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!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Hello! I’m excited to share the work of Vita Popov Studios for our next installment of calligraphy and lettering goodness. Vita is a self-taught calligrapher born in the Ukraine and who now calls Sacramento, California home. Her calligraphy style looks and feels organic — not simply in the brushwork, but also in the materials and styling of the paper goods. You’ll notice the greenery and berries used for propping, the handmade papers, and the earthy color palettes. Vita’s Instagram feed is an absolute treasure trove of beautiful calligraphed paper pieces. Let’s dive in, shall we? Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

There’s a simple lightness to Vita’s calligraphy that I imagine has taken so much practice to perfect. I also personally love when fanciful lettering is paired with deckled paper, which keeps the calligraphy looking more handmade modern than prim-and-proper.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: Kychelle Photography

Photo by Kychelle Photography

Vita describes a “moody ballerina” look she was going for in this work. She once again used a cotton handmade paper but the deep flourishes of purple tap into that moody vibe (to counter all the ballerina pinks). See how the invitation lettering looks like a wave? Vita wanted the words to look like they are dancing — mission accomplished!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Photo by Lauren Haley

It’s so inspiring to see calligraphy breaking out of being used simply for wedding invitations. Seeing this cascading stream of calligraphed ribbons tied to the wedding bouquet is certainly a fresh idea.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Vita works with clients for all kinds of custom work. Spotted on her Instagram: a wedding song in calligraphy. The gilded frame makes a perfect complement to the scripted lyrics.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

That’s a big dose of calligraphy inspiration! Do you have a favorite? I would pick seeing the lyrics of a most-loved song in calligraphy, framed in gold just like the wedding song above. So pretty! And that’s a wrap on the wonderful work of Vita Popov Studios!

Photos by Viva Popov Studios, except where noted

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Hello! I’m excited to be here with a column that scouts calligraphy artists and inspiring examples of modern lettering. Many moons ago, I lived in New York and went to my first Stationery Show as an editor at Real Simple. Back then, letterpress seemed to be all the rage with modern stationery, but in recent years, I’ve watched calligraphy step out of its former just-for-wedding typecast and into the modern paper world. You see examples of calligraphy everywhere now from bar menus to home décor — wherever you find type (including tattoos!). I’m kicking off my first installment with the work of calligraphy artist Cami Monet Miller. Her style feels organic, soulful, and so artistic. She often works in watercolor and uses deckled-edge papers that adds a modern handmade touch. Be sure to check out her Instagram for even more beautiful calligraphy! Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I’m just in love with everything in this photo, including the color palette. Photo by Jennifer Weinman.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I’ve always been drawn to the rustic woodland style in decorating (long before moving to Maine.) These placeholders (which double as coasters!) feel like a woodland fairy tale. The wood slices with their textured bark add a natural simplicity to the table. Then the black brushstroke calligraphy creatures a sweet, flirty contrast.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Cami just posted these acrylic place cards on her Instagram, which are going to be tied around napkins for a wedding. The mix of the modern clear acrylic with the white brushstroke calligraphy — heart-eye emojis all the way.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

What really caught my eye as I browsed through Cami Monet’s work is the sheer variety of pieces and ways that she plays around with her organic brushstroke calligraphy. Each snap seems to feature something new, unique, and special to that particular event, which I imagine is no easy feat for an artist running a small business.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Gold ink calligraphy on white backsplash tiles — what a wow detail for wedding place cards!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I am a sucker for anything with that modern vintage vibe, so this snap rose to the top of my favorites. Cami created these home décor goodies for a pop-up shopping market, and I can think of several people on my holiday shopping list who would love those rolling pins.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I know calligraphy on globes is not the newest idea, but I had to share here because I still have one on my wish list. Such a beautiful addition for an office or living room.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Cami Monet has an Etsy shop where you can purchase readymade watercolor and calligraphy creations, or order custom wedding invitations. You’ll find prints —  like this boho sweet Stay Wild printed sign — paper goods, and even mugs with quips in calligraphy (for the prettiest morning cup of joe.) Anyone else itching to throw a dinner party with some fancy calligraphy place cards now?

Photo Credits: Cami Monet, except where noted

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and one of the few times that you’ll have all of your loved ones and favorite people gathered together in the same place. A guestbook is the perfect way to remember all the people that came together to celebrate your big day – and they’re a great memento to look back on long after the wedding. Here are a few fun and creative wedding guestbooks to put a twist on the traditional guestbook. – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Your guests will love connecting their own constellation alongside their name. Frame and hang it up after! | Photography: Sarah Maren Photography, Planning & Design: Kate Whelan Events via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Provide calligraphy notecards for guests to share advice and well wishes, then add all the notecards to an album after the wedding. | Photography: Chloe Luka Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Have guests write on the back of puzzle pieces. Put all the pieces together and read everyone’s messages! | Photography: Jana Marie Photography, Planning & Design: Red Door Event & Design via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Vinyl records double as a guestbook for the couple who loves music. | Photography: Cara Robbins Studio via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Remember Mad Libs? You’ll have so much fun reading everyone’s responses! | Photography: Candice Benjamin via MODwedding

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Polaroid cameras are always a good idea. | Photography: Phil Chester via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Add a personal touch by collecting vintage postcards from each of your home states for guests to write on. | Photography: Horn Photography And Design, Planning & Design: Unique Wedding Events via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Attach kraft tags to vintage keys and discover the secret to a successful marriage (fingers crossed). | Photography: Shea Christine Photography via MODwedding

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Watercolor paintings double as wedding guestbook prints. | Photography: Studio Castillero, Planning & Design: Jamie at Sitting in a Tree, Paper Goods: Studiobdr via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Ask guests to write on Jenga blocks and you’ve got the building blocks for a happy and long marriage. | Photography: Danielle Coons Photography via The Knot

What are your favorite creative wedding guestbook ideas??