Calligraphy on CeCi New York

A quick snippet of calligraphy I did recently on a CeCi New York design.

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Inspired Bride

A quick note of thanks to Maddy Hague of The Inspired Bride is the first order of business today. Maddy posted some kind words about my work on her lovely wedding site, along with this colourful image she made of some black and white samples of hand lettering I sent over last week. Thank you Maddy!

Art Heart for Haiti

Laure Ferlita has put together a wonderful project to raise funds to help with the Haitian relief effort. Because I first heard about the project only hours before the deadline, I am so happy that it was extended so that I could participate. Thank you Laure for your big heart!

I Am

For some time now I have been wanting to create some art for my father, a retired minister and professor of theology. This year for Christmas I found a little extra time to make a small piece. The verse is from the book of Matthew in the New Testament.

Z

What do you get a guy who is almost 15? I dunno. Well, at least I didn’t know at first thought. When I discovered that his travel cup was on the last leg of its journey, that’s when the idea struck. You can see here how I solved the Christmas present conundrum!

Pirates

This past weekend I was going through an old hard drive and found the original scans of my lettering for Pirates of the Carribben II. I wrote in walnut ink on Arches Textwove with a pointed pen. The scan is kind of funky but I hope you’ll like looking at it anyway!

Birthday Gift Book

A dear friend, who is a talented artist and is always making lovely things, recently had a birthday. For a while now I have been working too much (a boring mantra, for sure) and although my lettering gets better from all the practice, it’s hard to find time to do fun and artistic things. So, since I received a beautiful handmade book for my birthday from her one year I wanted to reciprocate with a handmade gift. The cover was made using some paste paper that I painted. The project took longer than I had expected but it was fun finding the ribbons, sentiments and embellishments. Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Fresh From The Archives

Just yesterday I found a wicker basket tucked away that held a couple of cute little dishes I was asked to hand letter on a few years ago. They were originally for a layout in Brides magazine and were later published in Maria McBride-Mellinger’s book The Perfect Wedding Details. Here they are filled with confetti, but what would you fill them with to make the perfect wedding favour for your guests?

Containers : Industrial Plastics

 

Stylish and Green

Last year I had the opportunity to design an invitation and the reception pieces for Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney’s wedding in September. The couple star in the FX Channel’s show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It was important to them to keep their wedding as “green” as possible.

Here are a few photos of some of the items which were generously provided by the wedding photographer Red Loft Studios. I must send a shout out to Jenny Stafford for taking the time and making a special effort to send a CD with images so I could post them on my new blog!

Lisa Gorjestani of Details Event Planning once again created an outstandingly elegant event. Over the six years we have worked together she has had me write on everything from rocks to chandelier crystals! (I’ll post pics of the crystals another day.) For this wedding I handlettered the menus on chalkboards that were placed on each table as well as signs that were used at each buffet station. The seating card rounds were hung from a manzanita branch tree, the base of which was covered with beautiful moss. The favours were made in the style of a seed packet and inside the glassine envelope was a note to their guests honoring them by planting a tree in a National Forest.

The wedding was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of InStyle Weddings and is online at the InStyle Weddings website. You can also see some additional pictures and a nice description of the wedding at Green Wedding Shoes.