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


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.


Monterey Script

I love this flirty, casual, upright script!  Monterey, or Feel Script, has such a light and cheerful look, don't you think?



Wedding Welcomes





Top 13 Wedding Color Mistakes

Choosing your color palatte can be a daunting task.  With all the beautiful visual inspiration available on wedding sites and Pinterest, it is easy to become over stimulated, confused, and left with the feeling of wanting to have it all.

Here is a great article from the Knot, 13 Top Wedding Color and Style Mistakes not to Make, that will help guide you past some of the pitfalls that may be lurking out there as you plan the palatte for your wedding day.

As your calligrapher, I found #8 to be particularly helpful:  Not Coordinating Your Paper Elements--The Fix:  Include Your Colors in Your Invitation Suite.

From the Article:

"Your invitations set the stage for the event, so let them introduce your wedding colors and evoke the right tone from the start. Coordinating the invitation colors with those of the wedding can be as easy as choosing a colored font, ribbon or monogram, or as elaborate as layering colored paper. Most importantly: Don’t sacrifice readability for style. That means the type should contrast with the paper, so balance brighter shades with neutrals and avoid light-colored fonts. Bold ink hues like navy and fuchsia work well, and ask your designer about typeface techniques like letterpress or foiling to make your font stand out. Also, consider that invites are a dress code cue for your guests. You wouldn't send out formal ivory cards with black calligraphy unless you're expecting guests to dress black tie for your wedding."

While black ink continues to be the classic, traditional choice for formal weddings, if you have selected a casual, colorful, or whimsical invitation, why not carry that forward to the front of your envelope?  Taking the time to plan your invitation suite--right down to the perfect font, ink, and stamp--can really make your invitation pop!

I can help you with that!  Let's talk!

Whimsical Wedding Envelope Design



A love letter


Love Letter in calligraphy