My Favorite Paper Types for Calligraphy

It's hard to know what type of paper is best for your calligraphy work – especially since most paper supply is online these days which means you can't feel the texture and try out the paper before you buy. Well, over the last 20 years, I have tried countless paper types and sources. Today, I'm sharing with you my favorite paper for my calligraphy work. My hope is to [...]

5 Calligraphy Mistakes You’re Making

Are you frustrated with pointed pen calligraphy and wondering what you could possibly be doing wrong? Do not fret! You are not alone. Most of the mistakes I see can be solved by simple adjustments to your practice. Below are the top five mistakes I most frequently see beginner calligraphers make. If you are getting discouraged, you might be doing one or a couple of these things. Try out this advice [...]

March 30th, 2017|Calligraphy, Learn Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101|

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, Learn Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101|

9 Ways to Improve Your Etsy Shop

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|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips|

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|

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, 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|