There are so many great resources out there – anything from improving your hand-lettering and calligraphy techniques to how to start a small business. Below I’ve compiled a list of ones that I’ve tried (and a few I’d like to try).
The Daily Lettering Journal – Prairie Letter Shop: Alex Estes, calligrapher extraordinaire, was inspired while working through her favorite devotional and created this journal as fun way to encourage practicing every day. The book includes instructional tips, alphabets, supply lists and daily prompts. Check out The Daily Letting Journal.
Beginner and Intermediate Calligraphy Classes – Blue Eye Brown Eye: Lauren Essl is incredibly creative – I mean, she recently laid out envelopes on a table, squeezed acrylic paint on them and used her hands to smear the paint in big, dynamic strokes. The outcome was incredible. Her beginner and intermediate classes are available in-person (in Dallas) or online. Check out Blue Eye Brown Eye Classes.
Online Classes – Brit + Co. Shop: Your one-stop-shop for all things creative. The site is a compilation of fun content, DIY kits and online classes covering any topic you could think of, like Portrait Photography, How To Sell at Craft Fairs, Watercolor Calligraphy and Jam-Making.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert: Not a class or workbook, but an inspirational resource. Elizabeth explains her creative process and unique perspective about creative living. She shares encouragement for overcoming fear and senseless barriers that keep us from creating – allowing us us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.
If you’re alive, you’re a creative person… Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear