behind the ink

I'm so honored and excited that I've been a busy calligrapher since the launch of my business this month. A HUGE thank you to everyone that has supported me before, during, and now. Behind the ink is a new series where I plan to share what I'm currently working on, tips & calligraphy tricks, as well as the behind the scenes - with a look into my business. Grab a cup of coffee, and let's get started.

 Holiday Calligraphy Addressing by bedsidesign.  Using the "marie" style.

I used my lowercase "marie" calligraphy style in white ink on the front of these beautiful kraft envelopes from Minted. Minted envelopes are now on my list of favorite stock to use. They were lightweight, not overly textured and smooth. I'd highly recommend them if you're planning on ordering stationery. These envelopes were informal - using first and last names - an approach that I love especially for holiday cards! 

 Calligraphy return address by bedsidesign.

I also created the hand calligraphy return address. I used my "marie" style once again and paired it with my "Audrey" all caps style. I loved the end result.

 my DIY holiday cards with hand calligraphy by bedsidesign

You may recognize the people in the photo...yes these are our holiday cards! I decided to have a 4x6 matte photo created and printed by Walgreens. They were running an insane sale so I paid next to nothing for the photos. I used my scarlett red ink for the photo to calligraph, "merry christmas" - since I knew all of the people I planned on sending these to celebrated this holiday. The ink stayed right on the photo - no need to use anything to seal it. Again, I used matte photos so I'm not sure how the glossy prints would work out...I guess I can add that to the list of things to try!

Next I used some leftover kraft, black, and white envelopes - a mixture I wound up being really fond of. For the black envelopes I used my classic white ink. For the kraft envelopes I mixed it - using scarlett for the names and white for the addresses. On a few I dabbled with my green ink, but I favored the red. A touch of glittering gold washi-tape and these babies were ready for the mail!

Interested in working with me for your custom calligraphy? Drop me a line!