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Entries in Chicago Calligrapher (33)


Hand lettered and hand painted notecards

Personalized note card, hand lettered and hand painted.


Around and around and around we go. . .

This hand lettered script is based on Poem Script.  Poem Script is a stunning Sudtipos font based on an Italian Script that reverses the hairlines (thin strokes) and shades (thick strokes) on some of the capital letters.  This presents a particular challenge to calligraphers and requires turning the work upside down in order to execute the reversed shades.  Since this would be a daunting task when addressing envelopes, the shades are written in their usual position but the elegant charm remains.  


Craft Envelopes

Craft envelopes in Jenna Sue script--before the chalk lines have been erased.  These envelopes were done with a brown Micro pen to match the invites.


Mischief Managed

I am a reader and a lover of quotations, so I often choose a word, a phrase, or a quote from a book I'm reading as the subject for my warm-ups.  One of my favorite bits of magic from the Harry Potter series is the Marauder's Map.  To open the map one must say, "I solemnly swear I am up to no good" and to close it takes just two words:  

Other times, I just pull out a phrase as I'm listening to the recorded book:



Place cards with style



Best of the Knot


Thanks to all the fun, fantastic Brides and Mothers-of-the-Bride that I had the pleasure to serve this year! I'm so grateful for my wonderful clients and look forward to all the brides and families I will work with in the coming year!


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 previously 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 provide their policies.  

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


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!