Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design

Hello everyone! Here we are in February seeking something lighter than the 5 layers of clothing we need here in Maine. My yoga instructor said something to me last week that stuck — how lightness comes with control. And no truer example of that than when you look at the art of calligraphy. To write a name, an invitation, any wording with such lightness that looks effortless; it’s a skill that requires the utmost control. Rachel Anne is an Atlanta-based calligrapher whose work captures that magical light hand in calligraphy. Her lettering looks so modern and airy. Let’s take a look! – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Four Corners Photography

Rachel shares how she had not dreamed about working in the paper world. “I definitely wasn’t the girl who grew up loving paper or drawing letters, and I didn’t really care for writing that much either, so it’s kind of funny that I would end up where I am today!”

So how did she stumble on calligraphy? “In 2014 I was working as a wedding photographer which was something that I absolutely loved, though I felt like I needed a creative outlet that wasn’t a job and I didn’t have to please anyone with, I could just learn and create what brought me joy personally. I had been eyeing calligraphy for a while (and being in the wedding industry was always in awe of the pretty wedding stationery) and decided to take an online course because it was so pretty and everyone on Instagram made it look so easy,” adds Rachel.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Four Corners Photography

The story doesn’t end there! At first, she didn’t click with calligraphy. “One week in I gave up because I thought it was just too hard!” says Rachel. “Over the next few months I completely put it out of my mind, but then as a New Year resolution decided to finally stick to it and actually make myself learn (mostly because I didn’t want to be a quitter). For some reason that time around it just clicked and I became obsessed with learning and practicing!” Persistence for the win!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Tulle & Grace Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Hannah Forsberg

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rachel calls her style “modern, romantic and effortless while still having a polished feel.” And she adds, “I like to gather inspiration from lots of different sources and keep an ever growing style board of images that inspire and speak to me. These images can be anything from fabric textures and surface patterns to color schemes in flower arrangements.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Rachel Anne

Thanks for sharing your work Rachel Anne and for the inspiration to keep trying at something you really love to do!

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 – Enrollment Opens Today!

If you’re anything like me, you love all things calligraphy and hand lettering. Brush lettered envelopes, delicate place cards, even tropical leaves and wood boards covered with gorgeous writing. And now you have the chance to learn this beautiful art form from some of the most talented folks in the business. The Modern Calligraphy Summit is bringing all of the best calligraphers together to share their best tips and tricks with all of you– right from the comfort of your own home! Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 covered everything from beginning calligraphy and developing your own style to envelope layouts and brush lettering. Now the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 is just around the corner, and enrollment is open starting today!

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / Wildfield Paper Co

Image by Wildfield Paper Co.

Enrollment for Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 will be open for five days only, from February 9 – 13. Once MCS 2.0 kicks off next week, you’ll get two and a half weeks of online (and fun!) calligraphy classes with over 7 hours of video lessons from some super talented instructors, including Katherine Ross of Script Merchant, Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete, Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir, Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy, Sharisse DeLeon of Pieces Calligraphy, Younghae Chung of Logos Calligraphy, and Molly Knabel of Poppy and Mint Design. Topics include digitizing watercolor illustrations, invitation design, brush calligraphy, classic copperplate, writing on non-paper surfaces, and more! The Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 also includes handy templates and handouts, a private Facebook community to support you as you learn, and LIFETIME ACCESS to all the amazing content.

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / A Fabulous Fete

Image by A Fabulous Fete

Enrollment for Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 is now open! Don’t miss this chance to join in the fun – click here for more!

p.s. If you missed Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 last year – don’t worry, you can still sign up for lifetime access to all the original video instruction, worksheets, and templates right here!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper

Hello everyone! And hello to 2017! Here we are already skating fast through January. For today’s dose of calligraphy inspiration we’re featuring the beautiful modern calligraphy of Kaylyn of Pirouette Paper. Her collection of lettering work shows how calligraphy instantly makes any event, party, wedding, or festive gathering feel special. I’m pretty partial to the Pirouette Paper handmade party signs, but feel free to share your favorite picks below!  – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I’ve always loved this idea of using calligraphy on kraft brown paper. It feels modern and not fussy. And in this case, the sign keeps the bubbly bar, with all the antique accents, from looking old-fashioned.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

There’s definitely an organic style to Kaylyn’s work. I love her use of botanical elements, like leaves, with gold lettering  for sweet and modern wedding seating tags.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

With Pirouette Paper, you’ll find invitation suites that mix  calligraphy with simple type for a beautiful effect.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Loren Weddings

Photo: Loren Weddings

Here’s the prettiest cocktail menu I ever did see. (I bet Andrew knows how to make all of these fun-sounding cocktails!)

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Letter work too pretty to store in a box (in my opinion). I’d frame a sentimental piece like this and hang in my bedroom.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

This wedding menu features calligraphy letter work with an embellishment of gold foil. I love how the table features rustic wood chargers and skips the tablecloth to balance the golden accents for a more modern, less fussy-fancy table.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Kaylyn says her inspiration comes from her mood when she’s writing. “I love to let anything I’m feeling come through in my writing, whether it’s a more abstract and ethereal font (for those rainy days) or a more straight-forward, curly font if I’m feeling especially fun and youthful,” she says.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

Kaylyn got into calligraphy after a photographer friend of hers asked her to attend a calligraphy class with her. After that fateful class, she decided that it’s what she wants to do. “From there I started building my business while I was finishing up school and working at Disneyland — lots of styled shoots, small commissions, etc.” says Kaylyn. But this past June, she said goodbye to Disney and jumped into full-time doing Pirouette Paper. “Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: The Hearts Haven

Photo: The Hearts Haven

Watercolors and calligraphy name tags mixed with rustic woods and fresh garland — this is one dreamy entrance to the celebration.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Natalie Schutt Photography

Photo: Natalie Schutt Photography

You can turn a vintage mirror into a standout program for the big day with hand-drawn calligraphy.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I hope this peek into the work of Pirouette Paper has been a pretty kickoff to 2017. Here’s wishing the new year is golden!

Modern Calligraphy Summit Winter Session!

Exciting news! Enrollment for a special session of the Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 is now open! I talked a lot about the Modern Calligraphy Summit last year – 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! It’s such an amazing value, and you’ll learn so much from some amazingly talented calligraphers. You can sign up for the special session right here!

Wildfield Paper Co. / Modern Calligraphy Summit Holiday Session

The new session of the Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 will run January 3 – 13 with a special NEW live Q&A with some of the instructors on January 14, 2017 – just before the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 launches in February! If you’re looking for a fantastic holiday gift for an aspiring calligrapher, now is your chance! Treat yourself, or your calligraphy-obsessed bestie, or send a hint to your Santa that this is what you want under the tree. Enrollment closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 9 and won’t reopen again until after the new session in mid-January, so hurry!

Wildfield Paper Co. / Modern Calligraphy Summit Holiday Session

And if all of that wasn’t enough, the Modern Calligraphy Summit is currently offering a free video series that will help you create unique hand lettered holiday correspondence. Videos include tutorials on creating hand lettered holiday cards, mixing gold ink, and drawing holiday wreaths. The videos are available right now, and if there’s ever a time to improve your hand lettering skills the holidays are certainly it! You can sign up for the free video series right here, and the special new session of the Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 right here!

Photo Credits: Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co. for the Modern Calligraphy Summit

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette

Fall weddings are my favorite. From earthy textures and moody fall hues, there are so many natural elements to draw inspiration from. And when it comes to color combinations, the options are endless: jewel tones, rusty neutrals and metallics, deep berry tones and shades of red, dark greens, deep indigo blue, and so much more. I hope you get some ideas from these fall color palettes! –Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

White calligraphy pops against a red leaf. | Photography: KariMe Photographer, Planning & Design: Chelsea Porter, Stationery: Sandpiper & Co. via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

A neutral ribbon ties this bouquet together perfectly. | Styling & Design: Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold calligraphy on textured black cards look oh so elegant. | Photography: Whiskers and Willow Photography, Planning & Design: Layered Vintage, Calligraphy: Type and Title via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Guests won’t miss this berry dip-dyed menu. | Photography: Studio Castillero, Event Design & Planning: Bride + Lace & Likes via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold and deep purple place cards add a rich element. | Photography: Jose Villa Photography, Calligraphy: Tara Jones Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Indigo type on white paper stands out against the neutral table. | Photography: Lolo & Noa Photography, Event Design: Simply Sisters via Junebug Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Black leather menus with white calligraphy add subtle texture to the table. | Photography: Yasmin Sarai, Leather Signage & Leather Names: Tia Joy Kim via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Leaf place cards in shades of red and burgundy. | Photography: KariMe Photographer, Planning & Design: Chelsea Porter, Stationery: Sandpiper & Co. via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Peach ribbon tied around burlap bags bring natural color. | Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography, Event Design: Westcott Weddings via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I love the addition of emerald green. | Photography: Marina Mauletkali Photography, Event Styling & Florals: Petals by the Shore, Calligraphy: LoweLove Calligraphy via Junebug Weddings

Anyone out there planning a fall wedding? What colors are you bringing into your celebration??