(Closed) Calligrapher

posted 5 years ago in Paper
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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arose1230 :  Google “hand lettering” and “fake calligraphy” and just do it yourself 🙂

It’s actually really easy – I had it mastered in about 2 days. As long as you can write in cursive, you’re sorted. All you need is a thin pen and a thicker pen (like a double ended sharpie)

Here’s a really quick example for you:

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I totally traced mine from a font on the internet. I traced the outline on with pencil then went in with a thin marker and colored them in. It’s a little time consuming but free! These were the envelopes for my save the dates:

 

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Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Start looking local. Is there an arts district in your area? Also look for local Calligraphy classes, the insturctors are usually working professionals.  If they are busy, they may be able to recommend a talented student. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

….And also ask friends. I found out the mother of one of my friends does Caligraphy.  It is one of those skills some people (often older generation)  know but dont use often. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I taught myself real calligraphy using the Postman’s Knock tutorials. You can pick the style, and download the DPF tutorial for about $4. She also describes exactly what supplies to get so you don’t waste money on the kits with a ton of nibs. Those were about $15. I’d say it took about 15-20 hours of practice, and then about 6 hours each for the STDs and invitations. Granted, I wanted to learn so I didn’t think of it as a waste of time.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I did something similiar to emmagreen482017.  I downloaded a pretty font and printed on my envelopes in really really light ink.  Then I sat in front of the TV on a TV dinner tray and traced each letter in a metallic pen.  I got lots of compliments on them and they looked really nice and authentic.  They are just very time consuming!  I think I did about 10-20/day over a 2 week period.  (not every day).  However, it was cheap.  I paid like $1-$2 for the pen at Michael’s after a 50% off coupon.  I already had ink in my printer so no extra cost there.

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Bumble bee

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futuremrsferrell : oh, what a smart idea. The light ink makes it super easy! Wish I’d thought of this myself!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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musket87 :  I second The Postmans Knock! I’ve been doing her tutorials and have learned a lot – and I’m not usually a crafty person. If you still want to find a pro though, the author of those classes, Lindsey Bugbee, is a fantastic calligrapher and artist and does amazing things with wedding stationary! I haven’t hired her as I’ll be doing it myself, but her portfolio is stunning. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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brideinthesix :  I got the idea from a fellow bee.  I’ll try to remember to take a picture later and post it.

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