Post # 1
Soon after we were engaged I fell in love with calligraphy after seeing countless beautiful invites on instagram, SMP, etc. Rather than paying for them to be professionally done I purchased a tutorial on caligraphy, supplies and started practicing. I am still very much an amatuer but I’m overally pretty pleased with how they came out.
The invite design was purchased off of etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/227714839/printable-wedding-invitation-watercolor
paper products and printing: cardsandpockets.com
caligraphy ink: dr. ph martin’s copper plate gold
Nib: Brause Extra Fine 66
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2016 - Canaan Valley Resort, WV
silvalia: Beautiful 🙂 You are much braver than me for trying calligraphy.
Post # 3
Wow, you did a great job! I’m going to have to check out that tutorial 🙂
Post # 4
wow!! Came out so nice!! You are inspiring me… Which tutoial did you do? I see two different styles/tutorials.
How long did it take you to get so good at this? How long did each envelope take?
Post # 5
GET OUT. That envelope looks extraordinary! I also purchased a tut from PMK! I’m so antsy to get started – I’m decent at faux calligraphy but am very worried regular calligraphy will be the hot mess express.
Post # 6
silvalia: daaaamn, girl that’s amazing! i thought about learning calligraphy for a hot second, and then realized that i’d probably be shit at it. sigh. so instead i’m figuring out ways of having my silhouette fake-calligraphy my envelopes.
yours are gorgeous, i’m so jealous! can i ask what tutorial you used?
Post # 7
Wow, that looks amazing! Great job!!
Post # 8
silvalia: Beautiful! These look so elegant.
Post # 10
Wow these look amazing! I admire these types of DIY projects! Mostly because no matter what I do, my handwriting is the equivalent of a 3 year old’s chicken scratch.
Post # 11
ilovesophia: Thank You! I used the Kaitlin Style Tutorial, however I found it pretty hard to master the very slant-y style of Kaitlin. My natural writing style seems more like her Janet style than Kaitlin. I think you could not go wrong w/ either.
purplebee3: https://thepostmansknock.com/catalog/premium-calligraphy-worksheet-set-kaitlin-style/ I chose Kaitlin but see above for more explanation. I practiced probably 2-3 hours a week for about a month until I tried my envelopes. I addressed 60 envelopes and it took about 10-12 hours (not all at once). So, maybe 5-7 minutes an envelope? That factors in refilling ink, drawing lines on the envelopes, and all the oops envelopes. I used a white mechanical pencil to draw the lines and it erased right off once the ink was dry. I would listen to audiobooks, podcasts and music while I practiced and it became pretty fun! It takes some practice but it’s not obscenely difficult. I would say all you need are 3-4 nibs (try the nikko and the brause) and I did use a plastic oblique pen. The straight pen’s didn’t really work well for me. Last tip is: I goofed quite a bit when it came to the envelopes, mostly spelling errors. I had to buy 25 extra envelopes to get to 60 useable ones!
kpaone: I spent quite a bit on nibs, pens, papers etc. I would say just buy one pen and one ink and start there if your super woried about the transition. If you’re comfortable with fauxligraphy then you have the general concept down. It’s really all about applying pressure at the right time when it comes to ink calligraphy. Good Luck!!! If I can do it anyone can!
Post # 12
Holy cow that’s amazing!!!!
Post # 13
Wow, that looks amazing! I’m inspired to try to learn calligraphy now!
Post # 15
silvalia: wow, they look amazing!