Limited Edition Ernest Hemingway Shirts

Custom-designed calligraphy art featuring a quote from A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: "You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” Shirts are available in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes:


Words of Hope Giveaway

I would like to do a giveaway of our first segmented and spiral tail oblique holder (holly and redheart with bullock flange) this Christmas Season for something that is very near and dear to my heart. 

1. Write a note of encouragement to a child who is hospitalized or suffering from a serious illness. Your words can bring hope and joy into their lives during this extremely difficult time and help them find the strength to keep fighting.

Please take a photo of your card and envelope and post it with the hashtag #wordsofhopegiveway on Instagram

Cards for Hospitalized Kids
6567 N. Olmsted
Chicago, IL 60631

All guidelines on how to write your cards can be found at:

2. Follow @colorsofchrist on Instagram.

3. Tag a friend to join. 

Even if you do not want to enter this giveaway, I encourage you to send your wishes along to the address above regardless. Your words can bring smiles and hopes in ways you cannot imagine.

This giveaway will end December 19th, 2015, 11:59PM and the winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day. 

What to Write:

Please refrain from writing "get well" or "feel better." This is very important because many patients are suffering chronic or terminal illnesses. If you cannot find the right words, here are some messages you may choose to write:

"I'm thinking of you and I hope today is better for you than yesterday."

"I believe in you. Do not forget how special you are." 


My Favorite Modern Day Nibs

1. Leonardt Principal

This is my absolute go-to for all scripts and the nib that I suggest for beginners. Its flexibility allows for dramatic swells, fine hairlines, and trains you to keep the light touch we all intuitively have. While it may be hard to control for beginners, my opinion is that it is worth it even if you end up breaking it. While G nibs (a more popular beginner nib) are more forgiving, they require more pressure and if you get accustomed to that pressure, it becomes hard to gain back a light touch.

Available at Paper Ink Arts

2. Gillott 303

This smaller nib allows you to create finer hairlines and decent shades. I think of it as my mini Leonardt Principal. The modern day version can be a little catchy on the upstrokes but its pros outweighs this. I mainly use this for Spencerian and Engrosser's Script.

Available at Paper Ink Arts

3. Brause Rose Nib

This nib creates huge swells and decent hairlines for the size. I usually use this for Ornamental Script on envelopes or where larger writing is required. It can be hard to get the ink flowing on this one so it's good to have a piece of scrap paper nearby so you can "poke"/"stab" one point to get it started.

Available at Paper Ink Arts

4. Gillot 1068a

This nib is less flexible than the above but is amazing for Engrossing. Master Penman William A. Lilly uses this nib exclusively.

Available at Paper Ink Arts

Please do not let the above list stop you from trying other nibs. It is always good to browse and test them out for yourself. We all write differently so you may appreciate other nibs more than some of the above. I say that nibs are like shoes. These are my favorite Louboutins. Go discover yours ;)


Collaboration with the Migraine Research Foundation

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) to design a T-shirt for their fundraiser. The design features the Japanese characters for zanshin and an English explanation: "Zanshin means having an overflowing spirit. Never give up and have just a little more energy than you think you do. Finish strong!" 

Please support this fundraiser by purchasing your T-shirt (or tank or long sleeve or hoodie!) on: Teespring

100% of all profit from this campaign will be donated to the MRF where 100% of every donation goes directly to fund research.