This year has already been crazy, with plenty of sign projects, calligraphy orders and invitation orders to keep this lady busy. It's definitely the best kind of crazy, but since I work a full-time job during the day and work on all this art on nights and weekends, it can leave me with limited time for personal projects and coming up with new samples and designs. And let's not even discuss my dedication to this blog...
But I know I need to focus on growing my business and trying new things this year. So, a few weeks ago I joined my area's local Chamber of Commerce. One of the first events I'll be participating in with them is the LBI Wedding Road Show. On April 23rd, those of you local to LBI will find me at the Made X Matrimony event at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences!
In preparation for this event—which I'll detail more about later—I started to put together a few envelope calligraphy styles that I'll now be offering.
The Wyatt + Marie envelope might be my new favorite because of how the gorgeous Finetec palette looks on dark envelopes. It's hard to tell from a flat image, but as it catches the light it shimmers and shines. Plus, I generally love informal layouts with big scripts mixed with simple block lettering.
This one is Sumi ink (but can be done in lots of different mediums), lettered with a small round brush in a simpler layout and script. The 8 in this sample is a bit crazy in it's size, but it anchors the two lines of street address information in an interesting way. For a one line street address, I would letter it all on the same line and just vary the baseline a bit.
I'm looking forward to creating lots more sample items for the Road Show, and figuring out exactly how our setup is going to look. Hope you don't mind coming along for the ride and sharing this journey with me.
And if you have suggestions, as you know, they are always welcome! See you in the comments below (and hopefully in person at the show)!