Workshop Alert! Join us April 28th & May 19th for Emilee’s Brush Lettering & Watercolor Workshops

Saturday, April 28th at 1pm at Faith and Life Bookstore in Newton, Kansas

Saturday, May 19th at 10am at Love of Character in Wichita, Kansas

I have just loved partnering with Love of Character––my all time favorite gift and paper goods shop––to bring you my past workshops! It has been such a joy to meet students of many different artistic levels and experience, and a privilege to pass on my years of artistry experience to teach these students the basics of calligraphy and watercolor. More recently, I was asked to bring this workshop back to my childhood stomping grounds in Newton, Kansas at Faith & Life Bookstore.  [Fun fact, I worked at F&L for several years when the store was across the street from the Harvey County Courthouse.]

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Emilee will cover all the basics of lettering using brush markers and watercolor paints. AND as a bonus, she’ll teach you step by step how to paint some beautiful loose watercolor florals. Students of all ages [9 to 99] and experience [or lack thereof] are welcome! You will learn basic marker and brush techniques and troubleshooting, how to create a brush-lettering style, form loose illustrated florals, and the steps to take a piece from concept to finalized artwork. Along the way, Emilee will also demonstrate how to combine the letters into words, how to create/define your own style and artistic touch, and how to blend colors on the page to create an ombre look. Each student will receive one-on-one attention and individual help!

 

Emilee will be at Faith and Life Bookstore (606 N. Main, Newton, Kansas 67114) Saturday, April 28th from 1-3:30pm and then the weekend following Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 19th from 10am-12:30pm we’ll be at Love of Character (3200 E Douglas, Wichita, KS 67208).  There is no better way to brush off [pun intended ☺️] the Winter blues than by grabbing a friend or two and playing in lots of color! And you’ll definitely want to save some time to shop before or after! Tickets are $89 and include all of your supplies that you get to take home and keep!

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Brush Lettering & Watercolor Workshop Kit with Emilime Designs

The entire kit includes:

  • Brush Lettering & Watercolor instructional workbook
  • 3 of Emilee’s favorite artistic brushes which include two small round brushes she uses for lettering and one large round brush for washes and floral artwork
  • 36-color watercolor palette
  • Water jar
  • Sketching pencil
  • 2 of her favorite markers for lettering
  • Spiral-bound notepad (30 sheets) of Canon watercolor cold-pressed paper
  • AND A BONUS for this class is a jar of both white and gold ink. Emilee gets asked all the time what are my favorite inks in gold and white, so she decided to add this on as an additional perk for this class! These inks are perfect for contemporary envelope addressing or to just add the extra special touch to your project!

Click here to purchase your tickets for the April 28th workshop at Faith & life.

Click here to purchase your tickets for the May 19th workshop at Love of Character.

Tickets are nonrefundable; however, if you are unable to attend, you can transfer your ticket to someone else or pick up your kit at the shop [Emilee will provide private access to post-workshop videos and additional training for all students]! We can’t wait to see you there!!

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NEW! Brush Lettering & Watercolor Workshop

Introducing Emilee’s NEW Brush Lettering & Watercolor Workshop featured at Love of Character in Wichita, Kansas

I have just loved partnering with Love of Character––my all time favorite gift and paper goods shop––to bring you my Calligraphy Workshops! It has been such a joy to meet students of many different artistic levels and experience, and a privilege to pass on my years of artistry to these wonderful people! More recently I have received several requests for a faux-ligraphy (fake calligraphy), brush lettering, and a watercolor class from clients and past students. Therefore, I have decided to create a workshop just for this! Does a pointed pen intimidate you? Would you like to learn some basic marker and watercolor artistic skills? Do you need an easy way to do some fun lettering without having to whip out a plethora of supplies? Do you want to bring new life to your handwriting, envelope addressing, and card-making? Are you an experienced letter who wants to add a new skill to expand your repertoire? Need a special gift for a guy/gal in your life for Christmas or a fun date out? Then this is the class for you!

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Emilee will be teaching all about lettering and basic loose floral watercolor skills. You will learn basic marker and brush techniques and troubleshooting, how to create a brush-lettering style, form loose illustrated florals, and the steps to take a piece from concept to finalized artwork. Along the way, Emilee will also demonstrate how to combine the letters into words, how to create/define your own style and artistic touch, and how to blend colors on the page to create an ombre look. Each student will receive one-on-one attention and individual help and go home with a finished piece to frame!

Join us Saturday, January 27th from 10am-12:30pm at Love of Character (3200 E Douglas, Wichita, KS 67208). And you’ll definitely want to save some time to shop afterwards! Mary’s shop is colorful, fun, and full of treasures!! Tickets are $89 and include all of your supplies that you get to take home and keep!

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Brush Lettering & Watercolor Workshop Kit with Emilime Designs

The entire kit includes:

  • Brush Lettering & Watercolor instructional workbook
  • 3 of Emilee’s favorite artistic brushes which include two small round brushes she uses for lettering and one large round brush for washes and floral artwork
  • 36-color watercolor palette
  • Water jar
  • Sketching pencil
  • 2 of her favorite markers for lettering
  • Spiral-bound notepad (30 sheets) of Canon watercolor cold-pressed paper
  • AND A BONUS for this class is a jar of both white and gold ink. Emilee gets asked all the time what are my favorite inks in gold and white, so she decided to add this on as an additional perk for this class! These inks are perfect for contemporary envelope addressing or to just add the extra special touch to your project!

Click here to purchase your tickets from Love of Character’s website. Tickets are nonrefundable; however, if you are unable to attend, you can transfer your ticket to someone else or pick up your kit at the shop! We can’t wait to see you there!!

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Calligraphy Workshop – Saturday July 22

So excited to once again be teaching a “Basic Calligraphy” Class at Love of Character this month!! Register and find more details!

This hour and a half class makes a great gift for a wife, sister, friend or even as just a fun girls-day-out! All of your supplies (that you get to keep take home and keep!!) and refreshments are included in your ticket price. I would LOVE to see you there!!

Supplies:

• Straight pen holder
• Oblique pen holder
• Black ink
• Ink holder
• Nibs:
       Nikki G nib
       Gillott 404 nib
       Mitchell copperplate elbow nib
• Pencil
• Instructional booklet
• Alphabet specimens sheet
• Tracing paper
• Lined Practice paper
• Exclusive links and updates directly from Emilee for continuing education after the class is over!
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Class is suitable for both right- OR left-handers!
Tickets are nonrefundable, but transferable to someone else if you are unable to attend. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get situated and setup for class. Excited to see you there!

Destination Wedding in Cancun

It’s wedding day for Elena and Eric!! Congratulations!! I hope you’re having a shaking (pun intended) good time in Cancun!! Elena asked me early on in my pregnancy this last summer to hand letter and illustrate on some maracas; I truly was looking forward to this project because I knew it would be one of the first ones I would get to do after my pregnancy and once the girls were here.

I also had the privilege to address Elena & Eric’s wedding envelopes for the as well! Their classic gold and white wedding details come together nicely for their beach wedding. I’m always a fan of gold if you’re wanting something timeless and classic.

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Happy wedding day to you both!

Custom Calligraphy Canvases

Fun Fact of 2017: I gave birth to identical twin girls on February 13th of this year. I was also very VERY sick with Hyperemesis Gravidarum beginning at 5.5 weeks all the way through to the end of my pregnancy. As a result, much of my calligraphy and design work got put on the back burner during that entire time. Except for one “little” project that I did for myself. It was my happy place during a dark, dark time in my life. I spent most of it in bed, in the hospital, or at the toilet, but the 10 minutes of relief I would have in between sleeping and sick spells, I would drag myself to my downstairs office and work on some calligraphy art canvases for my not-yet-born daughters. For a moment… I could be back in my element and dream about the beautiful girls that would one day appreciate these pieces. So these canvases have a special place in my heart.

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Photo by Gina Dreher Photography

This room is my happy place. So when I shared pictures on Instagram of my twins’ nursery after they were born, I wasn’t necessarily surprised that my post went viral. I was surprised, though, at the requests I would get to recreate these calligraphy canvases for other moms and their daughters. I just loved the pieces for myself, and it’s been humbling to know that other moms are loving my work as well. And now that I am healthy, healed, and finally getting the girls into somewhat of a “schedule” (Ha! Yeah right! #twinmomprobs) getting some help with the girls, I have been able to set some time aside to get back into my art and calligraphy projects.

So, I have decided to start offering custom calligraphy canvases for other moms who love these pieces as much as I do! They come in a couple different options: with or without the floral artwork, a choice of paint color (including custom swatch matching), and varying canvas sizes.

To give you an idea: these canvases were 30 inches x 24 inches, painted in rose gold ink to match the cribs, and included my botanical floral artwork. My husband made and stained the frames to match the ampersand we purchased from Hobby Lobby. The frame would be an additional cost, but you can find the DIY custom canvas frame instructions here that we used to create your own! Because each piece is hand painted and carefully arranged by myself (and with newborn twins on my plate), please allow me a month to finish your artwork.

Contact me to request more information, details, and current pricing on these different options for a custom calligraphy canvas. I’d LOVE to work with you to create a one-of-a-kind piece for your nursery, child’s room, or home!

Oh, and the cribs… those lovely pieces of rose gold metal that my husband agreed to let me purchase in a moment of weakness (I was in the ER after hours uncontrollably vomiting)… yeah… he agreed to let me have those too along with my fancy breast pump from Naya Health. The cribs are from Incy Interiors. I purchased the cribs before we knew we were having girls. I secretly hoped and wished for girls, but I was determined to make them work either way, even if we had boys. These were more of a “for mommy” purchase than they were for the babies. 🙂

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Photo by Gina Dreher Photography