Wedding Calligraphy: Money in Your Pocket if you Do-It-Yourself

I love calligraphy and I think there is no better place then a wedding to showcase these skills. Wedding calligraphy is continuing to have a resurgence in the wedding world. Yes, you can pay someone to do it for you. Because it so time-consuming and by hand, you will and should pay them a lot. Or you can have the satisfaction and money in your pocket if you do it yourself.

I am definitely a DIY Bride.

Pinterest is littered with cream thick watercolour card adorned with swirly gold lettering. It is classic, romantic and elegant.

Calligraphy adds a personal touch to wedding invites and stationery. In a world of e-vites, texts and emojis (don’t get me started) we crave the intimacy in physical correspondence. How excited are you to receive an invite, card or letter in the post?

Plus I truly believe you can teach yourself most things! You just have to be dedicated to learning a new skill and have the patience to practice.

You can do it if I can do it!

Calligraphy is not just resigned to paper, all your signage can also be illustrated with beautiful penmanship.

Plan what you actually need or the bin of destiny will be full

My advice to you would be to write a list. In my bullet journal, I have written a list of all the signage I need. It is something to consider if you want to save money. Welcome signs are all the rage but doing it yourself just takes practice, you can do it.

Invites, envelopes, name cards order of service (just one you can get the rest printed) menus, extra

The order of service is a great place to showcase your calligraphy but let’s face it, unless there are hymns in there you don’t need it. If you are having an order of service then limit any fancy script to the titles so at a glance all the words are clear. You will just need to write one, the rest can be printed from it.

The Art of Calligraphy

Firstly, find out what style you are actually interested in. Old school is classic,  modern calligraphy is a big trend and has been for the 6 years. It is also easier to master with practice.

But you have to practice.

  • Practice the alphabet, do this every time as a warm-up
  • Practice individual letters and then try joining them all up
  • We recommend Rhodia pads to practice on

I would recommend if you want a few words then just write them again and again. Until you are happy with them. You can always scan them into your computer and tweak them a bit.
Eventually, it will start to feel natural.

Keep it loose.

You have to write with your whole arm not just with your hand.

The easiest way to achieve results without spending a fortune on fancy pens is to write it first with a fine liner then fill it in. You will still need to practice your hand lettering but you don’t need to perfect it as much. You don’t need a lot of materials just a pen and paper to get started.

Don’t limit yourself

Black and white doesn’t have to be everything. Gold and silver pen on coloured card and paper can look really elegant. I like lots of colour so I probably won’t be limiting my colour palette.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you are a beginner, you are going to make mistakes. Don’t rush into this either. Give yourself at least two months to master your skills and don’t have your deadline the day before the invites are set to go to the printers!

Name cards, once you have found your seat a name card is redundant. Although I still pop them in my purse if they are fancy or laser cut.

Escort cards are a complete waste of money.

Materials

Test your paper first. Ink reacts differently in different papers. You don’t want all your hard work to bleed into the paper. You are working towards sharp lines. If you are brave enough to attempt handwriting all the name tags and envelopes then take your time and get spares!! Mistakes happen all the time. If you are taking the time to do this you appear to be a bit of a perfectionist. Modern brush lettering can be written in a mixture of cursive and print, it looks a lot fresher.

Nibs

A pointed nib will allow you the create swirly pretty writing. When you are getting started you can practice with anything. Just make sure you prepare your nib with either a potato, or the simplest way is a match to burn off the coating.

Brush pens like Sakura and Tombow can help you create a slightly thick more modern calligraphy look.

Brush and ink also create a gorgeous modern calligraphy look even though it goes back thousands of years. The size of the brush will influence the heaviness of the stroke

 

Guidelines…

Planning is key to carefree calligraphy.

If you want to know how they get all those envelopes so perfect yet organic looking. They draw outlines faintly in pencil first. You need to be able to rub out the lines so don’t press too hard. Use your ruler to draw baselines and cap heights. The most important thing is to make sure the ink is dry before you attempt anything. The last thing you want is smudges caused by your fingers or the rubber.  A baseline is where the bottom of your letters rest and a cap height marks the top of your letters. While you want artistic flair, you don’t want your calligraphy to look messy or uneven.

When it comes to art and craft nothing is unachievable. You just need to practice and try. Now I am not saying that you are going to be the best at something. I just mean that you can create anything including gorgeous handwriting if you try. I would encourage everyone to try, even I can do it and my handwriting is appalling.

So if I can then you definitely can.

I would definitely love to hear what DIY projects you are up to? What you think you may tackle in your wedding projects and if you have taught yourself calligraphy.

I would also love to hear if you regret doing or not doing crafting?

Bye for now

 

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