Atelier Imagine Joy is a calligraphy and design studio, specialized in custom paper goods and hand lettered details for weddings and special occasions. 


Joy Deneen is a calligrapher, teacher and writer. She currently serves as president of La Société des calligraphes de Montréal and Communications Chair for Rendez-vous, the 2019 international calligraphy conference. She is also a core contributor for UPPERCASE magazine and Calligrafile.  Her calligraphy has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Air Canada enRoute Edition, Elegant Wedding and Mariage Québec, as well as on blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Ruffled and 100 Layer Cake.

Joy has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil and is a lifelong bibliophile, often pulling inspiration from her library of children’s books, classic literature and the works of Shakespeare. She finds calligraphy to be the ultimate synthesis of what she loves: language, art and human connection. 

Originally from California, Joy graduated from UCLA in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre.  She and her husband Michael moved from Los Angeles to Montréal in 2013.  


  • “Mind & Heart: Art as Meditation” - UPPERCASE #39

  • "Illuminated: The History of Gold in Art" - UPPERCASE #38

  • "Sumi Ink" - UPPERCASE #37

  • "On the Edge of the Brush with Tom Kemp" - The Edge (CLAS)

  • "Colour in a Can: The History of Spray Paint" - UPPERCASE #36

  • "Measuring Up With Rulers" - UPPERCASE, #35

  • "A Calligrapher's Library" - Calligraph 2017

  • "Ruling Lines" - UPPERCASE, #34

  • "Form, Function and Mud" - UPPERCASE #33

  • "Of Pigments and Memories" - UPPERCASE #32

  • "Folded Pen Friday" - Calligrafile

  • "The Costumer's Companion" - UPPERCASE #31

  • "Pensmith: The Oblique Delights of Christopher Yoke" - UPPERCASE #30

  • "From Rag to Paper: A Visit Inside Papeterie Saint-Armand" - UPPERCASE, #29

  • "Philatelic Atrocities: Niko Courtelis" - UPPERCASE #26

  • “Weaving Stories: Sarah Swett’s Tapestry Journey” – UPPERCASE, #24

  • “Jake Weidmann: A Modern Master of the Pen” – UPPERCASE, #23

  • “Make Your Mark: From Handwriting to Drawn Letters” – Calligraph, 2014

  • “Garbage Beauty” – UPPERCASE, #20

  • “The Personality of Letterform” – L’Arabesque, Winter 2014

  • “Garbage Beauty” – L’Arabesque, Fall 2013

  • “Studio Spaces” – Calligraph, 2013


La Société des calligraphes de Montréal
President (2017-present), International Workshops Coordinator (2013-2017), Membership Chair (2016-2017), Vice President (2014- 2016), Arabesque Editor (2013-2015)

International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting - Member (2014- )

Society for Calligraphy, Southern California
Member (2010-present), Calligraph Editor (2012 - 2014), Vice President (2010-2013)

CoachArt - Mentor & Art Teacher (2008-2013)



Coins et recoins de Montréal - La Société des calligraphes de Montréal - Librarie Bonheur d'occasion - 2017
Ombre et lumière - La Société des calligraphes de Montréal - Galerie Mile-End - 2016
Marquer le temps  - La Société des calligraphes de Montréal - Galerie Mile-End - 2014
Beyond the Words - Society for Calligraphy - MUZEO (Anaheim, California) - 2014
Letters: An Expression of Culture - Society for Calligraphy - Chapman University Leatherby Libraries - 2012


Letters California Style Conference (Pomona, California)
Order & Chaos with
Massimo Pollello
Rediscovering Italic
with Monica Dengo
Spencerian Script with Harvest Crittenden
Fraktur with
Luca Barcellona
Textura with
Marco Chioini

Letters California Style Conference (Pomona, California)
Pointed Pen Variations with
Barbara Close
The Personality of Letterform with
Randall Hasson
Master Class with Sheila Waters

Italics and Beyond with
Sharon Zeugin
Art Journaling with
Janet Takahashi

Stylized Writing with Georgia Deaver
Italic with Carrie Imai

Copperplate with Xandra Zamora
Brush Lettering with
Linda Hirsch


Rendez-vous - International Calligraphy Conference (Sherbrooke, Québec)

Seattletters - International Calligraphy Conference (Bellingham, Washington)
Calligraphy of the Heart, Part 2 with
Ewan Clayton
Ruling Pen Techniques & Copperplate Variations with
Rachel Yallop

Writing 2017 Symposium (Kyoto, Japan)
On the Edge of the Flat Brush with
Tom Kemp
Letterworks - International Calligraphy Conference
(Ogden, Utah)
Brush Fiesta with
Yves Leterme
Pointed Pen Variations with
Barbara Close

IAMPETH Convention (Portland, Oregon)
Spencerian Script with
Harvest Crittenden
Broad Pen Uncial with
Cora Pearl
Pointed Pen Uncial with
Barbara Close
Engrosser's Text with
Vivian Mungall
Roman Capitals with Annie Cicale
Foundational Hand Deconstructed with
Christopher Haanes

IAMPETH Convention (Nashville, Tennessee)
Offhand Flourishing with
Jake Weidmann
Spencerian Meets Engrosser's Script with
Michael Sull and Barbara Calzolari
Brush Lettering with
Linda Schneider
Graphite Techniques with
Amity Parks
Sign Painting with Pierre Tardif