It's gonna be hard to put into words how amazing this past weekend was, but I'll try.
So if you don't know, I taught two Intro to Brush Lettering Workshops last weekend in Birmingham. It all started out as an impulse Facebook message to the lovely Brittany Sturdivant at Love Be Photography and Studio Bham to see if she and her mom would be interested in hosting me for a workshop.
Six weeks later I was in Birmingham teaching. During those 6 weeks I planned a syllabus, made signs, made my alphabet, made my worksheets, lettered placemats, lettered clipboards, lettered bags, went to my print shop about five times (same for Target) and bought 3 dozen doughnuts. Even though it seems like 6 weeks is a long time...it's not. I don't think I took my mind off of things I could do or make for this workshop. BUT, it all paid off.
I got to Birmingham to set up at Studio Bham the Friday before and Sherri and I moved all the tables and chairs together in the space. I set out the place settings, set up an easel with my chalkboard I was teaching on, put out handouts and supplies and hung the goodie bags on the chairs.
Saturday morning, Margaret and I headed over to Krispy Kreme and got some beautiful doughnuts to set up on the cake stands. Don't worry. There was fruit, too.
Then...I workshopped! I had fourteen amazing students. They were all so energetic and ready to learn. We talked about the supplies and pen care, warmed up and went through my alphabet. After they learned the alphabet, they got to letter a short quote.
Just in the past week I've been able to see a few students' progress on Snapchat and Instagram! I am already so incredibly proud. To my students (and anyone pursuing a better lettering education) keep tagging me in your creations! I cannot wait to see how all of you progress. :)
If you weren't able to make it to my workshop, never fear! I'm already looking into venues here in Savannah. Keep an eye out for more details on that but until then, I've got my handouts in my Etsy Shop! It's a digital download so you can print it and practice from it as many times as you need to create your own beautiful lettering projects.
Thank you so so so much for reading and following along with my lettering journey. I love you all, but I've got some special shoutouts:
- Sherri Arias and Brittany Sturdivant at Studio Bham for having me at their beautiful space!
- Margaret Johnson for being my Right Hand Man and Photographer extraordinaire.
- Sam Collura for putting up with me and my freak outs and my huge messes. You are my favorite and I would not have gotten through this without you.
Okay, enough with the sappiness, enjoy the millions of photos!!