July 22, 2019

My First Wedding Custom Calligraphy

I will have to admit, the idea of embarking on your very first project is rather daunting when you eventually come face to face with it.

When I first discovered calligraphy ,I was immediately smitten, and determined to take it on. Initially, with feeling of over confidence which was soon overpowered by an irritated agitation when it soon dawned on me that this was simply no easy task. I needed to really learn, and learn a lot, coupled with a need to practice, constant practice.

When I finally started getting that “I can do this” feeling, I was no longer so overconfident, I was infect humbled, slightly towards the obsessive perfectionist side.

The time came when I realized that practicing without ever putting my skill to use was not really of any benefit. Then along came Melissa and Clement’s wedding in September 2018 that saw to my very first ever custom calligraphy place cards for a wedding.

It is exciting to start ones niche brand , it is however nerve wracking to find yourself handling a part of someone else’s happiest day in your very hands. Lucky for me though , Mr and Mrs Costa gave me a gentle start, what with their intimate wedding of just a touch above fifty guests in Bordeaux.

How pleasant it was to play with the color purple. 2019 upped its game on me , with a whooping two hundred and ten guests for the new Mr and Mrs Spencer of Liverpool. Not only was this just a large number of names to write, it was also an informative curve.

While I was learning calligraphy , I unconsciously used the choice of stationary I first learned with and had grown accustomed to. Basically just white paper with a drawing light box and guidelines to keep my writing straight…

Ben and Hannah however broadened the spectrum when they delivered to me their cardboard box texture and light brown colored place cards.

As I practiced for this custom work I came to the realization that drawing lines before writing then erasing them afterwards was not an option at all, as both color and paper were very delicate.

For one the paper quite obviously absorbs any oils so too much touching damages the quality. That in turn may make it look rather spotty and ran the risk of making the ink not hold on to the paper. Two, an eraser picks off the very , very light paper glaze and leaves it with two different shades, one being the original not so naked to the eye matte effect and the other, a light almost white washed matte after the eraser. That is about when I realized why I was in dire need of the phantom Liner (the reflective object in the top photo) and a change of pace towards the brush pen. Hannah and Ben tied the knot on the 27th of April, and place cards are not all I was assigned to do for these lovelies, but that’s a story for another time.


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