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??

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

Hello everyone! I’m excited to share some pretty calligraphy inspiration from that captures a fluid and organic calligraphy style. Nowadays, it’s easy to find fonts and digital graphics that incorporate fanciful lettering, and I’m all for calligraphy taking over the world. But when you see an artist doing calligraphy in a way that looks so uncalibrated, so imperfectly perfect, with brushstrokes that you simply can’t create with the click of a mouse, that makes me appreciate this art form that much more. So take a peek through the work of Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

Ettie, an East Coast native, shared on her Instagram that she took the leap into a full-time creative career after a detour through law school. It’s clear Ettie has a love for handmade papers, and the delicate raw edges feel like the perfect canvas for her delicate calligraphy. I also love all the botanical patterns she mixes in with her work. Ettie Kim’s website includes a just-launched shop where you can hire her for projects from semi-custom invitations to address labels, and she shares her inspiration: “My lettering work is inspired by the asymmetrical, irregular forms found in nature, and I aim for unique design that is organic yet refined.”

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Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

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Simplicity rules, as you can see in this sweet save-the-date by Ettie.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

These invitations were designed with a dusty rose ombré to match the bridesmaid dresses.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

A vintage crate adorned with sweet calligraphy is just about the perfect spot for cards and gifts for a rustic modern wedding.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

Honey jar wedding favors with custom calligraphy tags. | Photo credit: Nikki Kauzlarich

Calligraphy Inspiration: Ettie Kim Calligraphy and Design

On Ettie’s site, she notes you can contact her “for other bespoke inquiries” (which I love) including non-paper projects like designing a calligraphy tattoo. Let me just say, I have no tattoos and I was not the teenager who was ever pining for a tattoo. But recently (late thirties crisis?!), I’ve had this newfound desire to get inked in part because of all the amazing calligraphy tattoos I’m seeing popping up on inspiration boards. I’m still not sure I’ll ever take that big permanent leap, but if I were to get a tattoo, Ettie would be one of the first artists I’d look to for the design.

Photo Credits: Ettie Kim Design, except where noted

Thanks for following along and be back soon with more calligraphy love!

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas

We’re big fans of cocktail hour here on Oh So Beautiful Paper. At a wedding celebration, the cocktail hour kicks off the post-ceremony reception, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money to make a big statement. Just a few details, like personalized napkins or coasters, are a fun way to incorporate your personal style, stories, and tastes. Here are a few fun cocktail hour ideas for your wedding! – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How gorgeous is this garland around the bar? | Photography: Tec PetajaDesign, Coordination, Paper, and Florals: Bash, Please via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this wooden drinks menu with hand drawn illustrations and lettering. | Photography: Flora + Fauna, Signage: Paper Tangent, Event Coordinator: Flutter Fete via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Custom coasters add a personal touch. | Photography: Max Wanger, Hand lettering for Coasters: Bernadette Pascua, Event Planning: Bash, Please via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These napkins are a modern take on monograms. | Photography: Our Labor of Love, Event Planning: Bash, Please via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Mirrors with calligraphy bring glamour to the bar. | Photography: Tory Williams Photography via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy bar accessories – like these napkins, drink stirrers, and bar sign – create a cohesive and elegant look. | Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography, Cocktail Napkins and Drink Stirrers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy, via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These paper maché letters are easy to personalize. | Photography: Kelly Stonelake Photography, Paper Goods: Hen & Co., Planning, Coordination, and Design: Going Lovely via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use a framed chalkboard to display your signature drinks options. | Photography: Our Love Is Loud, Bar Sign Calligraphy: Whimsy Design Studio, Event Design and Planning: Cammye with We Tie The Knots via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

For the tropical or botanical-inspired wedding, these calligraphy leaf drink markers are a must. | Photography: Something Minted, Calligraphy: Pink by Peach, Wedding Planner and Creative Director: The Wedding Project Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Custom drink stirrers carry on the theme of your wedding in a subtle way. | Photography: Milou + Olin Photography, Event Planning, Flowers, and Stationery: Bash, Please via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ice breaker! Guests will love reading these fun facts as they mingle. | Photography: Flora + Fauna, Signage: Paper Tangent, Event Coordinator: Flutter Fete via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Cocktail Hour Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

You can’t miss this graphic, graffiti-inspired drink menu. | Photography: Jes Workman, Paper Goods: Boldhouse, Event Design: Art & Soul Events via Green Wedding Shoes

p.s. More cocktail hour and reception signage inspiration right here!