Hand Job

This fun pun of a title is borrowed from an article written by my friend, Marylou Malig, sister of my BFF cum twin Sue Ann, and former contributor of Entrepreneur Philippines. It was an article about hobbies that turn profitable, and as the title might imply, it was about my hobby, “the art of beautiful handwriting” known as calligraphy.

Yes, once upon a time, I did calligraphy, first as a hobby or only for weddings of family and close friends…

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this ought to be a #throwback post. check out the beeper number.

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then later on, because of gentle encouragement and prodding of friends, I started doing it professionally, accepting jobs to address envelopes by hand and even do fully calligraphed invitations.

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Although I was busy with my first publishing business back then, and with my two growing boys, the calligraphy work was therapeutic and became my “me time” at home. As soon as the kids were asleep and Gary and I were winding down our days, I would bring out paper, pens and ink, lay down my tools out on my dining table and just find my peace in the rhythm and strokes of my pen, watching ink flowing from the nibs on to the texture of paper. It was also a fun way to earn extra cash. I remember one major calligraphy job earned me enough to buy us a new sofa.

Sadly, I injured my wrist some years ago, and had to take a break from doing the calligraphy work I loved so much. My nibs have been packed away for many years now and it is a joy to hear about new calligraphers actively promoting the craft. I love seeing their works on instagram and tumblr. One of those I follow is Alexis Ventura of Ink Scribbler.

I found Alexis on instagram first when I was working on the 2nd Mompreneur Summit whose theme was Passion & Purpose. I found her beautiful handmade work on IG and tumbler pages:

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work done for workofheart.ph. photo from inkscribbler.com

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love this quote done in white ink. photo from inkscribbler.com

and have been following her since. Loving her latest collab at a recent wedding fair

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photo from inkscribbler.com

Calligraphy is a beautiful art. People say it is a lost art that is about to be obsolete. I disagree! Everyone’s going back to basics. With the handmade revolution that’s currently gaining popularity, calligraphy is a timeless craft. Even if I haven’t touched my pens in a while, I know someday I will get back to it again albeit just as a hobby and personal art.

If you are like me and love ink and paper, get obsessed with font styles, if you get mesmerized by seeing written letters of paper and ink, perhaps you might want to join the next workshop of Alexis and join her class.

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The Ink Scibbler SCRIBBLE WORKSHOP is happening this October 25, Friday afternoon. Here are details:

Date: October 25, FRIDAY
Time: 3:00PM to 6:00PM
Venue: Unit 507 Vasquez-Madrigal Plaza, Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan
The class is for first-timers, people who have never tried calligraphy with a flexible nib

All the details are found in this link: www.inkscribbler.com/workshops. No need to bring anything, everything will be provided!

And today I’m happy to spread this love for the craft! InkScribbler and My Mundo is giving away complimentary seats to this class: for one (1) person + a friend so that you can attend the session together this Friday and learn calligraphy.

This is a quick giveaway so join now! Simply comment on the box below. Just say HI and leave your mobile number and email address. I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday afternoon and announce on that day too. Remember, we are giving away two slots to one winner, so the winner can attend with a friend:)

Hope to hear from you, scribe wanna-bes!

CONGRATULATIONS @Karotitay, Karrots Nazareno for winning slots for you and a friend to Ink Scribbler’s Scribble Workshop! Thank you to all who joined my giveaway:) 🙂

Winner- ink scribbler

22 Comment

  1. Tin says:

    Me! Me!!!

  2. Tin says:

    Was too excited I pressed send right away haha! Manilafashionobserver@gmail.com and you know my number heehee.

    PS – OMG you’ve got skillz! Galing your calligraphy Janice!

  3. JOICE KRISTINE SANTOS-SERRATO says:

    Hi! would love to have a free workshop for calligraphy. Mobile #09175202617 and email add pwt_joice@yahoo.com.

    Thanks!
    Joice

  4. I remembered my brother had this passion too. He had this book about calligraphy and it’s so dainty. I love every stroke it portrays.. now I’m missing him from far away

  5. Hi! Count me in please, thank you!
    nonstopbabble@yahoo.com.ph

  6. Jackie Go says:

    Hi Janice!

    I super want to learn! Perfect coz on Friday, Gabbie’s class is from 3-6 so while she’s in school I can go. Heehee. I hope to win. Thanks!

  7. Whoops you have my mobile number already 🙂

  8. Tita K says:

    Itigil na ang contest! Make me win na dali! I will drive down your neck of the woods for this. Haha!

    Hi Janice!

  9. Tricia Hosaka says:

    Hi ! My mobile number is 09175339476 . email address triciahosaka@gmail.com

  10. Oh, I wanted to do calligraphy, too, ever since a friend got into it years back. Too bad the sked is during my office hours. 🙂

  11. Malot says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing this. It’s something that I would really like to learn, and I would love to participate in Ink Scribblers’s workshop this Friday with a friend. Or, is it okay if I attend with my daughter(s) instead? You may contact me at 09399207270, by the way., for my free tickets

  12. Malot says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing this. It’s something that I would really like to learn, and I would love to participate in Ink Scribblers’s workshop this Friday with a friend. Or, is it okay if I attend with my daughter(s) instead? You may contact me at 09399207270, by the way, for my free tickets.

  13. Selina Eleazar says:

    Hi! 09175643090. Thanks!

  14. Maria Angelica Ibarra says:

    Hi, Janice. 🙂 0917-7431600 maan_099@yahoo.com

  15. You are so right about calligraphy being a beautiful and yet dying art. My dad taught me the basics when I was very young (around 8 or 9 yrs. old) using his calligraphy pens that were older than me at that time. And even though we already used computers to type and print, I still loved playing with my dad’s calligraphy set. 🙂

    It’s great to see this art being revived again!

  16. Louie says:

    Hello! Been thinking of learning calligraphy for quite some time now. I’ve been handsewing finger puppets for the past 3 years and I think I needed to do something new. Don’t get me wrong, I love making them but it can be quite tedious as one puppet = 1 hour. So just imagine the amount of time I needed to make a bunch of them. I don’t have an assistant and I do everything by myself from cutting to sewing. So there. I hope I get to win a slot. My number is 09175726011 and eadd is louie_dejesus@yahoo.com. Thanks!

  17. Beautiful calligraphy, Mommy mundo! 😉
    And yay!! 🙂 I can’t wait to meet 2 of your followers for the workshop this Friday! 😉

  18. rose anne says:

    HI! 09062379542.iloveroseanne@yahoo.com 🙂

  19. Reena says:

    Hi Janice! Would love to attend your workshop! Miss na kita “marker” 😉

  20. Queenie says:

    Hi Janice! This workshop sounds awesome! Would love to attend. Count me in please.. 0928-5047080.

  21. Rose Anne says:

    HI ! Mobile no. 09062379542. Email ad. iloveroseanne@yahoo.com 🙂

  22. Jeannie Tan says:

    HI Janice, would love to join this with my daughter, who has real potential in this art! Discovered by accident while browsing at a pen store. Hope you can contact me , 09175079421, email jeanmarietan@gmail.com.
    Thanks!

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