Six Tips for Beautiful Flourishes

Flourishing can be a beautiful way to enhance your calligraphy skill set. Being versed in one or more flourished alphabets can add value to your portfolio and client work, and it can be useful in a practical, rather than just aesthetically pleasing, sense as well {see number 4!}. Below are just a couple basic tips to help you in your flourishing adventures. [...]

April 27th, 2017|Calligraphy, Wedding Stationery, Learn Calligraphy|

Four of My Favorite Pointed-Pen Nibs & Their Common Uses

A popular question we get on Instagram is what type of nib am I’m using for my calligraphy work. When starting out with calligraphy, it is hard to know what to start with! In general, you want to try out a variety of nibs and see what feels best for you. The nib I prefer might not work well for you and vice-versa…and that’s okay! [...]

April 20th, 2017|Calligraphy, Wedding Stationery, Learn Calligraphy|

How to Use White Ink in Your Work

White ink is all the rage and for good reason – It is crisp, fresh and can be used on a variety of surfaces to add romantic flair to any project. I love using white ink when addressing wedding envelopes but it definitely took some trial and error before I got the ink just right. Below are a few tips worth mentioning before you get started [...]

April 11th, 2017|Calligraphy, Wedding Stationery, Learn Calligraphy|

My Favorite Paper Types for Calligraphy

It's hard to know what type of paper is best for your calligraphy work – especially since most paper supply is online these days which means you can't feel the texture and try out the paper before you buy. Well, over the last 20 years, I have tried countless paper types and sources. Today, I'm sharing with you my favorite paper for my calligraphy work. My hope is to [...]

The Best Calligraphy Tool for Writing Straight

I am frequently asked "How do you write so straight? Any tips?" And while there are certain tools for writing straight without gridlines {see below}, when practicing we always recommend the use of guidelines. Meet Ductus The key to writing straight is of course guidelines, and if you’re looking to try out different spacing between your lines or want to create guidelines for your own practicing, [...]

Inspiration Shoot | Elegant Calligraphy for a Vodka & Caviar Editorial Shoot by Karson Butler Events + Jodi Miller Photography

When Amber & Emily from Karson Butler Events reached out to us about participating in a shoot styled with Vodka and Caviar, how could we say no? They designed such a stunningly elegant shoot with some of our very favorite DC area vendors, and we're all for this romantic, classic vibe! Check out the gorgeous photos below by Jody Miller Photography. Vendor Credits: Planning and Styling: Karson [...]

February 16th, 2017|Calligraphy, Wedding Stationery, Reception Ideas, Decor|

How to Use Our New Spring Inks

To say we are excited about our new spring ink colors is an understatement. Don't you just love the unicorn-bubblegum-pastel color palette? You can buy them as a pack of three or a pack of six. We can’t wait to see how you use them! Baby shower decorations? Easter brunch invites? Spring / summer wedding details? These colors have endless possibilities. We think they look great contrasted with a black envelope [...]

{Inspiration Shoot} Pointed-Pen Calligraphy Details in Cyanotype Editorial by Cheers Darling Events + Lisa Blume

When Kaitlin from Cheers Darling Events reached out about participating in a shoot centered around the beautiful blues of cyanotype, we were all on board! Check out the images below by Lisa Blume Photography for some elegant "something blue" inspiration then hop over to Paprika Southern for the full article on the shoot! Vendor Credits: Photography: Lisa Blume Photography Stylist: Cheers Darling Events Location: Brockington Hall Spot [...]

November 10th, 2016|Calligraphy, Wedding Stationery, Reception Ideas|

{Real Wedding} Envelope Calligraphy & Wood Signage for Elizabeth Duncan Events + Lisa Blume

These Lisa Blume photos for couple Kathryn & Ryan are simply gorgeous! We love seeing all the details and decor from our friends at Elizabeth Duncan Events. They did such an amazing job bringing the couples' vision and all the vendors' work to life. Take a peek below for some romantic inspiration! Congratulations to Kathryn and Ryan and to everyone who added their special touch to this wedding! Vendor [...]

November 4th, 2016|Calligraphy, Wedding Stationery, Reception Ideas, Real Weddings|

{Real Wedding} Lauryn Prattes Events + Abby Jiu Photography

Things have been crazy around the studio lately with so much workshop travel, winding down on summer weddings, and gearing up for the holiday season, so we've been a bit quiet on the blogging front! We're back today with this beautiful Greek infused wedding from Lauryn Prattes Events & Abby Jiu. Our favorite component is the gorgeous handing escort card display...with the beautiful Amaryllis Inc [...]