A couple weeks ago, I took a calligraphy class. It was taught by Lauren, the talented owner of Blue Eye Brown Eye. Seven of us gathered for a night of fun with wine, snacks, and an oblique pen in Lauren’s studio in Dallas.
Let me say that, as a DIY enthusiast, I take a lot of pride in learning how to do things on my own, and I rarely take classes, if I can help it. And prior to this calligraphy class, I thought I had the hang of free-flowing calligraphy. Boy, was I wrong. During the class, Lauren would walk around and write a couple letters on the top of our pages for us to practice. Seeing it done and doing it were two very different stories. At first, I struggled with forming the letters that were so easy for her to write. Towards the end of the night, I felt like I was getting the hang of it. And when I got home, I sat at the kitchen table and practiced. And let me tell you – practicing has made such a difference.
So far, I’ve used my new skills for my etsy shop packaging (pictured above). I’ve also used what I learned on wedding invitations for my friends Ben and Emily. Prior to taking the class, I had hand written a couple words on their invitations. Here’s what the text looked like before and after taking the class:
I’m so glad I got the chance to take this class. It has definitely changed the way I write and the way I view calligraphy. I’d definitely recommend the class to anyone who’s curious – it’s well worth it. Check out Lauren’s class schedule if you’re local to Dallas! (She also travels to other cities to teach!)