This year for National Handwriting Day (January 23rd- sharing the same day as John Hancock’s Birthday), we are very happy to introduce you to our latest featured artist, Brenda McGilvra!
We’ve enjoyed getting to know Brenda as not only one of our customers, but more so as an amazing lettering artist! Have a look at some of her work here in our blog and read more about how it all happens!
(And for more information on any of the products mentioned in this blog, just click on their names to see their page in our Marker Supply webstore!)
*How long have you been practicing hand lettering? Was there a specific thing or person that got you interested in it?
It was over 35 years ago that I attended a traditional calligraphy class. I was hooked and from that point on, I was self-taught by hours of practicing and picking up calligraphy jobs along the way. In 2016, after becoming an empty nester, I decided to pick up the pens again and I haven’t stopped creating. It was Instagram, and seeing posts from other letterers that fueled my desire to learn modern calligraphy and to share my art. …
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A new year is here, and filled with fun little holidays to celebrate different hobbies, organizations, or just to make sure no day is ever too ordinary. This month brings us one that we are always excited to utilize- National Handwriting Day!
January 23rd was chosen for this holiday as it’s also John Hancock’s birthday (you may remember him as the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.. and whose name has become somewhat synonymous with a handwritten signature.) We love holidays like these- anything that gets people to write like the good old days, with pen on paper. Last April, for National Letterwriting Month, we had the joy of seeing dozens of handwritten letters you guys took the time to send us. Each one was fantastic, unique, and still displayed in our marker supply warehouse for us to look at as an occasional pick me up!
One of the participants for our Letterwriting Month Pen Pal Contest sent some wonderfully written notes that showed several styles of handwriting and they remained among our favorites.
With the expressive styles of lettering we saw in his pen pal notes, we knew that he was definitely among those who truly enjoy handwriting and the whimsical ways each letter can be written.…
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