For my extremely delayed Holiday cards this year, I took some inspo from The Postman's Knock blog and followed the very helpful instructions on How To Create Envelope Calligraphy.
Boy, do my hands hurt! There was definitely A LOT of erasing, a lot of tracing and a lot of love that flowed out of my Pilot G-2 07. It was worth all the hard work, though, because my envelopes look bangin'!
The font I used as the base was Some Weatz (available for download at Da Font). I made a few changes, of course! I didn't want it to look exactly like the original font! If I did, it would've been way easier to print out pretty labels but NO - I want a personal touch.
Poor Louisville. It was my first attempt at fancy lettering and it really took a beating! I need to erase my guidelines (obvs) but man, I'm wondering if I should redo it...I know the recipient(s) will enjoy the contents more than the actual envelope but still - presentation is everything!
My dear Brooklyn-ites were next. I picked up a slightly more used version of the same pen than I did for Louisville. What a difference, surprisingly! Louisville was done with a brand new, out of the box Pilot pen and I hadn't realized I had picked up my older Pilot pen from a different are of my desk. I found that if you use a more "seasoned" pen, you get smoother lines than a brand new one. Ya live, ya learn, I guess.
My Jersey folks were next. I made some special embellishments to their names but I shared the zip code because I LOVE the way the 7's turned out! So classy!
I saved the best of the full addresses for last: my lovely Los Angelean. There's clearly a lot of cleaning up to do but I just really like how this L turned out versus the Louisville one. Sorry, Louisville! I also really like writing those A's. They're just as pretty at the 7's!
For the personal cards, I experimented with this one for my friend Heather and her husband, Preston. By experiment, I mean that I freehanded most of it - like the little swooshes at the R and N and the H was an embellished version of the quick faux-calligraphy H's I like to do (which you can kinda see quickly at the start of this video). I think I did all right!
I did print out a sheet full of names for everyone in our gift exchange so that I can make some kind of fancy personalized envelopes. Hopefully between writing these and my Katniss wrap - which is coming along nicely, my hands won't be too tired to continue writing! I didn't meet my writing goal for November so I'm hoping I get there by some time in January.
What are your holiday plans?