Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

These days, calligraphy goes waaaaaay beyond ink on paper. Tiles, sea glass, agate slices, light bulbs – pretty much any surface is game! Today we’re perusing the work of New York-based calligrapher Han Cao of Hanwriting, an expert on writing on non-traditional surfaces. Han was also kind enough to share some of her tips and tricks for writing on some of the trickier surfaces using a traditional calligraphy nib and ink. Let’s take a look! – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

“My lettering style tends to vary based on the surfaces I work on,” says Han. For objects like sea glass and slate, she likes to use a thinner calligraphy script. In contrast, she likes to complement agate’s bold colors with thicker downstrokes and thinner upstrokes. “I usually try a few styles and nibs on each surface to test out what looks best,” says Han. “It’s fun to try and bring out the best of each surface!”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Here’s a tip Han shared for writing on non-paper surfaces (since she does that quite often!): Han likes to use rubbing alcohol. “Some surfaces (agate, marble) sometimes have a thin, oily film which repels inks,” she shares. “So if you simply wipe them with a little rubbing alcohol, that removes the film and allows the ink to adhere better.” Han also uses acrylic ink on most of the items to give them some water resistance. “It gets tricky on some surfaces where the ink might pool at the bottom of the downstroke, so just thicken the ink up by either leaving it uncovered for a few hours, or adding some gum arabic, and that should help you control the strokes better.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

By the way, isn’t this a beautiful idea for place cards?! I love these little glass vessels, which channel that message-in-a-bottle vibe with the cork tops. The teeny shells matched with the guests names in calligraphy is such a perfect idea for a beach wedding.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Of course, Han’s calligraphy work on paper is equally stunning. I love the light, romantic feel of her lettering style.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

“My favorite recent project was the light bulbs which were for a fun dinner party in the city,” shares Han. “I loved the thickness of the lettering, and the novelty of the surface.”

Thanks so much to Han for sharing her beautiful work and insider calligraphy tips with us!

Photo Credits: All images via Han Cao of Hanwriting

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations

Charleston, South Carolina is an enchanting combination of classic Southern elegance and modern, swanky glam! Melissa of Atheneum Creative (and one of the talented members of our Designer Rolodex!) drew her inspiration from the wedding location to create these vintage-meets-modern floral wedding invitations. We’re loving the unique accordion fold layout (everything was mailed in a No. 10 envelope!), elegant gold foil text, and vintage-inspired floral illustrations of this stunning wedding invitation suite!

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations by Atheneum Creative

From MelissaThe couple’s wedding style was a mix of modern and romantic, which played well with the wedding location of Charleston, South Carolina. The bride wanted something more floral and romantic while the groom wanted something that was a little more modern, so we decided to mix the two styles together in this completely custom design. We love the contrast between the vintage feel of the flowers with the more modern feel of the invitation card.

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations by Atheneum Creative

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations by Atheneum Creative

The couple decided to get married under a large oak tree and wanted the tree to play a presence in their wedding invitations. The tree was illustrated by the bride’s brother and printed in gold foil on the wedding invitation. The ceremony location at Middleton Place is a national historic landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens, so it felt right to bring in lots of flowers as the base of the invitation design.

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations by Atheneum Creative

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations by Atheneum Creative

The invitation itself is an accordion fold card that is foil printed and mounted to a digitally-printed backing sheet with the vintage-inspired illustrated flowers. The reply envelope was printed in gold foil and the entire suite was mailed in a number 10 envelope. The colors of the greens and coral flowers were all picked up from the location and the dresses of the bridesmaids. We simply loved how this suite came together!

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations by Atheneum Creative

Vintage-Meets-Modern Floral Wedding Invitations by Atheneum Creative

Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photography: Chelsea Davis Photography

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Well Said Type: Bibliophile Script Font by Sudtipos

BIBLIOPHILE

Bibliophile Script is the latest offering from powerhouse font foundry Sudtipos and is inspired by late 19th century Round Hand calligraphy and Italian capitals. Just look at all those beautiful flourishes! Oh – and it’s 50% off through July 22! Grab your own copy right here.

p.s. For those of you who love script fonts as much as I do, MyFonts is having a HUGE sale on script fonts this week! Some of my go-to script fonts are included in the sale, which runs through Friday, June 16. New styles are being added every day, but here are a few favorites: Blog Script, Quickbrush, Zooja, Freeland, and Saturday Script.

Stationery A-Z: Rosè All Day

It’s finally summer time (whew!), which means its also…Rosé time! Everyone’s favorite pink beverage is showing up in all forms these days – from beach towels to candy to, you guessed it… Rosé-themed greeting cards! If you haven’t jumped on the think pink train yet, it’s high time to give ‘summer water’ a try (it’s really quite good). Grab a glass, sit back and enjoy our round-up below. Cheers! -Shauna

Rosé-Themed Greeting Cards

From top left:

1. This illustrated card from redcruiser is so versatile! Use it to congratulate a friend on a new job, send a quick pep talk before a big event, or even to help cheer up someone having a bad week.

2. I’m more than grateful for rosé. I’m guessing Boss Dotty is too. Respect for that manicure as well.

3. This sweetly illustrated, message-forward greeting comes from New York-based Nicole Marie Paperie.

4. Is current politics driving you to drink? Combine trends with this scripted letterpress printed message from Creativity Cards.

5. Want a little extra bang for your buck? This Valley Cruise Press greeting card not only comes with a clever pun from perennial favorite The Bachelor but also a fun enamel pin. Everybody wins!

6. Yes Way Rosé just goes to show that Instagram is no joke. Two NYC friends, one passion for pink wine, and 42K followers later…

7. Another stellar rosé themed greeting from Boss Dotty, this time in birthday form. Salut!

8. Flowers AND wine? Say it all with another clever pun masquerading as a birthday greeting card from The Good Twin (a fan of The Good Twin? Be sure to check out our June desktop downloads here!)

9. Rosé all day? Yes PLEASE. Send this Pinwheel Print Shop design for as a birthday card, thinking of you note or an invitation to your next summer BBQ (little know fact: rosé is the best wine to pair with barbecue).

10. Really enjoying Styled in Print‘s muted monochromatic palate and detailed illustration.

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

Today we’re going behind the stationery with Ashkahn, the owner and designer of his namesake brand. His witty, irreverent humor is reflected in his designs, which always have a bright and fun touch to them. With a variety of projects under his belt, Ashkahn shares how he prioritize and writes creatively meaningful greeting cards. –Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

From Ashkahn: Ashkahn started all by complete accident! It was a friend’s birthday, and I was too lazy to run to the local Rite Aid and buy him a birthday card so I made my own. Shortly after the birthday, my friend told me that people were asking him where the card I gave him was from. I started selling it. It was fun, drinking money. The ideas for more cards came pouring out and I presented a 12-card collection to Reform School, a store in Los Angeles, and they placed a huge first order. It sold out really fast and the rest is history as they say.

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

My studio is located in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles. We do all of our fulfilling and design there.

Behind the Stationery: AshkahnBehind the Stationery: Ashkahn

I start the day off with coffee made from my Bialetti and two hard boiled eggs. After that I walk around in my favorite robe for an hour or so, and usually get in the studio around 10am and work until around 6pm.

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

I don’t like to force ideas. The best ones come to me organically and out of nowhere. I see them as little gifts that you need to catch and write down before it disappears. From there, I write it down and simplify it even further to get to the meat of the idea and communicate what I want to say.

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

It’s a lot of writing and all of my designs are hand drawn. I then digitally manipulate it in Illustrator and get it ready for print. I start sampling color and scale, then letterpress print everything.

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

I spend most of my time on the greeting cards. I try to make the writing better and better with each passing card. It’s really important to me to find new and interesting ways to communicate common messages like, “I love you” and “Happy Birthday” in a new way. Love, liquor, and great food keep me inspired.

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

Behind the Stationery: Ashkahn

Photos courtesy of Ashkahn.

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