(Closed) Did anyone DIY calligraphy?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you got books and all the accessories, I think you will be fine!  I did my own, but I just looked at several styles online and tried to copy them. I practiced a bit, writing the alphabet over and over in that style and then just took the plunge and wrote all the addresses by hand. I did not buy any special calligraphy pens, just used a silver craft/non-bleeding type pen from Target.  They weren’t perfect, but it gave that personal touch that I was looking for. Just remember to have fun with it!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I started to teach myself, but then ended up liking my own writing style much better- wish I would have saved money on my calligraphy pen. haha

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I did, many years ago, and over time you just develop your own twist on it. Practice with the book instructions and the pen tip actually simplifies the process. The hardest part for me is keeping everything lined up. Make sure you have plenty of space to put them and don’t stack them before they’re dry so they don’t smudge. Another tip is to watch the weather forecast before you mail them. If you’re using cartridge ink, you don’t want them to get wet before delivery as the ink will run and make them undeliverable.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did this.  It took a full day to address, stuff and stamp the envelopes.  This was after a few practice sessions.  The first few envelopes were more stressful and then I got into a rhythm.  Make sure you have extra envelopes because you will make some mistakes.  The results didn’t look completely professional, but it was more personal than printing the address and looked nicer than my regular handwriting.  I was not interested in paying a calligrapher for this.  Also, our wedding is in a natural/rustic setting so it was ok that the envelopes looked a little less formal and slightly DIY-y.

To make sure the addresses came out straight, I used a mechanical pencil to draw parallel lines first.  Then I wrote the address, waited for the ink to dry, and erased the pencil.  I used one of those white hi-polymer Pentel erasers and it removed the pencil completely.

Our invitations were printed on ivory/ecru cardstock with dark brown font (and a mandarin orange floral design on the side).  So I bought brown fountain pen cartridges.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I tried but ended up doing a semi calligraphy style.  I used a 1.5 calligraphy marker and it turned out well.

I also got a graphic ruler and made lines with a pencil, then used a gum eraser to erase the the lines

If you have colored envelopes, becareful.  I used a stiff eraser and it started to take the color off.  That’s why I used a gum style one, it’s softer and more gentle.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am thinking about teaching myself.  I think it’d be interesting to learn.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I learned how to do calligraphy years ago, and I did my own Save-The-Date Cards (and will do the invitations).  It took FOREVER, but it looked lovely:

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you have the books, you will be fine!  I bought a calligraphy pen from the dollar store and use my own writing (adding fancy “tails” here and there).  It looked fine.  IMO, no one pays more than 10 seconds attention (and that may even be too high a count) at the writing on the envelope.  I’d do it…just make sure you don’t do it all in one sitting, break it up.  You will notice that your writing changes the longer you sit and do it (but again, remember that the person receiving the invite is only going to be seeing their envelope and won’t be comparing it to other envelopes you have sent out).  Have fun!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@GreenEyedMoon: wow! very pretty.  I’ve had a calligraphy tutorial book in my closet now for 3 years but haven’t touched it.  I love the idea of doing it myself & it be personal.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

The one thing that really saved me is that I wrote everything twice.  I would write it once on a normal piece of paper, then measure the length of the line, and then write it on the envelope.  That was the only way I could keep everything even close to centered.  I had to write the measuring one and the envelope at the same time, too.  Thus, even though I had a ton of envelopes going to Dallas, TX, I had to write it anew each time I started because, as PP said, your writing changes.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@GreenEyedMoon: Those look lovely!

I think I’m going to print the addresses on the computer with a very light colored ink and then trace over them.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I learned calligraphy back in high school, but didn’t really keep it up. It seems like as soon as people hear that you can do it, they’re dying to have you do their invitations! heehee.

In any event, I’m planning to do them for my invitations. It does take a lot of time to learn how to form the letters correctly. Definitely, practice practice on a plain sheet of paper before writing on the actual envelope! Also, it’s important to do the writing over a glass table with a light shining through it so you can “trace” the letteres from your practice page. It’s just too much to be thinking about forming your letters, and spacing, and whose name to write, and how to spell, and all those things all at the same time.

One other tip: Be careful on the type of paper used for the envelope. If the ink bleeds, you’re out of luck! Recommend getting some test paper first.

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