A Modern Calligraphy Workshop


I try to participate in the Minted challenges as much as possible, and I’ve always been so inspired by the designers who do their own calligraphy and hand-lettering. So I finally decided to take a class over the weekend. My boyfriend and I signed up for an Intro to Calligraphy workshop at Pippa & Co. in Alameda (quite possibly the cutest party store I’ve ever seen).

Pippa & Co.

The class was taught by Jillian Schiavi using Micron markers and Jelly Roll pens, rather than the typical calligraphy pens and nibs. I’m not sure if that made it easier or harder, but we learned the same basic techniques, strokes and exercises.



It did not come naturally to me, but my boyfriend seemed to have a knack for it. This is definitely something I’m going to have to practice for awhile before entering any contests. And we both agreed: if all we end up with is better handwriting at the end of the day, all the practice will be worth it.

Pippa & Co.

Regardless, I’ll most likely be back at Pippa & Co. to try another class. This store offers some really fun workshops from time to time. And if that’s not your thing, come for the adorable space and festive party supplies. You’re bound to find something that puts a smile on your face.

Pippa & Co.

Pippa & Co.

Pippa & Co.

Flea Market Art


Yesterday was the monthly antiques faire at Alameda Point. It’s the 1st Sunday of every month (sometimes rescheduled for rain) and when I can’t make it (like this month), I obsess about what I might be missing out on. Some of my favorite things to hunt for are the paintings. As an art school graduate, I used to turn my nose up at flea market art. Not anymore! In fact, I love how unpretentious and affordable it is. My entire apartment is now filled with original art that I wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise. And when I run out of wall space, I can simply rotate them out or re-sell: perfect for someone who can’t pass up a good barter.