Last week we were on the road once again for what felt like a mid week mini vacation to teach our intro to Modern Calligraphy class at Styled By Jenna in the historic district of Newport, Rhode Island. We dodged all traffic and thunderstorms and were able to catch some rays and enjoy a glass of rosè right over the water with the best seats in the house at The Lobster Bar. We followed up with crushing an impressive amount of guac at Diego‘s before heading over to meet Jenna! Come to find out, our rolling calligraphy storage cases are champs over cobblestones.

Styled By Jenna shop Newport Rhode Island Calligraphy sip & script

Modern Calligraphy Workshop Newport Rhode Island sip & script

Jenna’s shop has the most darling curation of home decor items and gifts. Rustic Waco-worthy decor meets seaside kitchenware, candles and florals for a french country feel. I’ve had her “french cooking” spotify playlist on repeat ever since we left, as well as burning through the Blue Anchor candle in the scent “Sandalwood” we both could not leave the shop without! Speaking of shopping, large oversized rustic clocks are totally biz write-offs, right?

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modern calligraphy class newport rhode island Sip & Script

The crew of ladies who joined us for this intro to Modern Calligraphy class were all so sweet and talented. From shop owners and brides to watercolor artists, it was a full house of passionate and creative company! We already can’t wait to plan our next (hopefully longer) Newport adventure. Thanks for having us, Jenna!

rustic magnolia market wooden clock on shiplap

meg’s take home splurge

calligraphy supplies on the go

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Welcome to our new blog series Sip, Script, & Be Married, where Julie and I will be sharing some of our favorite past wedding work and tips on creating the looks we love! As many of you know, we have both shifted our business focus in the past few months from primarily custom client work to more time spent on the production of classes and the overall Sip & Script brand. It has been so rewarding to now pass along client work to our Sip & Script alumni! We love all the lettering side hustles you girl bosses have been creating! Keep up the slay!

rustic wedding welcome sing

First wedding up: Kaleigh and Carlos’s beyond gorgeous celebration last June at French’s Point in Stockton Springs, Maine. From start to finish their entire wedding can just be summed up with one word: GOALS.

wedding welcome wood sign with florals

Huge thanks to Greta Tucker Photography for capturing these stunning moments and to the bride along with  Love Affair Suite for designing such creative and beautiful signage displays. I absolutely loved working on this suite!

For the wood signs, I bought 4’x2′ slabs of birch plywood at Home Depot, cut them to size and stained them in Minimax color “Dark Walnut” (my go-to for most wood signs) using staining cloths. I have my husband cut them to size but it’s definitely something that Home Depot can do for you too! Allow at least a few days for the wood to dry before lettering on them and when they’re ready, my go-to paint pen is the DecoColor acrylic paint marker.

calligraphy table seating chartwedding wooden bar menu sign

I am not one to write out the letters to trace, I usually just do a small rough draft pencil version on a piece of paper to eyeball as I write on the wood. Totally personal preference though! Julie and I always remind our students that your work is going to look hand lettered because it is, it’s not a font! So embrace the imperfections and what makes it unique.

In addition to the wood pieces, I was also able to take out my nib and favorite gold ink, Dr. Ph Martin’s copperplate gold for the place cards and table seating chart display.

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wedding calligraphy table seating escort display rustic

For more photos of this gorgeous bash check out Greta’s portfolio here! For more details on the vendors, check out this recap on The Venue Report!

*All photos Greta Tucker Photography

 

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We are always up for a road trip, so when we were excited to mark the weekend of May 20th down on our calendars for a chance to head down to NYC and go to the National Stationery Show! Both being calligraphers, paper is such a big passion and important part of our jobs. We jumped on the Acela and made our way to the Big Apple, and made sure we went a day early to get the full NYC experience. The weather was beautiful, we got our 10K steps in on the fit bits and got to visit fun friends who live in the city. Sunday morning, we jumped on the Subway and headed on over to the Javits Center. *Side note: being a Bostonian, I don’t think I’ll ever not call it the T, as well as refer to Central Park as The Common!!! But I’m working on it *

The wheels are spinning with fun plans for Sip & Script, and retail is a big part of it. We will rollout a fun new shop soon so people who don’t live in New England can soon get to experience a Sip & Script! It was important to attend and meet the awesome creatives making beautiful stuff. We met some great new friends and got to to say hi to awesome people we luckily already know who had their own booths this year (Angela Liguori with Studio Carta, Albertine Press, Parrott Design Studio and Lovepop)

A bonus was discovering  The Frying Pan, which we learned is a boat turned restaurant right by the Javits! Perfect way to toast to a lovely trip.

Thank you NSS and all the wonderful vendors who helped fuel our passion for creating! More soon.