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About Crayligraphy

We are a global group of professional hand lettering and calligraphy artists teaching what we know through the magical and crazy instrument of a marker.


Crazy Calligraphy

A little clarificraytion if you will…😐

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Crayligraphy was founded in the Summer of 2015 by Colin Tierney in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally dubbed ‘Crayoligraphy’ and later changed—omitting that pesky little ‘o’—Crayligraphy (Crazy + calligraphy) was a way for Colin to share his love of the art and to teach people everything he knew about writing with intention in the most efficient way possible—through a magic marker.

As the interest grew, Colin realized Crayligraphy was bigger than what he initially set out for it to be. Thus, Colin began to write in depth tutorials and hosted workshops to deliver helpful content for anyone interested in learning.

 
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Colin Tierney

Chief Execraytive Officer 😐

Colin is the guy behind Crayligraphy. He runs Tierney Studio, an independent design company specializing in lettering, calligraphy, illustration and branding. Colin has worked with clients from all over the world and his work has been published in several books, featured on the web, recognized & awarded around the globe.

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Lindsey Tierney

Adminiscraytive Assistant 😐

Lindsey is the linchpin—the other half of Tierney Studio, Crayligraphy and of course, Colin. She makes all things work through organizing events, planning workshops and managing the day-to-day responsibilities to keep Crayligraphy alive and well!

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Natalie Downey

Craytive Director 😐

Natalie is a calligraphy & lettering artist currently living in the Baltimore area working as a freelance graphic designer. Natalie’s journey into calligraphy started 4 years ago, when it began as a hobby, and has since led her to being able to utilize the skillset for client work and teaching.

 

The Educraytors

What’s an Educraytor you might ask? Of course, it’s a pun combining the words “educator” and “Cray,” but more specifically, they are certified Crayligraphy instructors from around the world!

 
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Natalie Downey

Craytive Director • Reppin Maryland, USA

Natalie is a calligraphy & lettering artist currently living in the Baltimore area working as a freelance graphic designer. Natalie’s journey into calligraphy started 4 years ago, when it began as a hobby, and has since led her to being able to utilize the skillset for client work and teaching.

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Colin Tierney

Founder • Reppin West Virginia, USA

Colin is the guy behind Crayligraphy. He runs Tierney Studio, an independent design company specializing in lettering, calligraphy, illustration and branding. Colin has worked with clients from all over the world and his work has been published in several books, featured on the web, recognized & awarded around the globe.

Instagram | Dribbble | Website

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Veronica Ruiz

Educraytor • Reppin Colorado, USA

Veronica is a lettering artist based out of Denver, Colorado. Drawing letters has been her passion since she was first exposed to the wonder of typography in her graphic design classes at the University of Central Florida. Veronica loves sharing everything she’s learned in her lettering journey with others through her Instagram and blog.

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Terence Tang

Educraytor • Reppin Texas, USA

Terence is a freelance lettering artist and graphic designer from Houston, Texas. He has been obsessed with artistic handwriting and drawing letters since childhood, but didn't begin intentional practice until 2013 when the Instagram boom exposed him to calligraphers like Colin, Matt Vergotis, and Daniel Palacios. He has now integrated what began as a serious hobby into his professional design workflow, where magic markers are now among his go-to tools for designing logos and lifestyle goods.

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Matt Vergotis

Educraytor • Reppin The Gold Coast, Australia

Socializing in logo design & corporate Identity, Matt fell in love with lettering and calligraphy when he identified that a client could benefit from a hand lettered looking logo. Since executing this logo, he's been obsessed like a mad dog in refining his craft. Matt designs logos for big brands all around the world as well as writing titles for Spotify and musicians.

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Ian Barnard

Educraytor • Reppin England

Ian is a UK-based calligrapher, hand letterer, type designer and newbie muralist. His love for lettering started when he got a copy of “Calligraphy for Dummies” 5 years ago and now pursues his passion full time through custom lettering for brands, selling fonts and digital products and teaching others through short Instagram and YouTube videos. He uses both analogue and digital media, finding anything and everything he can get his hands on to letter with or on. Passionate to see other people pick up his love for letters and that learning calligraphy still hasn’t sorted out his terrible handwriting.

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Daniel Palacios

Educraytor • Reppin California, USA

Daniel is a Los Angeles-based designer, artist, dreamer & storyteller. He has been helping brands visually tell their stories through simple design & teaching workshops under the name of his studio, Highpulp.

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Together, we are building a platform to help people elevate their skills in lettering and calligraphy. We promote the passion behind penmanship and keep it alive through celebrating artists and their work. Our hope with Crayligraphy is to provide encouragement and keep the traditional form of intentional writing alive, by making it fun for all to learn.

Nostalgia is enough to evoke your curiosity in creating really cool letters with a marker. Never mind the untraditional manner in doing so—calligraphy with a marker is far less intimidating than a brush pen. Plus, markers are cheap, easily accessible and most of all, fun!

Your interest might make you hastily search for a pen that you've seen skilled calligraphers use, tricking you into thinking that their pen could potentially make your learning experience easier. Perhaps you've asked the infamous “what pen is that?” question, only to have it drown in a pool of unanswered hopelessness. While picking a marker out of a lineup full of prestigious pens may be simple—I've got some news for you:

The tools absolutely do not make the craftsman.

The work that you envy from the artists you love, have sacrificed thousands of hours of deliberate practice to be able to hone their craft and create beautiful pieces of art.

Now it’s time for you to showcase the skills you admire in your own unique style.

We want to help you get to that next level. We want to inspire you to be your best artist. We want you to put in the effort that it takes to become as good—if not better—than your idol. By signing up to The Craymunity Newsletter, we’ll provide detailed material to reference and relatable experiences—the good and the bad—that Colin went through as a beginner, to help motivate and keep you on track to fulfilling your goals.

Crayligraphy will help you reach these goals.


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