Customer Showcase: Bailey Amon Rivera
Bailey Amon Rivera is another one of our fabulous customers who participated in our article on the copperplate sampler by testing each one of the nibs. Bailey has been a loyal customer for several years and has a diverse style. We love her lively, pretty modern hands, as well as her refined classical styles. We hope you enjoy learning a little more about her!
1. What Paper and Ink product(s) can you not live without?
There are several! The Nikko G, Moon Palace Sumi, Rhodia paper pads, Bleedproof White, Dr. Martin’s Iridescent Copperplate Gold, Pitt Brush Markers, kneaded erasers, Blackwing pencils, and the magnetic stirrer.
2. What makes these products great? The Nikko G is durable and allows me to produce wonderful thicks and thins for reproduction. The Moon Palace is very dark black, and it lasts forever. The smoothness of the Rhodia paper makes it perfect, and I like all of the pads-blank, lined, gridded and especially the dot pads. Bleedproof White has excellent opacity, and Copperplate Gold is wonderful. The magnetic stirrer makes working with the Copperplate Gold even better. When it comes to brush markers, I love the Pitt markers because of the firmness of the points. It helps with control for creating smooth lines for reproduction, and I use Microns for final touch-ups. Finally, the Blackwing pencils and kneaded erasers are excellent for producing drafts.
3. Why do you choose to shop at Paper and Ink Arts?
I shop at Paper and Ink because of the assortment of great supplies and the customer service. I have shopped with you guys since I started calligraphy.
4. How did you get started in calligraphy? Tell us a little about your story!
I started studying calligraphy in 2009 in Dallas with Susie Melissa Cherry. From there I attended the Odyssey calligraphy conference in Boston and began attending IAMPETH conventions. I’ve been able to study with some amazing teachers-Denis Brown, Sharon Zeugin, and Yves Leterme to name a few. The varied formal training helped tenfold. Because of it, I’ve been able to develop a very diverse style.
5. What is the primary type(ex-wedding work, commissioned pieces, etc.) of calligraphy that you do? I have a stationery company, Antiquaria. We create greetingcards and products, and we’ve created a blog full of tutorials and resources. It’s allowed me to be creative with calligraphy and illustration. Currently, we’re moving away from individual product design and more into creating standard products.
6. What recommendations would you make to someone just starting out with calligraphy? Seek out instruction. Having formal training with a variety of instructors will be a tremendous help.
7. How can other customers link to your work?