Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ohhhh-Free Books! and you can win too!

This is so cool-I put up a list of very cool books from Chronicle and then they *MIGHT* choose me and one of my readers to win this haul-for the Haulidays-HA HA=Get it?Oh you have to comment below to have a chance at winning!

Heres my listo!

Creative Time: The Book:

Permanence: Tattoo Portraits by Kip Fulbeck

Street Sketchbook: Inside the Journals of International Street and Graffiti Artists

Indie Craft

Stencil 101 Journal

Gig Posters Volume I: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century
Quirk Books

Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition

Young Guns 6 and The Undiscovered Letter

Street Sketch Book-Journeys-looks cool
The Exquisite Book- a collab of many artists-this looks very cool-how can you go wrong wiht DaveEggers?
David Choe-He so crazy ( but so so talented!)
Pictorial Websters-all the neato drawings from the dictionary with out the pesky words and all
AIGA Year in Design-the top of toppermost graphic designers compete here
Cult Streetwear-thats what I would like the Letterworks project dudes and dudettes to do

Made & Sold: Toys, T-shirts, Prints, Zines, and Other Stuff

More Things Like This

Art by Tattooists: Beyond Flash

Dan Eldon: The Art of Life

Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera

The Handy Book of Artistic Printing: A Collection of Letterpress Examples with Specimens of Type, Ornament, Corner Fills, Borders, Twisters, Wrinklers, and other Freaks of Fancy
Princeton Architectural Press

I think these blue lettered ones will link ya right to the books themselves-give it a try ( I just got tired of typing!

Right on Chronicle Books! I love that I got to browse these ultra cool books-what a selection -and Im not just saying that to get chosen-at all!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


My holiday class at Glen Ivy Hot Springs!

Holiday Lettering from the Heart with Lisa Engelbrecht
Friday, December 10, 1:30pm, in the Tiempo Lounge, at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in Corona.

The class session with supplies are all included in Glen Ivy Hot Srings Spa general admission price of $52.*
Enjoy this holiday mini-class with Lisa, along with a relaxing day at the Spa.
For more details,paste this link into your browser

Note: This event is hosted by Glen Ivy Spa, and no advance reservations are required.
For more info visit,
* there is a15% discount on admission price for 55+ and teachers with ID.

SEATTLE TRIP! Blog Coming Soon!!

OK-BACK from Seattle-It was awesome! I will blog soon about the fab class-and all our adventures but the pics are up on the Flickr stream if you cant wait! Link is here on the side!

Friday, November 19, 2010

THANK YOU SEATTLE! Tubs here I come!

THANK YOU SEATTLE! My Pop up class is sold out! We are taking a wait list tho=please contact me if youd like to be on it! I am SO excited to fly north! Besides seeing my daughter and my friends, I've been surprised wiht a day of beauty at Aveda-nice AND a trip to the tubs-one of the best graff places ever! Look for a Kickstarter project soon to support our Letterworks Graff Diversion classes. Things are popping now!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I will be in Seattle for Thanksgiving and my friend, Teesha Moore has offered her awesome Artfest Annex downtown for a short lettering workshop on Saturday. I thought maybe some of you might be interested if you're in that area-it will be super easy and creative-a very short supply list-Here's the info= I would really appreciate any help you could give me to get the word out-this being a last minute spontaneous sort of deal!

Pop Up Lettering Workshop
A quick trip to Seattle and good friends that will give me an awesome space to have a class equals a super fun and easy class. How does simple tools and fun alphabets sound? Just using a regular felt tip pen you can create many variations of cool lettering. We’ll explore simple mono linear alphabets, a Scripty style, no-lift letters that you fill with color,blending and glittery pens. You’ll also learn Sailor Jerry and steampunk-y style tattoo letters that can also be fun “filled”. These letters are good for journals, artwork, cards and correspondence that will knock their socks off. I’ll bring an assortment of my pen stash for you to try. You’ll get a selection of handouts to be inspired. Even if you’ve never picked up a calligraphy pen you will enjoy these fun,free and fancy letters!


Ball-point pens or felt tipped mono linear ( this means NOT a calligraphy pen) pens, Micron, Martha Stewart-whatever you have

Scrap paper-bond paper-anything you may have to write on.

Optional: A couple pieces of watercolor paper at least one hot press and one cold press-torn into workable sizes

Paper scraps you have and want to contribute to community share pile!

If ( and only if) you have a Larger journal ( 9 X 12?) to work in- somewhat better paper inside to take watercolor well-and if it could lie flat-like a spiral bound journal it would be sweet

Optional: Black paper-a pad of strathmore artagain or what you can find 9 X 12

Gel pens and or colored pencils you have, watercolor pencils even better-but only if you have these

DATE- SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27-1:30-4:30-Thanksgiving weekend
LOCATION- THE ARTFEST ANNEX 89 Yesler Way, Seattle 98104
Take a look at the space at
PRICE- $45
Please contact Lisa at



Lisa Engelbrecht is a lettering and mixed media artist and passionately pursues lettering of all types on all surfaces, Lisa teaches workshops and classes internationally specializing in lettering on fabric, experimental lettering and the creative process. She has been on the faculty of ten international lettering conferences and she teaches at collage, quilting and alternative arts conferences nation wide. Lisa is also a freelance lettering artist for American Greetings and she is the author of the best selling book Modern Mark Making, from Classic Calligraphy to Hip Lettering., (Quarry, Publisher) Now in paperback under the name Modern Calligraphy. She is currently developing a graffiti diversion program in her hometown of Long Beach, California

Lisa Engelbrecht

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I will be selling my stuff at the Bowers Museum Quilt Faire in Santa Ana this weekend-both Saturday and Sunday! -check out this link here. I'll have books and new art and some new little doodads-Please come visit-I think the quilt exhibit is going to be great -American Quilts-2 centuries of American Tradition and Techniques (there's a lecture too! America's Funniest Quilts) AND there are 4 other exhibits

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Here we go! What a crazy weekend. It all started at the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica where the lovely Victoria led us in Fabric Dyeing-Of course I had to buy a bunch of soda ash and dyes-hope to tie dye the new Peace Tshirts! Then on to Demo Day at Art Supply Warehouse where Darrin and Dino and Wendy made it super fun! On Sunday I taught at the beautiful Glen Ivy Hot Springs- Flowing Letters for the Society for Calligraphy-The day was gray and misty-but magical and mysterious. I loved the scribbling the scribes did-check it out! Theres also some nature pics, sugar skulls class and art walk and whatever I was up to lately. I've posted some pictures of all of the above on my Flickr site-click on the Flickr at left to go and visit!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


The new issue of Somerset's Workshop is now onthe stands-and My Work is featured in it-Theres a cool messenger bag project with step outs, a creative wall hanging, backgrounds explained and an exemplar on Casual Brush Lettering too! Also theres a very nice article from Ruth Rae-some killer black hearts wit words stitched on them. and Pam Carriker is in this magazine too-I like her work. ALSO Ive posted some new pictures on my Flicker account-a local urban art show I went to-and My International Quilt Association Donation quilt for their auction in Houston -my newest painted wallet-and probably some other stuff-Im going to work on new originals for the etsy site! -tonight...maybe... after Dexter?

Friday, September 24, 2010


A brand new flyer for my trip to Italy and you get to preview it first here!
-Please join me-this is gonna be great!
May 2011!

One of the things Lisa remember most about Orvieto, Italy were the flowers everywhere! It seemed every villa was adorned with balconies of cascading flowers and vines and lined with color. For her second trip with Adventures in Italy she thought, 'What a wonderful opportunity to explore the nature and beauty of plein-air flower painting.

Plein-air is a french expression that means “in the open air” and that’s where this workshop will venture - out into the beautiful village of Orvieto- the perfect example of a country town.
You will begin by learning the basics of Lisa's no fail “Really Easy” watercolor flower techniques in the lovely classroom at our B&B. You will use fresh flowers from the local farmers market to study! Soon you will venture out to the quiet streets and meadows of Orvieto, a classic hilltop town in central Italy. Communal class painting and individual solitary sojourns will spark individual and class critiques. Midweek Lisa will introduce a simple style of pointed pen lettering you will love - even if you’ve never done calligraphy before. Lisa promises you will succeed at this wonderful art form.Once you are lettering, you can label your paintings, write flower quotations, and
journal your innermost thoughts and feelings.

Lisa is truly excited to share with you this style of painting. You will learn about and paint the semitropical flowers of Orvieto like bougainvillea and wild orchids. You will receive a book of exemplars and samples for further study while you create a floral journal to remember this once-in-a- lifetime trip.

Cost - $2875. Fee includes six nights double occupancy lodging, six breakfasts, one dinner, all cultural events, course kit and instruction. Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, meals are not prearranged allowing you prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. We give lots of advice and no one eats alone! Travel costs are not included.

• Introduction to the simple joys of Italian culture.
• Cook a delectable meal with a fabulous Italian
chef, while learning the secrets of using fresh local
• Visit a vineyard and meet the owner as he tells you
his philosophy for creating wines with character. Sip
several of his favorites and learn how each is unique -
a most intimate wine tasting.
• Shop as the locals do at the weekly market, where
fresh local produce makes tempting ingredients for a
picnic lunch.
• Discover the history and production of olive oil as you
take part in an olive oil tasting in an historic Etruscan
• Linger as you explore the finest Gothic cathedral in
all of Italy.
Lisa started making art and letters to avoid having a real job and now passionately pursues lettering of all types on all surfaces. She's a lettering artist and instructor in calligraphy and mixed media. Lisa teaches workshops and classes internationally specializing in lettering on fabric, experimental lettering and the creative process. She is a self titled Letterista, somewhat a rebel and her unique style has landed her on the faculty of ten international lettering conferences and she teaches at collage, quilting and alternative arts conferences nationwide. In 2006 Lisa introduced new multi- media classes at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas. She is interested not only in classical letterforms but also alternative surfaces for lettering and current street influences on modern calligraphy. Lisa has never followed the rules of the lettering art world and prides herself on this fact. She has translated this attitude to her work and teaching methods. She is a frequent contributor to Somerset Studios and her work on fabric was featured on the covers of Legacies and Quilting Arts magazines. She is currently creating a graffiti diversion program in her city of Long Beach, California and has designed her first tattoo! In 2010 Lisa was a presenter at TypeCon, an international type conference. Her work is featured in the soon to be released Somerset Workshop and the book,Art Saves by Jenny Doh. Lisa is the author of the best selling book from Rockport /Quarry Publishing, Modern Mark Making, from Classic Calligraphy to Hip Lettering. ( The just released paperback version has a brand new title-
Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering-but the same goodness inside!)


Friday, September 17, 2010


I HAD SO MANY ENTRIES! I had to pick two winner-actually my son picked them! The winners are Jane LaFazio and Elke! ( Elke -please email me with your address so I can send you your prize!) Thank you all for your interest. (Please know that I have the new paperbook now in stock-you can order from my website) )
oh and I wanted to show this picture above...I love the calligraphic name that Bill Grant did for me for my birthday!
More stuff coming soon-I have the scoop on my Flowing Letters Workshop next month at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa.

Friday, September 3, 2010


IT'S HERE! My book, Modern Mark Making has been given a spanking new cover-and a new name! It's the same goodness inside-and sorry to say no more spiral binding-BUT its cheaper than the OG!

and to celebrate OVER 100 FOLLOWERS ON MY BLOG I'm doing a special giveaway-just for you -my special peeps! Please respond in the comments section by September 15th. I will also include a special limited edition print and personalize the book to you! ( or this could be a great gift for a friend!) I will randomly draw a name and notify the winner here in this blog. THANK YOU for all the support you've given me!

BTW cast is off -writing returns and Im overjoyed-what a blessing it is to be able to use my hand again-what a wake up call! I surely didnt want to learn to do lettering with my left hand!
Thanks again everybody!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Oh Yes thats my giant club ARM BANDAGE FROM MY MOST RECENT SURGERY! I can hardly type-this is all with my left hand! DeAnn and I can exchange Itchiness stories now and the sly tools we use! Hopefully I will be in a more manageable bandage on Thursday-till then I probably wont blog much-but there s so much to tell you!

TYPECON was awesoooome!! go to my Flickr link on the right and go see my pics. I WILL blog much more-it was great-my presentation was good-and I met CHAZ BOJORQUEZ ·(thats him signing books)who is as nice as pie and very very cool. I will let you know more of whats in store when I get this monster off!

OH AND MY BOOK IS NOW OUT IN PAPERBACK-look for a special give away soon! pics coming

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

THIS IS EXCITING! Scribe Fair in Burbank this Saturday!

The Society for Calligraphy is sponsoring a Scribe Fair at the SfC Exhibit this Saturday and i will be there with my stuff! Its located at the Creative Arts Center near Olive and Victory right off the 5 freeway-map is here,
Among the things I will have!!
My Book
My DVD ( I will happily sign these!)
New Little signs
Hand Lettered Word Pillows
The famous Funky letters sets
My Prints
Original Art-some never offered before
Collage initials, Originals and Prints
Prints, Matted and Unframed
Parallel Pens-only $10!
Yoga shoulder purses
Hand Lettered Heart Pillows
and maybe I will be doing your name in calligraphy for free!
Please come by-mention this blog and I will give you 20% off your purchase!
PLUS from 9-1 the fabulous exhibit will be open for you to see-theres so much talent in the SfC -you must see it-if not this weekend -soon! ( sorry to all my followers that are not local!)

Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I have posted new clutches on my Etsy shop -please check them out at made them from my super fun classes at the Long Beach Quilt Show! Here are a couple samples-I hope more stuff will eb put up in the shop soon.!!

Friday, July 30, 2010


I have been seeing ads for the new film based on Eat Pray Love ( have you read it? it is great!) And I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Orvieto,Italy in 2009-organized by Adventures in Italy. Its funny -the story of how this came about-I was reading the book at Art Fest and I thought-how wonderful- I would LOVE to visit Italy and the VERY NEXT DAY Kristin Steiner was in my class and asked me to teach in her awesome program run by her and her wonderful husband, Bill. An answer to my prayers! I am blessed twice -as they asked me to return in 2011-and you must go with me this time! I will be teaching Plein Air Flower painting and calligraphy-Plein air means outdoors and the flowers in Orvieto are breathtaking-and everywhere you look. I will be teaching my simple easy painting style and super simple lettering to go with. You will be amazed at how easy it is to get beautiful results-this class is so popular Im writing a book about it too. This place is really indescribable as to how it makes you forget your cares and it is a total retreat from the crazy life-and you deserve to do this for yourself-just like Elizabeth Gilbert did( oh I almost wrote Julia Roberts!) The website has all the info on this week long escape and samples of the class work. I cant recommend Kristin and Bill more highly for their knowledge and care as tour guides-this truly is a once in a lifetime chance!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I had a wonderful time at the Long Beach Quilt Show. I've loaded my pics onto my Flickr page-link on the right now! I saw a lot of friends and gave a couple mini classes ( the fabulous painted clutch) that were awesome! Ive posted the results -so much fun in one little hour at the Make It University by the Quilting Arts booth. I also did an Open Studios there and met wonderful people! I met Judy Coates Perez and her amazingly talented daughter Nina ( the apple doesnt fall...) also JAmie Fingal who I LOVE her stuff and her compadre Leslie Tucker Jenison who curated this great exhibit-Beneath the Surface. I saw Alisa Burke and also Linda Blinn who I hadnt seen in ages! Pokey B was so kind to let me teach my crazy class and put up with my dinginess-nothing new there! Pam Garrison and Amy Hannah dropped by too! And Ms. Traci Bautista was my houseguest -too much fun! Check out her class's stuff! The show floor was full of goodies but I did not buy much!
The pictures above-from the top-
-a pair of future artists at my open studios that were beyond cute!
-one of the million quilts in exhibits
-Leslie t Jenisons work
-and two of the students in the clutch class-sweet!

Monday, July 19, 2010


I will be doing a really fun make and take-this cute Painted clutch-all supplies included! I love Alisa Burke's style -she is much more free than me-check out her site! ( she will be teaching at MIU too!) I am having hand surgery tomorrow -so Im getting all the stuff ready today! I'll be teaching at the Make It University booth on the show floor sponsored by Quilting Arts Magazine -Thursday night at 6 and also Sat. at 2:45-also I will be painting at open studios there on Friday afternoon. If you are near and havent gone to the quilt show-you really should-there are so many awesome quilts-and not what you think of quilts at all-yes traditional-but many art quilts that will bowl you over-got to to get more info-theres also all day classes you can sign up for right on site-And YAY my friend Tracy Bautista is coming to stay while she teaches there-its always a gas-Check her site too-amazing! ( and some of her classes are open if youve missed taking from her )

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


OH-only about 1500 pens here from the Society for Calligraphy! ( and a special thank you to Lily Hoy for the big ol box at the bottom! So generous and pens are still coming in! Go now to and also visit them on Facebook to see pictures of these amazing kids in the African countryside proudly waving their pens-talk about instant gratification! and Yes i am still taking pens-Linda the wonderful organizer of this worthy cause lives 2 minutes from me! Email me at and I will give you the address!
Thank you to all the great letterers that donated!

Friday, July 9, 2010


Yes here it is-on my Flickr site now-almost 9 pages of pics from my visit to my hometowns of Waverly and Dysart Iowa. I really enjoyed it-Kristin my daughter joined me and we laughed so much!-we did the requisite cemeteries visits and found super cool towns like Cedar Falls-and found Dysart to have become a destination for busses of quilters and sight seers! We stayed with my cousin Elaine and her lovely family, Sarah Marie and Tim in Minneapolis and then headed down to Dysart, and Waverly -we met up with my renter Lee, and met his family-Visited my land-picture above-go soybeans! ate at so many great places! Pork Chop dinner in the park after the parade anyone? The Fireworks were world class-really! Oh and met Robin,the owner of a super neato quilt shop in Dysart!!-named after her girls, Isabelle Originals and Ivy threads. We went to church on Sunday with my Aunt Lorraine and her girls came to town to visit- Connie, who brought her kids, Shelby and Nick and Arnola flew in from Chicago! The weather was mostly wonderful-and it was so good to go back and touch base with where I summered when I was young. Many pictures-a nostalgic look-I miss my grandparents and i so wish they were here so I could see slideshows and catch fireflies and eat homemade rhubarb pie.