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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|

5 Tips for Time Management

I have grown A LOT in the 15 years of managing my own business. I learned a lot in the beginning through good ole fashion trial and error and even more in today's world thanks to creative entrepreneur podcasts as well as sharing/absorbing tips through creative colleagues. When I first started out, I would get so overwhelmed by all that there was to do [...]

Resources for Getting Started with your Calligraphy Business

We frequently receive emails from aspiring calligraphers looking for advice on where & how to get started with their calligraphy business. When I started Laura Hooper Calligraphy over 15 years ago, it consisted of a LOT of googling for useful information, trial and error and just figuring out what worked and what didn’t. Luckily for today’s creatives, there are many options to help you [...]

2017-07-27T11:34:58+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips|

Legalizing Your Biz with The Contract Shop

If you are a calligrapher and you get paid for your work, but you do not have a contract set up for your clients, we highly recommend you do this ASAP. Likewise, if you are a calligrapher that has a contract but you keep getting blindsided by clients and eating costs (ahem shipping, extra edits, redos etc.), you need to rethink the way you [...]

2017-07-20T07:48:34+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Calligraphy, Calligraphy Business 101, Business Tips|

Come Learn the Art of Modern Calligraphy at our Beginner Workshops

If you've ever wanted to learn the art of modern pointed-pen calligraphy, we'd love for you to join us at one of our Beginner Calligraphy Workshops in LA, NYC or DC this summer – we only have a few spots left in each one! We are also bringing our workshops to Portland this Fall for the first time ever. Our workshops include ALL the [...]

Four Practical Steps to Keep up with a Calligraphy Practice Routine

  We are almost done with a full 5 days of our Free Calligraphy Practice Challenge! It has been a BLAST sharing our drills & practice tips but, most importantly, we are loving the community of calligraphers who joined us this week. If you missed the challenge, be sure to sign up here so you can be notified when we run the challenge again. [...]

How to Turn your Calligraphy Practice into a Habit

Our FREE 5-Day Practice Challenge starts Monday June 5th! To say we are excited about it is an understatement. We already have over 2,000 people signed up and counting. That's 2,000 calligraphers wanting to take their skills to the next level. Why a practice challenge? After I posed the question "What are you struggling with" on a recent survey, I got about 1,000 responses along [...]

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 [...]

2017-04-05T13:13:14+00:00 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, [...]