Chris + Sara’s Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Sigh. There’s just something so romantic about modern calligraphy. And combine calligraphy with watercolor washes inspired by the sea? Total swoon! Victoria of Moira Design Studio created these one of a kind watercolor and calligraphy wedding invitations for a casual wedding on the Maryland shore. Gorgeous!

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From Victoria: Ocean sea breezes and the airy shades of the shore inspired this Maryland seaside invitation suite. We wanted to create a feel of open air and summer breezes. This casual wedding incorporated loose linen table runners, rustic wood tables, driftwood, and pale wood Louis style chairs. The suite features an open and modern calligraphy style in a medium grey tone, and is paired with watercolor washes in shades of blue.

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Each envelope was delicately painted with a watercolor wash to match the suite, lined in watercolor paper and addressed in the same sloped and loose calligraphy style. The simple map of the Maryland coast depicts the strong blues of the ocean against the sand and points guests in the direction of the ceremony and hotel. The suite was a perfect fit for the casual afternoon summer affair.

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Thanks Victoria!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Moira Design Studio

Seasonal Stationery: 2015 Calendars, Part 1

I look forward to calendar season all year long – and it’s finally here! I’ve started putting together my annual calendar round up, and of course I had to share a few favorites here. This group of calendars will inspire you to do everything from travel to a far away land to mix up a new cocktail!

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1. This travel calendar from Rifle Paper Co. makes me want to go back to Italy! And a bunch of other places…

2. A write-on calendar from one of my favorite artists – Rob Ryan

3. Yay for cocktails! Calendar by redcruiser

4. This matchbook-style calendar from Belle & Union functions like a monthly-calendar-meets-notepad

5. Culinary inspiration from around the world in this monthly calendar from Little Low

6. Idlewild Co. has three unique calendars this year – but I love this kaleidoscope of flowers version best

7. This monthly calendar from Linda & Harriett can be repurposed as gift wrap after each month! I also really love this year’s installment of her annual letterpress calendar.

You can check out the full 2015 calendar round up right here – and I’ll be back to share more favorites as they become available!

DIY Tutorial: Calligraphy Gift Tags

As the season of gifting approaches, we always like to think of new and beautiful ways to present the gifts that were so thoughtfully selected. Gift tags, which are usually an afterthought, can be made really beautiful and special with just a little white ink and a pen. Using blank business sized cards in various colors, we hand made gift tags for our loved ones. They would even make a lovely gift in themselves. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

White ink

Calligraphy Starter Kit, or dip pen and nib

Blank business cards – we used Pool, Lake and Slate

Hole punch

Ribbon

 

 

 

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Step One: Gather your supplies. We used various 2″ x 3.5″ colored cards, our very favorite white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. It’s also handy to grab a cheap paint brush to mix the ink.

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Step Two: Bleed Proof White ink is fabulous because it can be used on dark colors and remains very opaque if mixed correctly.  When the ink is new, it is a thick, paste like consistency. You can make it into workable ink by adding distilled water into the jar and gently stirring it in (this is where your cheap paintbrush comes in handy) until it looks like heavy cream. Start slow, it’s easier to add more water than to remove water. You’re looking for the ink, when tested, to be very opaque but flow out of the pen smoothly.

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Step Three: Put your creative hat on! Decorate the tags to suit the gifts or recipients that they’re for. We did a variety of tag decorations, including leaves, hearts and modern lines. It can really be as simple or as ornate as you’d like! It’s also a really fun effect to decorate around where the hole will be punched, as shown in some of the designs above. Let all of your tags dry very thoroughly. White ink can even take overnight to dry in some climates so don’t rush on to the next step!

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Step Four: Once all of the tags are good and dry, punch holes in the top center of each one.

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Step Five: Select a ribbon to coordinate and you’re all done!

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: petitserif

Looking through the work of this month’s calligraphy inspiration was a lot of fun. Her work is all about type; from calligraphy to lettering to typeforms created out of bacon, this girl loves letters and it’s plain to see. Wendy Xu of petitserif is has quite the talented hand. With a degree in graphic design from Parsons, and background in Type Design from Type@Cooper, her grasp on letterforms shows in her truly gorgeous calligraphy.  –Julie

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Wendy has struck a wonderful balance in styles. ‘Victoria’ is my favorite: fantastic flourishes and connections that step it up from being just another whimsical style.

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Her portfolio of lettering is filled with typographic goodies too, so you’ll definitely have to take a look for yourself! If you’d like to see more of Wendy’s work, visit her portfoliodribbble, or Instagram.

Photo Credits: Wendy Xu

 

Pretty Paper in the Office: Wall Clocks

Whether at the office or in the grand scheme of things, time flies. (Um, how is it fall already?) When I’m in the thick of it, I find myself glancing up at the clock, even if I happen to be in a room that doesn’t have one! Depending on your choice of clock, they can even pull double-duty as functional pieces of art or sculpture. No matter the style in which they do it, a wall clock will always make sure you’re right on time. - Julie

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No. 1 Tanker clock by Schoolhouse Electric; No. 2 Toki wall clock from Canoe; No. 3 Mr. White wall clock from West Elm; No. 4 4040 Locus Industrial clock from Urban Outfitters; No. 5 Dots.. wall clock by Priscila Peress; No. 6 Overlook wire clock from CB2

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