calligraphybyCT

Pointed Pen Calligraphy Tips

Hi guys... I'll be teaching a pointed pen class soon and I thought I'd start sharing some tips and tricks for those of you who are either thinking about finally picking up some pointed pen nibs, or you already HAVE some pens but have been reluctant (or kind of lost) as it pertains to starting.

I want to recommend that you first start with a pencil. Yes, I said a pencil. SO MUCH of what you will be doing with the pointed pen is based on the amount of PRESSURE you apply to the pen nib, starting with a more inocuous writing tool like a pencil will definitely help.

Using a #2 pencil, make slanted strokes... Light pressure on the way up, and firm pressure on the way down. The "upstroke" where you are using light pressure is called the "lead in" stroke. The "downstroke", where you are using firm pressure is often referred to as the "full pressure" stroke.

Baby steps, yes I know, but this is one of the most important things you can do to start prepping your hand and wrist to tackle pointed pen strokes!

Baby steps, yes I know, but this is one of the most important things you can do to start prepping your hand and wrist to tackle pointed pen strokes!

As you get comfortable creating these basic strokes, you can move on to other shapes and movements. These drills will help your understanding of how to achieve "thicks and thins" through the use of he pointed pen, as well as helping develop your muscle memory.

Please download a free drills worksheet so you can make copies and practice, practice and practice some more.

Let me know if you have questions and I'll catch up with you later with more tips!

--ct

 

 

2016 Top Wedding Trends - Pt. 2 of 2

More trends to look out for in 2016...

In part 1 I mentioned how much personalization means to wedding events now. Adding to this personalization is signage. Signage is a trend that's been on the rise since 2011. Social media has solidified these trends more now than at any other time in our industry. Before, trends would come and go, now these pictures live FOREVER (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.).

Signage

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Weddings also have multiple activities and "stations" now which lends itself towards "labeling" and "identification"...  Photo Booth, Family Memory table, Card and Gift table, Signature Drink signs, Seating Chart, Guest Book, Bar Menus, Instagram hashtag sign, welcome sign, etc. Its definitely now OFFICIALLY a "line item" on a couple's wedding budget. Here are some things to think about...

:: The Big Day ::

  • Ceremony Programs ___
  • Guestbook signage ___
  • Directional Signage ___
  • Pick a Seat, Not a Side Sign ___
  • For your tears of joy cello bags ___

:: Let's Party ::

  • Menus ___
  • Card Box ___
  • Place cards or Seating Chart ___
  • Table Tents/Cards ___
  • In Lieu of favor cards or Favor tags ___
  • Printed Cocktail Napkins ___
  • Bar Signage ___
  • Social media signage (Instagram hashtag, appy couple, etc.) ___
  • Candy Buffet Signage ___
  • Signature Drink Tent/Sign ___
  • Thank You Cards ___
  • Bathroom Signage  ___

:: Wait a minute... where do I go? ::

  • Directional Signage ___
  • Reserved Signs ___
  • Couple's Chair Back Signs (Mr. and Mrs.) ___
  • Thank You Signage (for photo op) ___
  • Photo booth Signage ___
  • Flip Flop Tub Signage ___
  • Tent card signage for Candy Buffet or Dessert Table ___

Mirrors


Admiring a mirror I completed on site at Adler Planetarium last summer...

Admiring a mirror I completed on site at Adler Planetarium last summer...

People are fascinated with mirrors for weddings now. Mirror menus, Mirror seating charts, mirrored signature drink signs, etc. Instead of slowing down, the trend has picked up! Check out my Etsy mirrored seating chart listing if you are thinking about executing a mirror. Lots of nice detail here and should answer a lot of questions!

Casual Fonts

The lowercase "bouncing baseline" style of type does NOT appear to be going anywhere soon. So many people requested bombshell pro that I added it to my list of calligraphy styles. There are other styles as well that are lending themselves to a "simpler", "cleaner" looking invitation suite. Be on the lookout for simpler ways to communicate information this year. Sadly, no one really reads anymore thanks to excessive scrolling so important information needs to be presented in efficient "chunks".

Take care til' next time guys,

--ct