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No doubt that a beautifully addressed invitation is eye catching. They peek out of the stack of otherwise uninteresting mail and grab you and beg to be opened first, because what is inside is bound to be good! For most of us, we need a few calligraphy how-tos or to hire a professional calligrapher %20http://www.scribblers.co.uk/acatalog/Learn_Calligraphy.htmlin order to get a look of this caliber, but that’s ok! This post is all about where to go find calligraphy resources on the web. The perfect place to test out some of those new (or hired) calligraphic skills? A Save-the-Date card from Shutterfly!
Calligraphy has moved to such a creative place it is super trendy anywhere writing is done at events–invitations, menus, tented labels, table numbers, signs and on an on. Gone are the days where calligraphy was limited to ancient archive looking text; calligraphy has definitely gone modern and makes its own rules. It can be big and loopy or tight and controlled, with or without flourishes. And all so much fun to look at.
Free Calligraphy Tutorials
I am by no means an expert at calligraphy; in fact I employ more of the Cheater’s Calligraphy that The Postman’s Knock shows in her blog. But it’s always fun to learn a new skill, and calligraphy is one that anyone can learn…with a little practice. If you’re writing out your Save the Date cards, and want to learn just enough to get by, check out one of the links in the free calligraphy tutorial list to learn a few strokes to get started.
Free Calligraphy Tutorials
- Coordinately Yours – Learn Calligraphy in Days
- Cheater’s Calligraphy – the Postman’s Knock.
- Calligraphy for Beginners – Great explanations of terms and supplies needed to do calligraphy
- Printed/Thermographic effect Calligraphy Tutorial
- Calligraphy for Dummies
- Calligraphy.uk free posts on specific calligraphy styles
Calligraphy Classes Online
Want to get a little more in depth with your calligraphy lessons? There are quite a few places online that offer paid-for classes in calligraphy. It’s always great to have someone to ask questions of when you’re learning something new!
- The Postman’s Knock – Learn Calligraphy for a Latté . Quite a few different styles of calligraphy in worksheet learning format, all for the price of a latte.
- Melissa Esplin’s I Still Love Calligraphy classes & kit.
- Academy of Art University Calligraphy classes
- Atly Classes: Script Lettering 101
- Acorn Arts Correspondence Calligraphy Class
- Creative Workshops online calligraphy classes
- Calligraphy.tv Video DVD learning for calligraphy
Hire a Professional Calligrapher to Address Envelopes
Sometimes you just don’t want to learn something new. Sometimes you just want someone to do it for you, and that is a perfectly valid feeling. If calligraphy is just not going to be your bag, but you want your Save the Date cards and invitations to be full of calligraphic flair, there are plenty of people out there who are pure artists at their calligraphy craft. I’ve curated a list of a few you might want to pop in to see if you’re looking for calligraphy services!
- Just Write Studios
- Meant to Be Calligraphy
- Amy Neubauer
- Laura Lavender
- Stylish Calligraphy by Jennifer
- Lettered Life
- Open Inkstand Art & Calligraphy
- Pure Calligraphy
- Calligraphy for Weddings
- Emily Wimer, Foxcroft Court Calligraphy
- Willow & Ink Studio
- Six Cent Stamp Calligraphy
- The Scribblist
- Hand Picked Addresses
- Sincerely Yours
- Abigail T. Calligraphy
- Ink and Anne Calligraphy
- Bloom Calligraphy
- Wedding Calligraphy by Jane Farr
- Long Village Lettering
- The Calligraphy Centre
- Anne Mackenchnie Calligraphy
- NDHart Lettering & Design
- Calligraphers by Location on The Knot
Of course, Calligraphy can be used for so much more than Save the Date cards. Bridal showers, baby showers and fancy birthdays would all look fabulous in swirls! What is the best calligraphy piece you’ve ever seen?