Spread Love: 10 Calligraphers to Follow on Instagram
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day; a day especially meant for spreading love in all forms and fashion. It is also a day about romance and love notes. I think you could agree that calligraphy and lettering adds a touch of beauty and romance to written words, all the flourishes and connecting curves.
Last week I shared with you my favorite painters to follow on Instagram. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite calligraphers + brush-lettering artists to follow.
To the artists below; thank you for sharing inspiration and art. Praying both you and any blog visitors will keep on taking steps forward with your creative goals and dreams, while enjoying the process along the way.
1. Alex Bray @prairielettershop
As we wrap up our year, one of our final projects is to send treats to our past and future couples, many of whom have been added to the family these last few weeks. 🙂 If we've worked together this year or will be working together next year, keep your eyes peeled for a little treat in the mail before Christmas. 💌 It's not too late to inquire about invitations, though certain months are booked. Click the link in my bio to schedule a consultation if you think we may be a good fit! ✍🏼✍🏾✍️ Photo: my talented friend @monicaburgess
The story of 2017. ☝🏽 This year has been something else, am I right? It doesn't help in the moment to interrupt grieving with a call to see the bright side. But it gives me hope to be in a season of giving and reconciliation-to be reminded of how hard people work to help others overcome their suffering. ❤️
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 - Today I'm thinking about many, many people who live and love family members with special needs. I have an uncle with brain damage, a neighbor with autism. Yesterday I listened to Breakpoint Podcast featuring Emily Colson, mother of a special needs child and author of Dancing with Max. It was so inspiring and challenging. Also, tonight my daughter and her volleyball teammates get to volunteer with Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God's love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. 540 churches from all over the world will celebrate with over 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers. Thank you @timtebowfoundation for starting this wonderful foundation. - #nighttoshine #specialneedsparent #specialneedschild #romans1212 #bellascriptura #dancingwithmax #breakpoint #scriptureoftheday #romans #romans12 - This print is available in the Paperglaze Etsy shop.
Thank you to everyone who shared their heart in the giveaway. I was so inspired by each of you! Congrats to the five winners. I am having fun decorating your envelopes. (I'm obsessed with these butterfly stamps!)) - ✉️ - luxe blush by @papersource -vintage stamps by @verdestudio ✂️ - purchases at @freshinkstyle - #addressing #andthewinnersare #onmydesk #vintagestamps #usps #sendmoresnailmail #handlettering #moderncalligraphy #paperglazecalligraphy #decorateyourenvelopes #makesomeonesday #pointedpen #blush #papersource #osbpenvelopes #dailydoseofpaper
3. Younghae Chung @logos_calligraphy
Do everything with a heart of thanksgiving. Monday encouragement for the soul ❤️ -- Another flourished Spencerian custom piece for the home! Starting off the year with commissions from the Word and I'm not complaining 😌 A surprise birthday gift from a husband to his lovely wife..sooo sweet 💕 -- Paper: Canson XL cold pressed watercolor paper Ink: @calligraphicashop Nib used: Gillott 404 -- #spencerian #metallicink #forthehome #flourishing #scriptureoftheday #calligraphy #lefthandedcalligrapher
I find greater peace and focus when I lift up a quick prayer before working on a piece.. especially when it comes to penning Scripture ❤️ -- I think back to the look on people's faces when we gifted them a Bible for the first time...especially when they live in countries where the Bible was not easily accessible. As they held it in their hands, they had such wonder in their faces. I guess I want to have the same kind of reverence every time I pen His words... wanting God to use my hands and heart for His glory. -- So, here it is!!! After 3 hours of drafting, inking, I'm so thankful this piece is done !! Want to showcase this amazing copper ink from @calligraphicashop 😍 -- #letteryourfaith #flourishing #metallicink #spencerian
Adding this to my "Evolution of Letters" series. Couldn't resist experimenting with #noliftmajuscules for one of my favorite capital letters! The top right was one I designed about a year ago while working on a commission and it's still my favorite go-to for a crazy flourish! 😂 The bottom two are new ones you can try without lifting your pen. Do you guys have a favorite majuscule? -- #pencilsketch #pencilcalligraphy #havingfun #flourishing #calligraphy #copperplate #evolutionofletters #logoscalligraphy
4. Elisabeth Young @elisaannecalligraphy
I took this photo of my desk when everything had just been kind of thrown around after a day of work. It's a sentimental photo for me since it includes my box of favorite props, my favorite writing utensils, and my drink of choice (tea). This photo isn't all that pretty to look at because there's not really any composition or rule of thirds... but so is life. Most of it isn't pretty. . . I didn't really make resolutions this year, except ones that were super vague. I bought a collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald works to read and that is my "book of 2018". If I read more then good for me! I decided to plan better for my business (which is why all the workshops have already been announced) and blog 2 times a month as well as post a YouTube video 2 times a month. Overall I want to focus on paying clients more and to give them my undivided attention. So no more styled shoots for now (I'll be YouTubing about this decision eventually). . . I want to try to not look "busy" all the time. It's so tempting to strive to be busy & sometimes I feel like it's a bragging point for people. But if I always "look busy" people might think I don't have time for them or their project and I don't want that to be the case at all! - more to say on that in a blog post later. . . Now I feel like I'm just rambling. More than anything I want to focus on quality not quantity this year. I'm gonna spend less time caring what my Instagram feed looks like, and more time pouring my heart into projects & things that fill me up!
I love the Filmborn app for editing iPhone photos on the go! It brightens them up so nicely - finally working on updating the envelope calligraphy section of my website. It's taken me forever to put samples together and today is finally the day I'm gonna try to get that done!! I used black & white for a classic warm up but I'm gonna be addressing the styles with white ink on dusty rose envelopes because it's a huge favorite of mine!! 💕 don't forget: If you just got engaged I offer wedding stationery packages that include calligraphy addressing & it's more affordable to have me design as well as address your save the dates / invitations instead of hiring me to do them a-la-carte. Just some food for thought 😘
Nothing beats a best friend ordering a sign from you!! Can't wait to ship this to @aubbearryroo & to see it in her apartment in December when I'm home for Christmas 😍🎄🎁 . . To secure a custom wood sign with me, visit the link in my profile and check out my "shop"! And make sure to order BEFORE the end of the day on Dec. 8th! That's the cutoff for all Christmas orders. . . Tags // #atlantaweddings #atlantacalligrapher #atlantaartist #atlantaevents #atlantaworkshop #woodsign #woodsigns #woodensign #woodsignage #woodensigns #woodworking #weddingsign #handlettered #handlettering #rusticsign #diystyle #handletteredsigns #handmadesigns #handmadesign #handpaintedsigns #handpaintedsign #paintpen #paintpens #paintpenscollective #flatlaylove #flatlayforever #flatlaystyle #flatlaysquad #ohsopretty
Wrapping up 19 days straight (!) of bliss! My collaboration with @thussfarrell on my book! - I have not worked with her since at @martha_weddings . Lots of creative playing, shooting, crafting together, and homemade hot chocolate every single afternoon! More details to come ! #hotchocolatefordays #calligraphyvideo #dreamcollab #workthatdoesntfeellikework #wip
happy holidays everyone! etsy shop update: there are only 4 @creativebug calligraphy kits left, and once they are gone, it will be a while before i can re-stock them please visit the link in my profile to purchase- they will ship tomorrow! 15 December Thank you ! 🎄 . . . #calligraphykit #pointedpencalligraphy #moderncalligraphy #alliwantforchristmas #perfectlyimperfectcalligraphy #creativebug #creativebugclass
8. Krystal Whitten @krystalwhitten
Here are your prompts for #LetterfortheLordFebruary! Our second month of lettering scripture in 2018! I'm excited to bring you these love-themed verses. Because you know what? Love is a major theme in the Bible. Check it out. Join us anytime, whether you letter faithfully every day or just once all month. Spread the Word - God's Word - in your corner of social media, and saturate your heart and mind with these truths. You never know what kind of impact you'll have on someone else. God's Word does not return void. Who's in? - Printable version is on my site - link in profile. 💗
This year was wild for our family. We had some really high highs and really low lows. That's not special or uncommon - you may have experienced the same. I will say without a doubt I'm a different person today than I was December 29, 2016. The Krystal of 2017 has dealt with new business challenges and decisions, has written a hand lettering book (pre-ordering now!), has learned how to treat lice (#momlife) and never ever wants to experience another hurricane. - Everything I've done this year has been 5% me and 110% Christ in me. I know the math doesn't add up, but I was never good at math to begin with. What also doesn't add up is that God would choose to use me in the way he has. I am nothing special. All I can figure is that I have said yes to being used by the Lord. And he has honored that. He'll do the same for you if you make yourself available to him. - #fridayintroductions today to say hi to the new followers - Hi! - and thank you all for being here. 💗 (Headshot by @laurafoote)
10. Kimberly Campbell @kcreatives
His banner over me is love. Do you really believe that? These last few weeks especially, I've been really struggling with validation and worth and value and what good am I doing? If no one wants me to do ____? If I'm not doing ______? What good has ______ done me if I'm not ____? So many tears and questions? I'm thankful to know God doesn't hold a banner of "good enough", "cute enough", or "Instagram followers" over me. His banner. Over me. Is love. Do you need to hear this today? I'm hoping someone does! And these are all @artisticisle.watercolor homemade, amazing smelling watercolors : Paisley pink, frosted lilac, orchid, seaweed, mint, Tuscan sun, ivy 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, micron 05, 6 round @craftamo brush Tags // #communityofchristiancreatives #watercolorchallenge #bouquet #watercolorflowers #artisticisleartist #truth #hisbannerovermeislove #biblelettering #bibleverse #modernflorals #kcreativesart #liveauthentic #bedeeplyrooted
I open my mouth a lot. But, sometimes I'm a noisy gong or loud brash cymbals. I want to speak less and love more. As a mama and wife and friend, I want what comes out of my mouth to be true and to be love. How do you guard your mouth and your words? This week I'm playing w my new watercolor set from @artisticisle.watercolor. Loving these perfect February colors and all the greens she has. The pink/red colors here are : star dust, mermaid hair, cinnamon heart, Paisley pink, frosted lilac, and orchid. And believe me, I've got lots of greens :) Tags // #artisticisleartist #watercolorwreath #watercolorchallenge @theletteringnook @seekingscripture @love__lettered #tln_loveis #biblelettering #1corinthians13 #bibleverse #kcreativesart #lampandlight #momlife #wifelife #etsyshop #shopsmall #christianblogger #faithblogger
One of the reasons I love Instagram is the creative challenges I get to be a part of and other creatives who encourage others. What is your favorite part of this social media platform? Why do you use it? And how would you like to see it be better? This is part of the @artisticisle.watercolor #galaxy #watercolorchallenge I'm using Lindsay's paint in emerald, ultra violet, midnight, and some Ariel. Tags // #watercolor #communityovercompetition #eecummings #quotes #valentinesday #kcreativesart #brushlettering #artisticisleartist