KARLA LIM, owner of Written Word Calligraphy and Design, author of Creative Calligraphy Made Easy
Hi there! Welcome to my studio. I’m Karla, a modern calligrapher, designer and calligraphy educator. My studio specializes in 3 things: custom and semi-custom calligraphy wedding invitations, modern calligraphy supplies and tools, and online calligraphy courses. All my life, I have pursued various forms of art. I’m so blessed to have found calligraphy and illustration as a meaningful and mindful space where I can express myself, touch people’s lives and create beauty in the simplest of things.
I currently live in Vancouver, Canada with my husband Clement and son Chase, and I love that my work can travel all over the world. If I’m not busy
working away, you’ll find me and my little family on a little outdoor adventure, in parks or hikes, and I’m a bit of a night owl - I love riding my Peloton bike and watching anime for relaxation.
The Story behind the name “Written Word”
As a follower of Christ, I have experienced profound meaning while dwelling in God’s Word. When I was starting out in calligraphy, I often found myself reflecting and meditating on God’s Word by writing out verses that are impactful to me, and put them up on the wall. It is very easy for me to get distracted, so writing helps me stay mindful and focused, and these handwritten bible verses became a constant reminder of the lessons I’ve learned. On one of my drives to work, God impressed this name, “Written Word” to me. I immediately remembered this verse in 2 Timothy and knew that this had to be my business name.
“There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (The Message)
My prayer is that I may use this gift of calligraphy to glorify God in every single way - whether it’s through writing bible verses in calligraphy, to creating custom wedding invitations, to crafting new calligraphy tools and sharing His gift to me through teaching.
Modern Calligraphy Supplies and Tools
In my love for design, I have also curated a line of modern calligraphy supplies. From mid-century modern wax seal designs that feature botanical illustrations and monograms, to calligraphy practice pads, to handmade calligraphy pens and modern inkwells, to my best-selling beginner calligraphy starter kit that has all the supplies and tools you need to get started in calligraphy - my intention is to add beauty and function to your budding calligraphy journey. I am so passionate about creating and curating tools with beautiful packaging, so I hope you will enjoy our line of modern calligraphy pens and tools.
To complement our online calligraphy courses, we also created digital calligraphy worksheets that you can print at home, so that you can continue learning and practicing. We have printable calligraphy worksheets in our three signature calligraphy styles,
Lissome, Gossamer, and Halcyon, as well as Psalms calligraphy worksheets and Isaiah calligraphy worksheets.
Modern Calligraphy Online Courses
In 2020, I launched my modern calligraphy school, called the Written Word Academy. Prior to this, I had been teaching a lot of in-person calligraphy workshops, locally in Vancouver and occasionally when I traveled - but I wanted a way for me to continue to share this gift of calligraphy to more people all over the world. So, my beginner calligraphy course, Creative Calligraphy Course was born. I wanted to replicate the experience of an in-person workshop and translate it into a 90-day program online, to make it personal and memorable. One of the key features of our online calligraphy course is our homework/feedback. Each student gets careful instruction and feedback whenever they submit their homework, so that they can get personal attention, as if I was there with them in real life.
Our calligraphy starter kit was crafted to match our Creative Calligraphy Course. We know everyone learns a bit differently, some people like to learn on their own, so in 2020 I authored my first calligraphy book,
Creative Calligraphy Made Easy, which is a written instructional book with worksheets and calligraphy projects that is perfect for beginners.