We are naturally drawn to companies and the amazing people behind them who exude style, personality and overall awesomeness. Founder and girl boss Angela of Saffron Avenue not only creates brands for elite companies (have you seen her recent launch for Chris Bosh?!) but she also posses an amazing style of modern calligraphy all her own.
Since discovering her work and meeting her in person at one of our workshops we’ve loved following along with her as she shared details from wedding planning to moving into her new home with her husband. Our favorite part is seeing how she incorporates her impeccable style and calligraphy into her home through budget friendly DIY projects. How cute is this acrylic key tray? Follow her on Instagram and you’ll see even more beautiful and creative projects. If you’re anything like us, you see lots of fun calligraphy pieces on Instagram and Pinterest and love how lettering can instantly personalize just about any item. The only problem is, you don’t have a clue how to write so beautifully. We’ve got the answer!
Love calligraphy as much as we do? You’re in luck! Angela will be teaching the basics of modern calligraphy at our upcoming workshop, Flourish: A Modern Calligraphy Workshop on Saturday, November 14th.At #flourishmke you will learn the basics of pointed pen calligraphy including what supplies are used, how to properly hold the pen, and how to be comfortable when learning calligraphy. Tickets go on sale October 23rd but you can snag your spot ahead of the crowd by signing up for our Lovely Insider mailing list here. We’ll be sending out a special code to gain access to presale tickets this Friday, October 16th so make sure to get on the list before then!
Scroll on to learn more about the beauty behind Saffron Avenue, see more images from her gorgeous home, and nab some insider tips on the first steps to learning calligraphy. Special thanks to Angela for taking time to share with us, we hope to see you at Flourish!
Q: Tell us about how your lettering evolved into the style it is today (did you learn traditional lettering and then how did you find your style)?
A: Since I am self-taught I actually started with trying to learn one specific (modern) style. I actually found a quote on pinterest that I liked and more or less wrote it over and over again until it started to look similar and I started to understand it. There is so much repetition when learning calligraphy..and a lot of frustration. I had to learn from the ground up, which meant I made a lot of mistakes and went through a lot of paper!
Q: What are some fun and unexpected items that you love lettering on other than traditional stationary?
A: I think my favorite project has been the large glass picture frame, as it was neat to do but also pretty easy. On the flipside I think the hardests are round surfaces, as I’ve done calligraphy on pomegranates, ornaments, and jars..and the curve is difficult!
Q: Any advice on what ‘not’ to do when lettering?
A: Definitely, first and foremost do not give up! It took me about a year until I was really comfortable with it. Also, do not buy cheap supplies, get good paper and good ink, they will make the process much easier (which I learned about a year into teaching myself)!
Q: What are some of your favorite supplies?
A: Rhodia notepad is amazing, it’s smooth, thin (to see through), and can work with calligraphy, drawing, and brush pens. If you plan to use lettering for envelopes definitely try The Lettermate because if you are anything like me and cannot write in a straight line this will help a ton.
Q: Do you have any tips for people just starting out?
A: Try holding the pen in different ways to find out what is most comfortable for you, when you do that it will come a lot easier for you. Also, there are endless amounts of tutorials and videos online, make sure to check them out as you try to learn. Lastly, overtime as you keep practicing be open with trying something new and create a style that is unique to you.