Learn Modern Calligraphy at Portland's Tendue for Mother's Day

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I just wanted to thank you for the class you taught last night! I had so much fun and I’ve already started pulling out my tools for some more practice. I have been in such a rut finding something to express my creative side a little more, and I can’t thank you enough for helping inspire me!
— Skylor

I can't wait to be back at Tendue in SE Portland for the next Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop. After the last workshop that I taught, I was thinking back to when I first starting learning calligraphy. My lines were wobbly and everything didn't come together immediately, but I really loved the process of putting ink to paper and making time for something creative. It was such a nice reprieve from the demands of the day and the screens contending for my time and attention. There weren't a lot of classes dedicated to the art of modern calligraphy at that time, so I scoured local art stores and brought home countless supplies until I found the ones I loved. When I began to see some beginner contemporary calligraphy classes pop up, I registered in a heartbeat. 

This is the class I wish I had when I was getting started and the reason I provide a curated set of my favorite modern calligraphy supplies for all of my students. When it's time to sit down and learn something new, I don't want there to be barriers to doing just that. I always tell my students to make it a process you love. Maybe it means clearing the dining room table after dinner, pouring a glass of wine, and breaking out your calligraphy supplies. Maybe you cue up the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack (Jean-Yves Thibaudet created something magical with that one), Louis Armstrong, or some hip hop favorites. Whatever it is, if you want to create a practice you'll return to, make the process enjoyable. For me, it often means keeping the nibs, pens, ink, and paper accessible so it's not an obstacle to getting started. 

Have you been interested in learning calligraphy but haven't been sure of where to start? I'll be back at Tendue on Mother's Day weekend and if you're wanting to take your mom out, treat yourself, or learn pointed pen calligraphy just because, I'd love to share the art of modern calligraphy with you! This class is perfect for beginners with little to no calligraphy experience. The class is already halfway sold out, so snag a seat here before it's full. If you're not yet on the mailing list, you can join below. 

Wise Words from Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quote Rachel Jacobson lettering
Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.
— Maya Angelou

Since I spend a lot of time penning women's words, many that I admire, I thought I'd kick off a series of Words & Faces. April is Maya Angelou's birth month (April 4, 1928 to be exact), so before we slip into May, I wanted to honor this woman and her influential work. Early this morning, I poured a cup of tea and pulled out my calligraphy supplies to write out my quote of choice in brush lettering. 

I'd love to know, what women do you look up to? Who would you like to see featured?

April Mix Tape (#bosslady pick-me-ups)

Rachel Jacobson Digital Mix Tape Playlist

I'm kicking off the launch of my new website with a monthly playlist. I've been inspired by (and grateful for) others sharing playlists of their own—here's looking at you, Rachel LoewenThese are the songs that have been on repeat in my studio. At this rate, I'll be dying for something new days before May rolls around (because I fall into the #favoritesongsonrepeat camp). But, really, what better way to spread some love than in the form of a modern mix tape? So this digital mix tape is for you. Happy listening!