By now you probably know that I’m a huge fan of beautiful calligraphy and brush lettering. Nothing makes me happier than an exquisitely calligraphed envelope, brush lettered wedding invitations, and delicate place cards. Well, I have some exciting news! You can now learn this gorgeous art from nine amazing calligraphers – all from the comfort of your own home – during the Modern Calligraphy Summit!
The Modern Calligraphy Summit will take place February 22 – March 5, 2016 and will bring you a two-week virtual (and fun!) calligraphy crash course with over 7 hours of video lessons from Anne Robin Calligraphy, Wildfield Paper Co., Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press, Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy, Design House of Moira, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Fozzy Castro-Dayrit, Calligrafikas, and Nicole Miyuki. Summit courses include Beginning Calligraphy, Brush Lettering, Envelope Layouts, Flourishing, Floral Embellishments and more! The Modern Calligraphy Summit also includes live office hours, handout PDFs for each course, and goodies like a “Top Tools for Calligraphers” cheat sheet.
Photo by Wildfield Paper Co.
Early bird enrollment is currently open for the Modern Calligraphy Summit – you can sign up here for a special rate through August 18th!
The art of calligraphy typically brings to mind pointed pen or broad edge styles, but it also extends to lettering by brush… which I realized I haven’t showcased as much of, surprisingly. There’s no better time to correct that than now! Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete came to mind instantly. Lauren has a way with watercolor and brushwork that transforms a single word into a fluid, dynamic stream of tone and beauty. – Julie
To keep up with the latest from Lauren and A Fabulous Fete, follow along on Instagram and Facebook, check out her blog, or peruse her shop which includes some fantastic calligraphy cocktail stirrers.
Photo credits: 1 Odalys Mendez Photography; 2-6 left Lauren Saylor; 6 right Rustic White Photography
These miiiiiight just be the prettiest wedding announcements I’ve ever seen. After their super intimate wedding, Natalia of Papel & Co. and her husband Chris decided to share the happy news with far away family and loved ones. Natalia combined a beautiful wedding photo with gold foil calligraphy to create these casual and celebratory wedding announcement postcards!
From Natalia: My husband and I decided to have a really small wedding. We had 13 total guests and we got married on Valentine’s Day. Because a lot of the people we love were not at the wedding, we decided to make a little something for them – wedding announcement postcards.
These postcards were digitally printed and foil pressed by Wynwood Letterpress in Miami. The beautiful picture was taken by Dillon Photography. I designed the card and addressed the envelopes. Most of my family lives in Colombia and my husband’s family lives here in the U.S., so we decided to have one version in Spanish and one in English.
Design and Calligraphy: Papel & Co.
Printing: Wynwood Letterpress
Wedding Photo: Dillon Photo
Photo Credits: Papel & Co.
I love the amount of detail in calligraphy. Look carefully at any word, any letter, and you can see how the details of each part work together to create a spectacular whole. One little curve or swash and something can be completely transformed. I thought sharing the work of Amy Arriola of Letter Love Studio would be fitting as Amy is all about the details, and her work is a shining example of that. – Julie
To see more of Amy’s beautiful calligraphy, be sure follow along on her Instagram feed.
Photo credits: 1, 4 Megan Robinson Photography; 2, 3 l+r, 6 l+r Sarah Carpenter Photography; 5 Amy Arriola
It’s always inspiring to see calligraphy and hand lettering beyond the page, and I’ve found that one of the best places to see it in action is in the details of a wedding. I stumbled across Taryn Eklund Ink while looking for something eye-catching and found her beautiful work on some charming bottle place cards. They were like tiny messages in a bottle; so utterly romantic. Her portfolio proves to be just as lovely, filled to the brim with gorgeous calligraphed wedding details. – Julie
She’s definitely one to follow as I’m sure we’ll see much more amazing work from her in the future. Find her on her blog, Instagram and Facebook.
Photo credits: 1 Rachel Havel; 2 right, 6 right Shalynne Imaging Photography; 3 Taryn Eklund; 2 left, 4 l+r Carrie King; 5 Jessica Burke; 6 left Shannon Von Eschen Photography