Since the movie (The Fault in Our Stars) comes out today I figured I would break my really long tumblr hiatus and post a lettering from this year (2014). For more from this year visit my instagram @spindlephoto or search the hashtag #2014yearoflettering on instagram!

Since the movie (The Fault in Our Stars) comes out today I figured I would break my really long tumblr hiatus and post a lettering from this year (2014). For more from this year visit my instagram @spindlephoto or search the hashtag #2014yearoflettering on instagram!

Book Suggestions for your favorite Calligraphy/Lettering/Design nerd:
1. Little Book of Lettering* by Emily Gregory, $24.95 available in Birmingham, AL at Church Street Coffee and Books
2. Elegantissima by Louise Fili, $40
3. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber-Thorpe, $24.99
4. Just My Type by Simon Garfield*, (for typography/design/font nerds rather than just letterers)
5. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by E.A. Lupfer, $9.95 
6. Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age*, $29.95
7. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters*, $14.95
(* means I own them)

Book Suggestions for your favorite Calligraphy/Lettering/Design nerd:

1. Little Book of Lettering* by Emily Gregory, $24.95 available in Birmingham, AL at Church Street Coffee and Books

2. Elegantissima by Louise Fili, $40

3. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber-Thorpe, $24.99

4. Just My Type by Simon Garfield*, (for typography/design/font nerds rather than just letterers)

5. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by E.A. Lupfer, $9.95 

6. Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age*, $29.95

7. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters*, $14.95

(* means I own them)

I wanted to help out all of the future letterers out there by offering up some suggested places to start, and to give the people who love those future letterers some great gift ideas. More installments to come!

Starter Kits:

1. Laura Hooper Calligraphy Kit $60 (I love that she includes a left-handed option, I’m right handed but when a friend was trying to learn calligraphy at a group lesson we realized that the nibs we had aren’t made for left handed users!)

2. Maybelle Calligraphy Workshop in a Box, $50

3. Linea Carta Calligraphy Starter Kit, $35 (this kit uses a straight holder which some letterers prefer, I think it would result in a more modern lettering rather than the copperplate slant that is made easier by the oblique holder)

4. Everly Calligraphy Starter Kit, $35

5. Antiquaria Design, $55

Calligraphy/Lettering Classes:

6. Copperplate Calligraphy class by Deb Warnat, Birmingham AL, $135 for 5 weekly classes (this is the class I took)

7. Molly Jacques Modern Calligraphy Skillshare Class (use my link for $10 off!) $20-29

8. The First Steps of Handlettering by Mary Kate McDevitt on Skillshare (use my link for $10 off!)

9. I Still Love Calligraphy by Melissa Esplin (online course) $95

To find supplies for your calligraphy class I recommend Paper and Ink Arts, online but based in Nashville for you luck Nashville folks, (and check out the resources page above for specifics on the supplies I use!)

Day 211: Find what brings you joy and go there. -Jan Phillips

Day 211: Find what brings you joy and go there. -Jan Phillips

Day 210: We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music. - Barbara Sher

Day 210: We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music. - Barbara Sher

Day 209: No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one. -Elbert Hubbard

Day 209: No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one. -Elbert Hubbard

Day 208: Every now and then, a person must do something simply because he wants to, because it seems to him worth doing. And that does not make it worthless or a waste of time.― E.L. Konigsburg, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

Day 208: Every now and then, a person must do something simply because he wants to, because it seems to him worth doing. And that does not make it worthless or a waste of time.
― E.L. Konigsburg, The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

One of my letterings is up on The Sweetest Occasion on an emerald and moonstone color palette! Thank you, Cyd!

One of my letterings is up on The Sweetest Occasion on an emerald and moonstone color palette! Thank you, Cyd!

My lettering appeared on elephantine blog! Thank you to my friend Joanna for the spot!

My lettering appeared on elephantine blog! Thank you to my friend Joanna for the spot!

Day 207: Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. -Robert Henri

Day 207: Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. -Robert Henri

17fmoon said: what nib do you use for your calligraphy?

Hello! Most of the time I use a Brause EF66 nib and an oblique holder.

Day 206: Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 206: Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 205: For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea. -e.e. cummings

Day 205: For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea. -e.e. cummings

Day 204: The man who has done his best has done everything. -Charles M. Schwab

Day 204: The man who has done his best has done everything. -Charles M. Schwab

Day 203: Find out who you are and do it on purpose. -Dolly Parton

Day 203: Find out who you are and do it on purpose. -Dolly Parton