Should I take a calligraphy course so I can DIY?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kmb727:  It seems like you find the idea fun, so it would probably nice for you.

But, for me at least, I would hate it. But then again I also got my invitations free & thought they were ugly but didn’t care lol.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We paid about $150 to have all of our invitations (about 100 invitations) done by a calligrapher. If your time is valuable, it’s not worth it. If you think it will be fun, have time, and want to have the skill then definitely do it!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did exactly what you’re thinking of – it was terrible.  At the end, I couldn’t even write my name, and all my letters were like 2 inches tall.  It was well worth it for me to pay an expert to do it!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was contemplating something similar but then I lost track of time and ended up printing the addresses on the envelopes. Was really happy with how it came out though, and it saved me SO much time!

 

Here’s what they looked like: 

 

Post # 10
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626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can Cheat! I cheated for a few then said I don’t have time for this.

Use the font blackjack, buy a caligraphy pen, print up in very very light grey. and just trace. still takes a lil practice but not as much as DIY Caligraphy.

Hope this helps!

 

For the rest I just printed them up and people liked that.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Always keep in mind that the calligraphers you can hire have not only taken the classes, but they have practiced over and over and over a million times. I compare it to decorating a cake – it doesn’t seem all that hard just looking at it, but once you start trying (or take a decorating class at Michael’s lol) it’s really rather difficult and you realize the time those pros have put in to perfecting the art/craft. 

I think if you have the time and want to – give it a go. But I would also set your expectations accordingly and have a back up plan just in case. FWIW, I was all ready to take a calligraphy class (before the Wilton disaster lol) and have since decided to cheat and print/trace. 

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kmb727:  Thanks! I used Sverige Script Demo from dafont.com!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did it myself! My 5th grade teacher spent about a week teaching us…that was a lonngggg time ago…I bought some pens, found an alphabet online, practiced, and did it myself.  I’m sure they didn’t look as good as a pro, but I saved a ton of money.  and let’s be honest…who really looks at your envelope…everyone throws it away. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m learning right now! I’ve been wanting to learn it for years, but didn’t have the time. Now that I’m engaged, I decided to do my own calligraphy. It’s true that you must have the patience and dedication to really learn it. I’ve been doing it for less than 2 months and I think it’s going well. I say go for it! Laughing

 

 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did the faux caligraphy method (print very light on envelopes and trace) and found it easy and stress-free.  The little variances between each letter because it was being done by hand made it look very realistic and the printing helped my lines stay straight and letters stay the same size.  I highly recommend the method!

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