This month’s dose of calligraphy inspiration comes from the talented hand of Flourish & Whim‘s Julie Manwaring. Some of my favorite calligraphers are also fantastic illustrators; it may be because that illustrative character influences their calligraphic style in a way that’s truly magical. Honestly, you don’t take my word for it; just take a look as her work speaks for itself! – Julie
A gorgeous collaboration between Julie and Kristine Arellano of Presshaus LA who designed the suite. Calligraphy and letterpress: match made in heaven!
Who wouldn’t want a beautiful wedding keepsake like this wedding certificate? Julie shows off her chops as amazing illustrator with this stunning detail.
Flourish & Whim also offers beautiful calligraphy stamps. From return addresses to monograms, Julie’s got you covered! For more information, or lovely calligraphy inspiration, head over to her blog!
Photo credits: 1 Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day; 2 Sara Ewalt of Pinyadayada; 3 – 7 Julie Manwaring of Flourish & Whim
With spring just around the corner, I really wanted to showcase the work of some fresh talent. Something playful and charming; something that feels like a breath of fresh air. I found just what I was looking for in self-taught calligrapher and illustrator Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir. Her illustration work really comes through in her style, as it has smooth painterly quality. I’m quite smitten with Jenna’s calligraphy and I’m sure you will be, too! – Julie
Jenna’s lively style floats and dances its way across the surface. Elements of her writing have an air of romance, much like that of an old love letter.
Youthful and lighthearted, I love that even a single word can bring the ordinary to life. Jenna’s calligraphy is all the embellishment you need!
For more of Jenna’s work check out her blog and Instagram which is filled with beautiful peeks at projects.
Photo credits: No. 1, 2; 3 left, +4 Jenna Rainey; No. 3 right, 5 + 7 left Megan.Jeanne ; No.6 Kristen Rae Photography; No. 7 right Erich McVey
I’m a big big fan of using vintage postage stamps on everything from wedding invitations to baby announcements. So when Cara from Underwood Letterpress and Anne Robin Calligraphy sent over a few tips for mixing vintage postage to create little art collections on your envelopes, I couldn’t resist! These envelopes definitely make an impression and, especially when combined with stunning calligraphy, are a beautiful keepsake for the recipients!
From Cara of Underwood Letterpress: Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your special event. The vintage postage on these envelopes takes first impressions to the next level by mixing genre, color and technique. Here are a few tips for ways to turn your outer envelope in to a piece of art that will leave a lasting impression!
Don’t Be Afraid of Color!
Pops of color are essential to any design palette. Go bold with these fun and out there envelope designs. Mixing traditional design with Pop Art never looked so good. Each of these fabulous postage collages in the “In Love” line come with an eclectic mix of vintage postage plus a special Love stamp to celebrate the occasion!
Tone on Tone
Tone on tone is all the rage this season and there is no better way to maximize your wedding colors than by using multiple shades of your favorite hues. Check out these vintage postage collages with purple tones, blues and greens. Your guests might just decide to put these envelopes in a frame.
Mix Your Mediums
Try mixing techniques on your envelopes with this beautiful watercolor calligraphy design. The watercolor adds a whimsical touch while the modern address provides the perfect amount of juxtaposition.
Vintage Postage: Underwood Letterpress
Calligraphy: Anne Robin
Photography: Stephanie Collins Photography
Love must be in the air as I recently fell head over heels when I came across the work of Blue Eye Brown Eye‘s Lauren Essl. A designer and calligrapher, Lauren’s portfolio of work is as impressive as it is beautiful. Her pitch perfect invitation design and calligraphy turns something as everyday as a paper and envelopes into a beloved keepsake. Her blog is filled with stunning peeks of her work along with tips and resources for the beginning calligraphers. She’s also sharing her talent with the world through calligraphy classes! – Julie
I really love how Lauren utilizes space; corners and flaps are filled with ribbons of ink and creates a nice balance for a colorful array of stamps.
To see more of her beautiful calligraphy be sure to check out Lauren’s portfolio and blog. You can also register for her calligraphy classes if you’re located in Texas! More information is available on her website.
Photo credits: 1, 4 Amanda Marie Portraits; 2 Apryl Ann Photography; 3 l+r Heather Ann Design & Photography; 5 Lauren Essl; 6 left N.Barrett Photography, right Ben Q Photography
After I stumbled upon the work of Anne Robin Calligraphy, I pretty much fell head over heels. Photo after photo of what seemed like effortlessly gorgeous handwriting. It certainly didn’t surprise me to learn that she was first taught the art of calligraphy at the age of 9. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, New York Magazine, and the title credits of a Guy Ritchie film just to name a few. Anne has mastered an extensive list of calligraphic styles. From the tastefully traditional to the whimsically modern, she’s got your calligraphy needs covered. - Julie
Anne’s calligraphy style Rina is stunning. Letters and words strung together with feather light strokes.
Though each style is different, they compliment each other beautifully. The downside: how are we supposed to pick when they all look so amazing?
To see more of Anne’s work, visit her website, blog and follow her on Instagram.
Photo credits: 1 Marianne Wilson Photography; 2, 3, 7 Anne Robin; 4 Rad + In Love; 5 Braedon Photography; 6 Erin J Saldana