Slinging Ink® Calligraphy & Engraving

Bella Grafia, LLC: Calligrapher for Team USA - 2016 Rio Olympics

Houston calligrapher and wine bottle engraver

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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Gucci Fragrance Bottle Engraving in Houston

As always, it is a pleasure engraving for clients at events here in Houston.  This weekend, I had the privilege of working with Gucci fragrances.  Gucci Bamboo has become a personal favorite and is clearly a favorite of others as well.  It figuratively flew off of the shelves this Mother's Day weekend.  This bottle was also incredibly easy to engrave.  Even better! Cheers!

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Engraved Ring - Houston Engraver

I absolutely love engraving simple, but classic metal pieces.... 

Photo Credit: Ralph Smith   www.smithphoto.com

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Black on White Calligraphy

These were for a client here in Houston that is preparing for an event in Los Angeles.  I will admit that black ink is not what I naturally gravitate to for a white background.  I have an affinity for metallics, red, gray...really anything except for black.  However, every time that a client requests it and I place on these marble tiles, I am forced to remember that black is classic for a reason.  It's simply beautiful.  Love how these turned out.  Cheers!

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Engraving Wine Bottle Coasters - Houston Engraver

It's no secret that engraving has become one of the avenues for calligraphy that I love...for many reasons.  Even as an introvert, the engraving events are one of my favorite ways to provide calligraphy.  However, there are times that some of my favorite clients don't quite have the need for an engraving event but nonetheless desire calligraphy.  Enter one of my clients from the early years.  When my business was maybe a year to 2 old, the team from Oxheart was opening a new bar here in Houston called Public Services.  They stumbled across my work as I sent a thank you note to the Oxheart team because the food and service were just that awesome.  Fast forward to now: over the years, I have executed a number of projects for them and it has always been a pleasure.  These wine bottle coasters that I engraved for them this week were no exception.  I think that they turned out nicely.  Cheers!

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White Marble Tile with Calligraphy in Black Ink

These were for an event here in Houston.  We used black ink on white marble.  ADORE!

Esos estaban para un evento aquí en Houston.  Usábamos tinta negra en mármol blanco.  Me encanta!

Favor de aceptar mis sinceras disculpas para errores.  Estoy aprendiendo español.  Lo siento :)

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Earthtone Shadow Tile Signs with "Modern Calligraphy" - Houston Calligrapher

Yes, yes I do have an affinity for placing calligraphy on unorthodox items.  I had a client here in Houston request something in beige for an event last week.  This one was my favorite out of the group.  I used a white ink on these in "modern calligraphy" as they wanted something that was non-traditional.  I can do that.  Voila!  Cheers!

Sí, yo tengo una afinidad para escribiendo caligrafía en cosas diferentes.  Yo tenía un cliente aquí en Houston preguntar para algo en café para un evento semana pasada.  Este estaba mi favorito en el grupo.  Usé una tinta blanca en "caligrafía moderna" porque ellos querían algo que estaba no tradicional.  Puedo hacer eso!  Adios!

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

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Wine Bottle Engraving - Randall's Event

 'Tis the season for engraving events!  These were a pair of bottles that I engraved for a charming lady at a wine bottle engraving event at a Randall's a few weeks back.  (Yes, I am slow to post...it's been a little chaotic over here.)  She wanted to take care of her Kosher gifts for the month. In between engraving bottles, I learned how to identify Kosher wines.  Thanks!  It was a win-win!  Cheers!

Randall's 

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Shadow Tile Event Calligraphy - Houston Calligrapher

I am in love with these shadow tiles with hand lettering.  These are available in grey & white in the Etsy shop.  Cheers!

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Grey Shadow Tile Calligraphy - Houston Calligrapher

As you know, I get bored with placing calligraphy on the "garden variety" materials.  So I took a half day a few weeks ago with the specific purpose of finding something new to write on.  So of course, I found about 6 new things.  One thing was a shadow tile in one of my favorite colors.  Yes, my favorite colors are black and grey....  Some people would call that morbid, but it's what I like.  Don't judge me.  I had the bright idea of offering these shadow tiles - called shadow tiles because when you write on them, the writing creates a shadow on the grey...cool, right?  I placed 4 different writing styles on these as samples.  Hope that you like them!  These are now available in the Etsy shop.  Just click on the picture.  Have a groovy day!

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Interview with LaBride Australia - Houston Calligraphy

Late last year, I was contacted by La Bride Magazine in Australia for my calligraphy insight to be included in their "Wedding-O-Pedia".   They wanted my take on why brides should hire a professional calligrapher for their weddings.  Although the content was wedding specific, I believe that the core can be applied to any professional and why you would hire a professional vs someone else to create work that you desire.  Take a peek!  Click on the picture to see the full write-up! Cheers!

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In love with love - Coppola Wines Houston Engraving Event

While engraving at an event late last week, there was a couple that sampled Coppola wine and decided to have it engraved by me.  This couple literally exuded the beauty of young love and it was honestly a gorgeous thing to see.  They were in love and anyone in the vicinity could see it in the way that they looked at each other and spoke to each other.  It was a beautiful thing.  When deciding on the message to be engraved, they went with something that they say to each other everyday.  ADORE!  Here it is!

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Lasercut Calligraphy Featured in Artfully Wed

It's always a nice treat to see how my work has been used after it leaves my studio...especially when it is featured in a publication.  Love it!  Take a peek!  Pieces that I calligraphed for lasercut names were featured alongside the beautifully skilled calligraphy of Bien Fait Calligraphy. Click the pictures to see the full feature.  Cheers! 

This was a gorgeous shot by Lisa Kathan Photography

This was a gorgeous shot by Lisa Kathan Photography

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Arabesque Antiqued Mirror Calligraphy - Houston Calligrapher

I just adore these "antiqued" arabesque mirrors.  They are roughly 4 inches and yield a beautiful vintage feel in person.  These are now available in the shop!  Just click the picture for the link.  Cheers!

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Creating my Certificate for the Michael Sull Spencerian Masterclass - Houston Calligrapher

Yes, most of the time when you take a masterclass from a Master Penman the expectation is that you create your own certificate entirely by hand at the completion of the course.  No Photoshop, Illustrator etc allowed.  It's all old school, vintage.  Which is great because it plays right into how I work.   I'm a vintage soul......end of story.

Don't tell anyone, but I did't realize that I would have to create my certificate by hand when I originally signed up for the year-long course :).  However, I am so glad that I am doing this for multiple reasons.  1) I would not have undertaken something of this nature on my own.  2) The experience gained for each portion of creating this certificate is invaluable. 3) I am now no longer intimidated by the prospect of creating a certificate entirely by hand.  4) Quite a few techniques that are used for engrossing are no longer taught except by literally a handful of people in the United States these days.  It's a lost art that cannot be replicated on the computer.  With that said, don't expect to see everything that I learned in the course on my certificate.  There is this minor, mundane detail called time that must be factored in.. For instance, my original plan was to include masterpiece flourishing for the entire border.  Again, that minor, mundane detail better known as time...

Since upon beginning this blog post, I have roughly 1 week to complete this certificate from start to finish along with my projects that clients are paying me to do :), it will be "basic" to say the least, but here are a few pictures from the process.  Cheers!

The end result...  Yes, I went with a shaded Spencerian for the entire certificate......Blasphemy, you say :)

The end result...  Yes, I went with a shaded Spencerian for the entire certificate......Blasphemy, you say :)

Some of the script portions that will create the final certificate...mistakes and all.  I'm an artist & I'm sensitive, so don't judge me!  Poco a poco (little by little)....  

Some of the script portions that will create the final certificate...mistakes and all.  I'm an artist & I'm sensitive, so don't judge me!  Poco a poco (little by little)....  

A little Sickels alphabet action for my name.  Yes, I can do something that is not a cursive script, too.  However, this version didn't make the final cut...

A little Sickels alphabet action for my name.  Yes, I can do something that is not a cursive script, too.  However, this version didn't make the final cut...

Rough draft layout.... I see slight changes in your future.... Pay no attention that that scribble in the border better known as my paper test

Rough draft layout.... I see slight changes in your future....

Pay no attention that that scribble in the border better known as my paper test

Canson deckled edge paper - This was my paper test...  Works will with Sumi ink even with an old semi-flex nib.

Canson deckled edge paper - This was my paper test...  Works will with Sumi ink even with an old semi-flex nib.

So I calligraphed it and placed the Sickles lettering on there for my name.  Then of course I called an "audible" & completely started from scratch on the certificate for the 2nd time to change my name to script.  This was the result:

The final certificate.  Approved and signed by Michael Sull, Master Penman

The final certificate.  Approved and signed by Michael Sull, Master Penman

It was an amazing year!  I learned quite a bit to say the least.  And I still have so much to learn and obviously the need to refine my work with a stronger sense of balance with my shading.  However, i must say that it was an invaluable experience & opportunity to learn from Michael Sull for an entire year.  Cheers!

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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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