Tools | Resource Books

Hello! Happy Thursday! Apologies for the lack of post last week, and the fact that this is being posted on a Thursday....things have been a little crazy around here. BUT it does mean that we have lots of upcoming shoots to share with you all over the summer! 

Todays post is all about Resources...in particular books that have really helped me on my calligraphy journey. 

First up it is the first calligraphy book that I bought when I first started and one that I have mentioned previously-Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. Getting this book was such a breakthrough for me as it finally gave my learning some structure. Molly was one of the first calligraphers I discovered on Instagram and I did and still do find her book immensely useful. There are so many different variations of the letters that you can really play around and find your own style. She also explains the basics of nibs and pen holders perfectly and after you've done all the practise there are some great little projects to try. Definitely recommended!

Next up is a newish release, Nib and Ink by Chiara Perano of Lamplighter London. I will be the first to admit that I am the biggest fan girl when it comes to Chiara from Lamplighter. She was my first introduction to calligraphy in the UK and I think her work is flawless. So needless to say I was very excited to get her book. The look, feel and design of the book is absolutely gorgeous. She introduces the art of modern calligraphy and the tools needed and then there are examples of her gorgeous alphabet and style and pages to practice (I have not used the book for practice and am unsure how easy it is to write in though.) at the end there are some fun quotes and sayings to try out as you grow with confidence if you are a beginner. This book is probably aimed at someone who is more of a beginner than me but I like to dip into her alphabet ocassionally to try and find new ways to write.

Now we move away from the more modern scripts and onto books looking at Copperplate Calligraphy with Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters, Calligraphy in the Copperplate Style by Herb Kaufman and Geri Homelsky and Script Lettering for Artists by Tommy Thompson. These books are proper workbooks and they are great for learning the rules of calligraphy. All the letters are broken down into strokes and examined and everything is really well explained. I must admit I probably skipped over the 'learning the rules' part of teaching myself calligraphy a little too fast and now I wish my copperplate skills were better. However, it is something that I am planning on practising more and these books will be my go-tos.

I have linked all these books so you can go and examine them on amazon and maybe purchase them if you fancy some extra learning! My main recommendations would be Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe and Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters. Go treat yourself and enjoy! 

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Introductions | Oh Wonder Calligraphy

Hello! I thought it was about time for some introductions and a little history around here.

I am Lauren the designer and calligrapher behind Oh Wonder. In 2010 I graduated with degree in Fashion Journalism. After working in fashion for a couple of years I got the itch to do more designing, as this had been my favourite part of my degree, so in 2012 I went to Shillington College to study Graphic Design. I absolutely loved every minute of my course so when I graduated I started to freelance particularly in branding and magazine/print design. I have always been slightly obsessed with stationery and so at the end of 2013 after doing a couple of wedding suites for friends I spent a lot of time researching (aka on pinterest) stationery, in particular wedding stationery, when I came across a lot of modern calligraphy and fell totally in love with the beauty and romance of it. 

The rest as they say is history. I spent hours upon hours trying out different nibs and holders and paper trying to learn how to change my very average handwriting into beautiful calligraphy. I took a Skillshare class taught by Molly Jacques which finally showed me the correct tools to be using, Nikko G nib, Speedball holder, Layout paper and Higgins Eternal Ink, which are all great for beginners and still my go-tos, as well as a general alphabet to be working with. Another great tool I had was the book Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe which was and still is indispensable.

At first a lot of what I was doing with Calligraphy was making cards for friends and family and pages on pages of favourite quotes and song lyrics and gradually I got better and better. In 2014 I fell pregnant and during my pregnancy I worked on a few weddings creating invitations, save the dates, envelopes and table settings. After having my son in April 2015 and enjoying being a full time mum and just doing calligraphy in the few quiet moments I had I decided that this was 100% what I wanted to do and after months of planning Oh Wonder Calligraphy and Stationery was born in January 2016. Since starting it has been a bit of a whirlwind and I have been lucky enough to work for some amazing private and corporate clients along with many talented people in the wedding industry on some stunning shoots. I have lots planned for the upcoming months and am so excited of what else this year will bring! 

So that is me and Oh Wonder in a nutshell. This blog will be updated weekly with inspiration, calligraphy tips, sneak peeks and insights into shoots that I have worked on. Enjoy! 

Lauren x