Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Handmade Envelopes

I've had a wonderful time lately creating envelopes out of pages from vintage illustrated books. 

Each piece is completely unique and can be folded in a variety of ways. 

This process invites you to become more inventive in small, manageable chunks. It's just a little envelope, right? 

There are color, composition, and placement choices to be made and as long as your envelope is at least 3.5 inches tall and 5 inches wide, the U.S. Post should deliver it fine. 

This process of finding, folding, lettering, and stamping makes a trip to the mailbox a magical adventure. 

I feel like a little kid standing by the box and wishing my personal expression a safe journey to someone I care about. It's an intimate experience touched by many hands. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cursive Crush Weekend Workshop: June 20-21st, 2015

The speed of digital communication today has gifted us with more time to pursue things we love. But somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten how good it feels to use a writing instrument to record our thoughts for ourselves and to those we love. Writing, and the time it takes to produce letterforms, is good for the body, mind, and spirit. It is also a gift to the recipient, who holds your elevated thoughts in their hands, literally, and with far more consideration and pause than through a text or email. 

The child of Spencerian calligraphy, Cursive Handwriting is not forgotten, because we have made a table for you to come join us in two fun and joyous days of lettering. Students will learn (or re-learn!) capitals and lower case letterforms, through formal exercises in structure, rhythm and flow - all standards similar to those taught not that long ago. 

Day one is spent on spacing and lower case characters. Day two we’ll dance with capitals and dive right into an envelope addressing/letter writing project. Both days we’ll take an hour break for lunch. This workshop is suitable for calligraphers, tweens, and all adults. 

Supply List:

  • Bienfang Graphics 360 9''x12'' Marker Pad
or Borden & Riley 9’’x12’’ 100s Smooth Cotton Comp Pad
  • Rhodia Lined No 18 Pad

  • Pentel Slicci 025 pen
  • Pentel Hybrid Technica pen
These pens come in a variety of thicknesses. You’ll want to have variety and choose something that writes very fine like the Slicci and have a slightly thicker width pen to see what feels right for you. 
  • Your favorite/preferred pens from home. Can be fine or medium point. Ballpoint, rollerball, gel pens, etc. All are welcome and suitable for this class.

  • Envelopes and stationary paper at least 5-10 envelopes/sheets 
  • Feel free to bring in embellishments like stickers and stamps!

  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Metal ruler
  • Xacto Blades/knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat (or the back of a pad of paper)


Additional Information

BrandAnne Elser
Store LocationPonce City Market