How to Use Ink on Polished Surfaces

We often have calligraphy jobs come across my desk that I would consider “less ideal” than others - to put it nicely! Generally, anything with a polished surface can be really tricky to work with. While trial and error is really the only way to go, here is my own first go-to for trial and error. Wipe the surface clean [...]

Growing Your Skills with The Sketchbook Series

Happy Thursday, everyone! You might recall from a few weeks ago when Alyssa & I attended Fleurology in Houston that we were fortunate enough to participate in The Sketchbook Series class offered during the symposium. I had previously completed the online version of the class last year & it was so fun to put my learned skills to use in the live class. The Sketchbook [...]

May 11th, 2017|Calligraphy, Decor, Party & Lifestyle, Learn Calligraphy|

A Roundup of Our Favorite Art Books

Happy Thursday, everyone. We just received our Wedding Calligraphy books from our publisher and we can’t wait to send them out to everyone next week! Happy dances are in full swing! With that said, for our calligraphy tip today, we want to share with you some of our favorite reads that inspire us in hopes they do the same for you. Where do you usually go [...]

May 4th, 2017|Calligraphy, Decor, Party & Lifestyle, Learn Calligraphy|

Inspiration Shoot | Elegant Calligraphy for a Vodka & Caviar Editorial Shoot by Karson Butler Events + Jodi Miller Photography

When Amber & Emily from Karson Butler Events reached out to us about participating in a shoot styled with Vodka and Caviar, how could we say no? They designed such a stunningly elegant shoot with some of our very favorite DC area vendors, and we're all for this romantic, classic vibe! Check out the gorgeous photos below by Jody Miller Photography. Vendor Credits: Planning and Styling: Karson [...]

February 16th, 2017|Calligraphy, Wedding Stationery, Reception Ideas, Decor|

How to Use Our New Spring Inks

To say we are excited about our new spring ink colors is an understatement. Don't you just love the unicorn-bubblegum-pastel color palette? You can buy them as a pack of three or a pack of six. We can’t wait to see how you use them! Baby shower decorations? Easter brunch invites? Spring / summer wedding details? These colors have endless possibilities. We think they look great contrasted with a black envelope [...]

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 [...]

{Christmas} Re-Purpose Your Holiday Party Decor to Create a Picture Perfect Holiday Scene

Don't miss our holiday sale for 25% off ALL party products in both the Etsy & LHC shops! Use code HOLIDAY2016* at check out to score big savings on this year's celebrations, plus all calligraphy supplies & wedding paper goods, too. Take a peek to see how we used Christmas prints, cards & even napkins to turn our every day bookshelf into an adorable holiday [...]

November 25th, 2016|Decor, Holiday|

{Christmas} Ornaments Hand-Lettered add a Personalized, Festive Touch to your Holiday Tree Decor

Tomorrow might be Thanksgiving, but we're all super excited for Christmas around here...so much so we've already put up decorations!  Be sure to check out some photos from our Christmas shoot and shop the look before it’s too late! You can find all of our Christmas goodies in the Etsy shop including hand-lettered ornaments, wrapping paper greeting cards, napkins, coasters, stir sticks and more. Shop [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Decor, Holiday, Party & Lifestyle|

{Thanksgiving} Greeting Cards & Other Last-Minute Goodies From Laura Hooper Calligraphy to Make Your Thanksgiving Dinner Pop

Thanksgiving is in just ONE week from today! Need a few last minute goods for your celebrations? We still have watercolor greeting cards {they make beautiful framed prints, too!}, Thankful tags to tie at each place setting, sets of recipe cards {perfect hostess gift!} and a handful of coaster packs remaining! You can find these goodies in our Etsy shop here and we will include [...]

November 17th, 2016|Decor, Holiday, Party & Lifestyle|

{Thanksgiving} Dessert Buffet & Party Goods by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

We are so ready for Thanksgiving around here & we are happy to share our tips for setting up an irresistible dessert bar over on Style Me Pretty Living! Be sure to check out the feature and shop the look before it's too late! You can find all of our Thanksgiving goodies in the Etsy shop including hand-lettered pumpkins, greeting cards, napkins, coasters, stir sticks [...]

November 9th, 2016|Decor, Holiday, Party & Lifestyle|