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The Scriptorium is my work journal; a place for show and tell.


A simple chalk board


A simple quote 


Simple Addressing in Lively Romans

Casual Calligraphy Chicago

Black and white.  Neat and tidy.  Having a party?  Let's talk!


Nobody likes surprises. . .

. . .well, nobody likes surprises when they come in the form of hidden fees that can blow your wedding budget to smithereens.

If you are planning your wedding, The Knot has a great article, Watch Out for these 10 Hidden Wedding Costs, that can help you avoid going over budget.

The worst thing about hidden fees is just that, they are hidden. That's why, when brides come to me for a quote, I gather as much information as I can about their job before I make up a quote for them so that I can be as accurate as possible.  There is no 'one size fits all quote' for calligraphy services so my quotes are broken down so that every charge is seen and explained and there are no hidden charges.

I don't like surprises like that and neither do you.  And that is why the client questionnaire I send out is so important and why I take the time to ask the questions to understand the in's and out's of your invitation suite and envelopes.  I don't like to get surprised with opaque envelopes when I was expecting white, a last minute change of mind regarding centered lines of address, or unexpected specialty paper.  These are schedule busters for me that can create a time crunch and budget busters for you when I have to charge more for unexpected or unasked for services.

There's an easy way to avoid these budget busters--do business with vendors like me who take the time to ask the right questions, explain their quotes and their policies.  

There are no silly questions so ask a lot of them!  Let's talk!


Love is patient. . .

calligraphy 1 Corinthians 13


Eye Catching and Elegant

custom calligraphy Chicago

A special lettering design for a special couple.  Eye catching and elegant.  


Getting those lines straight

Here you can see my guide sheet illuminated by my light pad. I create a custom guide sheet for every envelope based on the script I will be using the letter the envelopes.  

When I am lettering opaque or heavily lined envelopes, I cannot use my light pad so I have to lightly mark the guide lines in pencil on each envelope, letter the address, and then when the envelope is completed, dried, and proofed, I must go back and erase the light pencil lines.

And sometimes I have to use chalk lines when the light pencil lines don't show up!


Choosing the right method and the right tools is all in a days work!


Won't back down

A small peek at a first draft of a Tom Petty song.


And now for something a little different. . .


Marnie Script

A little italic, a little cursive, a little 'pointed pen'. . . Marnie Script has a clean, modern look.