Slinging Ink® Calligraphy & Engraving

Calligrapher for Team USA - 2016 Rio Olympics

Houston calligrapher and wine bottle engraver

Noble Vines Wine Bottle Engraving - Houston Engraver

So if you didn't know, I'm a hopeless romantic....GUILTY!!!  I was that person as an adolescent that would fall in love at the drop of a hat.  He smiled at me and like an idiot I had already seen our future 5 years ahead.  Crazy, I know, but it is what it is :). 

With that said, when I am asked by clients at wine bottle engraving events to engrave love messages for couples I just smile and am elated to do it.  A person in love is a person floating on air.  Remember that feeling?  Yes, it's nice.  This bottle engraving was for a couple that just presented themselves as having been together for quite awhile, but still crazy in love.  How can you not melt for that?  I do every time...

It was my immense pleasure to engrave this Noble Vines wine bottle for them.

Soy una mujer que encantar amor.  Sí, es loco, pero es así lo que es.  En escuela, yo era la person que cayó en amor muy rápido....era ridículo...yo sé.  Pero eso es el porque es mi placer grabar mensajes para personas en amor.  Esta botella era para un par que probablemente conocieron por un largo tiempo pero ellos aún tienen amor.  Era mi placer para grabar este mensaje para ellos....con amor.

Favor de aceptar mis sinceras disculpas para errores....estoy aún aprendiendo español.  Muchísimas gracias!

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Hennessy Bottle Engraving - Houston Engraver

So I haven't done a calligraphy or engraving project for Hennessy in about a year or so.  So it was a delight to be presented with this bottle of Paradis at an event.  The client said "have fun with it".  Of course to me, that is just an invitation :).  We decided to do the lettering at an angle and connect the names.  Done!  


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Cocktails & Calligraphy Anyone? - Houston Calligrapher

It's no surprise that I enjoy wine and spirits....or at least it shouldn't be.  I don't typically lean towards a cocktail unless a few things are at play. 

  • The restaurant where I am dining has a wine list that doesn't feature Burgundy wine or Champagne....sorry I have my preferences :)
  • It has been a challenging day...yes it is possible in the calligraphy business.  It is known :)

The inspiration for today was a French 75.  If you have never had one and would like the recipe, check out the photo below :)

Vendor Love

Photography by Three Smudges  

Styling by Little Coterie

Calligraphy by Yours Truly

Along with these amazing artists...

@maxitflowerdesign @casuallygourmet@_dimples_1975  @goodierentals @lettrefina @crateandbarrel @shoptootsies and @the_mrs_box   

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Avión Tequila Engraving Event - Houston Engraver

So I must admit that I swore off tequila in college about 20 years ago.  I had a disagreement with Jose Cuervo...and he won.  It took a few years before I was brave enough to chat with another tequila.  Then I moved to Texas and it became an inevitability.  

Avión Tequila is a beautifully, smooth tequila...very different from my college days :).  It's no secret that I LOVE working with wine and spirits for calligraphy engraving.  It has TRULY become one of my favorite things to do.  So imagine my elation when I was contacted by Avión Tequila for Christmas 2017 engraving events.  These were so much fun and frankly a breeze for calligraphy.  WHAT?!  You mean that the bottle has flat sides and is clear.  Done!  Placing calligraphy in these was easy and such a pleasure!  Cheers!

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Natural Agate Place Cards in White Ink - Modern Calligraphy

It's interesting how patterns evolve with the orders that I execute for clients.  The other week it was the week of quite a few projects with calligraphy on magnolia leaves.  This week, it's natural agate stones with white ink in modern calligraphy.  I love it!  It requires less thought on my part with minimal changes between projects!  HA!  Cheers!

Peace & Love while Slinging Ink®

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Magnolia Leaves & Maté Tea - Houston Calligraphy

Hi, my name is Janet and I'm an addict.  Yes, I'm addicted to tea.  My preferences are hibiscus, maté and jasmine green tea.  I know, I can you prefer tea over coffee.  Tea is beautiful.  Period.  It's also my most valuable team member here at Slinging Ink®.  It is "ever present".  

The job below was of the 3rd magnolia leaf calligraphy order from that week.  I's like they just took off.  I really like calligraphing these.  These are insanely easy and fast and the natural look of them make them perfect for a variety of events. 

Peace & Love while Slinging Ink®

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I stumbled upon my passion for calligraphy and penmanship years ago when my life was turned upside down...or to the extent that I could imagine at the time.  For over a decade, I worked in medical device clinical trials and medical device surgical sales.  The devices that I worked with were based on the same mechanism as pacemakers.  The ironic side of that is that my career back then truly set the "pace" for who I identity.  Or at least the identity that I was allowed to express in that career.   Like many, I identified myself through my work. 

Then the market crash of 2008.....  I was laid off as were so many others.   Financially, we were fine as oddly the timing of the layoff was perfect for many reasons.  The most devastating side of the layoff was you wake up and what do you do with your day.  I KNEW that I didn't want to return to medical devices.  Between only being "as good as the last quarter", incessant travel and the corporate "fit in a box" mindset, that field had lost its luster.   So what do you do with not just your life, but your day.  I'm not an idle person.  I need to feel like I am constantly moving and working to achieve something better than what I had already done.

Well, we also became pregnant and that shifted things for a bit, but I still longed for something creatively mine.  Enter, calligraphy.  Six days before I delivered Lola, I took my first pointed pen calligraphy class here in Houston.  I took that calligraphy class because I used a firm to address envelopes for my daughter's wine soiree (no, I'm not a "baby shower" person).  The "computer calligraphy" that I received was a disgrace to the art form of penmanship in my view.  Out of that small (huge) irritation, I decided to learn calligraphy.  As with anything, I became ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED.  I become so passionate about certain topics until they take over my life.  

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I happened to be in a stationery shop here in Houston with Lola "BabyBjorned" to my chest and began discussing calligraphy with an employee there.   At this time, calligraphy was a beginning hobby.  Nothing more.  The employee asked for my information as she just wanted another calligraphy alternative for wedding and corporate clients.  Sure, why not?  Fast-forward & calligraphy has not only become my passion, but my peace and my career.   I've been fortunate to work for companies that you see everyday.  Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Vogue Magazine, Macallan Scotch, Gucci, Chloe, Martell Cognac, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Prada, Nike & the Olympic team....  I've also become known for writing on "anything, but paper" like mirrors, stones, wood, tiles etc :)

Personally, a number of things have changed since back then as well.  Some were earth-shattering, but necessities for my peace.   I have grown, not just as a lettering artist, but as a person.  Welcome to life!  However, a few things remain constant.  Lola is my heart & my love ...even when she works that last nerve.  Calligraphy is still my life.  I LOVE & ADORE living in letters.  Believe it or not, calligraphy has been the foundation of my sanity & peace....THROUGH IT ALL.

Peace & Love while SLINGING INK®


Photo Credit: ThreeSmudges Photography

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