Sunday, November 21, 2010

celebrating miku

One of my dear friends gave birth last month and I wanted to send her a little card  in the mail. 

Can you guess what this adorable little boy's name is?

I was playing around with paper and came up with confetti pieces spelling out his name. I thought about gluing one on the card but I just left it on top when I inserted the envelope, in case she wants to stick the pieces elsewhere, like on a wall or frame. The rest were placed inside the envelope.

And of course, a calligraphed envelope.

I'm so excited to meet this darling little boy, who has brought so much joy to my friends! What a wonderful gift it is, this new life.

Friday, November 12, 2010

addressing envelopes

I've been working with different sizes of nibs and fonts to adjust to different sizes of envelopes. It's been a lot of fun but with all the experimenting I've been doing, I can't help but feel a wee bit guilty over the amount of paper I've used! I do however set them aside for recycling at the very least.

The first sample was done a fine nib, it's a smaller font better suited to A2 envelopes (4 3/8 in x 5 3/4 in). This is the same size as the Christmas cards in the previous post

The second sample is for bigger envelopes such as the A7 (5 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in), the kind you'd use for formal invitations and the like.

I've also been trying out different inks and I'm in love with this particular sepia shade from Windsor & Newton that I've been playing around with. It would have been perfect for our chocolate brown wedding invitations. Perhaps I shall still make a sample to see how it looks and feature colored inks soon.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

holiday calligraphy

With the holidays around the corner, I decided to jumpstart out holiday correspondences while I still had free time. I was lucky to find a set of 40 assorted blank holiday cards on sale which would give me a nice canvas for calligraphy practice.

Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the cards were printed at the back as well which meant that they were too dark to see through and would all have to be hand-lined in pencil! Lining will be the death of me!

I'll post the matching envelopes next time.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

cookies, christmas, and calligraphy

So I know I've been kind of slow to start this blog. I've been working on a lot of little projects here and there but nothing yet of note. I've been taking calligraphy classes, working with watercolors, and baking, just to name a few.

Lately, I've been trying to perfect my almond graham bark and tomorrow, my calligraphy class is taking a field trip to visit Michele Papineau, a well-renowned calligrapher in the Bay area. As a thank you to her, and my classmate who's giving me a ride, this is what I came up with:

I'm really excited that I'm finally taking a calligraphy class after all these years of being self-taught. My instructor is wonderful and very encouraging and I've learned so much from her. I love that she encourages us to develop our own styles.

I'm thinking of participating in a calligraphy Christmas exchange (where you send handmade cards out and you receive some in exchange) and I've been jotting down ideas as to how I can use calligraphy this upcoming holiday season. Do I have it in me to hand write a gazillion Christmas cards? We shall see.


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