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 calligraphy, unique hand lettering, and vibrant paintings. 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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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!

Beware I Am Fearless 8 x 10 inch print

Beware I Am Fearless 8 x 10 inch print


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

Intro to Modern Calligraphy Workshop, at Tendue in Portland, OR

Intro to Modern Calligraphy Workshop, at Tendue in Portland, OR


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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We believe in equality, inclusion, and above all else, the power of love. All are welcome here.

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.

Read more about how Amanda created The Scribblist on the Scribbles and Scribes blog.


Events and workshops


Introduction to Hand Lettering

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Assembly in Portland, OR

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.

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Introduction to Brush Pen Lettering

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Assembly in Portland, OR

Come learn the magic of modern brush pen lettering in this beginner level workshop!

We’ll start by reviewing the essentials, including an overview of tools, the basic pen strokes, and how to form uppercase and lowercase letters. Next you’ll practice the techniques and apply your new skills to create a hand lettered quote that is destined for a spot hanging on your wall.

Continue your practice and you’ll be a lettering rockstar in no time and using your new calligraphy skills to create custom wall art, greetings cards, signage, and more!

All necessary materials are provided and yours to take home, including our favorite brush pen and The Scribblist Brush Pen Calligraphy Workbook. The workbook includes alphabet guides and a section full of resources for continuing your calligraphy journey at home.

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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

“I’ve known Amanda since high school and she’s always been a remarkable talent! Over the years I’ve hired for a few projects and it always exceeds my expectations! So when one of my closest friends told me that her dog had cancer and was at the end of life, and I was thinking what I could do to cheer her up, I remembered Amanda’s beautiful pet portraits and purchased one right away! She was so prompt with communication and had an amazing turnaround! My friend was soooo surprised and LOVES the portrait of her dog! Thank you Amanda for making such a treasure for me to give to my friend! Your art brings smiles around the world! If you are looking for a pet portrait or literally anything in Amanda’s wheelhouse, you should not hesitate to order from her! She’s the best!”

— Ashleigh

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