Austin-based calligrapher Amanda Reid first took a calligraphy class as a way to de-stress from her demanding curriculum while studying to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. In 2019, she started her own business in calligraphy while continuing to work as a physical therapist. “It’s a form of self-care,” says Amanda. “Whenever I get stressed, I pull out my pens.”
How a hobby became a business
Amanda’s style is less traditional, more modern and eclectic. She began teaching calligraphy workshops, which she’s been teaching online during the pandemic. Amanda built her business through word of mouth on Instagram and founded the online community @calligraphersofcolor, which has grown to more than 14,000 followers.
Amanda recommends starting with brush markers, which are easier to use and less messy than pen and ink. “Start by taking a workshop or using a book or video tutorial to learn the basic strokes,” she advises. “From there, you can start to develop your own style.”
“Creating hand-lettered projects for the holidays makes it more personal and special. When someone comes to your home and sees their name at the table or on a gift, it makes them feel welcomed.” —