Many people think that weddings are the only reason to learn calligraphy, but thanks to a resurgence of interest in the art, that is no longer the case! “The interest is strong,” Laura Hooper says, “and we couldn’t be happier that so many individuals are loving the art as much as we do.” Laura has been the owner and sole calligrapher at Laura Hooper Calligraphy for over 16 years. In 2014, her sister Alyssa joined as director of operations. LHC has been a leader in the modern calligraphy industry, first serving wedding clients and soon helping fellow calligraphers. Their students range from very beginner to advanced, and receive tools and resources for launching and expanding their own businesses. Between their starter kit, in-person workshops and other collaborations, Laura & Alyssa have introduced over 15,000 students to the art of modern pointed pen calligraphy.

Aside from “to DIY your wedding envelopes” here are 5 reasons to learn calligraphy:

  1. Practicing can be relaxing and therapeutic

Calligraphy is a learned skill that requires many hours of repetition and practice to improve, but once you get comfortable with the tools and can get in a nice rhythm, it can be quite relaxing. Many calligraphers report that they enjoy practicing in the evenings to wind down from a stressful day. This is one of the reasons it is important to start out with quality tools that you know will work together, such as those offered in a starter kit that include instructions on how to actually use them. If you are struggling to even get the nib, ink & paper to work together, you certaining won’t be enjoying the experience and you will find it very difficult to advance with the art.

  1. To brush up on your handwriting skills

With so much focus on technology and working on our smart phones and computers, it can be a welcomed break from our screens to actually write with pen & ink. Since cursive is no longer even taught in schools, it’s more important now than ever to keep the art alive and thriving. Many people can’t even read cursive anymore, so you’re sure to impress with your beautiful new skills!

  1. It’s a useful, creative hobby

Not only can it be beneficial for our mental health to have a creative outlet, but calligraphy is a useful skill if you love entertaining or just taking your holiday dinners, happy hours and celebrations up a notch. Adding place cards to your table {at the holidays or even just every day} can elevate any soiree.

  1. To earn some income on the side

Calligraphy is similar to other creative hobbies in that they general start out as a hobby on the side of your “traditional” 9-5 job, but then your friends and family start to see what you are creating and all sorts of projects pop up! As long as you aren’t doing all the favors free of charge, you can earn a bit of income on the side. Just be sure you aren’t undercutting other artists who are doing this full time! That brings the art as a whole down and dilutes that value of all the effort you put into learning and developing your skill.

  1. It’s a fun activity to try with a friend – accountability is key!

We frequently have friends, sisters, mom/daughter, significant other duos join us for our in-person workshops because let’s be honest…learning loves company! Attending a class together is a great weekend activity to enjoy with someone you know & then you can encourage one another to keep up with your practice. We’ve even had friends buy our starter kit + video tutorial online and hold weekly “calligraphy nights” to help keep each other accountable.