Finding the right calligraphy tools and ink is the key for those wanting to learn the art of calligraphy. Before getting into the details, remember calligraphy takes practice, practice, practice! It takes time to create your "style" and confidence. The more time you spend writing your letters over and over, the better and quicker you will become. There will be times when the ink splats or bleeds..Do not be discouraged! It happens to everyone.
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I have tried countless inks, nibs, paper, and holders all to find out that I always want to go back to my favorites. Once you find a favorite, stick with it, but don't hesitate to try new things. You will find that certain inks and nibs work well for certain projects. There are different points on nibs that will create different ink strokes. With trial and error, there are particular inks that I use on certain paper or mix with each other. This post is to introduce what I find works best for me. I've included links for each item so you can try them for yourself. I hope you find this helpful! Feel free to comment or ask any questions.
Here are a few more suggestions..
Remember the metallic ink i talked about? If you love that brand, I recommend the Spectralite Gray Ink. It includes six different shades of gray from light to dark. The consistency of this ink tends to be thicker than the metallic. If it does not glide easily on the nib, add a few drops of distilled water and stir the ink. This also applies to all thick based inks.
After hours of collaborating and designing a wedding suite for a couples big day, the most exciting thing is to finally see it in print! (and of course, hear the Bride's reaction when she sees them) The soft cotton paper, the texture of beautiful letterpress or engraved art and the flowy ribbon can make an artist's heart skip a beat! When sending off the paper suites to their new home, every designer hopes to one day see them again. Yes photographers, we are talking to you. :) We LOVE seeing how you capture these little pieces of art and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to do so!
When photographing an invitation suite, I always create a little mental check list of the details to capture. I also plan in advance the styling and look I'm going for. Don't be afraid to reference styled suites on Pinterest or the way other photographers approach it. Doing a little homework before hand never hurts.
Ok! Now, want to see an example of pretty styling? Katherine and Cory's wedding invitation was the perfect combination of feminine elegance mixed with the shabby chic nature of their southern farm wedding in Texas. The styling was spot on! You can find more of their wedding images on Style Me Pretty. Styling and Photography by Mustard Seed Photography
Whether you are having a desert wedding or just love succulents and the colors that compliment the gorgeous desert views here is some fun inspiration for your wedding day! Happy Friday!