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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 [...]

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|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips|

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, Learn Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101|

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, Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips, Freebies|

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, Reception Ideas, Calligraphy Business 101|

Giveaway | Got 5 minutes? Fill out our survey to receive a free gold foil print!

One of our focuses this year is to share more calligraphy, creative business and lifestyle tips with you, but in order to do that in the most meaningful way, we want to know what would be most valuable to YOU! Tell us what you'd like to know, learn and see more of from Laura Hooper Calligraphy by filling out our survey here.  *update* We are so appreciative of the overwhelming response to our survey. Unfortunately [...]

January 17th, 2017|Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips, Freebies|

{Calligraphy Tip} My Favorite Gold Paint Pen + Oyster Shells for Weddings

I'm often seen using gold paint pen in my Instagram feed and I think one of our very top questions is "what pen is that?!" While there are many different brands and styles of paint markers, and different calligraphers and letterers each have their own favorites, you can find my preferred gold paint pens right here! Personally I keep a whole pack of pens on [...]

September 30th, 2016|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101|

{Calligraphy Business} What’s in My Travel Bag

Two of our top questions received revolve around our preferred pen markers for lettering as well as how you travel with your calligraphy supplies. The pic above shows how I travel with my supplies {no, I don't properly protect my pen holders/nibs...oops!}, but I do keep them all contained in an oversized canvas makeup pouch. Mine is an older one from Target, but you can find [...]

August 5th, 2016|About Laura, Calligraphy Business 101|

{Spring Table Inspiration} Kari Rider Events + Karena Dixon

We've still got some snow flurries on the weather forecast, but this nautical spring table setting from Kari Rider Events with photos by Karena Dixon has us ready for spring! Visit their blog for the list of courses to recreate this look. Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events Photography: Karena Dixon Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy Florals: Intrigue Design & Decor Tabletop Rentals: DC Rental Happy [...]

March 3rd, 2016|Calligraphy, Reception Ideas, Decor|

{Valentine’s Day Inspiration} Dinner for 2 by Type A Society + Abby Jiu

This dinner for 2 by Veronica of Type A Society with photos by Abby Jiu Photography is simply swoon-worthy & the perfect inspiration for a quiet night in this Valentine's Day! Get even more pics + details over on Style Me Pretty & check out the talented vendors involved: Photography: Abby Jiu Creative Direction & Styling: Veronica Rogers of Type A Society Floral: La Fleur [...]

February 11th, 2016|Calligraphy, Reception Ideas, Decor|