Happy Thursday, everyone. We just received our Wedding Calligraphy books from our publisher and we can’t wait to send them out to everyone next week! Happy dances are in full swing!

With that said, for our calligraphy tip today, we want to share with you some of our favorite reads that inspire us in hopes they do the same for you.

Where do you usually go for artistic inspiration? I’m guessing Pinterest and Instagram are high on your list. While we love a good scroll, sometimes the overabundance of options can make us a little nutty and in need of a break.

The remedy? When we feel like our computers {and brains} have too many tabs open, but we still want to learn something, we grab an art book off our shelf or coffee table and let the pages flip while we devour tips and inspiration from the beautifully curated designs. It’s like a breath of fresh air, and we still get to learn some very valuable tips for our business and creative living.

If you are in need of some good reads to take your mind away from the screens, below are a few we highly recommend. These are books we either already own, are on their way to our hands as we speak, or are not out yet but we cannot WAIT until they become available.

For the creative wanting to sharpen their drawing skills:

How To Draw Modern Florals: An Introduction To The Art of Flowers, Cacti, and More
By: Alli Koch

From Amazon: “In this step-by-step guide, Alli teaches everything you need to know about modern florals: tools of the trade, where to find inspiration, the anatomy of a flower, and the basic shapes for drawing a flower.”

For the creative who loves lots of color:

Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days
By: Jenna Rainey

{not out yet but it’s Jenna Rainey so we KNOW it’ll be good!}

From Amazon: A contemporary paint-every-day watercolor guide that explores foundational strokes and patterns and then builds new skills upon the foundations over the course of 30 days to create finished pieces.”

For the artist who needs encouragement {don’t we all!}:

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk
By: Danielle Krysa

From Amazon: “This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist’s inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock.”

For the aspiring calligrapher:

Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy
By: Molly Suber Thorpe

From Amazon: “The first book to teach this bold new style breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and more.”

For the host who can make any get together feel magical:

Celebrate Everything! Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life

By: Darcy Miller

From Amazon: “Packed with planning strategy and original ideas, Celebrate Everything!, from recognized celebrations expert Darcy Miller, is the ultimate guide to making special occasions unforgettable. Darcy invites readers to dozens of parties she’s thrown, and shares hundreds of chic and cheerful ideas for ways to make a celebration personal. This book is a blueprint for making the best occasions in life even better, filled with fun ideas.”

 

For anyone who wants to make their home beautiful:

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms from Tabletops to Bookshelves
By: Emily Henderson

From Amazon: “At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic. With Emily’s style diagnostic, insider tips, and more than 1,000 unique ideas from 75 envy-inducing rooms, you’ll soon be styling like you were born to do it.”

 

For the floral fanatic {ahem, myself included}:

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
By: Erin Benzakein

From Amazon: “This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements.”

Don’t forget! You can now officially order our new book “Wedding Calligraphy” from our shop! You’ll get a signed copy by Laura and a supplemental PDF filled with inspiration from fellow calligraphers and an additional alphabet exemplar.