(Closed) DIY Calligraphy…Anyone Done it?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Member
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bubbly234:  Totally bought a kit at Michaels with my fiance- we both suck! Have a year to practice though ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!!

Post # 4
Member
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I get all my calligraphy things from Michaels too… the kits are handy!

I took calligraphy all the way through high school and a little in college for fun. I love it and fully plan to get started on my invites here in a few days. =)

Post # 6
Member
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I cheated on this one and went the faux-ligraphy route, but if you are not patient it worked out really well for me.  I found a font that went with our invations and printed the addresses on each envelope using the lightest gray that would still be visible, then I traced over it with a calligraphy pen.  It actually was easier than I expected, I got 100 invites addressed on a Sunday afternoon.

I used a Shaefer calligraphy pen kit with ink catridges from Michael’s – I think it came with 3 nibs, I used the smallest one. 

Post # 8
Member
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@reebee:  I am doing this exact thing… it’s turning out BEAUTIFULLY so far. 

Post # 9
Member
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I also did it with supplies from Michael’s.  It was a pain in the butt, but I’d totally do it again.  In fact, I did do it again, since I recently finished doing the calligraphy on a friend’s invitations, too!

Post # 10
Member
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m perfectly prepared to do labels if my hand doesn’t hold out (rehabbing from three fractures in right arm), but I’m interested in learning calligraphy and this would be an opportune time to learn! I took a class in college on Illuminations (illuminated manuscripts) and I love typography. I have a few months to work on getting it right. Maybe it will be good exercise.

Thanks for the Shaefer’s recommendation… does anyone have a recommendation for a book or how-to with samples of different styles to practice? 

Post # 11
Member
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@GreenEyedMoon:  Is that a metallic envelope in your pic? I got metallic ones from Cards and Pockets for my Save the Date cards and they seem like they might be too slippery for some inks. Loved the look of them though, and would like to get them for the invites. What worked for you?

Post # 12
Member
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Whatever you do, just do NOT use a metallic ink.  They are such a hassle.  I was kind of pissed when my friend informed me I was going to use a silver pen on her invitations when I had already informed her that I wouldn’t be doing metallics ever again.

Post # 13
Member
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@sweetcrackers:  It is, and it was waaaaaaaaaay too slippery.  I wouldn’t recommend it.  I should have switched out to a different kind of envelope.

When I did it for my friend a month ago, though, she had metallic envelopes that weren’t a problem.  I’ll have to ask her where she got them.

Post # 14
Bee
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

I did it – got the calligraphy kits from Micheals, and just practiced.  I don’t have a traditional script, mine is more whimsy. 

Post # 15
Member
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@GreenEyedMoon:  Yes, please! I really liked the samples of a few metallic colors I got from C&P but I do NOT need slippery ink problems. Is that just regular ol’ black calligraphy ink on that silver envelope?

Post # 16
Member
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@sweetcrackers:  It sure is!  I used the same ink on my friend’s metallic green envelopes.  They turned out fine.

The topic ‘DIY Calligraphy…Anyone Done it?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors