't it always hard to believe it when we say goodbye to the previous year + hello to the next?  time seems to fly by more + more quickly each year!

although there has always been a part of me that gets a little sad that the year is ending, there is another part of me that loves the though of a clean fresh year + a time to reflect + plan for the year ahead.  it is always filled with promise + possibilities!  i always am caught up in thoughts of how i can be better in the new year.  more faithful to read my bible, be a better wife, a better friend, a better artist, more efficient with my time, new goals set, the list goes on!

one thing that i keep coming back to this year is the word 'simplify'.  if you follow along with me you probably already know that i value simplicity - in many forms.  from my design aesthetic to my lifestyle i long for calmness + simplicity. far too often i find myself getting caught up in busyness - especially being a small business owner.  being busy seems to go hand in hand with that all too often.

i all too often end up wondering if i am doing enough for this little business, if i am working hard enough, putting in enough hours. after all of the client work, e-mails + deadlines are met, i admit that i often have nothing left so the other projects that i dream about end up not getting done. it can be easy to get discouraged + wonder if i am making the right choices. though i love what i do, there are other aspects + avenues with my art that i dream about pursuing as well + it can be hard to know which are the right ones in which to invest my time.

as i dream + plan for this new year, i want to keep in mind my desire for simplicity in all aspects + to tailor my goals to align with that ideal.  how can i work smarter + simplify daily tasks? how can i simplify our client process? our home? my closet (ha, ha)?

i will share more detailed goals for this year as the month goes on (like blogging more + creating a blogging schedule!) but for now i am still resting with the idea of simplicity. do you choose a word for your new year?  what are some of your goals? i would love to hear!

 

cyber monday

graceline | illustration + calligraphy

it is everyone's favorite monday of the year!  if you are like me, it is tempting to ignore all of the great sales + deals happening today + actually work, ha ha.  we are offering 25% off of all of our art prints + 15% off of our new calligraphy kits + classes.

happy shopping - er, i mean working wink wink!

new calligraphy kit + a giveaway

graceline | illustration + calligraphy | calligraphy kit

 

as you may know, we offer calligraphy classes through out the year in different us cities as well as by being part of a larger workshop. we are often asked if we are going to be in a certain city or if we offer online classes.  though i would love to get to teach everyone who is interested, it is not always practical in some locations + i am far too camera shy to be interested in doing video lessons - unless only my hands are making an appearance.

what we have wanted to do for a while now is to offer a calligraphy kit that you could purchase + use to learn no matter where you live + i am happy to announce that we will finally have them available this week!

we have put together a beautifully curated set of our favorite beginning calligraphy supplies that we know you will love using - or will enjoy giving as a lovely gift to someone you know who has always wanted to learn.

this kit contains your choice of black, mahogany, or natural wooden pen holder, three nibs in a cute little glass jar, a bottle of our go to black ink + a small jar to work out of, a practice pad, small instruction book + letterpress alphabet exemplar all beautifully packaged + presented + will be available in our market on black friday! 

we are also happy to announce that we will be giving away a kit on our instagram page!  check it our for the details on how to enter.  good luck!