Getting Started with Calligraphy

  • Date: 11, 08
  • Author: jamiereinhartphotography
  • Category: Brides-to-be
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Hi everyone-and Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but I LOOOOVE watching calligraphers write. It is so amazing to me that people can just pick up a pen and make awesomeness flow from it. It is a skill I wish I had, ESPECIALLY when it comes writing and addressing my Thank You notes. So, I decided to sit down and  talk to Orlando Wedding Calligrapher Christine Kerby from  Carousel Atelier to learn a little more about the ins and outs of getting started with calligraphy-and as it turns out, there is a lot more prep work than just picking up a pen and going for it!

About Carousel Atelier

Carousel Atelier offers timeless wedding stationary in a contemporary calligraphy lettering style that best fits romantic and/or vintage style weddings. One little tidbit that I saw that we have in common is that Christine has a set amount of couples she takes on per month, allowing her to give each client the time and attention they so deserve! As for Christine-she is just the sweetest, and she really makes you feel like you have been friends forever! Be sure to visit her page and contact her for any of your wedding stationary needs at Carousel Atelier . 

My latest Tip Tuesday was about addressing envelopes. The envelopes on your Save the Dates or Invitations are many of your guest’s first impression of your wedding-so learning how to do a little fanciness on your envelope (or hiring someone to do it for you) will leave your guests with the impression that your wedding is a fancy, special event.  Christine saw my tip and did something insanely cool for us-she went ahead and created a mini e-course on envelope addressing JUST for my readers! This course is $34 and includes two exemplers (which is apparently fancy talk for calligraphy alphabets) and also the hierarchy in addressing envelopes. She went a step further and decided to give 10 FREE classes to our subscribers so yeah-Christine is the


Now, before you get all crazy with the course, there are some basics that you need to know-and Christine was happy to break those basics down for us!


Getting Started with Calligraphy

Pen Choice:

If you have never sat down to create calligraphy before but are interested in using calligraphy for a project, your first inclination might be to run to your local crafting store and pick up a calligraphy marker.  No disservice to those pens, but they can be a little more unruly than you might imagine, especially if you are looking to create a calligraphy look that is beyond the pen’s capabilities. If you are interested in an elegant calligraphy lettering style, then a pointed pen is much better to accomplish the look.  For only a few more dollars than what the marker costs, you can have a pointed pen to create a more refined and easier to control calligraphy style.


When you are selecting the papers and envelopes for your invitations, you (your fiance, your mom, his mom…) might think that there’s not a big difference so it can be tempting to settle for the ones marked “70 lbs” to save a few dollars.  If you are interested in addressing your envelopes in calligraphy, this seemingly small number has a higher barring that you might realize.  The lower paper is rated (referred to as “pounds”, lbs, or #), means that it will absorb your ink faster than it can dry.  All the time it will take you to address your envelopes, you won’t want your hard work to be undermined by blurry lines.  Opting for a paper at 90lbs will be a world of difference in your calligraphy.  (I aim for 100# or 111#, but will not address on anything under 90#).


If you spend the time hand-writing your envelopes, you want to make sure that it is getting to its location just as pretty as it left your hands.  If you are worried that your envelopes might be exposed to water during their processing and delivery, then here’s a quick trick to waterproof your ink. It’s called gum arabic.  It is the color of gasoline and a pretty efficient little liquid.  Meaning, a little goes a LONG way.  Mix it in your ink in small batches, aiming for the consistency creamer (thin enough to coat your nib, but still thick enough to not spill off all at once).


The Courses:

Here is the link to the Envelope Addressing mini course. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list and then put “subscribed” in the comments-the first 10 will get the course for FREE!

Envelope Addressing Calligraphy

If you really want to get into calligraphy, Christine also offers a full introduction course that will leave you with the ability to write in one calligraphy style, and you can purchase that here:

Introduction to Calligraphy 




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