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First of all, thank you for stopping by! I’m so glad you are here reading my very first blog post. This is super exciting and equally terrifying. I’m giving this blogging thing a try and this is the beginning of my journey. Since this is my very first blog post, I will give you a glimpse of how I started calligraphy. 

How I started Calligraphy | The Story of How Vial Designs began

I’ve always had a special interest in letters. Since I was little, I was always mesmerized by the different lettering styles. Even before I learned how to read, I’d copy some of the letters and words I saw in books. I didn’t know what the word meant, but I loved how it looked. I’d ask my mom to read and explain to me what I wrote. I enjoyed experimenting and trying new things when it came to my handwriting. But even back then with all my love for letters, I had to clue about modern calligraphy until recently.

My calligraphy journey began when my best friend asked me the most important question yet, will you marry me? Besides saying yes and being the best decision of my life, planning my own wedding lead me to discover calligraphy. I’m a crafty person at heart. So I wanted my wedding to have a handmade touch and addressing my wedding invitations added just that. I immediately fell in love with this beautiful art.

Maira & Juan Vial Engagement Picture by Severine Photography | How I started Calligraphy | The Beginning of Vial Designs

I spent days and days glued to my desk researching everything I could about calligraphy. With what I learned, I was able to address my wedding invitations and created decor for my wedding. They were not perfect, but it was my best work at the time and I was so proud. This was the beginning of this beautiful journey. This was how I started calligraphy! 

My passion for calligraphy didn’t end as my wedding day was over. It made me realize that it was something I wanted to continue doing. Calligraphy and hand lettering were the things I admired since I was little. But back then I didn’t know they were an art I could learn.

I kept researching and learning everything about calligraphy. I thought myself the basics. Then, I began to discover some pretty amazing calligraphers and lettering artists. I wanted to learn their tips and tricks to up my game. At this point, my then fiance and now husband gave me his full support. This is when I started taking classes from the best in the industry, like Amanda Arneill and Laura Hooper. Believe me, calligraphy is not as simple as grabbing a pen and deciding to do start lettering. It’s actually a little more involved than that.

After some time of learning, and a LOT of practice, here I am now! I’m starting my website and my business. I can’t tell you how much work, sweat, (and some tears) I’ve put into making this dream a reality and I couldn’t be more excited!!!

How I started Calligraphy | Mr. & Mrs. Vial Our Wedding Day | The beginning of Vial Designs

I want to give all the credit for this passion turned into business to my amazing husband! Thank you for being my biggest fan and supporter!

In this corner of the Internet reserved for Vial Designs, I will continue to share my journey. I’ve found that the more I share what I know, the more I learn. In here, you will find all things calligraphy and hand lettering with sparks of DIY and inspiration for your everyday life.

If you’d like to get involved in this beautiful world of calligraphy, then I’m so happy you are here. I’ve written a few blog posts that will get you on the right track.

Thanks for much for reading and I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments, some of the things you would love to learn or find out more about!

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