It was a really fabulous experience, and I highly recommend anyone in the Southern California area to look into OHF's workshop schedule (if you live farther away, you can always just shop the adorable website!). Besides the retail space, OHF has their own classroom/workspace just around the corner; it has large windows, exposed brick, cafe lights, and generally just a wonderful atmosphere for creative work. We were provided with our stem, nib, and ink as well as practice paper and guides. It was a small class of 20, so there was time for individual instruction during the 2 hour class. You learn the basic strokes, how to form your letters, and how to connect them. My friend and I practiced after class (at, cough, a bar where another friend bartends), and by the end of day I could see a real difference between the shaky copied letters, and then the stronger forms of my own style shining through. As anyone who does calligraphy will know, it's not the easiest thing in the world, considering that you hold the pen and write in a completely different way than you do with a ballpoint. So, you kinda have to re-invent something you've been doing since about age 4. But once you get it, it starts to feel more natural, and the results are awesome! I'm really excited to keep practicing and see what develops.
Mon Voir also offers workshops outside of the Fullerton area, as well as other classes like watercolor technique. Her website offers more information and examples of her work (umm, gorgeous). Her Instagram also has great pictures of her projects (the photo on the left is from her feed). I'm hoping to take her Advanced Calligraphy class in April, where you learn more techniques and how to mix your own colored ink!
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you're inspired to try your hand at something new! Much love, and many returns, Rachel <3