Post # 1
Bees! I saw another posting on here about using a light box for DIY calligraphy and just tracing addresses onto the envelopes. Pure genius! So, off I went to Hobby Lobby (with my 40% off coupon might I add) to buy a light box. It was $9.99, but with my 40% off coupon, I only paid about $6 for it. Best $6 I ever spent! This is my very first attempt at doing calligraphy this way! What do you think? I’m sure I’ll get better the more I do it, but for this being the first time… I’m very pleased! I used chopin_script font from http://www.dafont.com.
The typed font is on the top, my DIY version is on the bottom. It pains me to hide some of the address, but you get the idea! I used a deep purple colored pen to match my invitations, but do you think I should just stick with black? Should I get an actual calligraphy pen or something else? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
That is fabulous! You did a great job!
Post # 4
Good job! That looks like it took a long time!
Post # 5
Great job! Did you use a calligraphy pen for this?
Post # 6
@QBbride: Thanks! Actually, it only took about 2-3 minutes. Literally you are only tracing the font, so it’s quite easy and looks fantastic! I have about 100 invites to address, so I’m thinking it will take me approximately 5 hours to do them all. I’ll probably do them over several nights so it won’t seem so daunting.
@rosiet: No, it wasn’t a calligraphy pen. Do you think I should use one? It is just a very fine tip marker. It’s a 0.3 COPIC multi-liner pen (pigment ink, waterproof) in a purple color. The thing about a calligraphy pen is that I’m afraid it might smear. This dries immediately.
Post # 7
I took 5 years of calligraphy classes and I must say this looks like an awesome way to do it!! I could have seriously saved so much time. To late now. Lol Great job looks pro- definitely only do 10 or so a night (or 40 minutes worth) whichever comes 1st… the more you do the less perfect they get and you don’t notice until you put them side by side. This happens to me all the time. I think it’s because your hand gets tired and because you start to feel more comfortable and move faster.
Post # 8
wow that looks great! Good job 🙂
Post # 9
Wow. Fantastic idea! It looks great. 🙂 Some of the swoops on your capitals look a bit shaky, but I’m sure you’ll get more confident as you do more. I’d focus more on getting them smooth, and less on getting them to match the font exactly.
I can’t really tell what kind of pen you’ve used from the picture, but I wouldn’t reccommend using a ballpoint or gel pen, where you could see your individual pen strokes, but rather go for a felt-tip or fountain pen, so everything blends. I think you’re good.
EDIT: I just saw you say which pen you are using. Sounds perfect 🙂
I also wouldn’t recommend getting a calligraphy pen: the regular italic calligraphy pens have a chisel tip, which is all wrong for this kind of font, and the copperplate pens which calligraphers use for this style are really expensive and hard to master.
Really, just keep doing what you’re doing. I like the colour; it emphasises that this is hand-done and not just printed.
Post # 10
I think it looks great! No, I don’t think you should use a calligraphy pen — they look hard to use!
Post # 12
@amw511s: GENIUS!!! I have a light box already…I can so do this! I have been stressing over the calligraphy because I plan to DIY. Thanks for the awesome idea! It looks great! Seriously
Post # 13
It’s a work of art, I love love love it! Wonderful job! 🙂
Post # 14
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They look so nice! I wish I would have thought of the light box instead of tilting and messing with our lighting until I could sort of see though. Best $6 towards invites!