{Calligraphy Tip} One Thing I Do to Not Get Stuck in a Comparison Trap + NEW Free Desktop Download

What’s one thing that helps me not get stuck in a comparison trap? I write down what I’m grateful for. It is SO simple and you’ve probably heard it a million times but it can honestly do the trick. When you are caught scrolling on Instagram and Pinterest and you start to feel bummed, before you go even lower, stop the scroll, take out your pen and [...]

March 7th, 2017|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|

{Business Tip} Trying to sell on Etsy? Make sure you are doing these 9 things.

I know for certain: Etsy can be overwhelming. With all the thousands (millions?!) of shops out there, it’s hard to know if you’re doing it right. If you have decided to take the plunge and set up shop or are already knee deep in the world of Etsy, I’m excited to share with you some of my favorite tips and tricks to improve your Etsy [...]

February 27th, 2017|Business Tips, Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101|

{Inspiration Shoot} Elegant Calligraphy for a Vodka & Caviar Editorial Shoot by Karson Butler Events + Jodi Miller Photography

When Amber & Emily from Karson Butler Events reached out to us about participating in a shoot styled with Vodka and Caviar, how could we say no? They designed such a stunningly elegant shoot with some of our very favorite DC area vendors, and we're all for this romantic, classic vibe! Check out the gorgeous photos below by Jody Miller Photography. Vendor Credits: Planning and Styling: Karson [...]

February 16th, 2017|Calligraphy, Decor, Reception Ideas, Wedding Stationery|

{Calligraphy Tip} How to use our new spring ink colors

  To say we are excited about our new spring ink colors is an understatement. Don't you just love the unicorn-bubblegum-pastel color palette? You can buy them as a pack of three or a pack of six. We can’t wait to see how you use them! Baby shower decorations? Easter brunch invites? Spring / summer wedding details? These colors have endless possibilities. We think they look great contrasted with a black [...]

{Behind the Scenes} Laura Hooper Calligraphy Studio Tour

Our Studio + Office in Old Town Alexandria, VA When I first started Laura Hooper Calligraphy 15 years ago {more about my journey in this post}, I was working out of my parent’s house, with calligraphy projects strewn about my old bedroom and all the envelope calligraphy going down at their kitchen table. A few years in, I moved to Hermosa Beach and got [...]

{Business Tip} Pros and Cons of Running an Etsy Shop

I was an early adopter of Etsy and I am grateful for the platform it gave me. However, as most of you know, over the last 8-10 years Etsy has become increasingly over saturated. Because of this, plenty of creatives are jumping ship or not even considering Etsy at all. Even though it is a different site than when I started out, I would still [...]

February 8th, 2017|Business Tips, Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101|

{Calligraphy Tip} My Favorite Calligraphy Supplies

Shopping for calligraphy supplies can be overwhelming – there are endless options. We get questions all the time about which supplies I recommend and where to buy them. We decided to answer those questions with a list of my favorite supplies! You might already know we carry all my preferred inks, pens & practice pads in the LHC shop, but we’ve compiled those and more in [...]

February 6th, 2017|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|

{Learn Calligraphy} Modern Pointed-Pen Calligraphy Resources

If you are looking to learn the art of modern, pointed-pen calligraphy, you've come to the right place! We offer in-person beginner calligraphy workshops around the US {plus a class coming up in LONDON!} where we provide you with high-quality tools for the art as well as teach you how to actually make them work for YOU. Our workshop also covers basics in practice strokes and technique, [...]

January 31st, 2017|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|

{About Laura} My Journey into Calligraphy + New Free Desktop Download

How I got started I am often asked “how long have you been doing calligraphy?” or “where did you learn the art of calligraphy?”, so I thought I would share the story of how I became a full-time calligrapher. People also often ask if I have neat “regular writing,” and the answer is yes, I have always had neat, legible writing, and I have [...]

January 26th, 2017|About Laura, Business Tips, Calligraphy Business 101, Freebies|

{Calligraphy Tip} Working with Marble Tiles

Working with marble tiles has become increasing popular in the wedding & event industry. They are quite beautiful & offer a fun alternative to standard paper escort or place cards. You can write on them with paint pens or you can still use dip pen & ink. If using a dip pen & ink, we recommend spraying them with a fixative to avoid rubbing off [...]

January 24th, 2017|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Reception Ideas|