I’m a huge fan of the dip dyeing technique, and these romantic calligraphy dip dyed wedding invitations from Jill at Art + Alexander are no exception! The dark teal color is just absolutely stunning, and I love the way Jill continued the dip dye effect around all four edges of the invitation and some of the enclosures!
From Jill: The words I jotted down prior to designing this suite were: love letter, romance, simple, soft, and lovely. I love the colour that ink fades into, decades after being written – a brownish gold tone. I tried to recreate that ink colour for this invitation suite. I also tried to keep the calligraphy quite soft and loose, as if it had been written on some romantic whim.
I opted for Cartiera Magnani paper for its rich texture and soft, organic look. I thought that the paper would behave similarly to a watercolour paper would, and absorb the watercolour paint well, which it did. I used the dark teal to add a pop of color, and wet the paper prior to dip dying so that it would bleed more and fade out more naturally, as well to give it a celestial look.
The invitation suite includes a beautiful quote from The Chaos of Stars: “And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”
I just thought that it was the most beautiful quote and tied in so nicely with my original inspiration. I also included a watercolor illustration of a peony to add a touch of femininity. The suite was handwritten and the paper was hand torn. The stamps included in the photographs are from my Grandmother’s antique steamer trunk.
Design and calligraphy: Art + Alexander
Photographed by: Shannon Yau