As a calligrapher I want to Create, Inspire and especially pass on my knowledge to creative people who in turn get satisfaction from their beautifully calligraphed gifts.
My name is Petra Koyen, the hand behind Graceful Letters Calligraphy, passionate about letters, writing, drawing, …..
In 2003 I quit my job to take care of our 3 children at home, this was a conscious choice by my partner and me. However, in the same year I got acquainted with Calligraphy through a home course of the NTI and this fantastic journey started.
Now 17 years later the children are older and I thought that now was the moment to make my hobby into a profession.
The first few years I learned a lot through self-study with books and DVDs from renowned calligraphers such as Patricia Lovett, Master Penman Rosemary Buczek, Eleonor Winters, …
Then in 2013 I became acquainted with the beautiful and graceful pointed pen script Spencerian and a whole new world opened up. Spencerian script is my absolute favorite to this day!
Since 2015, I have had the honor to continue learning and growing under the guidance of some of the great such as Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, Phyllis Macaluso, Mr. Michael Ward, Yves Leterme, Barry Morentz, Master Penman Jake Weidmann and Connie Chen.
I am also proud to be a member of the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).
From creating a beautiful and gracefully calligraphed envelope to an illuminated letter … everything is possible.
However, for the creative people among us who want to get started, I would like to pass on my knowledge so that you too can enjoy this beautiful art form.
In short, I hope to continue to inspire you in this world of Calligraphy.
A few more words about myself
I live in Brecht, Belgium with my partner, 2 daughters, son and our cat Simba. Besides my passion for Calligraphy, I also love embroidery, diamond painting and DISNEY! Every now and then I take a break and visit Disneyland Paris, I am always looking forward to it! Walk around and enjoy the atmosphere, the music but especially the MAGIC !!
That’s why I would like to end with a quote from Walt Disney himself.
“If you can dream it, you can do it!”