Good morning McKinney!
Today I am excited to share with you about a fun class I took at Birds & Words Home Boutique on the downtown McKinney square. I attended the Brush Lettering workshop on Saturday evening which takes place upstairs in the Birds & Words craft studio. Our teacher, McKenzie Beiler, owns the store with her parents and brother and sister-in-law. She is a self-taught hand letterer, and teaches the brush lettering and modern calligraphy classes that are currently offered at Birds & Words. McKenzie smiles easily, and is a kind and patient teacher. When I arrived a few minutes early, she was finishing setting out the brush lettering kits that each attendee would use during the evening and take home with them at the end of the night.
The studio holds two large craft tables. That evening each had a lovely arrangement of hydrangea, branches, lemon slices and greenery in the center. Birdcage chandeliers hung above us, illuminating the small personalized baskets that marked our places and held our brush lettering pen as well as a bright yellow lemon. I learned each class has a theme, and ours on Saturday evening was fresh. McKenzie, a self proclaimed “lover of all words”, gave us a quote for the evening as well, “Be fearlessly authentic” which I believe made all of us a bit more comfortable with being beginners.
As guests arrived, McKenzie encouraged us to help ourselves to a sweet treat and homemade cocktail. Lemon Merengue pie, French Silk pie, Cherry pie and fruit were available to snack on. Strawberry Moscato Lemonade and Blackberry Lemonade were there to sip. We took our seats and went around the room introducing ourselves; there were several mother-daughter duos, girlfriends, and a few singles like myself just wanting to learn more about brush lettering. McKenzie explained to us that brush lettering was another name for modern calligraphy and is created by using a brush pen instead of the typical calligraphy pen. Applying greater pressure to the downstrokes and lighter pressure to the upstrokes combined with specific angles creates the whimsical font known as brush lettering.
We worked our way through the brush lettering kit by practicing lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, symbols and frills. McKenzie stopped by each of our stations giving tips and answering questions. Companionable silences were interspersed with chatter throughout the evening; we laughed at mess-ups and praised beautiful work. The two hour class flew by and before we knew it, we were packing up to head home. What a lovely evening!
Friends, if you are looking for a fun night out, may I suggest visiting the Birds & Words website to sign up for one of their upcoming workshops? Next month they are holding another Brush Lettering workshop as well as a Modern Calligraphy workshop and even a Cookie Decorating workshop. Call some friends or attend alone, the workshops at Birds & Words will most definitely be the highlight of your weekend!
thank you Birds & Words for sponsoring this post
for more pictures from the Brush Lettering workshop, please visit our Facebook Group page!