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Wednesday
Aug282013

penmanship

Maybe my obsession with handwriting began in 2nd grade, when I was on my class penmanship contest team. I remember practicing my lettering on the classroom chalkboard. I remember the little plaques my team received for placing 3rd. But mostly, I remember celebrating with bubblegum ice cream.

I've been obsessed with the loops in capital C's and crossing my lowercase t's at just the right height ever since. I can't even tell you how many hours I've probably clocked just writing the alphabet over and over again in notebooks.

So when I noticed calligraphy was becoming a thing almost 10 years ago, I became obsessed with it too. I took a copperplate script workshop at Paper Source. It was only an hour or two, and I forgot the techniques and tips the moment I got home.

Thank goodness for Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls! The artist and calligrapher has taken her modern approach to beautiful script on the road, teaching workshops all over the world. I was able to snag a spot in her class at Poketo over the weekend. It was so gratifying to spend the morning with other letter-obsessed ladies, practicing our loops and crossing our Ts for hours.

She's hosting another workshop at Poketo on Sept. 7. Check out Maybelle's website for upcoming workshops in other cities or just to get inspired by her amazing work.

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