In addition to the fibre arts, I have a second hobby that I enjoy just as much in a completely different way: calligraphy and lettering. I'm a graphic designer in my day job, and I've always had a love of letterforms and swirly, swooshy lines. Earlier this year I started an instagram account so I could easily share that art. Here are some of my favourite pieces:

Fancy lettering with lots of flourishes and detail...

White gel pen on black cardstock...

I love you more than anything. . . . #gelpen #inkthusiasm

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A stylized letter B that I did for the annual "Inktober" challenge (to make a new ink drawing each day of the month)...

And colouring pages, that I sometimes colour in myself.

"You could sell these!" people said, so I dusted off my Etsy shop and started to edit my profile there. And then... well, friends, I don't want to make this blog political at all (I have my personal Facebook for that sort of thing. Bleagh.) so I'll just leave it at this: then the US Presidential election happened, and I have some serious concerns about our future. Doing something small is better than doing nothing at all, so I started uploading pieces to the shop with the following promise:

**ALL PROCEEDS** from Inkthusiasm sales through January 20, 2017 will be donated to the ACLU, the SPLC, and Planned Parenthood. Every single dollar I make will be sent along. (So far there are only two dollars in that pot, but you gotta start somewhere.) There are some desktop wallpapers, printable art pieces for your walls, and I'll be working on adding more colouring pages next.

If you like my lettering work, please follow me on Instagram and enjoy! And with that, I'll get back to the usual irregularly-scheduled blogposts about fibre arts. :)

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