Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script is a one-hour course, broken into 16 short video lessons, four project steps with a whole collection of worksheets and handy resources I created to help with your practice. The final project is to write a meaningful name, quotation, or passage in a simple calligraphy script. This enjoyable project is a perfect way to spend time with words you love, grow your calligraphy skills, and practice making artistic decisions in pursuit of beautiful handwriting.
Skillshare says: "Transform your handwriting into beautiful script in this one-hour class with Brooklyn calligrapher Bryn Chernoff. Always welcoming and encouraging, she covers all the details aspiring calligraphers need to get started. From materials and setting up a workspace to basic shapes, line widths, movement, and connecting individual letters, this class is a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable guide. Plus, with 7 Skillshare-exclusive practice pages, a guide for straight lines, and countless inspiration photos, there’s no clearer introduction to the world of nibs, ink, and beautiful writing.
Coming Soon: Two more one-hour, project-based classes from Bryn Chernoff on the art of beautiful handwriting! Watch for Calligraphy II: Diversify Your Script Styles and Calligraphy III: Experiment with Layouts, Surfaces, and Digitization."
Sign up via this referral link so that Skillshare knows I sent you and enjoy a one-month free trial membership! I'll let you know when the next two courses are released.
** I've also created two special supply kits that are now available from my favorite supply source, John Neal Bookseller. There's a perfect starter kit with all the basics for $20.99 or a more complete collection of inks, papers and supplies for $57.99. Both kits come at a discount for you when you buy those supplies all together. Exclusively for Paperfinger friends! Shop the supplies here.
So thrilled with the images from Emily and Marco's wedding at Wave Hill, which is now featured in the 2014 Martha Stewart Real Weddings special issue. It was the result of a lot of hard work by a great team, listed below.
Paperfinger contributed all the calligraphy for print and individual paper goods, as designed and produced by the superb Katie of Katie Fischer Design. You can see the calligraphy invitation suite pictured in the magazine's spread below. It was letterpressed and then each piece hand-painted with a light wash of watercolor by Katie.
Sierra & Juliet (the Poppies & Posies team) kept it simple, but of course it was elegant and dreamy. They sourced all the flowers on site and added these beautiful blue tablecloths to highlight the gold place cards and brilliant bougainvillea blossoms. And I wrote the calligraphy for all the guest names.
All photography by Jen Huang.
This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.
Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.
It called for a unique invitation -- less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone's anticipation for the special trip.
Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named "A Field Guide." It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.
The invitation elements:
- Invitation -- gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
- Map of the region -- hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
- Mini compass
- Route details -- a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa
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- Field Notes pencil
- Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide -- letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
- Blank pocket notebook -- illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
- Tropical spice rub -- seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff
All photography by Jen Huang.
We created invitations and illustrated table signs for Eve & Nick's wedding on the rooftop terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Great to see it featured on Style Me Pretty this past November! You can view the full gallery there.
Eve writes: "A brunch-themed cocktail hour included egg and cheese crostini, french toast bites, and mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys. In lieu of table numbers, we assigned each table a New York City landmark, illustrated and calligraphed by Paperfinger, who also designed our invitations. We set locations based on the guests seated at each table — for example, we sat at the Museum of Natural History table, the New York landmark where we got engaged, and in a winking nod to our sense of humor, we sat the groom’s high school friends, all native New Yorkers, at the Times Square table."
Exciting news! Snippet & Ink, one of my most favorite wedding sites, launched their new select vendor guide yesterday and Paperfinger is one of the very few calligraphers chosen to be a part of the guide!
They describe the guide best:
Snippet & Ink Select is a handpicked selection of wedding vendors and companies we believe in, people we have worked with personally, and who have passed our careful approval process. These are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, because their work represents the best the wedding industry has to offer.
I provided calligraphy for Abe & Frank's invitation addressing and had the fun task of writing mirror and zinc menus for the cocktail bar and dinner tables, which you see pictured above and below. The Foundry makes for such a great venue as always.
And of course, seeing these pics after yesterday's Supreme Court decision just adds to the joy of them. View the full post on Design*Sponge.
We took to the road to drive through the vast mountains of the Sierra Gorda, a region north of Queretaro city. Some of the roads took us high into the clouds, as the road wound in hairpin turns through misty little villages. This is an archeological site from the 5th century, the ruins of Las Ranas.
This Paperfinger menu was featured in the current issue of Rue Magazine. The story, "Magic in the Secret Garden," was directed and styled by Lavender Joy Weddings (thanks Stefanie!) and shot by Ryan Ray. Florals by Bows & Arrows, dinnerware from Greta Bean. I'm so happy with how it all came together.
All photographs by and courtesy of Ryan Ray Photography.
I'm delighted to return for an afternoon at the Thornwillow shop, which lives inside The St. Regis Hotel, for a Valentine's Day Salon. Saturday, February 9th, I will be providing personalized calligraphy inscriptions on love notes and cards for all Thornwillow clientele from 3 to 6 pm.
It's such a beautiful space and they produce some of the most elegant stationery you can find. Come visit! Have a Red Snapper while you're there -- the birthplace of the bloody mary, mmmm.
View the lovely invitation here.
Thornwillow at The St Regis Hotel 2 East 55th Street, Manhattan
Spent the other weekend in Bend, Oregon hiking around Smith Rock State Park where we watched crazy/impressive rock climbers repel down from "Monkey Face" rock; skiing and trekking at Mount Bachelor and the necessary face-plant of a nap after it was all over. Beautiful place!
(Pictures by us; and yes, got a bit filter happy with my new Snapseed app)