Toronto Calligrapher, Sylvia

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5-9 Calligrapher & Workshop Instructor
🖤 Leader of #TheJustMarriedJacket pack
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The most frequently asked Calligraphy question: what tools do you use? For my beginner brush lettering workshops, it’s these babies! The tombow dual brush and fudenosuke pen.
When I first started, I thought that just having these pens would make my writing beautiful and boy, was I wrong. It definitely takes a lot of practice and pressure control. That’s why I always stress that it’s not necessarily the tools that make the writing beautiful, it’s the technique. I quickly learned that these guys will do nothing for you if you don’t start with foundational skills like basic strokes ✍🏼
Want a chance to win my full workshop kit to start your lettering journey AND more from all the best calligraphers in Toronto? One lucky person will win NINE prizes 🍾 Check out my giveaway post from a few days ago to enter now!
Working on building my empire... so I need to know: are there any brides in New York City, Philadelphia or London interested in a certain leather jacket sharing project?! 😜 Something big is coming soon. #jointhesisterhood
📷: @kir2ben
Off to update some menus tonight at @frenchmadetoronto 💙☕️💙 Word on the street is they’ve got house made soups now 👅
This green faux suede jacket was a tricky new material to work on, but so worth it. I love a challenge and seeing a totally unique bridal outfit 😍 Plus my client Katie was a total doll and even came to one of my calligraphy workshops after. What more could you ask for?! 🖤 #jacketsviacalligraphy
Ps, if you’re too far to take a workshop in Toronto with me, check out my last post to see how you can win my worksheets and tools (and soooo much more!)
It’s time for the biggest holiday lettering giveaway ever! I’ve teamed up with my calligra-besties to give one lucky person a prize from every single one of us! Everyone went above and beyond and is giving away amazing things from favourite tools to original prints, so you don’t want to miss out 😍.
I’ll be sending the winner my brush calligraphy worksheets and tools that are exclusively available to my workshop attendees! This includes 12 pages of worksheets that teach the basic strokes and alphabet, a tombow fudenosuke hard tip, tombow dual brush pen and a personalized marble tile. Read this entire post to learn how to enter now:
- Worksheets & tools from me
- Choice of 3 posters from Belinda
- Watercolour painting & tools from Carmen
- Artist pin & template tool from Doris
- Print & lettering tools from Jesi
- Original framed print from Keya
- Chalkboard & tools from Mabz
- Maple wood banner from Monica
- Handmade pens & pouch from Sarah
1. Follow me
2. Like this post
3. Go to @belindalovelee, follow and find her giveaway post to read more about her prize
4. Repeat steps 1-3 on each account until you're back here
Bonus entry: Comment with which prize is your favourite and tag 3 real friends below!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00am EST. Open to residents of North America only. A randomly chosen winner will be contacted by Instagram Direct and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Prizes have no cash value and we are not responsible for packages lost or damaged in the mail. This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram Inc.
Hey to all my beautiful new followers! Time for some #fridayintroductions again :) We just recently came back from a trip to Thailand and India and I swear every 10th building was pink! Such a dream 💖🙌🏼 For today’s intro, I thought I would share the most surprising facts about me— I don’t find them that odd but they’re the ones where I get the biggest reactions and most questions. Here we go:
1. My family is from India. So when people do the “where are you from?” thing, I’m usually caught in that awkward spot of explaining the difference between ethnicity and nationality. We’re Hakka Chinese, a greatly diasporic culture, and there was a big community of us in Kolkata. I met someone Hakka at my workshop last night and we spoke in our language 😭😍 V rare.
2. I went to university for chemical engineering. How are you supposed to know yourself at 17 and choose a career like that?!
3. I played rugby in high school. My position was “hooker” 😂
4. I have no problems with spiders or snakes but butterflies scare the shit out of me.
So were any of these surprising at all? Tell me a surprising fact about you! And happy Friday!
This week I had another big group of lovely ladies who came out to learn calligraphy with me! It’s so funny getting to know everyone and seeing myself in them. I seem to attract perfectionist types so I get to tell them what I wish someone told me: Don’t be so hard on yourself! 😂 Thanks for an inspiring, fun and hilarious night of accidentally holding our breath together! #learningviacalligraphy x #embirialife
On the blog right now: Bride number 35 - Veronica’s wedding where her photographer was @VeronicaDawnPhoto and her event planner was @VeronicaBelleEvents. [Insert some joke about the band The Veronicas]. Meanwhile I feel like I’ve met one other Sylvia in my whole life 😂 #thejustmarriedjacket
That feeling when you flip to that last page of your tiny calendar 😱. I love seeing my events all laid out in my monthly because it lets me mentally prepare for an intense month like this one. My December is always packed with holiday festivities and this year I’ve got tons of workshops going on too! #viabulletjournal
Question: would anyone be interested in taking a bullet journal workshop with me in the new year?!
These matching mirrors had 40 tables of names listed. I’ll be honest; with this smaller frame size I didn’t think it was possible to fit them all in. But sometimes a good challenge and a client that trusts you is all you need to create one of your fave projects of the year 🙌🏼 #pkbtkslove #signsviacalligraphy
Ps, I’m back in Canada and jetlagged as heck! I’m working on getting caught up so thanks for your patience. Happy Monday!
As a consumer, where you spend your money is a vote. When you choose to support an entrepreneur instead of a corporation, you’re voting to lessen the wage gap, to empower artists and encourage a dream. Thanks for always supporting mine 🖤 This holiday, try putting your dollars into small businesses, especially those owned by women and minorities. #smallbusinesssaturday
Tag some of your favourite small businesses in the comments (and find some to follow too!) ✨
Official out-of-office post. Spending only a week in Thailand, I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime of adventures. Now we’re in New Delhi, India to see one of our best friends get married 🖤 Thanks for following along with my stories and for your patience with emails and messages! I’ll be back soon and ready for winter Canada! ⛄️