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Welcome to The Calligraphy Podcast, a space for calligraphers to talk about, share and grow in their art–and cultivate community along the way. Join hosts Ajab Rajvir Jandiala and Christen Turney as they delve into all things pen and ink. Each episode will feature a new topic or special guest from the calligraphy community. From gabbing about favorite supplies, recommended resources and tips for beginners, you can be part of the greater conversation about calligraphy.

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Welcome to The Calligraphy Podcast, a space for calligraphers to talk about, share and grow in their art–and cultivate community along the way. Join hosts Ajab Rajvir Jandiala and Christen Turney as they delve into all things pen and ink. Each episode will feature a new topic or special guest from the calligraphy community. From gabbing about favorite supplies, recommended resources and tips for beginners, you can be part of the greater conversation about calligraphy.

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So good!

By Princess Mary Ellen - May 12 2020
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Christen and Ajab are so great to listen to and each episode is chock full of great tips and information for both a novice and seasoned calligrapher. Thanks for the mention on the finding your style episode - it’s something I strived for years ago and I think I’ve finally achieved that goal. So on to the next! Always a pleasure listening to the Calligraphy podcast. Xx, Mary Ellen

Yay for this podcast

By KL Engle - Apr 24 2020
Read more
Whether you do calligraphy for a business or just as a hobby, it’s always fun to listen to this podcast to just be inspired. Christen and Ajab do an excellent job of addressing many of the pitfalls we all experience with calligraphy. They also motivate me to just go pick up my pen and start lettering! (Which is always a good thing.) Thanks, gals, for your insights, tips and friendship with each other. You are sincere and sweet and it shows.

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
2
0
2
0

So good!

By Princess Mary Ellen - May 12 2020
Read more
Christen and Ajab are so great to listen to and each episode is chock full of great tips and information for both a novice and seasoned calligrapher. Thanks for the mention on the finding your style episode - it’s something I strived for years ago and I think I’ve finally achieved that goal. So on to the next! Always a pleasure listening to the Calligraphy podcast. Xx, Mary Ellen

Yay for this podcast

By KL Engle - Apr 24 2020
Read more
Whether you do calligraphy for a business or just as a hobby, it’s always fun to listen to this podcast to just be inspired. Christen and Ajab do an excellent job of addressing many of the pitfalls we all experience with calligraphy. They also motivate me to just go pick up my pen and start lettering! (Which is always a good thing.) Thanks, gals, for your insights, tips and friendship with each other. You are sincere and sweet and it shows.
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The Calligraphy Podcast

Latest release on Aug 03, 2020

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Welcome to The Calligraphy Podcast, a space for calligraphers to talk about, share and grow in their art–and cultivate community along the way. Join hosts Ajab Rajvir Jandiala and Christen Turney as they delve into all things pen and ink. Each episode will feature a new topic or special guest from the calligraphy community. From gabbing about favorite supplies, recommended resources and tips for beginners, you can be part of the greater conversation about calligraphy.

Rank #1: S1 E1: Introducing The Calligraphy Podcast, What We Wish We Knew As Beginners

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Thanks for listening to the inaugural episode of The Calligraphy Podcast. After taking a few moments to introduce you to the show, your hosts Ajab and Christen dive right into the first topic that is perfect for beginners. Learning calligraphy on your own can be challenging. How do you know when to change a nib? What style should I learn? How do I hold my pen? Wait, I have to prep my nib? These are all questions Christen and Ajab had when starting out. If you're a beginner, this episode will help you move past the early struggles and grow in your calligraphy. If you're a veteran scribe, chime in to empower those just starting their journey in pen and ink. 

A few notes from today's show:

How to prep your nib using the potato method

We mentioned Heather Held, who does beautiful illumination and flourished florals. Check out her work.

Follow The Calligraphy Podcast on Instagram

You can also follow Ajab and Christen @calligraphyquill and @thecalligrapherchristen

Please take a moment to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and leave us a rating and review. We truly appreciate every kind word and set of 5 stars!

Listen and Subscribe below:

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Mar 29 2019

36mins

Play

Rank #2: S1 E17: Let's Get Down to Business

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With calligraphy on the rise, more and more penmen and women are turning their art into a business. We asked our listeners to help us get a grasp of what the calligraphy business climate is like. Are you full-time or part-time? How long have you been in business? What kind of work do you do? These are all questions we asked and YOU answered. We end the show by sharing listener submitted advice for those starting their own business.

Follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.

Nov 17 2019

38mins

Play

Rank #3: S1 E16: How to Approach a Blank Page

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After practicing letterform after letterform, it’s time to put those strokes to work! Today we are talking about how to layout a calligraphy art piece. From centering, to learning how your eyes trick your mind, we talk about how we approach a blank page, set up our guides, margins and more.

For show notes, visit tinyurl.com/ep16-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.

Oct 28 2019

32mins

Play

Rank #4: S1 E8: Calligraphy Book Club

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What's up podcast? Study and reading are important parts of learning calligraphy. In this episode, #calligranerds Christen and Ajab share their favorite calligraphy books. You'll also hear comments from our listeners who have great resources for you to study from.

View Show Notes here: https://tinyurl.com/y3pfjxsv

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

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Jul 09 2019

40mins

Play

Rank #5: S1 E2: What is Calligraphy?

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Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing. It's a single word that covers a breadth of styles, scripts, tools and preferences. In this episode, Ajab and Christen unpack the iceberg of a question, "what is calligraphy?," and share about the different types of calligraphy we will often chat about on the podcast. The kicker: we want you to weigh in on Instagram. What does calligraphy look like to you? Do you write with a brush pen or a broad edged pen? Pencil, ink or paint? Tell us about the kind of writing you are most passionate about. At the end of the day, whatever the style, whatever your preference, we're all here to share the love of beautiful writing. 

Show notes:

Comparison of Pointed Pen Scripts

Writing with a Brush Pen

Follow The Calligraphy Podcast on Instagram

You can also follow Ajab and Christen @calligraphyquill and @thecalligrapherchristen

Please take a moment to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and leave us a rating and review. We truly appreciate every kind word and set of 5 stars!

Listen and Subscribe below:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Apr 15 2019

36mins

Play

Rank #6: S1 E13: Developing a Productive Calligraphy Practice

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Ajab and Christen get real about how often they practice (and how long their warm ups take!) We all know it is important for amateurs and professionals alike to practice calligraphy, but sometimes we need a little direction in how to set up an efficient practice session. Listen for tips and tricks for stepping up your practice game.

Grab the Lowercase Practice eBook here.

Download the Basic Guide to Calligraphy Warmups here.

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Sep 16 2019

36mins

Play

Rank #7: S1 E12: Cursive with Dave from Posted Letter

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We welcome Dave of Perfect Biscuits and Posted Letter to talk with us about the cases for keeping cursive I school.

As a tribute to calligraphy, Posted Letter is offering our listeners 20% off their order of the most recent letter. Visit postedletter.com/tcp and use promo code TCP20. 

Sep 02 2019

53mins

Play

Rank #8: S1 E14: Talking Shop with Kalo of Kalo Make Art

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Today we hear the inspiring story behind Kalo Make Art right from the source. From approaching new scripts to starting a business, we talk about it all from today's special guest Kalo Chu from Hong Kong.

You can follow Kalo at @kalomakeart or @shop.kalomake art. You can visit her website at kalomakeart.com

Oct 01 2019

47mins

Play

Rank #9: S1 E3: Calligraphy Tools & Supplies

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As you dive into your calligraphy journey, you'll discover many tools and supplies for creating letters. In this episode, Christen and Ajab take you through a mini tour of their studios and share how they store and care for their supplies. After sharing about all the different options out there, your hosts get down to business "desert island" style and share their absolute must have supplies.

View show notes at: tinyurl.com/ep03-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

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Spotify

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Apr 29 2019

33mins

Play

Rank #10: S1 E6: All That Glitters in Calligraphy

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From metallic powders, to brush pens, to real 24 karat gold, you can add shimmer to your work at all levels of calligraphy experience. In today's episode, we talk about our favorite metallic products and offer tips on how to use them.

View show notes at: tinyurl.com/ep6-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Jun 10 2019

41mins

Play

S1 E1: Introducing The Calligraphy Podcast, What We Wish We Knew As Beginners

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Read more

Thanks for listening to the inaugural episode of The Calligraphy Podcast. After taking a few moments to introduce you to the show, your hosts Ajab and Christen dive right into the first topic that is perfect for beginners. Learning calligraphy on your own can be challenging. How do you know when to change a nib? What style should I learn? How do I hold my pen? Wait, I have to prep my nib? These are all questions Christen and Ajab had when starting out. If you're a beginner, this episode will help you move past the early struggles and grow in your calligraphy. If you're a veteran scribe, chime in to empower those just starting their journey in pen and ink. 

A few notes from today's show:

How to prep your nib using the potato method

We mentioned Heather Held, who does beautiful illumination and flourished florals. Check out her work.

Follow The Calligraphy Podcast on Instagram

You can also follow Ajab and Christen @calligraphyquill and @thecalligrapherchristen

Please take a moment to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and leave us a rating and review. We truly appreciate every kind word and set of 5 stars!

Listen and Subscribe below:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Mar 29 2019

36mins

Play

S1 E2: What is Calligraphy?

Podcast cover
Read more

Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing. It's a single word that covers a breadth of styles, scripts, tools and preferences. In this episode, Ajab and Christen unpack the iceberg of a question, "what is calligraphy?," and share about the different types of calligraphy we will often chat about on the podcast. The kicker: we want you to weigh in on Instagram. What does calligraphy look like to you? Do you write with a brush pen or a broad edged pen? Pencil, ink or paint? Tell us about the kind of writing you are most passionate about. At the end of the day, whatever the style, whatever your preference, we're all here to share the love of beautiful writing. 

Show notes:

Comparison of Pointed Pen Scripts

Writing with a Brush Pen

Follow The Calligraphy Podcast on Instagram

You can also follow Ajab and Christen @calligraphyquill and @thecalligrapherchristen

Please take a moment to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and leave us a rating and review. We truly appreciate every kind word and set of 5 stars!

Listen and Subscribe below:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Apr 15 2019

36mins

Play

S1 E3: Calligraphy Tools & Supplies

Podcast cover
Read more

As you dive into your calligraphy journey, you'll discover many tools and supplies for creating letters. In this episode, Christen and Ajab take you through a mini tour of their studios and share how they store and care for their supplies. After sharing about all the different options out there, your hosts get down to business "desert island" style and share their absolute must have supplies.

View show notes at: tinyurl.com/ep03-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Apr 29 2019

33mins

Play

S1 E4: Calligraphy on Non-Traditional Surfaces with Guest Marisa Jackson

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Traditionally, calligraphy is written on paper, but in this episode, we branch outside of the notebook to talk about writing on non-traditional surfaces with our guest Marisa Jackson of Marisa Made. From glass to wooden ornaments, we talk about prepping surfaces, tools of the trade, and the special job of creating calligraphy for clients. Marisa is a professional calligrapher and artisan in West Virginia who has lots of experience selling her art in a variety of forms. She's an incredible advocate for her son Maxwell, who was diagnosed with FoxG1 syndrome. Marisa is a huge asset to the calligraphy community and we are excited to share her story and experience in today's episode.

View show notes at: tinyurl.com/ep4-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

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May 13 2019

44mins

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S1 E5: Calligraphy Setbacks and How to Overcome Them

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We've all been there. Your nib snags. Your nib won't write. Ink drops on the paper. Your back hurts from hovering your nose over your work. Christen and Ajab talk about common setbacks when learning calligraphy and share the solutions to common problems.

View show notes at: tinyurl.com/ep5-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

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May 27 2019

39mins

Play

S1 E6: All That Glitters in Calligraphy

Podcast cover
Read more

From metallic powders, to brush pens, to real 24 karat gold, you can add shimmer to your work at all levels of calligraphy experience. In today's episode, we talk about our favorite metallic products and offer tips on how to use them.

View show notes at: tinyurl.com/ep6-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Jun 10 2019

41mins

Play

S1 E7: Traveling With Calligraphy Supplies

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Calligraphy conference and workshop season is upon us, which means traveling with pens and ink in tow. In addition to Christen Ajab sharing advice, our listeners call in with their best tips for traveling with calligraphy supplies.

View show notes at: tinyurl.com/ep07-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

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Jun 24 2019

38mins

Play

S1 E8: Calligraphy Book Club

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What's up podcast? Study and reading are important parts of learning calligraphy. In this episode, #calligranerds Christen and Ajab share their favorite calligraphy books. You'll also hear comments from our listeners who have great resources for you to study from.

View Show Notes here: https://tinyurl.com/y3pfjxsv

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Jul 09 2019

40mins

Play

S1 E9: Interview with InkslingerPens

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InkSlinger Pen Holders are known for their clean, minimal design and excellent functionality.

In this episode, we get to the nitty-gritty of making calligraphy pen holders. Dan of InkSlinger Pens shares his heritage as a woodworker, what inspired him to adapt pen-making as a full-time career, and more!

05:40 - What is a pen holder

06:20 - Pen holder materials 

09:25 - The pen-making process

12:08 - The wood that makes Dan's studio smell heavenly

12:40 - What makes a good pen holder

15:32 - Why size matters

17:07 - What to consider what buying a new pen holder

20:45 - Taking care of your pen holder

28:33 - Where to grab InkSlinger pens 

30:53 - Dan's Booger Collection

Show Notes: https://tinyurl.com/y2ht988g

Jul 22 2019

38mins

Play

S1 E10: Dipping in Ink

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Experimenting with new inks is a great way to branch out in your calligraphy journey. Whether you're a sumi lover like Christen, or a walnut ink fan like Ajab, you'll be sure to find the best ink that suits you.

And if you're drinking wine or coffee while you write, your beverage can double as your ink pot!

Show Notes: tinyurl.com/dipping-in-ink

03:10 - Sumi ink

08:25 - Walnut ink

13:05 - Higgins Eternal Ink

15:45 - McCaffery's Ink

18:00 - Historic Iron Gall Ink

19:00 - Noodler's Fountain Pen Ink

20:20 - Ziller's Acrylic Inks

19:22 - Pelikan 4001 inks

21:45 - Gouache (Winsor & Newton)

24:50 - Payne's Gray Watercolor

25:30 - Ecoline Watercolor Inks

28:30 - Writing with Beverages

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Aug 05 2019

34mins

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S1 E11: Calligraphy Quirks

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It all started with an Instagram survey. We polled our audience on Instagram and learned that like us, many of you keep your old nibs even when they are unusable. After the survey, we knew we needed to talk about the quirks we have as calligraphers.

In the episode, we mention the velocity of a pen. Learn more here.

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

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Aug 19 2019

33mins

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S1 E12: Cursive with Dave from Posted Letter

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We welcome Dave of Perfect Biscuits and Posted Letter to talk with us about the cases for keeping cursive I school.

As a tribute to calligraphy, Posted Letter is offering our listeners 20% off their order of the most recent letter. Visit postedletter.com/tcp and use promo code TCP20. 

Sep 02 2019

53mins

Play

S1 E13: Developing a Productive Calligraphy Practice

Podcast cover
Read more

Ajab and Christen get real about how often they practice (and how long their warm ups take!) We all know it is important for amateurs and professionals alike to practice calligraphy, but sometimes we need a little direction in how to set up an efficient practice session. Listen for tips and tricks for stepping up your practice game.

Grab the Lowercase Practice eBook here.

Download the Basic Guide to Calligraphy Warmups here.

Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast

Listen and Subscribe:

iTunes

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

Sep 16 2019

36mins

Play

S1 E14: Talking Shop with Kalo of Kalo Make Art

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Today we hear the inspiring story behind Kalo Make Art right from the source. From approaching new scripts to starting a business, we talk about it all from today's special guest Kalo Chu from Hong Kong.

You can follow Kalo at @kalomakeart or @shop.kalomake art. You can visit her website at kalomakeart.com

Oct 01 2019

47mins

Play

S1 E15: Making the Most of What You Have with Hoang Dao

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We bring you our second international guest on the show–Hoang Dao of Vietnam. Hoang, a calligrapher, pen maker and artist, is a true inspiration to the calligraphy community. On today's episode, we talk about how Hoang got started in calligraphy, how he approaches his practice and how he made the most of what he had when he started his calligraphy journey. Spoiler–Christen goes bananas when she hears Hoang’s tip for prepping handmade paper!

You can find out more about Hoang at huyhoangdao.com

Oct 14 2019

46mins

Play

S1 E16: How to Approach a Blank Page

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After practicing letterform after letterform, it’s time to put those strokes to work! Today we are talking about how to layout a calligraphy art piece. From centering, to learning how your eyes trick your mind, we talk about how we approach a blank page, set up our guides, margins and more.

For show notes, visit tinyurl.com/ep16-calligraphypodcast

Follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.

Oct 28 2019

32mins

Play

S1 E17: Let's Get Down to Business

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With calligraphy on the rise, more and more penmen and women are turning their art into a business. We asked our listeners to help us get a grasp of what the calligraphy business climate is like. Are you full-time or part-time? How long have you been in business? What kind of work do you do? These are all questions we asked and YOU answered. We end the show by sharing listener submitted advice for those starting their own business.

Follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.

Nov 17 2019

38mins

Play

S1, E18: Scribing for the Holidays

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From Thanksgiving feasts to holiday cards, this episode is devoted to all the ways you can make calligraphy part of your holiday traditions. We discuss project ideas, client work and personal pieces that will make your home merry and bright.

Thanks to justkiddink for the jingle bells.

Nov 25 2019

29mins

Play

S1, E19: Show cards and Speedball with Randall Hasson

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Take a look at your calligraphy library–is the Speedball Textbook sitting on your shelf? In this last interview of season one, we sat down with Randall Hasson, the co-editor of the 24th edition of the Speedball Textbook. Randy shares about his own art and experience working on the book. You'll hear about show cards, the history of Speedball nibs and how the book evolved to the place it is today.

You can find Randy at hassonstudio.com.

Dec 09 2019

44mins

Play

S1, E20: Year in Review

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We started from the bottom, now we're here. Less than a year ago, Christen and Ajab decided to venture into the podcast world with The Calligraphy Podcast. In this final episode of Season 1, we talk through each episode and share some of our favorite moments from the show.

Stay tuned for more episodes coming in 2020. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.

Dec 23 2019

31mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
2
0
2
0

So good!

By Princess Mary Ellen - May 12 2020
Read more
Christen and Ajab are so great to listen to and each episode is chock full of great tips and information for both a novice and seasoned calligrapher. Thanks for the mention on the finding your style episode - it’s something I strived for years ago and I think I’ve finally achieved that goal. So on to the next! Always a pleasure listening to the Calligraphy podcast. Xx, Mary Ellen

Yay for this podcast

By KL Engle - Apr 24 2020
Read more
Whether you do calligraphy for a business or just as a hobby, it’s always fun to listen to this podcast to just be inspired. Christen and Ajab do an excellent job of addressing many of the pitfalls we all experience with calligraphy. They also motivate me to just go pick up my pen and start lettering! (Which is always a good thing.) Thanks, gals, for your insights, tips and friendship with each other. You are sincere and sweet and it shows.