12 free scripty calligraphy fonts

What do you think of calligraphy? I’ve long been fascinated by it and I’ve tried my hand at it many times. The end result is generally very depressing and awkward but that only levels up my admiration of artists who make it look effortless. If you’re like me and you have no calligraphic bones in your body you’ll love this list of free (for personal use) calligraphy fonts. Do you have a fave that I haven’t included? Leave me a comment and let me know.


Instagrammer of the week #027 – Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin’s world sure does look colourful. The designer and owner of Canadian sustainable paper goods brand Ecojot finds inspiration in the colours, patterns and shapes she sees around her. I especially love her floral work – so beautiful!
Follow Carolyn on Instagram and check out her Etsy store too.

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Office inspiration #020

I’m pretty sure I say this all the time but oh my gawd I can’t wait ’til we move into a place of our own. I’m looking forward to total wall freedom and the joy that will surely follow with the ability to put art wherever I want! The problem is, I’ve never owned a house before and I have NO clue where to start and unfortunately this lack of knowledge makes it really easy to fall into a pattern of inaction. Do you live in your own home? How did you get started on the path to owning your own home? Share your secrets and advice with me oh wise homeowners!

I can definitely see a situation like this happening in my own home. Gene Meyer’s creative space speaks to me on so many levels. I love the four different shades of green that anchor the space, I think they are pretty important. And the collage, oh the collage. I love it. I kinda feel like that is what the inside of my brain looks like – snapshots of colour and images that meld together in perfect chaos.

New stickers added to the store – piggy bank

Hi everyone. I hope you’re having an awesome start to the week. I popped a whole heap of new stickers in the Etsy shop a few weeks ago including these piggy bank stickers for planners, diaries, journals and calendars. The stickers are printed on 130gsm paper so they aren’t too flimsy (Lord knows I hate flimsy stickers). There are 70 in a sheet and they are a steal at AUD $2.50. Grab yours now or take a look around at the other goodies in my Happy Mail Day store.

Piggy bank stickers

Instagrammer of the week #026 – May Designs

If you’re looking for a splash of colour to brighten up your Insta feed I suggest you follow May Designs. They make these really cute and colourful personalised notebooks, agendas and stationery. The patterned covers are so bright and being able to choose custom features is such a great way to get exactly what you want. If you’re a notebook fiend like me be prepared to spend ages scrolling through their pretty pictures! Follow May Designs on Instagram. You can thank me later.

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Inspirational women in science by Rachel Ignotofsky

I’ve written about the stunning work of Rachel Ignotofsky before. She creates beautiful illustrations, many with sciency themes like this desert ecosystem print or this anatomy of a flower. Rachel recently released new artand a new book – celebrating the groundbreaking work of women in science. These world-changing women are perfect role models for aspiring young scientists and it is so great that artists like Rachel remind us of their legacy and the paths they paved for us.

Rosalind Franklin – the chemist who discovered the structure of DNA.

Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.

Jane Goodall – world renowned primatologist, conservationist and ethologist.

Instagrammer of the week #025 – Quill & Fox

Yas Imamura from Quill & Fox has long been one of my favourite designers. I’m not sure what it was exactly that drew me to her work, but it is so sweet and endearing. I have a few of her prints and I just love her illustrations. Not only is she super talented, she’s also super sweet too. Follow Yas on Instagram.

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Inspiring Office Pieces of Artwork

Considering the time an average worker spends in the office, it is only natural to pay attention to its design and décor. This space is like a second home, and there is no reason to strip it of any character and appeal. Besides, art has its rightful place in any environment, be it residential or business one. It lifts the spirit and ignites passion, so to think outside the neutral-colored, sterile box and do not hesitate to summon the artistic bliss.

Displaying office art does more than just enhance the visual appeal of the office. Work environment, via a wide array of cues and stimuli, has a profound effect on our psyche. Personalizing the space, for instance, has a direct influence on the workflow.

So, introduce family photos, hang paper tassels, take art prints from home, or split the image into printable-sized parts to get a makeshift mural. There are, of course, many other ways to add life to empty walls. Bear in mind that the choice of colors is paramount and that it can make a small office appear bigger.

You can also create a printable calendar or arrange a few clipboards and picture frames in a strategic manner to create a discreet command center. My personal favorite, though, is a wall-mounted kraft paper roll. The otherwise unwieldy cylinder becomes more cooperative once attached to shelf brackets or miscellaneous hardware.

Finally, few things evoke inspiration as a timeless wisdom embodied in a strong quote. The beauty of it is that this is neither expensive nor labor-intensive way to infuse the office with more appeal. One can also employ lightweight plywood letters: Apart from thin underlayment pieces, you would need only a jigsaw.

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Mood boards are a great addition to any workplace. Namely, a work board can serve as a place for outlining projects or capturing brainstorming sessions. At the same time, it represents a nice visual spectacle. Indeed, one can list mood boards among the great examples of inspiring office art.

I would also not miss a chance to immerse in origami, the art of paper folding. It enables us to put together a visual symphony of sharp angles and lines. The variety of basic folds is astounding and allows you to get creative. Larger arrangements can adorn ceilings, and it is quite easy to replace them when needed.

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Furthermore, try to assemble an adorable corner work area. Apply the decorative woodwork to your working desk and turn it into a stylish centerpiece. Get into DIY projects in the league of a dry-erase frame, pencil cup, paper succulents.

Speaking of succulents, I have also seen a stunning example of Succulent Phone. Basically, you take an old phone apart and replace the innards with potting soil. While you are at it, spruce up the mousepad with tape and paint and let your artistic taste spill over into the digital realm by choosing a mesmerizing desktop background.

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Just do not lose sight of functionality and create storage space that is both visually pleasing and handy. Green plastic bins can be transformed into vintage locker pieces with a fresh coat of nickel paint. If you want to add some shelves, why not do it in an industrial style.

So, get your hands on heavy-duty galvanized piping and couple it with boards and mounting hardware. A much simpler solution would be to make hanging clips with paper clip hacks for smaller items. And if DIY pegboard sounds like your cup of tea, purchase some T-pins to organize your supplies.

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The revolution in office design is underway. Draw inspiration from the living environment and the majestic, vivid world around you. Not everyone can afford a state-of-the-art office, but with a bit of creativity and work, you can make your cubicle a pleasant place and lighten your mood. Art is a powerful motivation-booster and goes a long way in making you feel better at work. Get past unimaginative and boring and feel your motivation and productivity make a big leap forward.

About Lana
Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and an advisory editor at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.

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