One more wedding post and then I’m done I promise.
Even though we are only inviting 16 people to our wedding, Kyle and I still wanted nice invitations to send out to our parents and grandparents. I ordered some online and just got them in a week ago. Now comes the hard part… addressing them.
I guess I forgot that most wedding invitations are hand addressed with calligraphy or some other lovely handwriting. Since we only have a few invitations to send out, I figured it wouldn’t be expensive to have someone in Indianapolis hand address them for us…
But, after googling and asking around, I couldn’t find any good calligraphers in Indy! All the ones I checked out had a minimum of $100 or 50 envelopes or something like that. Boo.
My friend Brian (husband to Tara at Trebleinthekitchen.com ; if you haven’t read her blog you totally should- she’s the best!) suggested printing out the envelopes with a very light colored ink and then tracing over them. Kyle and I tried and tried to format our printed to get the addresses just right on the envelopes, but alas, no luck.
So, I googled “DIY calligraphy” and decided to just do it myself!
After messing around a little bit, I found some tricks to do it myself and I don’t think the envelopes look too bad! Not perfect, but they will do! And the best part is, they are free!!
I found this website to be the most helpful. She goes into detail about different types of calligraphy, how to “cheat” and what pens to use.
I practiced a little using her techniques to see how I would do:
That was my first go at it. Not perfect, but I started to get the hang of it. This was also with a pen that wasn’t the best. So I went to CVS and bought the suggested “cheater” calligraphy pens. I used the pilot G2 0.5mm and 0.38mm.
First, I had to select a font I liked. The website I was reading suggested porcelain as a good calligraphy font. My microsoft word doesn’t have “porcelain” but I found a website that will show your text in the font without you having to download the font to your computer.
Then I typed in my address and got to work tracing it out on an envelope.
I made sure to measure the envelope and draw little guide-lines to help.
After tracing out all the letters, I went back in and darkened the “down-strokes” to make it look like it had been done with a calligraphy pen! See- it’s cheating!!
I know they don’t look as professional as they would if I paid $100 for someone to do them, but I think they turned out okay!
And I think you can do it too!!!
Have you ever experimented with calligraphy?
Do you know how to use a calligraphy pen?
Do you think I can put my calligraphy experience on my CV to highlight my manual dexterity? (kidding) ;-)