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Meet Local Artist: Aria Paperie

OK Orange County, now it's time to meet the local artist who will be paying our Newport Beach store a visit next Saturday. Amanda, of Aria paper, creates hand lettered quotes on canvas, paper, tote bags, mugs, you name it! Read on to see how she got into this craft and what inspires her, and don't forget to come by the Newport Beach store on Feb 13th from 11-2 to catch a glimpse of some live work!

GARDENOLOGY: Tell us how your got started in Calligraphy?

AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: This past summer, I saw an announcement for a brush-lettering workshop on one of the Instagram accounts I follow. As someone who has always been artistic and worked hard to have nice penmanship, I would admire beautiful lettering from a distance, with no idea where to start. So I decided to attend the workshop. After the class, I found myself doing more research, buying pens, trying out new techniques, and following all the “best in the business” on social media. I spent all my free time practicing, and found as many excuses as possible to write things. I quickly found hand-lettering and modern calligraphy to be something I was very passionate about, and was surprised at how I never seemed to grow tired of it. It has now been 8 months since I first sat down with a brush pen, and my passion for it grows each day.

GARDENOLOGY: What would you say is the inspiration behind your designs? What does the creative process typically look like for you?

AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: Well written quotes, succinct phrases, and eloquent words are inspiring to me. When starting a new design, I always start with a pencil and paper. I may have an idea of what I’d like to do, but often, I just start writing words or phrases I have in mind. Many pages and eraser marks later, I end up with my finished product. 

GARDENOLOGY: What’s your studio space like?

AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: I spent a lot of time creating an inviting and inspiring studio space. It is located in a small corner of my home where there is plenty of light, and storage for my expansive stash of pens and ink.  

GARDENOLOGY: Of everything you’ve made, what’s your favorite piece?

AMANDA- ARIA PAPERIE: My favorite thing I have made is a toss up between my hand-lettered tote bag that says “I’ll be at Target if you need me”, and a black campfire mug that says “It is well”. The phrase for the tote bag was inspired by the countless hours I spend at Target each week, which I know is true for many other women. The coffee mug was inspired by lyrics to one of my favorite songs, and is soothing to read while sipping my own morning cup of coffee.

GARDENOLOGY: Since you are participating in our ‘Locals’ event, what are some of your faves in the Orange County area?

Tacos: Café Rio, Costa Mesa

Coffee: Chocxo, Costa Mesa and Irvine

Beach: Crescent Bay, Laguna

Brunch spot: Old Vine Cafe, Costa Mesa

Meet the Local Artist: Chanel of Dixie on Dallas

Next Saturday, we're keeping it local! In Encinitas, we will be sharing our space with San Diego calligraphy artist Dixie on Dallas, from 11-2. Stop by and say hi while she creates handwritten quotes and greeting cards, We caught up with Chanel, the creator behind the brand, to learn a little more about her creative process and of course, her fave local spots.

GARDENOLOGY: Tell us how you got started in Calligraphy?

CHANEL- DIXIE ON DALLAS: It was about a year and half ago when I took my first workshop, ever. It was the first time I had ever tried anything like this. I signed up for a workshop with Twinkle & Toast and Grace & Salt. Taryn from Twinkle & Toast was the calligrapher, while Grace & Salt hosted the workshop in their shop in Del Mar. It was such a fun class and even though my calligraphy was terrible in the beginning, I loved it. I continued to practice, follow the trends and explore new options. I’m still in the learning stages, but I love being a part of the community and industry.

GARDENOLOGY: What would you say is the inspiration behind your designs? What does the creative process typically look like for you?

CHANEL- DIXIE ON DALLAS: My inspiration is simple - it’s things that I like and things that I think other people like. I pull quotes that inspire me, my favorite country songs and sayings from people who I admire. Naturally, I get things from Pinterest and other sites that I follow and see what people are looking at. I make things that I think people want in their homes and sell them for reasonable prices so all can enjoy!

GARDENOLOGY: What’s your studio space like?

CHANEL- DIXIE ON DALLAS: My studio space is my childhood bedroom. I’m still living with my parents and my “studio” is some-what of a joke. It ranges from my closet, my sister’s bedroom, and even the garage. I have a full time job as well, so much of my process and orders are done on the weekend or late nights. Ideally, I would love one of those dark wood and white desks that you see girls posting on Instagram. I’m hoping to have my own space by the end of year where I can have more freedom and room for more creative adventures.

GARDENOLOGY: Of everything you've made, what's your favorite piece?

CHANEL- DIXIE ON DALLAS: My favorite is the windows. I have 2 done right now, but also have 4 other ones that are blank that I'm saving for custom orders. They are so beautiful and represent my style so well. Since the windows I get are vintage and antique, their rustic frames matched with the clean lines of calligraphy are so fun to make and create for people.

GARDENOLOGY: Since you are participating in our 'Local Love' event, what are some of your faves in the San Diego area?


Museum: Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla and the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park

Tacos: It’s more Mexican food in general, but El Azteca in La Mesa.

Coffee: The Champ from Dark Horse Coffee Roasters in North Park

Beach: Torrey Pines

Brunch spot: Snooze Eatery in Hillcrest