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5 Truths About Working From Home

One of the greatest things about being a full time calligrapher is the freedom to work from home and another is of course being your own boss. The flexible schedule, the ability to manage your projects and clients the way you want to, and the freedom to focus on what you really need to do without coworkers interrupting you are just some of the [...]

2017-10-13T20:31:51+00:00 October 12th, 2017|About Laura, Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips|

Why we developed the Calligraphy Practice Plan

We've all been there... We get so excited about learning a new skill but then… Life happens and weeks go by before we touch our tools again. We want to practice consistently, but we just don't know what to practice or how to develop a feasible plan. There’s so much information available on the internet, which is of course helpful, but also makes it [...]

2017-09-28T11:33:08+00:00 September 28th, 2017|About Laura, Calligraphy, Learn Calligraphy|

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, [...]

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 [...]

2017-07-27T11:23:03+00:00 January 26th, 2017|About Laura, Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips, Freebies|

The Ins & Outs at Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Photo by Abby Jiu On many occasions when we tell people that aren't familiar with the wedding or stationery industries that we "run a calligraphy/stationery business" we receive one of two responses. 1. "oh yeah, fancy writing" or 2. "But what is your real job?" While love the art of calligraphy & even more so find joy in sharing it with so many interested newcomers through our workshops, [...]

2017-05-31T00:33:51+00:00 August 26th, 2016|About Laura, 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 [...]

2017-05-31T00:33:52+00:00 August 5th, 2016|About Laura, Calligraphy Business 101|

{Giveaway} I Keep Dancing

Our group of friends experienced a tragic loss just over 5 months ago when our friend/sister/daughter was taken suddenly & unexpectedly at the age of 29. At the time, I had the honor to letter the words "i keep dancing" for a tattoo that over 20 people have had inked in her memory as a reminder to keep dancing through our own struggles. This past [...]

2017-05-31T00:33:54+00:00 December 18th, 2015|About Laura|

{Floral Workshop} A Morning with Sweet Root Village

A couple weeks ago I decided to take a weekday morning off for a one-on-one floral workshop with the lovely gals at Sweet Root Village, Lauren & Rachel. The wedding season can be a very busy time, and as a small business owner I am usually in the mindset that I have to be doing something for my business…at all times. This year I've been focusing on [...]

2017-05-31T00:33:54+00:00 October 19th, 2015|About Laura, Party & Lifestyle, Business Tips|

{In the Press} Laura Hooper Calligraphy Office on Glitter Guide

In case you somehow missed it via all my social media outlets…my office was recently featured on Glitter Guide! Having moved to Virginia over 8 months ago, it has definitely been a long time coming to get my office organized and looking like "me." Enter Jessica Klein of With Love, Design. She was the best thing to happen to this place! We sent her dimensions [...]

2017-05-31T00:33:57+00:00 March 19th, 2014|About Laura|

{Calligraphy Q&A}

{photo by Raya Carlisle} Thanks to social media like Instagram, I'm able to share my art with thousands of people every day - which I love! It is a great venue to share information and of course beautiful pictures. I try to reply to many questions posed on there, but thought I would start sharing some information on here when I get a chance... Q: [...]

2017-05-31T00:33:57+00:00 March 14th, 2014|About Laura, Calligraphy|