The Beautiful Art of Calligraphy: Getting Started

Calligraphy and Design by Fox and Flourish | Invitation, envelope liner, wax seal from Paper-Ya, flowers by Celsia Floral | Photo by Tahnee Sanders

Calligraphy has a rich and beautiful history and is considered to be one of the world's oldest forms of writing.  V. Lazursky describes it as "a kind of music not for the ears, but for the eyes." It allows you to paint words across a page and bring a new layer of meaning to the text. With all the styles out there in this art form, it can be quite daunting to try to learn!  

Starting calligraphy takes investment in the right tools, some patience, and lots of practice. Beginning with a simple dipping pen, ink (we have plenty of scrumptious colors to choose from!) and a few different nibs is a great starter kit. 

There are many different sources to help you figure out where to begin, so don't worry! Books, video tutorials, and our newest edition of the Uppercase Magazine can all help you figure out what style you'd like to experiment in.

Christina Luo, calligraphy and lettering artist based in Vancouver and creative mind behind Fox and Flourish, gives this piece of advice, "Find a class or workshop (either in-person or online) that teaches the style of calligraphy that you are drawn to. There are so many different subsets: copperplate, spencerian, gothic, blackletter, and of course the more modern takes on pointed pen. Once you learn how to use the tools properly, work on mastering that alphabet, and once you feel confident in the consistency of your letterforms, continue to add our own style."  Christina offers workshops for modern pointed pen calligraphy in Vancouver. 

Above are just a few examples of the beautiful things you can create with paper, pen, and ink. There are so many reasons to love calligraphy, and when asked why she loves the art form, Christina said, "That moment when the ink is still drying onto the paper, and afterwards, how you can run your fingers across the words and physically feel what was just written mere minutes ago. I'm drawn to the ephemeral and nostalgic quality of it, but as a graphic designer by trade, I think it's so amazing that we can take these handwritten words and create digital copies of them for my other paper- based love, the art of print!" 

Calligraphy can be used to personalize a gift, create party invitations, commemorate a special event and so much more. It truly is a stunning art form! Visit us soon, and get started.

Scottish style Mura sealing wax comes in knock out gorgeous colours.

Each stick has a wick and measures approximately 100mm and will generally give 6-8 impressions. And, oh the colors, nummy or what!

We can also help you with the seal. Letters or images or combine them!

Check out our fun to watch video and get sealing!

There are many approaches to making a beautiful wedding invitation.

One could say that the famous quote attributed to Einstein is worth a mention here.
"Everything should be made as Simple as Possible, but not simpler."

We offer a complimentary consultation. To help you answer important questions and get a good sense of the "feel" of the invitation you want to create begin the process by filling out our Wedding Consultation Form. Fax or email it back to us and make your appointment. It is as simple as that!

Making your own Wedding Invitations is an exciting adventure and we are here to help you enjoy the process and be thrilled with the results.

Your invitation will set the tone for your wedding while expressing your unique personality as a couple. We offer a complimentary consultation to help you answer important questions and get a good sense of the "feel" of the invitation you want to create.

While we do not print or design your invitation we do have many examples of invitations that will inspire you. Make some time to visit us. Look through our sample books and exceptional selection of envelopes, papers, ribbons, wax seals and more.

You don't need to worry about making a final decision the first time you come into Paper-Ya. Remember, this is a process to be enjoyed, keep an open mind and surprise yourself. You may not have done this before, but we have! See you soon.

Envelopes part 2: Making your own envelopes is easy enough if...

you have patience and some extra time. It also helps to have dexterity. You can make something amazing with our selection of decorative papers at Paper-Ya.

We also sell templates to make the job easier. As well, you can use an existing envelope as a template. A vast selection of videos on You Tube can assist in the project. If you only need a few envelopes, making them just might be a good option. Some situations for making your own envelopes could be:
-a special gift
-a knock out presentation
-a very unique resume
-an invitation to a small and intimate gathering
-you require an envelope that is of a non standard size
After viewing a few videos on making your own...I was even more impressed at what good value a pre-made envelope really is. We carry a supurb selection of beautiful envelopes. And we can help you sort through the maze of sizes and styles.
And, by the way, if you do lack dexterity, don't forget to choose your envelope first before designing your project!