Yesterday afternoon I spent nearly four hours at Broadway Paper at a caligraphy workshop. I signed up hoping that I'd learn enough to allow me to beautifully address my wedding invitations in a couple of months.
There were four of us in the workshop and we had all planned in advance that we'd do the workshop together. We "met" on the Milwaukee board on The Knot and met in person yesterday for the first time. It was a lot of fun!
The instructor was a woman named Linda who has been doing calligraphy for more than 20 years. We all watched as she showed us each lowercase letter, each uppercase letter, and finally each number. We wrote and wrote and wrote for three and a half hours straight - my hand was sore when I woke up today!
I went in secretly thinking that I'd be a natural at calligraphy. I have nice handwriting in real life, so I figured this would be a piece of cake. Well, my letters were just awful! I was clearly the worst at the table, and I just couldn't understand why. The other girls' letters looked perfect and mine looked like a second grader made them. It was embarrassing, and a bit disheartening.
Then, almost three hours into the class, the instructor finally noticed that I was holding the pen way too far down - which is why I had ink all over my finger! When I moved my hand up a little bit, I wrote beautifully! Thank goodness. I knew I couldn't be THAT bad.
So, with a little practice, I think I'll be able to do the invitations really nicely.
This workshop was actually the last one for awhile since they don't hold summer classes, but they do start up again in the fall and the schedule is available on their website. They offer classes like Wedding 101, Unique Favors, Holiday Greeting Cards, Gift Wrapping, and more, and they range in price from $45-$60.
You do get a 10% off coupon after the workshop - I used mine to buy a great guest book I've been eyeing for awhile!