Adventures in Calligraphy

I'm always looking for new ways to expand my skill set and after drooling over photos of calligraphy (I'm that much of a geek) I knew that was something I wanted to learn. The style I tend to gravitate towards is the more whimsical and slightly casual type:

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So as you can see, this isn't your grandmother's calligraphy. I'm the type who would rather try and make something on my own (hello, queen of DIY over here!) so right now I'm teaching myself rather than taking a class (it's pretty pricey). I've been practicing regularly and feel like I'm getting better over time. This is purely for my own personal entertainment and continuing education, however maybe one day this may be a new service to Hey Love.

Here's some mobile pictures of the work I've been messing around with:

Using a regular fine tiped marker.

Practicing for my holiday cards.

And just for fun I had a calligraphy stamp designed by the one and only Primele! Her work is such an inspiration and after seeing these stamps I knew I had to have one of my own. I'd just figure out calligraphy on my own later. These look great on the back of my holiday cards. Here's a sneak peek. My address isn't shown for obvious reasons, but you can get an idea of what they would look like if you click here.

I picked up a calligraphy kit just yesterday - before I was using calligraphy "markers" - so stay tuned for more progress. I'm really excited that I'm able to teach myself and with a lot of practice, I'm eventually going to find my own personal style. I really love that I can teach myself new skills. Did you know that I taught myself how to use Photoshop (aside from a basics class back in high school) and Illustrator? And  I design all my print goods using those programs!

If you're interested in learning calligraphy, here is a good tutorial which helped me out. You can also see if your local rec center or art studios offer classes.

Is it sad I'm totally geeking out over this? Are you working on any new projects? Do you get freakishly excited about this kind of stuff like I do?