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Hello and welcome! The Scribblist is a calligraphy and illustration studio owned and created by Amanda Donahue. With an extensive background and education in fine art as a painter and sculptor, Amanda brings a touch of whimsy into all aspects of her work, including modern brush lettering, the tradition of pointed pen, and custom chalkboard creations. Located in Portland, Oregon, Amanda works with clients near and far to create one of a kind pieces that pay homage to beautiful lettering and joyful illustration.

 
 
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Get to know us.

Ever wonder where the script names come from? Amanda has curated her own collection of modern calligraphy script styles, all named after inspirational women. Some of the current collection include: Michelle (Obama), Mary Louise and Mildred (Amanda's grandmothers), Meryl (Streep), and Sara (Amanda's mother and sister).


The Scribblist donates a portion of all earnings to a rotating charity or non-profit.  Suggestions for future donations are welcome, particularly for organizations working to defend civil liberties, the environment, and women's rights.

 

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Weddings

Whether you are having an intimate soiree or a Gatsby worthy party-of-the-century, the one of a kind details you choose are what will showcase your individual style and add a thoughtful personal touch to your wedding. We offer a variety of calligraphy services for your big day including envelope calligraphy, escort cards, table numbers, signage and more!

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Workshops

One of the things Amanda is most passionate about is teaching others to embrace their own creativity. We hear again and again the same hesitation —“But I have terrible handwriting!”  Don’t worry! Calligraphy and hand lettering are not the same as hand writing. All you need is a good instructor, practice and patience. Join a class and ignite your creative spark!

 

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Lettering and Illustrations

Browse Amanda's extensive selection of hand lettered and illustrated artwork. Request a custom creation or scoop up your favorite print.

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Upcoming Events

Join us at one of our upcoming events!

 
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Portland Night Market

Thursday, 12/13: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Buyers Shopping Party (ticketed)
Friday, 12/14: 4:00 - 11:00 PM (free + open to the public)
Saturday, 12/15: 4:00 - 11:00 PM (free + open to the public)
Sunday, 12.16: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (free + open to the public) 

The Custom Blocks
900-998 SE Main Street
Portland, Oregon 97214

175+ of Portland's best vendors celebrating local food, culture, music, drinks and retail. 

The Portland Night Market showcases many unique and diverse businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland's best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a free event and open to all ages. 

Stop by our booth to snag some one of a kind holiday gifts! Choose from original works on canvas, a wide selection of art prints, customizable ornaments, tote bags and pouches, holiday decor and more!

 
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Introduction to Hand Lettering Workshop at Baerlic Brewing Co.!

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

6:30 - 8:30 PM | Baerlic Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon

Come learn the creative art of drawing letters in this beginner level class! Build your skills to add creative lettering designs to cards, chalkboards, paintings, and more. Anything you can write or paint on, you can letter on!

We’ll start out by reviewing the basics, including what tools to work with, how to create and pair different lettering styles, and approaches for putting together compelling compositions. Next you’ll practice the techniques and then apply your new skills to create a hand lettered illustration that is destined for a spot hanging on your wall.

All necessary materials are provided and are yours to take home, including a curated set of writing supplies and The Scribblist Hand Lettering Workbook. The workbook includes alphabet guides and a section full of resources for continuing your lettering journey at home!

WHERE: Baerlic Brewing Co., 2235 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
WHEN: Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

So what are you waiting for? Let's have some festive fun and enjoy a pint while learning a fun, new skill! 

Note: Payment for class is due up-front and is non-refundable/exchangeable. No shows result in a forfeit of ticket price.

 

Past Events

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Introduction to Hand Lettering Workshop at Assembly!

Friday, November 9th, 2018 -SOLD OUT

6:30 - 8:30 PM | Assembly in Portland, Oregon

Come learn the creative art of drawing letters in this beginner level class! Build your skills to add creative lettering designs to cards, chalkboards, paintings, and more. Anything you can write or paint on, you can letter on!

We’ll start out by reviewing the basics, including what tools to work with, how to create and pair different lettering styles, and approaches for putting together compelling compositions. Next you’ll practice the techniques and then apply your new skills to create a hand lettered illustration that is destined for a spot hanging on your wall.

All necessary materials are provided and are yours to take home, including a curated set of writing supplies and The Scribblist Hand Lettering Workbook. The workbook includes alphabet guides and a section full of resources for continuing your lettering journey at home!

 
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Introduction to Hand Lettering at Artifact!

Sunday, October 21st, 2018 - SOLD OUT

10:30am - 1:00pm | Artifact in Portland, Oregon

This Introduction to Hand Lettering workshop is perfect for beginners as well as creatives looking to expand their skill set. We will review the basics of what tools to work with, how to create and pair different lettering styles, and how to put together compelling compositions. Each attendee will take home a curated set of supplies which will include The Scribblist Hand Lettering Workbook, a fine point pen, a pencil, eraser, and ruler. The workbook provided includes alphabet guides and a section full of resources for continuing your lettering journey at home!

You will leave with the skills to add your creative lettering designs to cards, chalkboards, paintings—anything you can write or paint on, you can letter on! So what are you waiting for? Grab your bestie and let’s have some fun!

This class is limited to 10 attendees and is being offered at a special price of $45. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Class registration is required 48hrs in advance of scheduled class day. Walk-ins are welcome only when class minimum has been met and class maximum of 10 students is not exceeded. Payment for workshops are non-refundable. In the event that the workshop is cancelled by the instructor, make up sessions will be held.

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Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Workshop:

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

10:30am - 1:00pm | Tendue in Portland, Oregon

Join us on Sunday, September 16th at Tendue in Portland, Oregon for an introduction to the magic of pointed pen calligraphy.

This Introduction to Modern Calligraphy workshop is perfect for beginners as we will review the basics of what tools to work with and how to use them properly (we know, it can be so overwhelming!), how to form uppercase and lowercase letters, and how to combine all of your new skills to form words and phrases (you'll be a lettering rockstar in no time!).

Each attendee will take home a curated set of supplies which will include The Scribblist Workbook, a wooden pen holder and Nikko G nib, India ink and glass container with lid for storing, and an assortment of envelopes and papers. The workbook provided includes alphabet guides and practice sheets, plus a section full of resources for continuing your calligraphy journey!

Light refreshments (did somebody say wine?) will be provided. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bestie and let's have some fun!

Here’s the details:

The fun begins at 10:30am. Class duration is approximately 2.5 hours and size is limited to 15 attendees to ensure time for individual instruction and questions.

Location: Tendue (this space is seriously gorgeous)
The Ford Building
2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 255 (second floor)
Portland, OR 97202

Payment for class is due up-front and is non-refundable/exchangeable. No shows result in a forfeit of ticket price.

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Storm Drain Mural Unveiling

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

10:00am - 12:00pm | Progress Lake Park

15135 SW Barrows Rd., Beaverton, Oregon

The Neighbors Southwest NAC, Beaverton Public Works, and the Beaverton Arts Program sponsored 9 murals to provide awareness on the connection between our storm drains and local bodies of water. These murals were created by local artists through a competitive selection process!

Check out the completed murals during this unveiling event, enjoy a sweet treat, and have kids complete a mural scavenger hunt to win a prize.

 
 
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The Big Fake Wedding

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Are you planning an upcoming event or wedding? RSVP today to attend a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding! The Big Fake Wedding is coming to Portland June 7th at Union/Pine and The Scribblist will be a featured vendor! We will be providing all of the signage for the big day and will be there in person to chat about our offerings. We hope to see you there!

 
 

Testimonials

Amanda really saved the day for us. Our calligraphist bailed on us last minute (three weeks before our wedding) and we had a novel long list of items we needed signage and various wording for. Amanda graciously accepted this task with less than three weeks to make over 20 signage and card items - AND ship them to us. We could not have been more impressed by her work - the detail in everything she sent us - and her flexibility and communication. We would recommend her hands down 100%.
— Arielle C
Amanda’s calligraphy is amazing. All of our guests commented on how beautiful our invitations were. So glad we picked The Scribblist!
— Eric J
Thank you for creating such a beautiful 8 x 8 quote for my daughter! Your lettering is so pretty and the colors you chose for the background are perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing! Love your creations; looking forward to ordering additional pieces from you in the future.
— Joi

Contact

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