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Still Thinking About Spring

As I'm writing this, I thought I would be telling you about the grass getting green and walking Finn happily in the sunshine. But no, it is snowing! A LOT! Sometimes it snows in April or May but not this much. ha ha! Anyway, it is Easter weekend, and I am desperately trying to get this newsletter into your inboxes. Workshop season has arrived and my schedule is getting very hectic. Plus, there is Spring cleaning and my studio is getting an overhaul...which is LONG overdue. I will share studio photos in my next newsletter!
The BIGGEST news I have to share is that my book is now available for pre-order online. I poured all my love and knowledge of brush lettering into this instructional book, and I think you will love it as much as I do! Lots of bookstores are carrying it, like Barnes & Noble, Chapters Indigo, Amazon and so on.  Click HERE for my Amazon affiliate shopping link if you want to pre-order:
This month I was interviewed by Suzanne Moore on the So Suzy podcast. Suzanne's podcasts are both entertaining and educational...with lots of insider info about the creative industry. I had a lot of fun chatting with Suzanne about lettering and how it all began, plus a few secrets too! Click HERE if you would like to listen to this podcast. Subscribe to her channel (it's free!) so you don't miss out.
This month I also was in Calgary to film our Creative Scrapbooker magazine TV craft shows with Shaw Cable. If you ever want to watch some awesome crafting tutorials, with lots of card making techniques, then come see the Creative Scrapbooker magazine YouTube channel. I have filmed quite a few videos and Live Facebook tutorials, so you can watch me crafting in action....woohooo! lol
Jackie ('my boss' from Creative Scrapbooker) and Jimmy cameraman and Shawna video editor.
NEW WORKSHOPS have been scheduled! YAY! And I added a "Calendar of Events" to my website. I will be teaching both brush lettering (brush pens) and watercolor lettering workshops at the Daniel Smith Store in Seattle (Redmond/Bellevue) June 24 and 25. I haven't been to Seattle before so I can't wait! Click HERE if you would like to learn more about these classes and register with Daniel Smith.
If you live in the Eastern part of the US, I will be teaching a fantastic weekend workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina at Donna Downey's Studio. Click HERE for more info and to register.
From April 17 to April 26 I will be on an incredible adventure....travelling to Sharjah, a city near Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates to teach 5 days of workshops at the Children's Reading Festival 2017! This popular festival attracts over 200,000 visitors and has presenters from over 41 countries and more than 2000 workshops. I am so honoured to be invited to attend, and I will share lots of photos online and in my next newsletter...hopefully with a camel or two! Maybe I will even learn a few Arabic letters to write because they have a beautiful brush script. Click HERE to read more about the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival.
Hola Mexico! I am leaving the cool temperatures behind in Canada to present this workshop in Cancun, Mexico at the 3rd Annual Design Congress May 8 - 9. I love how calligraphy unites the world and is a global art form that all cultures study and enjoy.
TIP OF THE MONTH: When you're writing a word, your release point should be the same in every letter...if your letters are lined up on the baseline. Try drawing a line across the release points AFTER you write a word to assess where you are releasing pressure when exiting the strokes.
Our family loves hockey and we are big Oilers Fans (NHL). Even Finn loves the Oilers!  We made the playoffs for the first time in 11 years so our city is going CRAZY! GO OILERS!
Supporting small business is something I believe in.  When the kind folks at Paper and Ink Arts contacted me about collaborating on an Instagram Giveaway and writing a blog post for them, I immediately said yes. Paper and Ink Arts is a wonderful store in Nashville that stocks everything a lettering artist could dream of, plus they ship products in their online shop too. Click HERE to learn more about them and read my blog post.
PEN OF THE MONTH & GIVEAWAY: Marvy Uchida Color In Brush Pens come in all kinds of colours and have a beautiful brush tip with a BIG flex. Click HERE to read my blog post about them. Marvy sent me so many pens for workshops and Giveaways so all of my newsletter subscribers will be entered to win a set of Color In Pens. I will announce the winner next newsletter!
April Free Worksheet

Creating Curves: Ovals and Reverse Ovals

This month, we will practice drawing curves with our large brush pens. This is the last stroke that is mastered and requires lots of practice. By tracing these shapes, you will improve your transitions between thick and thin strokes. Drawing only part of the ovals will let you focus on the pressure changes instead of the thin upstrokes when you exit.

Click HERE to download and print your free April worksheet.
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