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!

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

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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

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0!

The original Modern Calligraphy Summit was easily one of the most exciting things to happen in 2016. Seven of the most respected calligraphers in the biz offering insider tips and tricks in an online calligraphy extravaganza? Yes, please! Well, the Modern Calligraphy Summit was such an awesome success that the organizers have been busy planning a second installment – called the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0!

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / Script Merchant

Image via Script Merchant

The Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 will take place February 20 – March 8, 2017 and will bring you a 2.5 week online calligraphy party with over 7 hours of video lessons from some super talented instructors (including more than a few familiar faces from here at OSBP), 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. Summit courses include Watercolor Illustration and Digitizing, Invitation Design, Brush Calligraphy, Classic Copperplate, Writing on Everything but Paper, and more! Oh, and there’s a bonus session on photography and styling! The Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 also includes live office hours for Q + A, handouts and templates, a private Facebook community to support you as you learn, and LIFETIME ACCESS to all the amazing content.

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 Instructors / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Early bird enrollment is currently open for the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 for just a few days – you can sign up here at the special Early Bird rate through Tuesday (tomorrow!) August 30!

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

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Modern Calligraphy Summit – Enrollment is Open!

Aaaaah! With all the hubub around the National Stationery Show, I almost forgot to tell you that enrollment for the Modern Calligraphy Summit is now back open! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can read the original post right here. The Modern Calligraphy Summit is an amazing 18-day online calligraphy course from some of the most talented working calligraphers today: Anne Robin Calligraphy,Wildfield Paper Co., Ashley Buzzy Lettering & PressFeast Fine Art & Calligraphy, Design House of Moira, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Fozzy Castro-Dayrit, Calligrafikas, and Nicole Miyuki.

Modern Calligraphy Summit / Wildfield Paper Co.

Wildfield Paper Co.

The original Modern Calligraphy Summit took place in late February, but you can still have access to all the wonderful lessons and materials from the summit! Modern Calligraphy Summit courses include Beginning Calligraphy, Brush Lettering, Envelope Layouts, Flourishing, Floral Embellishments and so much more. For those of you who enroll now, you’ll receive access to all the original videos from the Summit, including nine total video lessons released one-by-one every other day – just like the live event – PDF workbooks, and special cheat sheets from the instructors with their favorite tools and materials. Plus, there’s more than 6 hours of brand new video content with instructors answering questions from the original Summit and a SUPER helpful private Facebook group. You can enroll right here!

Modern Calligraphy Summit / Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press

Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press

Oh, and did I mention that once you enroll in the Modern Calligraphy Summit, you’ll have LIFETIME ACCESS?? Enroll, watch the webinars and videos, then go back as many times as you need to practice and get the hang of things!

Modern Calligraphy Summit / The Fozzy Book

The Fozzy Book

Sign up for the Modern Calligraphy Summit right here – and HAVE FUN learning the beautiful art of calligraphy!