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Houston calligrapher and wine bottle engraver

Magnolia Leaf Calligraphy as Place Cards - Houston Calligrapher

If you know me at all, you know that I become bored quite easily with the "garden variety" calligraphy ESPECIALLY that that you see for wedding calligraphy and I am always looking for something different to write on.  Once you've seen calligraphy in black ink on a white/cream place card, you've pretty much seen them all...no offense.  ANYTHING, BUT PAPER, I say.  

ENTER: MAGNOLIA LEAVES.  These magnolia leaves have been preserved to make them as close to uniform as possible and to last for years.  However, please keep in mind that these were created by Mother Nature so there will be some form of variation from leaf to leaf.  Now for my area: CALLIGRAPHY!  I've seen these with gold calligraphy before, but rarely silver or white calligraphy here in Houston.  I ADORE the contrast of white calligraphy ink against darker colors.   Yes I can be a little dark, but let's just keep that between us girls :).  I digress...  

These make for creative place cards and escort cards for a wedding, birthday, corporate event or any excuse to get your crew together.  These are now available in the Etsy Shop!  Cheers!

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Names in Calligraphy for a Wedding Save the Date - Houston Calligrapher

My friends at Cotton Paperie had a client reach out to me just before I left for Spain in June.  This client was interested in a number of things but primarily to have their names calligraphed for their Save the Date.  Once I returned to Houston, I started the process and this client has an affinity for Ornamental Penmanship & calligraphy...YAY!!  We are still "in the thick" of it, but here are a few of the calligraphy options that we are combing through now.....mistakes and all.  Don't judge me, I'm human.  Cheers!

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Monogram Work - Houston Calligrapher

In all honesty, monogram work with calligraphy isn't something that I gave much thought to until about 2015.  It's not something that many calligraphy clients here in Houston requested of me before then.  I believe with the easy accessibility of computer printing and design it's something that became less requested.  However, we are currently living in a calligraphy renaissance if you will as calligraphy, especially in larger cities like my adopted home of Houston, has become en vogue... again.  Thank the universe because that is how I make my living :).  

With that said, clients are wanting more of a personal touch that is individual to them and (thankfully) they want that personal touch to have been created by the hands of a human.  It makes a difference.  Granted, some will say that you can't tell a difference between lettering that is created via computer vs calligraphy from a person.  Of course, calligraphers and those of discerning taste will beg to differ.   There are certain design expressions that computers just can't provide as of the date of this blog post.  I have never seen my style of lettering anywhere else.  Obviously similarities are there but nothing just like it.  Penmanship is individual....like a signature.

Below are a few monograms that I created for clients this year for a wedding, a logo and personal stationery.  I personally have a preference for the ornamental penmanship style of lettering as these monograms yield the appearance of the American Golden Age of Penmanship (1800's-1950).  Of course, I can use other calligraphy styles.  Just let me know.

I believe that calligraphy is the most elegant form of written communication.  Either do it beautifully or not at all.  ¡Qué tenga buen día!  ¡Paz y amor a todo!

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Acrylic & Gold Foil---Why Not?! - Houston Wedding Calligraphy

As you know, I get bored pretty easily so it was time to find another way to incorporate my calligraphy into events such as weddings & corporate events that use calligraphy quite frequently.  Enter: ACRYLIC and GOLD FOIL calligraphy!  I have quite a few events here in Houston that I have the pleasure to create calligraphy for and I have already had requests for these beauties here in Houston.  I figured that it was time to offer these to you as well!  Let's do this! Cheers!

Como Usted ya sabe, convierto aburrida con frecuencia.  entonces, es tiempo para algo diferente.  Ahora, estoy ofertando acrylic con oro y plata para nombres o un mensaje.  si estas interesado, me avisas.  Muchísimas gracias y favor de aceptar mis sinceras disculpas ...estoy aún aprendiendo español.    

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It's 5 o'clock Somewhere - Houston Wine Bottle Engraving

Need I say more..??  Black Stallion Vineyards

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Don't forget to thank friends and family - Houston Calligrapher

This is how it all started.  I just wanted to be able to send out nice correspondence to family and friends.  Fast forward a few years and here we are...a calligraphy business was born.  Cheers!

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VIDEO: Mirror Seating Chart Calligraphy - Houston Calligrapher

Someone asked if I could provide more pictures of the mirror seating chart that I created back in June.  Wanna see it?  Here it is!

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Hugo Boss Fragrance Bottle Engraving - Houston Engraver

I recently started engraving calligraphy for Hugo Boss for events here in Houston and it has been such a pleasure.  I had the opportunity to create this engraving for Father's Day a few weeks ago.  Cheers!

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Gucci Fragrance Bottle Engraving - Houston Engraver

It is always a pleasure working with the Gucci fragrance team for Houston calligraphy bottle engraving events.  Check out this bottle that I engraved calligraphy for a few weeks ago.  Cheers!

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Noble Vines Engraving Event - Houston Engraver

You would be surprised at how often I engrave calligraphy messages like this into bottles.  I LOVE IT!!!  Noble Vines Winery

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Gucci Fragrance Bottle Engraving - Houston Calligraphy

Obviously, I always enjoy working with the Gucci fragrance team for Houston calligraphy bottle engraving events.  But it's a special treat when you also are in love with the scents as well.  This one is just divine.  Cheers!

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Kenwood Wine Bottle Engraving - Houston Engraver

Every now and then when I am engraving calligraphy into wine bottles, I am asked to engrave a message that just makes me smile.  Duck hunters love wine too!  Cheers! Kenwood Winery

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Houston Noble Vines Wine Bottle Engraving - Calligraphy Engraving by Hand

This was a bottle that I engraved at a recent Houston wine bottle engraving event for a beautiful couple celebrating their wedding anniversary with a Noble Vines Wine.  Cheers!

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Black Stallion Vineyards Wine Bottle Engraving - Houston Calligraphy

I have been creating engraved calligraphy on wine bottles for a number of years.  There are always bottle messages that are  comical, touching and everywhere in between.  If you love Texas, this one is for you!  Cheers!  Black Stallion Winery

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Style Me Pretty Feature: California Wedding Calligraphy

I couldn't be more pleased to have my work featured with Style Me Pretty for a California wedding that I provided calligraphy for!  Remember that massive "Howdy Ya'll" sign?  Here it is!  You can access it with this link: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2017/06/23/texan-couples-destination-wedding/

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Mirror Seating Chart Calligraphy - Houston Calligrapher

What do you do when you receive a mirror that is bigger than you and unframed (hence unable to stand against a wall), but you need to place a calligraphy seating chart on it? Time to work on the floor. Let's make it happen. #calligraphy #calligrapher#handlettering #mirror #seatingchart#mirrorcalligraphy #love #floor #work#writing #write #penmanship #lovemyjob

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Hand Lettered Logo Design - Houston Hand Lettering

One of my favorite things to do is logo design for companies.  This was an original concept sent to a client to be used as an ampersand within a logo.  This was not the final version, but I developed a slight attachment to this one.  Cheers!

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Agate Stones - Houston Calligraphy

Just a few orders of agate stones from last week.  Cheers!

Justo ordenes desde semana pasada.  Saludos!

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Slinging Ink® of Bella Grafia Calligraphy is a Houston Based calligraphy firm that was established on the idea that sometimes the vintage way of creating art is the best. Hand written calligraphy is the most elegant form of communication and an event focused on the art of others deserves nothing less.  As a Houston calligrapher & engraver, I believe in doing it beautifully or not at all.

 

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