Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The art of Calligraphy

I've long thought hand-writing is something of an art and appreciate good penmanship more than most. I still remember getting my pen license and have been known to re-start the shopping list if I make an error (though that may have more to do with perfectionist issues than hand-writing?)
3 months before the wedding I decid
ed to take up a calligraphy class with the intention of doing my own calligraphy. I walked into the class already envisioning placecards and envelopes featuring the flourishes of my own beautiful calligraphy...
The lovely calligraphy of Julie Williams is featured above in my wedding place-card. It turns out I should have been envisioning the blobs of ink that would mar each word and just how tricky it was to get the writing straight. Even the simplest of letters could go awry and while practise eventually made (almost) perfect it just wasn't in time for the wedding.
Thankfully a quick phone call secured me
access to Julie's stunning calligraphy.

A peek at Julie's portfolio and that of other calligraphers showcases what a wonderful art calligraphy is and what skill it requires. The effect is of course amazing and well worth the practise!

Calligraphy by Julie Williams

Calligraphy by Lesley Workman

Some international inspirations...

Calligraphy by Tracy-Joe

Calligraphy by Bryn of Paperfinger.

Calligraphy from Linea-Carter

A few tips for choosing a calligrapher;
- Look at their portfolio and choose someone whose work you like.
- Find out all the costs up front. Usually a calligrapher charges by item for place cards and invitations and by line for envelopes.
- Look at the different font options. There are many, so choose one that suits your occasion. If this leaves you feeling lost, have a chat to the calligrapher and explain the event as well as giving examples of writing you like.
- Take into consideration how many items you need done and make sure you give your calligrapher time to complete the job.
- Check the spelling of your guest names, addresses and anything else you are getting written at least twice, and have someone else look over it. Any spelling errors on something you supply are your responsibility and will mean extra time and money.
- Enjoy your works of art. Calligraphy adds a touch of elegance that you and your guests will appreciate.

1 comment:

Miss Laura said...

The gold/silver ink on a dark card is so striking!