Lettering + Chalk Art Workshops for Spring 2018

I’m excited to share my lettering and chalk art workshop schedule for spring at my super fun, judgment-free studio in Mesa, AZ! All classes will be $40, if you bring your Basics Kit with you. If you would like to purchase either a Basic Lettering or Basic Chalk Tool Kit, let me know and I will provide one for you for an additional $15. You may also purchase your own supplies – contact me for a supply list.
Hand Lettering Courses –
  • Saturday, February 24th from 10 am-12 noon; Intermediate Lettering: Let’s go a bit deeper and start learning how to create your own lettering style. We’ll also talk about jazzing those envelopes/signs/etc. up with layout and design skills. Basic Lettering Tool Kit required.
  • Saturday, March 24th from 10 am-12 noon; Basic Hand Lettering: This will be a basics course. We’ll learn about the art of lettering through the ages, basic tools and how to care for them, and some basic skills to set you on a path to beautiful lettering. Basic Lettering Tool Kit required.
Chalk Art Courses –
  • Saturday, February 24th from 2-4 pm; Intermediate Chalk Art: So many great ways to add a touch of class or whimsy with chalk art! We’ll refresh our basic skills and then take them a step further with some fun design elements, like banners and frames. Basic Chalk Art Tool Kit required.
  • Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm; Basic Chalk Art: We’ll talk about basic tools, and how to care for them, and we’ll learn some simple tricks for varying chalk lettering styles and creating chalk art. Basic Chalk Art Tool Kit required.
  • Saturday, March 24th from 2-4 pm; Easter/Spring Chalk Art! Let’s use those skills to create a fun chalkboard design you can display through Spring and Easter. The skills you take with you will translate to any holiday or event! Basic Chalk Art Tool Kit required.
**As mentioned above, there are some basic tools needed for each class. I’m happy to provide those tools for an additional fee of $15, or you can purchase them yourself. Either way, we’ll relax and have a great time learning together and meeting new artistic friends!
**You can contact me at heartisticgirl(at)corigillespie(dot)com, or on Facebook (at)heartisticgirl. Spaces fill up fast, so message me right away to learn how to pay for the class, reserve your seat, and purchase your starter kit, if needed. I’m so excited to share these fun skills with you!

Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule

New hand lettering workshops for the holiday season!    I’m super excited to offer Intermediate skills workshops. In these classes, we’ll take your Basics of Hand Lettering or Basics of Chalk Art skills and add design skills and flourishes to spice up your lettering and artwork. All perfect skills for those holiday envelopes, tags, and place cards!

 Basics of Hand Lettering: For those who are new to the art of hand lettering, or those who would like to refresh their skills. You don’t need good handwriting to learn how to draw beautiful letters! This class provides all the instruction and supplies you need to get started on your hand lettering journey. All class supplies are provided by me and are yours to keep so you can practice, practice, practice! Two Basics of Hand Lettering workshops are available on Tuesday, November 7th: morning class is from 10-12, and the evening class is from 7-9 pm. Workshop price is $50 per person and includes all supplies.

 Intermediate Hand Lettering: Now that you’ve got the Basics down, let’s work on specific hand lettering skills to help you get through the holiday season! We’ll study basic design principles and how to apply them on envelopes, place cards, tags, and more. Bring your own Basic Toolkit (oblique holder; 2 Dinky Dips with holder), and I’ll refill your black ink, if needed. You’ll take home two additional inks and other goodies to help strengthen your growing artistic talent! Intermediate Hand Lettering is available on Saturday, November 4th from 2-4 in the afternoon. Workshop price is $50 per person and includes supplies. Contact me if you don’t have your basic tool kit.

 Intermediate Chalk Art: For those who took the Basics of Chalk Lettering, this will be a great answer to “What’s next?” Bring your basic chalk art tool kit from the Basics of Chalk Art workshop (chalkboard, sharpener, eraser, and microcloth), and I’ll provide the rest. As usual, there will be new goodies to take home and lots of great ideas to jump start your holiday chalk art! Intermediate Chalk Art is Saturday, November 4th from 10-12 in the morning. Cost of the workshop is $50 per person and includes supplies. Contact me if you don’t have your basic tool kit.

❤️❤️ All workshops are held in my home studio in Mesa, AZ. Message me to receive payment information and reserve your seat in these super fun, judgment-free workshops. I accept debit, credit, or cash. I can’t wait to share this fun and relaxing hobby with you!

Lettering Workshops for August!

The summer has FLOWN by! I’m actually dying a little bit inside because of how quickly “Summer Swim Days” with our grandkids have come and gone. And, honestly, sending kids back to school in the Arizona July heat really seems inhumane. The good news is, we can get started on those Fall Lettering Workshops!

I’ll be offering some day time and mid-week workshops, as well as continuing on Saturday. Rather than having an “Intermediate” class, we’ll go with skills-building Lettering Workshops. These will vary from month to month and each workshop will focus on two or three specific lettering skills. The Basics of Hand Lettering class will remain as long as there is interest. Anytime you would like a little refresher, feel free to repeat a course. You may have the basic ideas down, but we would have some time to focus on any additional questions you may have, as well as practice, practice, practice! I’ve also added Chalk Lettering to the menu. Super excited about this! Each participant will get their own chalkboard and tools to take home. We’ll add more chalk art skills down the road, as well.

It has been suggested that I set up a time each month that is just “Open Workshop” for friends to come practice together or to ask for a bit more help. If there is enough interest, I’ll add that later in the fall. I’m also open to presenting on-site Girls’ Night-type workshops where we practice a few basic skills and have a make-and-take project. The possibilities and fun with hand lettering are endless!

All August workshops will be the Summer Special price of $35 and will include all needed supplies in a kit for you to take home. I will announce the fall schedule soon. Space is limited in all workshops, so as soon as you decide which classes you want to play in, message or email me. I’ll reserve your seat and let you in on all the other pertinent details.

 

**Saturday, August 19, 2017**

Basics of Hand Lettering, 10:00 am


Learn the basics of hand lettering in a fun, judgment-free environment. We’ll talk about: historical and modern lettering and what that means for you in finding your own style, acquiring and caring for basic supplies, the anatomy of letters, and we’ll learn basic hand lettering rules – so you can break them! No need to have good handwriting to take this class (promise!). You will be provided with a calligraphy tool kit that includes an oblique holder (yes, you’ll know what that is by the time class is over), a calligraphy nib, two colors of ink, practice paper, and more. And it’s all yours to keep!

Basics of Chalk Lettering, 1:30 pm


Learn the Basics of Chalk Lettering including: what supplies you need and where to find them, how to season and care for chalkboards, basic lettering anatomy and styles, and the basic principles and process of designing a layout. You will receive a fun kit of supplies to take home including a small chalkboard, chalk, eraser, and more.

**Saturday, August 26, 2017** 

Lettering Workshop: Playing with Letter Forms and Layouts, 10:00 am


Time to build on those Basics! Bring your Oblique Holder and Dinky Dips, with or without ink in them, that you received from the Basics of Hand Lettering class. I will refill your black, if needed, and we’ll add two more inks to your collection. You’ll also receive a new calligraphy nib, as well as other papers and tools you need to build your skills. We’ll work on building more creativity into your lettering, and start designing layouts. Basics of Hand Lettering, or some experience, is highly recommended.

Basics of Hand Lettering, 1:30 pm


Learn the basics of hand lettering in a fun, judgment-free environment. We’ll talk about: historical and modern lettering and what that means for you in finding your own style, acquiring and caring for basic supplies, the anatomy of letters, and we’ll learn basic hand lettering rules – so you can break them! No need to have good handwriting to take this class (promise!). You will be provided with a calligraphy tool kit that includes an oblique holder (yes, you’ll know what that is by the time class is over), a calligraphy nib, two colors of ink, practice paper, and more. And it’s all yours to keep!

 

A Whole Lotta Hustle

I did not want to be an entrepreneur.

I wanted a titled job (and/or a husband with one), a suburban house with a white picket fence, dinner on the table at 6:00, etc., etc.

But after 32 years of marriage/adulthood, I have to confess what many people who know me well will already know – I AM an entrepreneur. And I married an entrepreneur. We are both “creatives”. Which means the titled corporate job drives us mad and the suburban house with the white picket fence (which will, in all honestly, probably be red or green or some other gorgeous hue – I am a colorgirl), is a bit more of a challenge to come by. Dinner on the table at 6:00?? Well, now that we’re empty-nesters, dinner comes along whenever we look up from our studio tables. It’s a much more free-form and, quite frankly, insecure way of life than I thought I wanted.

But coming to peace with myself (and my husband) has been a great relief. The realization that we are creative entrepreneurs has given us a sense of purpose and direction that I have fought against for far too long. I am, instead, grateful for the opportunities and lessons that have come our way because of our entrepreneurial spirits. I wake up each day excited to learn something new, work on the next adventure, and use our talents and resources to create a life we can feel good about and enjoy. While I still have corporate-envy when it comes to things like a steady paycheck, insurance, and retirement benefits, I have a peaceful heart and feel a quiet determination to make a life we love in a creative way.

Day 8 of 25 Cards, 25 Days

This card was inspired by a paper artist I follow, Vicky Papaioannou at Clip-n-Cuts blog. I don’t yet have the stitched heart dies, so I just created it using my Silhouette. Simple, but fun. A great patterned paper makes all the difference!

Day 5 of 25 Cards, 25 Days

This little bear is a favorite embellishment this year. I’m hoping to find the perfect setting for him on one my cards this year. This isn’t really my favorite, but it was still fun to create.

Day 4 of 25 Cards, 25 Days

It’s hard to see the dimensional effect in this photo, but this card was super fun to make. I love using foam tape to add dimension and using embossed, stamped images to create backgrounds with interest.

Day 3 of 25 Cards, 25 Days

A little fun with masks and coloring. I love my Tombow Dual brush markers for shading and creating dimension. And the Tim Holtz Distress inks create the perfect blends for the sky!