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Pen The Moment Calligraphy

Custom Handwritten Calligraphy for All Occasions

FAQ

History

  1. What is calligraphy?

    Calligraphy comes from the Greek words 'kallos', meaning 'beauty', and graphẽ, meaning 'writing'.   In short, it's the art of beautiful writing.

  2. How long have you been doing calligraphy?

    I've been doing calligraphy since about 1988. 

  3. How did you learn?

    I leared from an artist friend.  After practicing on my own for a while, I studied under an expert calligrapher that taught at the local school.

  4. Are there people better than you?

    Absolutely!

    Everyone has their favorite lettering styles and fonts. The more you use it, the better you get at it. Ultimately, it’s up to he or she that interprets the work to decide who did it better.

  5. How do you classify perfection when it comes to calligraphy?

    As far as calligraphy is concerned, there is no such thing as perfection. The best part of hand-lettered items is the 'imperfections' in the work. That's what makes it so unique and personal. The actual technique varies from person to person. Just like in any art, the individual alphabets or lettering fonts are 'interpreted' differently by each person that pens it. Everyone tends to add his or her own style to the font and it can change with the 'mood' of the person with the pen.

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Why Calligraphy? (From WedAlert.com - How to hire a Calligrapher)

  1. Why choose a calligrapher?

    Your invitation is a prelude to your wedding. It sets the tone for your whole day. A calligrapher can help you achieve the look you desire by writing in a style that can fit with your theme. As the bride, you decide the impression you want to make. The calligraphy on the envelope helps set the mood for your wedding. Beautifully addressed envelopes or handwritten calligraphy place cards tell your guests, ‘I thought about you today’. Your guests will know that you put that extra work into making a special impression. Many of your guests will keep the artwork as a souvenir of the time they had at your wedding.

  2. How do I choose a calligrapher?

    It is important to keep in mind several things when choosing a calligrapher,. The first of these is cost. It may be more economical to hire a calligrapher to design one copy of your menus or invitations to be printed rather than having each handwritten. You may also choose a calligrapher to do just your place cards while you handwrite the addresses on your invitations yourself (or have a friend help out!). Your budget will dictate how much you are able to do. The cost is only the first thing to take into consideration.

    If you are interested in using a calligrapher, the second thing to keep in mind is the time involved in completing your project whether it be invitations, place cards, menus or everything for your wedding day; as with any art form, calligraphy takes time so it is important to take that into consideration when choosing your invitations or even earlier. Wedding invitations should be mailed at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding and the calligraphy itself may take anywhere from 1 week per 100 invitations or more (especially from January to May and again from July to September, in particular) depending on the calligrapher. Many calligraphers may be booked up and unable to accommodate you if you wait until the last minute to book them (or charge rush fees that will increase all of your overall costs!). The best advice is to start to look for a calligrapher at least as early as you start to look at invitations (not waiting until you actually order them!).

    The third thing to keep in mind when choosing a calligrapher is to know what you want and be sure to ask for samples from everyone. It is tragic when you hire someone to address the envelopes that you so carefully chose to set the tone for your whole day only to realize once they were complete that they were not anything at all like you expected! This, in part, goes back to the cost. A cheaper calligrapher who is does not have pretty handwriting or uses pens other that what you expected may end up costing you more in the long run if you have to re-order all new envelopes because the writing was not at all what you expected! Look at their portfolio, ask how they got started in the business, how long they have been doing calligraphy and discuss your vision and be sure the person is on the same page as you. Some calligraphers may only be proficient in a few styles, none of which fit your specific needs while others may be able to scribe in a wide enough variety of styles to design a custom style for your whole wedding.

  3. How do you find this calligrapher that is right for you?

    Ask for referrals from your wedding consultant, paper and invitation retailers, or from other brides who have used calligraphers. In addition to this, many bridal websites have links pages, which will take you directly to calligrapher websites. It is important to make informed decisions and get the calligrapher that is right for you. When talking about adding the special touches that make your day memorable, not only to you but to all of your guests, the calligrapher you choose is someone you want to be able to trust to make your dream day a dream come true!

  4. How do we contact you?

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Services

  1. How much do you charge for your services?

    Fees are based on your specific needs.  There is a base fee of $20.00 for any service.  Contact me for detailed pricing for your calligraphy needs.  We can work with you on pricing so that we can stay within your budget.

  2. Do you supply the paper items needed for your services.

    It all depends on what we will be doing for you.  Normally, you would provide the invitations, envelopes, etc.  If we're doing a custom item, we have a variety of parchments available.

  3. Can I chose the ink color for my items.

    Yes, you can chose the ink.  We keep a stock of basic colors.  If your color is available and we don't have it, we will order it for your items.

  4. What kind of items do you letter?

    We letter certificates, address invitations for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and we do custom items.  Some great gift ideas that we like is lettering a significant meaningful quote from history (from famous and not so famous people) and framing it for display.  They make great conversation pieces.

  5. What's the turn-around time on your services?

    The turn-around time will depend on the services to be done.  Smaller items will obviously be quicker than larger ones.  On average, lettering services can take about a week.  If you're in a pinch, we can put a rush on your item.

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