The Left Handed Calligrapher
A picture of perfection, a sign of grace, elegance and class; wedding calligraphy is reserved for the most exquisite of affairs. Whether it is wedding calligraphy on a premium invitation set, a hand addressed envelope, or even a personalized stamp in your favorite calligraphy style it is an excellent way to show off your elite taste and the beauty of your upcoming event.
Wedding calligraphy is more than just beautiful writing; it is the art of personalization created by the warmth of the human hand, and mine just so happens to be the left one! Your guests will admire each piece of handcrafted calligraphy from your invitation and envelope to your custom designed stamp created in your favorite calligraphy style. The Left Handed Calligrapher not only offers complete wedding calligraphy on your wedding invitation, envelope and stamp, but also on a variety of items that are designed specifically for your wedding ceremony and reception. We offer uniquely created calligraphy table numbers, calligraphy escort cards, calligraphy menus, calligraphy thank you notes and more.
The most personal invitation is hand written and addressed and is a signal of an event that should not be missed. During a time when e-mailing and texting are prevalent, we understand that the rules of paper etiquette can be a bit daunting, so to make sure your wedding planning is as easy and stress free as possible, please visit our Etiquette Guide. Here you will learn how to create a blend of formality and function that can still be beautiful and elegant.
Our goal is to help you set the stage for the occasion by creating a stunning impression your recipients will not soon forget. To place your wedding calligraphy order please tell us what you are looking for, and the Left Handed Calligrapher will contact you within 48 hours.
Outer Envelope – Flat Rate $3.00 Wedding Calligrapher Dallas
Inner and Outer Envelope Set – Flat Rate $3.50
Custom Ink Color (other than black) $0.50
Opaque or Lined Paper $0.50
Address Centering $0.50
Place Cards/ Escort Cards $1.50
Table Cards $5.00
Invitation Design Starts at $250
Map Design Starts at $175
Letterpress Printing please inquire
Stuff, Stamp, Mail Service $0.50 per invitation (postage not included)
Calligraphy Address Stamp $48.00
ABOUT CALLIGRAPHY-PER WIKIPEDIA
Calligraphy (from Greek κάλλος kallos "beautiful" + γραφή graphẽ "writing") is a type of visual art. It is often called the art of fancy lettering (Mediavilla 1996: 17). A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner" (Mediavilla 1996: 18).
Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the abstract expression of the handwritten mark may or may not compromise the legibility of the letters (Mediavilla 1996). Classical calligraphy differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering, though a calligrapher may create all of these; characters are historically disciplined yet fluid and spontaneous, at the moment of writing (Pott 2006 and 2005; Zapf 2007 and 2006).
Calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design/typography, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcements/graphic design/commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions and memorial documents. It is also used for props and moving images for film and television, testimonials, birth and death certificates, maps, and other works involving writing (see for example Letter Arts Review; Propfe 2005; Geddes and Dion 2004). Some of the finest works of modern calligraphy are charters and letters patent issued by monarchs and officers of state in various countries.
A CALLIGRAPHER'S TOOLS
A calligraphic pen head, with parts names.
The principal tools for a calligrapher are the pen, which may be flat-balled or round-nibbed, and the brush (Reaves and Schulte 2006; Child 1985; Lamb 1956). For some decorative purposes, multi-nibbed pens—steel brushes—can be used. However, works have also been made with felt-tip and ballpoint pens, although these works do not employ angled lines. Ink for writing is usually water-based and much less viscous than the oil based inks used in printing. High quality paper, which has good consistency of porosity, will enable cleaner lines, although parchment or vellum is often used, as a knife can be used to erase work on them and a light box is not needed to allow lines to pass through it. In addition, light boxes and templates are used to achieve straight lines without pencil markings detracting from the work. Ruled paper, either for a light box or direct use, is most often ruled every quarter or half inch, although inch spaces are occasionally used, such as with litterea unciales (hence the name), and college ruled paper acts as a guideline often as well.
Pens may be obtained from various stationery sources - from the traditional "nib" pens dipped in ink, to calligraphy pens that have cartridges built-in, avoiding the need to have to continually dip them into inkwells.
Unlike a typeface, irregularity in the characters' size, style and colors adds meaning to the Greek translation "beautiful letters". The content may be completely illegible, but no less meaningful to a viewer with some empathy for the work on view.