{Blue Eye Brown Eye: Beginner Calligraphy Class}

Things I wish I would have done before I got married #123 – a calligraphy class.  But as the saying goes, it’s better late than never!

Why calligraphy you ask?

Well, here’s the deal – I committed to myself when I graduated college, got a corporate job and married Pete that I wouldn’t quit learning/doing things I love or was interested in.  To be honest, I thought my whole life was going to fall away and I’d be busy filling out spreadsheets, answering phone calls and cleaning house for the rest of my life.  And the idea freaking terrified me.  I didn’t want to wake up in 30 years and have nothing to show for it other than an extra 50 pounds and shiny counter tops.  So calligraphy it is (among the other things I blog about here)!  I thank God for his faithfulness in turning my juvenile “I’m too young to stop living!” anxiety into a true appreciation of the talents he’s blessed others with, the amazing things He’s created and the love I find of all the awesome things He’s allowed me to be a part of.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff…

My very sweet and generous in-laws gifted me with the opportunity to attend a calligraphy class for my birthday and although holidays and other fun life things made it months to be enjoyed, I was pumped to be able to join the class in late February.

{Blue Eye Brown Eye} is a Dallas-based calligraphy business run by Lauren Essl (an Aggie, I’d like to add – whoop!).  Her studio is a part of the adorable and quaint one-stop wedding planning shop {The Bell Jar}.  The space was a bright, mod-hipster room filled with great natural light and a large table to fit both the attendees and sweet treats to enjoy during class.

IMG_1853[1]The 3-hour {Beginner Calligraphy Class} was divided between supply review (all pictured above and you get to take home!), practice strokes and working through the lowercase alphabet.

Here’s what you need to know:
1.) There will be someone in your class who is an absolute stud at calligraphy and you’ll kind of hate your life for a minute and then you’ll realize that you’re doing calligraphy on a Sunday afternoon and really need to chill out.
2.) Lauren will walk you through everything and personally write examples on your practice sheets.  It is both awesome and intimidating.
3.) Your hand will hurt.  And it will suck at the end of three hours, but then you’ll eat a free donut and everything will be okay again.

Honestly?  Regardless of freakishly good newbies and hurting hands, the end result is pretty awesome.  You’ll hate some letters you wrote and will still need tons of practice, but in the meantime, you’ll have pages upon pages of calligraphy YOU did and it’s a pretty gratifying feeling.

Happy inking, friends!

PS! – Check out her upcoming online class option.  🙂

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