Sunday, December 14, 2014
This is the first time I've used the lettering style from the Sugar Paper calendar for envelope addressing. When I did the lettering for the calendar, I had to draw the letters and build them up. Because the size of the writing on the envelope is so much smaller, I was able to use pointed pen calligraphy for the job.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Sugar Paper, one of my best clients, has created a lovely line of invitations for Paperless Post . Above are a couple of invites that incorporate my calligraphy. Here's the article featured in InStyle magazine!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Seating envelopes white with coral ink and wedding signage coral with white ink. The font I copied is called Burgues script. White always pops nicely on color!
Sunday, June 15, 2014
I was hired by Samantha Scott Events to create this playful monogram for a bride and groom's wedding. I've included the black & white original since it's a little tough to see the foil stamping in the photo of the napkin.
Below are a couple of the chalkboard signs I made as well as the program cover. I've included the black and white lettering for the program cover as well since it's easier to see.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Every year I personalize menus for Vanity Fair's Academy Awards viewing party. This year it was at Spago. The photo on the right shows how the table setting looks with the menu and a small booklet they put together that contains all the Oscar nominees. Part of the job is to be on site before the event in case any last minute calligraphy is needed. It's always fun to go to the venue and see how pretty it comes together!
Friday, January 31, 2014
Just a quickie house warming card I made for my friends Talia and Ryan. I cut the house out of heavy white card stock, did the spontaneous lettering and it was done. I wrote their names on the front of the red envelope in matching script with white gouache.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I just had these T-shirts printed with a logo I designed for my friend and master piano tuner, Ben Gaffin. In the past I've used silkscreen, but these were digitally printed. I'm pleased with how they turned out and so was Ben!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I'm happy to share that I have been doing family trees in calligraphy for the television show Who Do You Think You Are?. Each episode traces the genealogy of a different celebrity with their participation. I love this show! It's really interesting, especially if the particular celebrity is one of your favorites. The show airs on TLC and the executive producer is Lisa Kudrow. I'm not allowed to divulge the celebrity names nor show you their personal family tree...you'll have to tune in to find out : )
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This job was my latest challenge. A favorite client had the walls of one of his rooms painted with chalkboard paint and requested I create lettering in chalk that looked like type with some script added. Wow! First of all, writing with actual chalk? I typically use chalkboard markers which don't leave chalk dust and have a consistent, refined tip. Chalk is a very crude tool and the tip continually wears down, gets blunt and uneven. Chalk also breaks easily. The capital letters here are about 9 inches tall with the word PANTRY over 2 feet in length. I don't know how I pulled it off, but here it is after 2 hours of work!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
There's definitely a trend lately to use chalkboards for wedding signage. In this case, the board was about 24 x 30 and my client requested I use gold. I knew I couldn't achieve a real gold color with a chalk marker. Luckily the bride and groom didn't want to use the chalkboard for anything else so I was able to use gold acrylic paint, which is permanent. I started with a paint pen. Then, in order to achieve the thicker areas of the letters, I painted them in with a brush. The other sign below is about 24 x 18. I sort of like the contrast of a casual chalkboard with the flourished gold lettering.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I just received a request from a new client for calligraphy on her wedding envelopes. She found me through 100 Layer Cake-let wedding website and fell in love with the style shown. There's a new post today featuring the baby shower that Jamie threw for Chelsea, the owners of Sugar Paper . I was delighted to see my calligraphy as well as all of the beautiful photos from the shower. Jamie did an incredible job!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
With the New York Stationery show coming up soon, Sugar Paper is doing a mailing to their clients to let them know what booth number to come visit. Chelsea asked me to do something "sassy". I had no idea what she meant, had not seen the mailer, but just went for something playful. She loved the lettering and I think it compliments the beautiful card they designed. Now I just need to come up with a name for this style!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Every year Vanity Fair has an Academy Award viewing party. This year it was at Spago in Beverly Hills. They create these lovely little books which contain the menu as well as all of the categories of award nominees. My job is to calligraph the names of the guests on the menu covers. I then am hired to be on site for any last minute changes or additions. It was fun to see how beautiful the tables looked and to hear live music while everyone was bustling around the restaurant getting ready for the party.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I'm excited to share this upcoming event. I'm going to be the featured artist at the gallery for 3 weeks. Which means my work is in the window and there's an evening event to come see art and have some fun. In addition, 20% of all sales of my art during the three weeks will go to support BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center. If you're in the area, I would love it if you came by.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I was asked by Beachdude, Inc. to design a t-shirt using my calligraphy. The center shirt shows how the final product came out. Since my calligraphy is primarily used on paper products, it's fun to see it on clothing! Beachdude, Inc. is a cool company that carries beach inspired clothing. They are also involved in ongoing grassroots efforts to keep our California Coast clean and keep the beach tidy.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This December I participated in an envelope exchange through the Society for Calligraphy. The calligraphy is a variation of copperplate. It was really fun to create this snowy scene. I received a very cute snowman design envelope from Florence!
Monday, December 24, 2012
A new client came to me with a request to calligraph the lyrics from a Keith Urban song, Without You, on a large matte for a photograph. It is an anniversary gift she is giving to her husband. The challenge was figuring out the size and spacing to fit the lettering in perfectly. Okay, it's not perfect, but close : ) I've not done this before, but I think it's a great gift idea!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I am ecstatic to tell you about a new gallery that is going to open on the 17th of November. And...I'm going to be an artist in the gallery! My good friend Renee Troy has had a dream to open her own gallery for as long as I have known her. About six weeks ago, Renee rented a beautiful space in Culver City and has been collecting artists and fixing up the place at record speed. It's shaping up beautifully. Above is the invitation I made up for the opening. Below is a sampling of just some of the artists' work.
I've dabbled in watercolors and in jewelry making, but I never imagined I would be in a gallery. I know this will be a wonderful experience of growth for me. I am eternally grateful to Renee for continuing to be a shining example of creativity, strength and courage to move forward in life and keep evolving.
Below are examples of some of my work in the gallery. If you're anywhere near the area, it would be wonderful if you came by to check it out.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The calligraphy here was done on beautiful, heavy card stock. Though it doesn't show in the photo, the cards have a beveled shiny gold edge, and the calligraphy is also a shiny gold. I did these for Megan, whose wedding is today in Santa Barbara.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The style I"m using here is based on a popular new font, Carolyna. I've gotten lots of requests recently to do this script which is nice because I always have fun utilizing a wide variety of styles!
Saturday, August 4, 2012
I just completed these table name signs for a client. Since the pointed pen can only make a line so thick, after doing the lettering with the gold gouache, I went back in with my pen to make all the thick lines thicker. The style is a variation of copperplate.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
This invitation is another pretty one produced by Sugar Paper. The client had requested this style of calligraphy for their names and then later wanted to add a coordinating monogram. The bride, Rebecca, really wanted an interesting ampersand to help make their monogram unique. Using pointed pen, copperplate style, I was able to create something she was happy with. I always find it especially inspiring and exciting to design something totally new and customized for each invitation.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
A friend and favorite client of mine, was asked to contribute a piece of fabric to be incorporated into the chuppah for an upcoming wedding. Janis came to me to letter this quote onto a handkerchief that she provided. It's fourteen inches square and very thin. I went to the art store to get fabric markers, but they didn't have the calligraphy tip that I wanted. I bought several pens and thankfully one of them worked without bleeding ~ the Marvy calligraphy marker. I sketched out the quote on tissue paper then using my light box, tautly taped the handkerchief over the layout and did my writing. I had to work fast to prevent any bleeding so it would have been better in the end to use a fabric marker. I'm just happy Janis liked it and hope the bride and groom do, too!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I just received these samples from Tova Glenn, designer and owner of Brighten My Day in Atlanta. She is such a pleasure to work with. I was excited to see my monogram design letterpressed on a note card, invitation and envelope lining. I've never seen a lining with letterpress ~ very pretty! Also in the photo is an insert that has a foil stamped monogram. So fun to see the monogram used in so many ways.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I sometimes have clients come to me with a request to copy fonts that are entirely non-calligraphic. Generally, I recommend that the addressing diverge from trying to mimic a font that is obviously not calligraphic/ hand lettered and that I do something that coordinates with the font but does not try to copy that font. I recently got a request for such and agreed to do it because the quantity was so small. Copying a type/font that is rigid, non- calligraphic is quite time consuming. Here is a sample of the lettering. Happily, the client was quite pleased with my lettering.