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


Vacation Doodles

Chicago Calligrapher Place card

My granddaughter's name

Walnut ink, twinkling H20's.

Chicago Calligrapher Place Card

My grandson's name

Walnut ink, twinkling H20's, Winsor and Newton Gold gouache

Snapped with my iPhone.  I really need to get a new camera.  Any suggestions?

(Yes, after months of 9-10 hour days in the studio, I still took half of it along with me on vacation.  Time to play is hard to come by!)



Sugar and Spice

Calligraphy Labels

I've been slowly replacing the labels on my herbs and spices a little at a time with hand lettered labels.  It's fun to choose a lettering style for each spice and they just make me smile for some reason.  All are written on the same paper with walnut ink.  


Ready for pick up


Return Addresses

Casual Calligraphy Chicago


Beehive Envelopes

Illustrated Envelope Chicago Calligrapher


Gold on Lettra

Gold Ink Chicago Calligrapher

Burgues Script in Gold

Wedding Envelope Chicago Calligrapher

This is Dr. Martin's Copperplate Gold on Crane's Lettra envelopes.  I tried to capture the texture of the paper, the raised quality of the ink, and the glittery sparkle.  Nothing compares to holding the envelope in your hand and turning it to the light, though.

Burgues script, flourished


Bookmark for Lisa

Bible Verse Chicago Calligrapher

Spencerian Script in my favorite walnut ink


Crane Pen Pal Envelope

Chicago Envelope Addressing

Gold Ink Calligraphy

Calligraphy Envelope Crane paper company requested pen pal letters, so I sent them one and received the most gracious note back from them!  It's fun to get mail, isn't it?


Envelopes in Citadel Script

Wedding Calligrapher ChicagoCitadel Script Wedding Calligraphy


To Save an Envelope

There is nothing more frustrating than to discover small errors when proofreading finished envelopes.  Thankfully, though, most of the time small errors can be repaired and the envelope saved.  I'll show you step by step how I do it:

In this case, I've misspelled the last name.  Tushscherer should be Tuchscherer, so the 's' has got to go and it must be replaced with a 'c'.

The first thing is to gently shave the letter off the paper using a curved exacto blade.

Like so:

After brushing away the fibers, it doesn't look to good, does it?

This is what it looks like after the Pentel Hypereraser does its magic!

There's still a bit of a smudge we'll have to take care of, though.  Bring on the Staedler Mars Plastic eraser!

Last step is to gently burnish the spot to get the disturbed surface of the paper ready to receive ink.  I use a piece of glassine paper and a bone folder to gently rub over the surface.

Now it's ready to be lettered over!

Voila!  Only your calligrapher knows for sure!  ; )