Photo courtesy of Beth O’Leary. Photo credit: Nicole Chan Photography
Today is the day after Thanksgiving, and I am so very thankful for amazing clients. I worked with Beth on her invitation envelopes and place cards for her November wedding. She was so sweet and thoughtful to share photos from her wedding with me this morning and totally made my day! The photos look so wonderful I couldn’t believe I was looking at my own work!
I used Schmincke’s Designer gouache in Gold Pearl on place cards from Paper Source, and Sumi ink on William Arthur envelopes lined with burgundy. Both written in Emily script.
Photo courtesy of Beth, photographer: Nicole Chan Photography
Thank you again Beth for sharing photos with me – it was an honor to work with you!
It was almost a year ago in November 2013, when I was contacted by Pamela to inquire about addressing envelopes for her daughter Jessica’s wedding. She wanted a casual script for the Save-the-Dates, and a formal style script for the wedding invites. Of course I was more than happy to work with Pamela and Jessica to add a personal touch to set the mood for a special day!
I documented the progress on Instagram as I went along.
The Save-The-Dates. A casual script, using custom-mixed gray gouache for a softer look.
The invites were addressed in a more formal and classy style, also in a soft gray.
I am beyond thrilled to share the news that my work will be published in the upcoming issue of UPPERCASE Magazine!
From Janine Vangool, publisher / editor / designer of UPPERCASE:
Issue #23 contains a special calligraphy and lettering section featuring Seb Lester (our cover calligrapher), master penman Jake Weidmann and profiles of Joy Deneen, Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, Erica McPhee, Barbara Calzolari, Neil Tasker, Pietro Piscitelli and Molly Jacques.
So very honored to contribute to this special issue which features so many of my calligraphy heroes. I have a small spotlight among other calligraphers who also submitted their work for this issue.
There’s a low res digital preview of issue 23 posted here. I also did some promo lettering for UPPERCASE which you can see in the video link above.
Be curious, be creative and be inspired – subscribe to UPPERCASE.
I recently did a calligraphy piece for Linda, a long-time friend who is an Art Director by day, fantastic dolly seamstress by night, and wonder woman all-around. Linda has a line of doll couture called Lounging Linda and her work is simply sublime!
Linda’s work is so special and one-of-a-kind. She is an expert at combining rich colors and wonderful textures with a splash of glamour and retro deliciousness. And always, always, a touch of gold.
So when Linda and I got to talk about a framed art piece for her, she thought gold and burgundy would work well together for her shop tagline: “May all your dolly dreams come true.” I wholeheartedly agreed!
I’ve been working on a commissioned piece for a client who wanted to share this lovely sentiment in the memory of her son. Sadly, he left this world shortly after he was born, but she is reminded of him every time she sees hummingbirds, dragonflies and butterflies in flight.
I penned a version in pale blue ink, but I am really loving the gold. It’s very subtle yet special. The gold ink is my current favorite, Schmincke’s Calligraphy Gouache in Gold Pearl, which is available at Paper & Ink Arts.
The nib used is a Zebra G, really helpful to be able to write small. The size of the piece is 7″ x 5″, written on Strathmore Art Paper.
I had the pleasure of working with four lovely brides recently: Katie C, Heather M, Erin S, and Beth H. I had such fun addressing their invitation envelopes and learned a great deal with each project.
It always makes me smile to think these envelopes sharing news of love, joy and happiness are going out all over the world to celebrate these couples coming together to begin brand new lives together. Some are going as far as France, Brazil, Wales, and Serbia!
I seal each package with my heartfelt thanks and very best wishes for a wonderful special day.
Commission – poem by e.e. cummings
A recent commission for a friend, and one of my favorite projects to date, a wonderful love poem by e.e. cummings. It was written in casual copperplate style, with custom-mixed gouache in charcoal gray (note to self: a little Ivory Black goes a LONG way!) and written on 8″x 10″ French watercolor paper.
Written in 1952, the poem is truly timeless and gives me shivers every time I read it. And I had to write it quite a few times for practice before I penned the final copy. Such restrained passion, and so beautifully written. I paid special attention to the line breaks because they are what make the poem so unique and so wonderful.
The finished piece will be framed and hung on a gallery wall among family portraits. I truly feel honored to have been asked to write such a special piece to be included!