A very cold and snowy morning, I actually changed out of my yoga pants and headed out for brunch with my sister in law and one of my closest girlfriends. Afterwards, we headed for an afternoon of Calligraphy with the talented Justine Ma. She holds incredibly popular workshops and we were able to snag three tickets to the event.
Give Justine’s website a look, she sells everything from her hand lettered greeting cards, gifts and apparel. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time and was not disappointed after having spent the afternoon in her class. I think I may take up calligraphy, even though I do it quite poorly… There’s just something about pen, paper and a pot of ink that is soothing and so calming. And it’s always a good idea to try and learn something new!
The workshop was held at the trendy FaBLOOMosity floral studio. We were happily greeted by Justine with hugs, smiles, and instant chatter. At my station I was surprised to find a small succulent that doubled as a place card. Justine had taken the time to write each of our names on the adorable little glass pots. There was a tote bag filled with a couple of her greeting cards and other goodies. And for every table there were little cakes and artisan chocolates by Brianne Gabrielle Cakes sitting on a marble slab in case you need a sweet pick me up as you’re busy writing.
Once we took our seats, we had a clipboard with a lettering guide and several worksheets. There was a calligraphy pen, a pot of ink, and an envelope with two nibs. And am I the only one who has such an obsession with detail? On the little envelope, Justine had written (beautifully) “nibs”. I’m such a sucker for pretty things and thoughtful details.
We learnt basic strokes and worked on our worksheets as she walked around correcting and giving us tips here and there. It was such a wonderful experience. I would recommend it to anyone! It’s nice to be able to leave the house and do kid free activities. Where there’s no finger paint or trampoline involved. I’ve always said its good practice for moms to do something that is not kid related, keeps you grounded and keeps you sane really. So give calligraphy a go! It’s so much fun.