People often ask me how I became interested in calligraphy. As a child I had a relative who wrote in calligraphy as a hobby - I was always fascinated! I was introduced to it again in junior high school when we wrote poems in calligraphy for an art class. I picked it up a third time to address my own wedding invitations. After that I did a few weddings for friends and family, but it was not until after I had my first son and I stopped teaching that it became a business. I worked with a local printing press for a while, and once brides began to pass my name around wedding message boards business really picked up. It's been 13 years and I still don't advertise - all of my business comes through word of mouth and the wonderful brides who continue to pass my name along!!
The first is an invitation letter to a spa day celebration for a 60th birthday (flourish lettering in plum). The second are some reception signs, and the two darker cards are examples of the placecards. The third photo is a shot of some guest books that were used as table number signs. What a neat idea! The surface of the book cover is a faux leather. I wasn't sure how the ink would react with it, but it didn't bleed, and they came out great! Finally, the last shot shows some paper doilies that were being used as placecards. Not easy to work with - they took forever to separate - but I think the end result was really cool!