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#LACreatives: the local artists who inspire us

Through a mix of mediums, formats and perspectives local artists illuminate the unknown, color the previously black-and-white and add depth to our understanding of our surroundings, our lives, circumstances and more. Through our research process for the Thought provokers series we’ve come across so many works of art that have inspired us and we’d like to share some of our favorites we you below.

Ballerina @toiyalea 🤘🏻 Toi’ya and I have been planning to shoot together since 2015. Glad we finally got it done. You killed it!! Special thanks to @spivakdesigns for the cool ass table. 😊🙏🏼 . . . #vonhale #vonhalestudios #ballet #ballerina #dance #dancer #contemporarydance #moderndance #art #fineart #dancephotography #photography #photoshoot #strength #athlete #yoga #paulcbuff #parabolix #balletfeet #balletdancer #fineartphotography

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No time lapse: @sharpie oil based acrylic paint pen on mirror, grid lines with @stabilo Aquarelle pencil. WATCH TIL THE END – DID YOU SEEE???? Tell@me if you saw! 😊 SOMEONE WANTS TO SAY HELLO! 🤗❤️ @calligkatrina @alexisthegreatpreemie #calligraphy #calligraphykatrina #calligraphyvideo #lettering #motherhood #wedding #weddinginspiration #luxury #inspiration #cknotimelapse #oddlysatisfying #instacool #instalike #instagood #instavideo #babiesofinstagram #babies #work #workingmom

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happy thursday, friends! 💓 just a gentle reminder to do something for yourself today!! things i need to remind myself: (and i hope this helps you too!) you are full of life & you are valuable. sprinkle kindness wherever you go. life is beautiful & so are you. 📷: my bestie @mommasofia • • #thekimicollective #sprinklekindness #spreadkindness #lovelife #dailyaffirmations #keepsocialmediasocial #doyou #happythoughts #calledtobecreative #creativeheart #bekind #dogood

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This wind swept Sutro Baths shoot made it to @thewhitewren blog today! More beautiful pictures on their blog. Link in profile. . . photographer: @brambleandvinephotography / venue: Sutro Baths / floral designer: @bloomwellandco / dress designer: @tatyanamerenyuk / cake designer: @elisecakes / makeup artist: @lockslasheslips / jewelry: Rothstein Jewelers of Beverly Hills / model: @emilycatherinewhite / calligraphy: @estherclarkco / film lab: @goodmanfilmlab / jeweler @rothsteinjewelry / model @emilycatherinewhite . . #thewhitewren #weddingblog #filmisnotdead #fineartwedding #filmlovers #happilyeverafter #weddingphotography #fineartphotography #weddinginspiration #fineartphotographer #weddinginspo #bride #bridalwear #bridalgown #weddinggown #weddingdress #weddingdresses #fujifilm_profilm #goodmanfilmlab #bridalhairstyle #bridalstyle #tatyanamerenyuk #simpleweddingdresses #Europeanwedding #europeanweddingdress #californiacoastwedding #modernweddingdress #losangelesweddingphotographer #californiawedding #Sutrobaths

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Mesmerized by this editorial shoot not only because of how it turned out but more so of its adorable concept – we became a tribe of story tellers with this one 👌🏼 . photography: @amandalanephotography florals: @vellanestfloral paper goods & calligraphy: @kidgolightly rentals: @warehouseroserentals day of styling: @sisteredstates hair and make-up: @anastasia_stylist bride’s dress: @lovelybride & @lovelybridedallas flower girl dress: @bentleyandlace tiara: @elizabethleebridal bride model: @mccallmeaidan

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Faux vs. Real – This is how I started with calligraphy. I was way too intimidated to buy a real calligraphy pen so I just tried to "fake" the look by filling in some thicker areas with a normal pen… but I didn't really know what "downstrokes" were so my letters always looked kinda off 😅 — These days, I use faux calligraphy all the time! On ornaments, mirrors, Easter eggs, leather.. any surface where I can't use my nib 🖊You can get a really cool look – although let's be honest, the nib is 5x faster and those hairlines can't be beat 😆 — If you wanna give this "faux calligraphy" technique a try, my CALLIGRAFAKE email course is still available! 😃 — 👉 crookedcalligraphy.com/calligrafake

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Filmed with my left hand…not a good idea.😞 here's the #brushletterpracticechallenge word a few days late. #enjoy #video #moderncalligraphy #brushlettering #needmorepractice #brushpractice #cursive #cypress

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⚠️⚠️ GIVEAWAY CLOSED⚠️⚠️ . Hiiiii everyone! I promised a giveaway a couple months ago, but I got busy and had no time. So here it is!! . . How to enter: 1. Like this post! 2. Make sure you’re following me @calligraphykelley 🙂 3. Comment by tagging as many different friends as you can! (1 tag = 1 entry). . . One Winner will get: – A signed Modern Calligraphy 101 book – 4 Tombow Dual Brush Pen – A personalize notebook (winner will be able to choose what they want on the cover) – 2 Recollection Embossing powders – A Staedtler Beginners Calligraphy Set – A Pentel Watercolor Brush (M) – A personalize quote . . A winner will be chosen using a random number generator on July 13th! Open to USA residents only. Goodluuuuck & thank you for all the support! . . #moderncalligraphy #brushlettering #lettering #handlettering #modernscript #handwrittenfont #handmadefont #handdrawnfont #typographyinspired #typematters #pointedpen#typespired #calligrafriends #artstagram #weddingsignage #letteringchallenge #thedailytype #weddingcalligraphy #goodtype #calligraphymasters #typeinspire #dslettering #typegan #makersvillage #creatorsvillage #handletteredabcs #calligraphybasics #learnlettering #learncalligraphy #calligraphygiveaway

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I’ll be out of the studio next week, so getting in a bit of weekend work plus tending to my garden before I head out of town. 🌿🖋💕 – Real time video | fake address | white ink, Nikko G nib & wood pen holder via lhcalligraphy.com/shop along with all the new ink colors just added this week! #lhcvideos

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There are so many amazing women that I am so thankful to have in my life. These women inspire me, motivate me, and encourage me to dream bigger and try new things! I’m also blown away by the amount of talent and girl bossing (is that a word? 😅) that I’ve been seeing lately. Let’s spread some love and tag some ladies who inspire you in the comments below! 🙌🏻💕 . . . . . . #womanempowerment #suyl_july2018 #womancrusheveryday #empoweredwomen #girlboss #creativepreneur #ipadlettering #ipadcalligraphy #procreatelettering #procreatecalligraphy

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I’m baaaack guys. For real this time I promise! 😉 I just took the biggest leap of faith with my business and invested in business coaching and am working with the amazing @jennarainey to get my act together and better my business and she’s holding me accountable to showing up on social media 🙈 So here we go! I’ve been so busy these past couple of months and have soooo much to share with you! Here is a sneak peek on a suite that has been SO much fun to customize and bring to life. My clients went all out with everything and I can’t wait to show you more but for now here’s a peek at just some of the elements of this suite: vellum wrap with watercolor florals, letterpress invites (thanks @czarpress !), & a watercolor map. Like I said this is only a few of the beautiful upgrades K&P chose for their one of a kind wedding invitations and I can’t get over any of it! Stay tuned for more peeks and lots of behind the scenes of how my process works and what goes into creating pieces like these! • • • #dailydoseofpaper #weddingpalette #weddingcolors #weddingpaper #weddinginvitation #weddinginvitationsuite #weddinginvitations #weddingwednesdays #weddingstationery #abmlifeiscolorful #futuremrs #futurewife #socalbride #engaged💍 #engagedlife #sobridaltheory #stylemeprettyweddings #stylemeprettybride #huffpostido #weddingidea #weddinginvites #weddinginspo #aislesociety #weddingblog #socalbrideblog #futuremrandmrs #losangelesweddingplanner #losangelesbride #flatlaytips #flatlaylove

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Calligraphing allll the name cards for my watercolor class tomorrow at @shoppigment. Can’t wait to meet everyone who signed up! If you’ve been wanting to learn floral watercolor and are in the San Diego area, there’s a couple spots left! Class is from 2-5pm and includes all high quality supplies, snacks and @healthade kombucha! Go to @shoppigment link in profile (https://www.shoppigment.com/collections/events/products/watercolor-workshop-july-14-2018-2-5pm) to sign up. Hope to see you there! PS! Check my stories today if you’re curious about the calligraphy supplies I’m using in this video!! #jennaraineyworkshop #jennarainey #watercolor #watercolour #art #artwork #paint #painting #sketch #goodmorningart #art_daily #watercolorflorals #floralwatercolor #instagood #instadaily #dailyart #leafwatercolor #top_watercolor #artistic_nation #arts_promoter #wewholeart #buzzfeedart #artistic

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Working on a mural in Bali, was so cool to exchange work for food 🙂 #yomaraugusto #abstractcalligraphy #contemporaryart #abstract #yoprocessing #pages #bookart #printsfrompages #yomaraugustostudio #20182019cycle #abstractexpressionism #bali

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Casual #romanletters #calligraphy done with #winsorandnewton #sablebrush and #gouache on #cansonpaper — an exercise from John Stevens' class at camp Cheerio, North Carolina. Just thought of some #fun #spell from #harrypotter — it's leviOsa not leviosA!

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Rock on lettering ✍🏼 #calligraphy #calligraphymasters #dailycalligraphy #lettering #instagram #rocks #weddingcalligraphy

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Come paint the night away 🙌🏼 and join us for Watercolor Portraits on Thursday 8.23 from 7-9pm ($46) and learn color blending, layering, and helpful techniques in using pallet watercolors to paint a beautiful portrait. A basic outline sketch will be provided so each student can jump into painting right away! Wine & Watercolor BYOB! LINK IN BIO * * * #watercolor#makersmess #makeamess#losfeliz#echopark #silverlake#losangeles#losangelesworkshops #la#laworkshops#laevents#atwatervillage#makersmovement#abmcraftylife#makersgonnamake#virgilvillage #diy#abmcrafty#watercolorworkshop #painting#dscolor#portrait#portraitpainting#watercolorportrait#watercolor#watercolors #faces #idols

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Monsters table numbers and leafy escort cards! Can you tell what show I’ve been binge watching lately? 🌿🍃🌱⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Plumeandpulp.com⠀ #practicemakesprogress #handmade #handwritten #handlettered #handmadefont #dailytype #goodtype #brushcalligraphy #typeinspired #calligraphy #caligraphymasters #handletteringdaily #handletteringpractice #illustrations #letteringcommunity #craftqueen👑 #losangelesartist #craftaholic #paperphile #handcraftedinlosangeles #handletteringdaily #letteringtribe #handcraftedcards #plumeandpulp #losangelescalligrapher #younger #monstera⠀ ⠀

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Hi 👋🏼 everyone! I was just curious where you all are from! I live in Southern California 🏝 but am originally from Arizona 🌵 I am definitely a person who would rather be hot than cold … in fact I don’t even own a real winter coat! 😳 anyways I thought it would be fun to see where you all are from so let me know in the comments below 👇🏼 and throw in your best home-moji. That’s a word, right? 😜. Pen used: Pentel Touch Sign

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// Trotting into the weekend like ✨👌🏻

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Beautiful #familysession @kjp1227 #lifestylephotography #blackandwhitephotography #photoshoot #portraitphotography #photography #photographer #lifestyleblogger #familytime #instafamily

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