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Issue 1 - Flourishing on Social Media

Our inaugural issue features the amazing and inspiring work of calligraphers, lettering artists, and watercolor illustrators who are successfully using social media to build their creative businesses by providing beautifully-styled photos, instructional videos, and inspiring posts to engage their followers.

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Interview with Dionne Christiansen – Creative, inventive, and hardworking only begin to describe the talent of calligrapher and design artist Dionne Christiansen. Our Cover Artist shares how she started as a graphic designer and developed her thriving calligraphy business.

Flourishing on Social Media – Meet eight entrepreneurial artists who have utilized social media to engage and inspire their followers, build community, and grow their businesses.

Creating a Crushing It Instagram Account – Whether you use Instagram to share your work, build a following, or land clients, there are key guidelines to consider for creating and maintaining a successful account and strong following.

Instagram Styling Secrets – Learn how Aileen Fretz has gathered over 50,000 followers by creating a stunningly beautiful and engaging feed.

Instagram Etiquette – Brenna Jordan – Candid, ongoing communication about issues of proper etiquette will help ensure Instagram remains a place where lettering artists can continue to thrive and learn.

Game of Comparison – Kiley Bennett – Even if you’re the MOST secure, confident person in the world, I bet an inkling of comparison gets into your head every now and then….How do we keep perspective on other artists’ successes and not get discouraged?

Best Practices for Creating Amazing Instagram Stories – Let’s be real – we want to see you in your face mask on a Friday night sipping red wine more than we want to see your perfectly posed and retouched head shot. It’s human nature to seek connection and, right now, we’re finding it in Instagram stories.

Is It Performance Art? – At holiday times or other special occasions, stores and luxury brands offer handwritten messages for customers, enticing them to make a purchase so the customers can personalize their gifts. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at calligraphers who offer these events.

A Flourished Ukulele – The minute Kathy Milici got the call, she knew that this would be a crazy fun project! Could she decorate a ukulele? Of course! After she said yes, panic set in. How was she going to pull this off?

Chalk Lettering – Since chalkboards themselves are relics of a sort, Jody Meese draws heavily from vintage packaging, advertising, signs and maps for her chalk lettering designs.

Paperwhite Studio Tour – It’s been a long journey from the kitchen table to the space Erica McPhee has now for her studio. Join her for a peek inside as she gives a video tour of her delightful home studio.

How Much Should I Practice? – Kathy Milici – Naturally, one would think that the answer would be “as much as possible,” but there are a few things that I would like to address to help you along your way.

Am I Ready to Teach? – Teaching isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay! But maybe it is for you. Are you ready to teach? Let’s work through these questions below and find out.

Copyright & Intellectual Property – Calligraphers are often asked to write out poems and lyrics to put the extra touch on someone’s special day. But before you put your pens to paper, it is important to understand the intellectual property issues that may arise within the world of calligraphy.

Behind the Scenes – Baby Certificate – Follow along as Suzanne Cunningham details the steps to create a beautiful cross-shaped baby certificate in Copperplate calligraphy.

Behind the Scenes – Baby Announcement – As a custom stationer, Rachel Tieken always struggled to find time to work on personal projects among client commissions. But with the birth of her third son fast approaching, she was determined to make him a special birth announcement.

Refined Design Retreat – What Aha! Moments did the calligraphers have at Paper & Ink Arts’ first Refined Design Retreat?

Tutorial – Pointed Pen Mandalas – Follow along as Traci Thompson leads step-by-step through creating an intricately-flourished medallion.

Tutorial – Foundational Variation Alphabet – Laurie Pearson teaches a variation of the popular ‘Foundational’ style.

Tutorial – Watercolor Crest “How To” – Erica McPhee shares how she designed the watercolor crest for Calligraphy Crush.

Tutorial – Interview and Tutorial on iPad Lettering – Liz Kohler Brown shows how to add any texture to your calligraphy on your iPad

Calligraphic Drawing – In the hands of Schin Loong, calligraphy tools don’t stop at lettering. See some of her fantastical animal drawings from her new book.

Styled Shoots – Discover the pros and cons of participating in styled photo shoots.

Reader’s Gallery – Browse artwork by by Carla Hagan, Brenda Griffin Smith, Emiy Mayne, Grace Edmands, Evelyn Wong, Marisa Jackson, Emily Reichlin, Janet Furr, Kristen Carpenter, Lorise Barratta, Marjorie Politi, & Sylvia Schiada.

Pen Makers – The tools of calligraphy can be inspirational all by themselves. Pen maker Ashley Bush answers questions about her popular pen creations.

For Your Amusement – Kathy Milici shares and old Italian family recipe for meatballs and sauce.

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