The Best Calligraphy Tool for Writing Straight

I am frequently asked "How do you write so straight? Any tips?" And while there are certain tools for writing straight without gridlines {see below}, when practicing we always recommend the use of guidelines. Meet Ductus The key to writing straight is of course guidelines, and if you’re looking to try out different spacing between your lines or want to create guidelines for your own practicing, [...]

Stuck in a Comparison Trap? Try this.

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|

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 [...]

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

Tips for Investing in Your Business

Photo by Abby Jiu Happy New Every everyone! One of the exciting aspects of starting a fresh year is taking the opportunity to look back at your previous year, assess what worked and what didn't, and also consider where you want to go in the coming year. Personally we think this is helpful to do a couple times throughout the year as well, but it's [...]

January 6th, 2017|Business Tips, Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|

{Calligraphy Workshops} 2017 Laura Hooper Calligraphy Beginner Workshop Registration is Open!

Thank you for your interest in our Laura Hooper Calligraphy beginner workshops! We are heading into the final stretch of our 2016 workshop schedule & are looking forward to all the new students we will meet in next year. For our 2017 Spring/Summer tour, we plan to visit DC {Alexandria}, New York City, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston & Los Angeles, and you can sign up for [...]

November 7th, 2016|Calligraphy, Learn Calligraphy|

{Calligraphy Workshops} Boston Workshop with MStarr Design & Ruth Eileen Photography

We had SUCH a great trip to Boston a few months ago and we are looking forward to returning in 2017 for another round of beginner calligraphy workshops with MStarr Design taking the lead on our coordination and design. Emily always finds the best vendors and creates such a fun atmosphere for our attendees. Take a peek at the workshop magic below with photos by [...]

September 21st, 2016|Calligraphy, Learn Calligraphy|

{Calligraphy Tip} Working with Macarons

Ah the of our very favorite treats! We occasionally get to letter on these beauties and one of the most frequently asked questions is about the ink. Specifically about eating the ink. While personally I'd probably still eat a macaron with regular pen on it, we don't recommend feeding your client's wedding guests standard ink in bulk, and fortunately there is an alternative. Edible [...]

September 14th, 2016|Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|

{Calligraphy Tip} Dealing with Ink Bleeding or Feathering

It is common for calligraphers to experience ink that bleeds or feathers, particularly when writing on paper that you didn't purchase yourself {i.e. envelopes that are shipped/dropped off for client orders}. There are a few different factors that contribute to ink bleeding - here are just a few: Low quality paper Paper affected by moisture/humidity Thin ink Any or all of the above factors can [...]

September 12th, 2016|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|

{Calligraphy Supplies} New Inks for Fall!

It might not officially be fall, but we are still so excited to introduce our newest shades of calligraphy inks! You can now shop our deep purple Aubergine and burnt brown Fig in the calligraphy supplies section of our LHC shop here. These inks join our recently released fan favorites - we love seeing your pics of them on Instagram - of Dove Grey, Peony [...]

September 6th, 2016|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|