Calligraphy + Coffee 101

There is nothing quite like receiving a beautifully handwritten note in the mail, wouldn’t you agree? The rarity of a greeting sent the old fashioned way is especially endearing. Old-fashioned cards also make the sender feel as good as the recipient- there’s something so satisfying about actually dropping a note in a mailbox! So why don’t we send out more thank you’s, thinking of you notes or love letters anymore?? In a world of electronic everything, from emojis to emails, it’s almost as if we’ve forgotten how to express ourselves on pen and paper.

Now, we’re the first to admit we rarely send out cards in the mail ourselves. So, in an attempt to keep the handwritten note from becoming a dying art form, we decided it was time to brush up on expressing ourselves on paper- no laptop or keyboard required!

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To help us out, we enlisted on local calligrapher, Kim from Bright Room Studio, to school us on fun writing treatments to jazz up our snail mail. We all gathered round the table on a Saturday morning (with much needed coffee in hand!) to learn some tricks of the trade – and of course we had to share it all with you!

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When it comes to a handwritten note, where to start is easy: cute stationary is a must {we love this set and this set!}! Then you just have to decide to whom you care to send a special note. We have a little {pretty!notebook in the office to keep track of ideas. It doesn’t have to be a cousin who is celebrating an upcoming birthday or a friend who is expecting. In fact, we argue that it shouldn’t be. We love the idea of sending “just because” notes; they’re such an unexpected gesture that will no doubt turn any friend’s mid-week frown upside down!

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But if you’re still feeling stumped on how to write something that’s actually longer than 140 characters, we’ve got your back!

Get Past Notecard-Writer’s Block With These “Just Because” Ideas:

> Send a loved one your favorite memory of them
> Tell a person why they inspire you
> Start a card with “thanks for” & express what you truly appreciate about the recipient
> Share something that will make them laugh- something you’d normally text to them
> Write out a favorite quote from the book you’re reading and send it off for someone else to enjoy

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Once you’ve got your note ready to go, here’s where you can take some additional creative license: addressing the envelopes! There are a couple of different writing styles Kim showed us.

> Calligraphy is a classic way to put a sophisticated spin on your mail. It takes practice to perfect, but it’s so much fun. We urge you to pick up a nib and try it!

> Watercolor is so on trend right now. You can either write with a thin, rounded tip paintbrush or paint a watercolor background and print with a pen over it. We’re obsessed with this playful and free flowing style. Let the paint do its own thing- embrace its imperfections and runs.

> Combine fonts and sizes, spacing between characters and colors to instantly take your handwriting from drab to fab.

The key here is to simply let your creativity flow!

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And for us creativity definitely starts after coffee! Since it was early and we needed to stay focused on our craft, we set up an ultimate coffee bar with three different roasts from our favorite Bay Area-based coffee roaster, Wrecking Ball {you may remember them from here!}. We felt a little like coffee aficionados while we sipped the different blends. Since you usually get whatever is being served at your local cafe that day, we certainly indulged by taste-testing a cup or two {or three}!

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Don’t you just love that print Kim made for our coffee and calligraphy date? You can get your own {in black or white, or both!} here!

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So one of these weekends, why not motivate a handful of your gal pals for a different kind of “girls day.” Set up a fun coffee bar; indulge in your local coffee shop’s beans and grind them yourself to really bring things back to basics. Dust off your cutest mugs that quickly get forgotten amidst the convenient thrill of to-go cups. Set out all your pretty paper and cards {don’t forget the address labels either!} with a couple of different writing tools, and you’re set to go for a really simple and super fun weekend activity. We’re here to attest that calligraphy and coffee is the most inspiring way to start off a Saturday!

 

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // art direction + styling by Bianca Sotelo 

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10 Comments

10 thoughts on “Calligraphy + Coffee 101

  1. I remember getting a calligraphy set when I was younger, although I totally have terrible handwriting now!! You’ve got me feeling re-inspired with this post though :)

    Blonde in this City

  2. Such a thrill to be a part of this! What a fun day. There’s nothing better than calligraphy and coffee in my opinion! Thanks for having me! :)

  3. danke für die tollen bilder zum thema kaffee!!! angie

  4. oh, this is really beautiful. thank you for the inspiration and the ideas.

  5. There is nothing better than a handwritten note. I love to send a little letter off to close friends ‘just because’ as a way to say hello and share my love for them. This post is inspiring me to get out my calligraphy set and get at it. Beautiful photos.
    xo Nan
    Simply Elegant Blog

  6. I have to agree with Nan’s comment, there is nothing like a handwritten letter,
    I just love calligraphy and watching people who actually know hat thy are doing.. I tried it one in uni but let me tell you something…being a lefty, not so handy when it comes to ink…
    Jules.- thekiwidiaries.com

  7. LOVE the look of the calligraphy but I am curious . . . do you ever have letters returned to sender or get lost in the mail? I have a hard enough time with the post office with my handwriting; wondered if the calligraphy would be another hurdle with them. Last year I sent out 40 invitations that I hand wrote and 8 were “lost”.

    I enjoy your blog!

    Best, Elaine
    http://www.OMGlifestyle.com

  8. I loved your post and you gave me a few great new ideas for the “just because” note. It is something I feel is totally underrated. Sometimes people don’t realize how getting “snail mail” can really brighten someones day! My Mom was calligrapher and I always wish I had paid more attention when she tried to teach me – thought as a energetic 10-12 year old I was not having it. You definitely inspired me to send a few “just because” notes today!

    Meghan
    gracefully NOTED

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