Calligraphy Inspiration: Cast Calligraphy & Design

With the cold weather settling in and a fresh blanket of snow outside, I look towards my social media feeds for inspiration. I happened upon Cast Calligraphy on Instagram, and the work of Anna Boswell swept me off my feet. Cast Calligraphy, based in Bozeman, Montana, is essentially like a love letter to…well, letters. What started as a love for paper and weddings developed into a beautiful body of work. – Julie

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Anna’s work features a simple yet striking palettes and feather light strokes. Oh so very romantic, don’t you think?

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Even with these crisp, cool colours and lines, Anna’s wedding details give me the warm and fuzzies. Cast Calligraphy offers all kinds services including signage, business and personal stationery, on-site calligraphy, and  even envelope lining.

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Anna’s working on a brand new website with even more eye-candy for us all so be sure to check in with her! In the meantime, you can keep up with her work on her blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

Photo credits: 1, 3 (left) Maria Lamb; 2, 5, 6 (right) Anna Boswell; 3 (right) Jeremiah and Rachel Photography; 4 Orange Photographie; 6 (left) Reverie Supply

Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type

I hope you’re ready for some amazing calligraphy inspiration! This month’s calligrapher of note is the lovely Korie Lynn Herold of  The Weekend Type. Not only is she doing great work behind the camera as a talented wedding photographer, she’s providing beautiful work for the camera as a calligrapher. Her portfolio is a stunner – filled with hand-lettered goodies for you to feast your eyes on. – Julie

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Simple light and wispy threads of ink make these wedding invitations utterly romantic. A gorgeous option for those seeking strong yet silent stationery.

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This message in a bottle invitation definitely works much better with lovely calligraphy rather than something overly kitsch to play on the theme.

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To see more of Korie’s calligraphy, be sure to check out her blog and Instagram!

Photos via: Korie Lynn Herold

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

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