The business side of a hand lettering and calligraphy start-up | Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of ‘the business side of a hand lettering and calligraphy start-up!’ I hope you enjoyed Part 1. This blog post is going to focus a lot on social media – let’s get into it! Do you have to have many followers to start turning a hobby into a business?...

The business side of a hand lettering and calligraphy start-up | Part 1

Warning: this blog post is going to be crazy-long – and this is just part 1 of 2! I’m super passionate about all the stuff I’m about to spill, so prepare for an essay. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions! How do you start a creative business from scratch? Good...

5 common misconceptions about brush pen lettering and calligraphy

Are you discouraged from trying to learn brush pen lettering or calligraphy because of all the myths and rumours you've heard? Let me clear up a few things for you! 1. You need good handwriting to do lettering or calligraphy  FALSE. Lettering (in particular) is a...

Inside Black Chalk Co’s home office

Hi guys! Today I'm going to show you around my little home office / workstation and how I go about setting myself up to letter as well as storing all my goodies.   My workstation is in a little nook between the front door (pictured) and the kitchen (to the left...

Happy New Year! FREE 2017 downloadable Goal Setting Worksheet

Hey guys, Happy New Year! I hope you all brought in the New Year in style! Or like me, on a couch watching Zoolander 2 with bae. Whatever turns your wheels. I wanted to get SERIOUS about my goals this year so I've whipped up a little Goal Setting Worksheet that I...

Melbourne’s New Home of Art Supplies

Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but when I started hand lettering I was pretty overwhelmed with how many supplies were out there. Getting my hands on these products and actually learning the craft was...

#TimeToWrite – an Officeworks campaign

When was the last time you wrote something with a pen? Remember back in the day when we didn’t have keyboards at our arm’s length at every moment, and actually had to put pen to paper? When we would write in our diaries, or hand write assignments and essays and to-do...

How to master the thin upstroke

So you’ve been playing around with brush pen lettering for a while, but you just can’t 100% nail that thin upstroke? Don’t worry – you are not alone! Mastering and then maintaining a thin upstroke is one of the hardest parts of brush pen lettering. Some days you might...

New Art Range at Officeworks Fitzroy

Hey guys! If you haven’t already heard me singing the praises of Officeworks over on Instagram, you’ll be pleased to learn that their Fitzroy store (Melbourne, AU) is now stocking over 7,000 NEW art products! Whaaat? I know. Most importantly for my Melburnian...

Interstate Brush Pen Lettering Workshops

About a month ago I announced some dates in October / November that I would be travelling interstate to hold Brush Pen Lettering workshops. I'm now pleased to say that tickets to Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide workshops are now on sale! For more...

“How long have you been hand lettering for?”

Without a doubt the most common question I get asked on Instagram (aside from "what pen is that?" and "can you write my name?") is: How long have you been hand lettering for?   Well, perhaps to your surprise - not all that long! Here's my overly-detailed hand...

Melbourne Workshop – Sat 18 June

Haven't you heard? Digital is sooooo last year -- and handmade is BACK, baby! I'm running my first in-depth workshop on Brush Pen Lettering and I'd love to see you there! Click here to book your place now! Date: Saturday 18 June 2016 Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (3 hours)...

Drills

Alright pen pals! Are you ready to get drilling!? (Cheeky innuendos are not going to stop BTW). Last lesson we learned all about my staple strokes of brush pen lettering – and now we’re going to learn the importance of repeating them all, a LOT. I’ve mentioned “muscle...