A few months ago I posted about an awesome opportunity for any aspiring calligraphers out there: The Modern Calligraphy Summit! You can read all about it here, but basically it’s the opportunity to learn the art of calligraphy from nine amazing calligraphers from the comfort of your home!
The Modern Calligraphy Summit will take place February 22 – March 5, 2016 and offers over 7 hours of video lessons. Summit courses include Beginning Calligraphy, Brush Lettering, Envelope Layouts, Flourishing, Floral Embellishments, Digitizing, and more! The early bird registration period ended back in August, but you have another chance to sign up from November 27 through December 1!
For those of you who sign up during these dates, the team over at the Modern Calligraphy Summit has put together a free video series that will help you create unique hand lettered holiday correspondence. The videos are available right now, and if there’s ever a time to improve your hand lettering skills the holidays are certainly it! Click here to sign up to get the free video series and a special holiday price when enrollment for the Summit opens later this week!
Photo Credits: Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co. for the Modern Calligraphy Summit
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This month we’re getting a dose of modern calligraphy from Sarah Ingram of Brush & Petal in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah’s profession has her surrounded by beauty, as she offers both calligraphy and photography services. Her portfolio is bursting with all things elegant and inspirational, and is a treasure trove for anyone seeking a truly bespoke aesthetic for their special day. – Julie
For more beautiful calligraphy inspiration from Brush & Petal, visit Sarah’s Instagram or Facebook account for updates and glimpses into her projects.
Photo credits: 1 Laurelyn Savannah Photography; 2, 5 Sawyer Baird; 3 l+r, 4 Sarah Ingram; 6 left Morning Light by Michelle Landreau, right Genel Lynne
It’s all in the details, right? And Mother (Nature) knows best. Incorporating natural elements is an easy way to instantly add life to any wedding – modern or vintage, Art Deco or bohemian! I love how these escort cards incorporate florals, minerals, and even driftwood in such a simple, but beautiful way. – Annie
Create a garland by attaching florals and escort cards with clothespins. | Photography: MORNINGWILD Photography via Green Wedding Shoes
Write on sea glass or rocks and use as escort cards. | Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, Calligraphy: Lowcountry Paper Co. via Green Wedding Shoes
Wrap a small bunch of greens with twine and attach a simple card. | Photography: Chennergy Photography via The Knot
Attach tags to tin cans filled with flowers. | Photography: Sophie Delaveau (Left) & Rest manila tags against moss for a pop of color. | Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica, Florals: Martha’s Gardens via Style Me Pretty (Right)
Use gold pyrite rocks as paperweights. | Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography via The Knot
Frame a wooden escort card display with a pine garland. | Photography: Hugh Forte, Paper Goods: Bash Please via Green Wedding Shoes
Pair gold rocks with escort cards for a beautiful (and practical!) touch. | Photography: Rad + In Love, Gold Rocks: Alexa Gerrity, via 100 Layer Cake (Left) & Write on collected driftwood and use as escort cards. | Photography: Natasha Hurley Photography, Stationery & Signage: Bridie at Heyday Events via Wedding Sparrow (Right)
Write on magnolia leaves and use as escort cards. | Photography: Jesse & Whitney of Our Labor of Love, Calligraphy: Anne Robin via 100 Layer Cake
Complement gold calligraphy escort cards with geodes. | Photography: Laura Gordon Photography via Style Me Pretty
Frame an escort card display with a floral garland. | Photography: Judy Pak Photography via Style Me Pretty
What creative ways have you seen natural elements used at a wedding?
If you’ve been reading OSBP for any period of time, you know that I absolutely LOVE beautiful calligraphy. Place cards, menus, seating charts – I go crazy for calligraphy in any form. And there is absolutely nothing better than receiving a beautifully calligraphed envelope in the mail! If you’ve ever wanted to improve your envelope addressing skills, my friend Bryn Chernoff of Paperfinger just launched a brand new calligraphy class with Skillshare called The Art of the Envelope – and she’s offering OSBP readers free enrollment (for a very limited time) to celebrate the launch of the course!
The Art of the Envelope is a warm, welcoming, and visually rich class, perfect for early-level and intermediate calligraphers as well as those looking to expand their professional lettering work. The online format allows you to watch and take the class at your own pace, while still participating in an active community and getting feedback from Bryn along the way.
The Art of the Envelope class builds on Bryn’s more introductory classes (which are really great for getting started with calligraphy and can also be found at Skillshare). Bryn’s class covers an essential range of topics, including how to select papers, mixing inks, accomplishing the perfect envelope layout, professional tricks of the trade, and much more. Plus, the class includes a number of exclusive downloadable resources, and all students are encouraged to share their work for feedback and to show off their skills.
The class is only available on Skillshare — and, for a limited time, all OSBP readers can join this class for free! You can enroll in The Art of the Envelope right here – or sign up for a free trial with Skillshare right here!
Photo Credits: Bryn Chernoff of Paperfinger
This month’s calligraphy inspiration comes from Birmingham, Alabama. The work of Katherine Ross of Script Merchant Calligraphy and Design caught my eye scrolling through Instagram in search of new and lovely letterforms. Katherine’s feed is a never-ending source of calligraphy eye-candy. She offers a variety of beautiful modern styles. From short scribbled musings to romantic and wispy wedding materials, you’re bound to fall for her talented hand and impressive portfolio. – Julie
To keep up with the latest from Katherine, be sure to follow her on Instagram or like her on Facebook!
Photo credits: 1, 6 l+r Gregory Ross; 2 Elisa Bricker; 3 left, 5: Spindle Photography, right: Heather Hawkins; 4 Katherine Ross