July 12, 2011

A Gift for Mom

My sweet mother's birthday is today and I wanted to give her something special and from the heart.  I wanted to find a way to express all the qualities I love most about her and came up with a unique design.  I wrote the words out with "mom" in the center.  I signed it, framed it, and gave it to her.  She seemed to really love it.

Sweet love.

Happy birthday mom.  I love you.

July 8, 2011

What NOT to do when attempting Calligraphy


and this:

do not go together.  At least, not for me.  I'm going to try again later.
Does coffee make you shaky?

July 5, 2011

To Flourish or not to Flourish?

When it comes to life, I tend to veer toward the more simple.  Not completely minimalistic but the really ornate stuff just doesn't do it for me.  I'm like that with decor, clothes, jewelry, and yes, calligraphy.  I do love a beautiful flourish, but I do think there can be too much of a good thing as with all things in life.

Here's a sample of a simple italic font in calligraphy:

These are the lyrics from "Love will keep us alive" by the Eagles.  A friend of mine sang this at our wedding.

Below is an example of "extreme flourish" and as the name suggests, it's very elaborate and detailed.

Ginny Moore Calligraphy Ink.
While both are beautiful, I prefer something in between: not too simple and not overly elaborate.  It really boils down to a matter of personal preference.  

What do you think?  Do you prefer the simplest of styles, the most elaborate or something middle of the road?  

July 1, 2011

Getting the word out!

I recently got a part-time job at a beautiful bridal boutique a few miles away.  I love the wedding industry and I really enjoy working with brides so it's a great fit.  The owner has graciously allowed me to display some samples of my work and to give business cards out to brides and their families.  After toying around with several different ideas, I settled on what I think shows what I have to offer and at the same time is eye-catching and pretty.  (It always has to be pretty!)

In an 8x10 frame, I put a sample 5x5 envelope.  The font is my take on "Citadel" and I really like it.  It's a simple font that is easy to read but has enough flourish to make it special.  Please excuse the terrible photos.

Below the envelope I put two samples of place cards.  I did the "Belluccia" font for these.  I really enjoy this font because it has so many options for flourishes and works especially well for something like a place card whereas it might get too busy if on an envelope.

Designing the frame was fun and after trying different options, I decided it would be striking and elegant to put a black strip of paper to divide the samples with my business name and blog address written in gray ink.  The font is my own mix of styles which I call simply "Chic".   The frame is substantial and fits in really well with the decor in the bridal boutique where this will proudly sit.

Unfortunately the pictures don't do it justice but I am really pleased with how it turned out!  Remember if you know someone planning a wedding, let them know Calligraphy Chic can help them out with envelope addressing, place cards and so much more!

Happy Friday!