Last week I was in Atlanta for the Haven conference. I had a wonderful time meeting up with blogging friends old and new as well as attending some sessions to help me improve what I’m doing here on the blog. Some sessions were very technical and dove into things like SEO, while others were more creative (you can guess which ones were more fun for me!). One such delightful session was lead by Amy Latta the creative tour-de-force behind the blog One Artsy Momma.
I had not had the pleasure of meeting Amy before, but I have to tell you I was instantly charmed by her. She is incredibly creative, which you’d expect from her blog title, and her passion for her craft shines through. The session that I attended was an intimate gathering focused on faux calligraphy and watercolor art. It was sponsored by Michaels and Plaid Crafts and oh, what a treat it was!
These sponsors generously gave us top-notch supplies (which we got to keep!!) so that we could actually dip our toes into the deeper waters of this specialty art form. And, thanks to Amy’s easygoing teaching style, we were able to pick up the basics of how to write genuinely lovely letters.
Amy shared special techniques on how to fake calligraphy – which I loved learning – as well as how to create watercolor art with something called a water brush (affiliate link) – with which I instantly fell in love!!!
Seriously, this brush is amazingly cool, and I know I’ll be sharing more about that with you soon. We used a stencil to create the watercolor artwork which was another technique I had not yet explored (but you can bet I’ll be doing more of it!). We were going to write a message on it with our new faux calligraphy skills, but we chatted too much and ran out of time.
Amy has just written a new book titled Hand Lettering for Relaxation (affiliate link). I love this description of her book on Amazon: “Hand Lettering for Relaxation is the perfect way to cultivate calmness and joy while creating beautiful works of art. While hand lettering can look intimidating, artist and blogger Amy Latta has a friendly and down-to-earth approach that will give you the confidence to draw impressive designs with ease.” And how right they are!
Amy’s book really does make it easy!
I was so excited to purchase her book not only for the wonderful inspiration and tutorials that are enclosed but also because of the story that Amy shared with us.
You see, Amy, her husband, and her son are about to adopt a 10-year-old boy from China, and she is using the money from the sales of this book to help fund the adoption! Isn’t that wonderful?!
Adoption is always a celebration but adopting a 10-year-old is pretty rare because so often families want babies or toddlers. But what the Latta’s are doing is amazing. I love this saying on Amy’s blog:
'Adopting one child won’t change the world, but for that one child, the world will change.' - Amy LattaClick To Tweet
You can read more about their adoption story here on her blog. I just wanted to hug her – which I did! 🙂
I hope you will pick up a copy of her book (affiliate link) to help support the wonderful gift this family is giving to this little boy and of course visit her blog. I know you will be blessed by both.
You can also find all kinds of printables and tutorials on Amy’s blog which will get you in the crafting mood!
I enjoyed it so much and look forward to sharing some fun crafts with you soon.