(Closed) Calligraphy

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would be interested in responses to this, too!  I checked out a calligraphy book from the library but it seemed so daunting.  I don’t have much time to learn, but I would love to hear from girls who taught themselves!

Post # 4
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I bought a book at border’s, but it wasn’t helpful to me.  I did a lot of research online instead and practiced over and over until I developed a lettering style I liked.

And get a lightboard.  I didn’t use it for the save the dates but did for my invites and it made a WORLD of difference.

Post # 5
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I learned calligraphy!  I used Margaret Shepherd’s “Learn Calligraphy” to learn Italic. — Note Copperplate is not in the book; it focuses on historic ‘hands’:  Roman, Gothic, Italic, and Celtic (I still plan on learning Celtic and Gothic … someday).  It was a helpful book, made for beginners.  You’ll spend a lot of time making lines and learning how to space things correctly — simple things  that make a lot of difference overall.  It did take a lot of work and I did not achieve the level of perfection that professional calligraphers posses.  Nevertheless, I did get compliments and it made addressing my invitations much more fun. (It also makes sending thank you notes more fun, and makes sending cards more fun….).  But, it was a lot of work (work that can be done in front of the TV).

Post # 6
2410 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How funny, I just bought Calligraphy for Dummies yesterday from Barnes & Noble. It has 6 alphabets including Copperplate and from what I have read seems really well laid out. It actually makes me excited to start learning, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

My wedding is next July so I’m hoping to be proficient in time to do wedding projects.

Post # 7
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I did using IAMPETH. It was free, and there are a ton of resources!

Post # 9
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

I am in the process of writing the addresses in calligraphy on my wedding invitation envelopes. I sort of cheated though. I printed the addresses on the envelopes in the font I wanted and then I traced over it with a silver calligraphy pen. It looks totally real and was so much easier than my trying  to learn calligraphy.

Post # 10
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i thought about it… and then realized it would be way more work than i ever wanted to attempt. so i just printed labels.

Post # 11
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I learned calligraphy. I bought the book below from Amazon (used copy for $1! can’t beat that) after one of the Bees recommended it. I can’t speak for the entire book because I just made copies of the pages that show the alphabets, and I just practiced off those. I did read the sections that teach you how to hold your pen. I tried to be hardcore with nibs and ink, but it wasn’t happening. I used an ultra fine point calligraphy marker (okay…about 7 of them) and my envelopes looked amazing.

http://www.amazon.com/First-Steps-Calligraphy-Step/dp/089134666X/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277177407&sr=1-13  sorry for the huge link!

I did half of them at my parents’ house because they have a glass coffee table. I put a lamp on the floor under the table, and put a card with bold lines inside each envelope so the lines would show through. When I got sick of going to their house to work on it, I made my own setup at home – stacked books on the floor with a scrap of plexiglass acting as my table. As I did more, I got better, and was able to create my own style and add my own flourishes to the text.

The smartest thing I did was save the “important” envelopes for last (parents, wedding party, etc.).

It was fun and I’m glad I learned. It’s been a couple of months but I’ll be pulling everything out again for my escort cards.

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