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/
L O V E. L I F E. Quite possibly my favorite bottle from the Black Stallion Vineyard wine bottle calligraphy engraving event here in Houston yesterday @blackstallionwinery This was requested by the sweetest, coolest "young" man that we had the privilege of engraving for that day. Excuse the glass dust...This one was engraved in 3.5 minutes. Score! Cheers to you!#handlettering #engraving #winebottle#winebottleengraving #calligraphy#calligrapher #flourish #ipimpmypen#slingingink #glassengraving#engravedcalligraphy #lovemyjob #love#ornamentalpenmanship #stayyoung#agenothingbutanumber #youngatheart#livelifetothefullest #lifelife #living#healthyliving #livehappy #quotestoliveby#livewell #calligraffiti #calligraphyaddict#calligraphyart #letteringart #letteringlove
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
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!
Just a few orders of agate stones from last week. Cheers!
Justo ordenes desde semana pasada. Saludos!
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!
I absolutely love engraving simple, but classic metal pieces....
Photo Credit: Ralph Smith www.smithphoto.com
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!
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!
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!
'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!
I am in love with these shadow tiles with hand lettering. These are available in grey & white in the Etsy shop. Cheers!
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!
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!
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!
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!
- Photographer: Lisa Kathan Photography
- Event Planner: The Gilded Aisle
- Floral Designer: Alison Buck Floral Design
- Calligrapher: Slinging Ink Calligraphy & Bien Fait Calligraphy
- Makeup Artist: Bianca Sansosti Artistry
- Bakery: Cacao Sweets & Treats
- Dress Designer: Liancarlo
- Heirlooms and Extras: Saint Signora
- Design and Decor: Silk & Willow
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
- Equipment Rentals: The Festive Frog, Tablescapes Event Rentals
- Reception Venue: The Landing 1841
- Jewelry: The Mrs. Box
- Dress Store: Ultimate Bride
- Linens and Coverings: Windy City Linen
- Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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!
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!
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:
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!