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Calligrapher for Team USA - 2016 Rio Olympics

Houston calligrapher and wine bottle engraver

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Commercial Houston Hand Lettering

So the secret's out...I'm making a departure from wedding calligraphy in the way that I have been running my business for the last 3 years.  Still creating those cool reception pieces - agate stone calligraphy, mirror seating chart calligraphy, ceramic & marble tile calligraphy, laser cut placecard calligraphy (of course engraving too 😉) and I'll add something else to the list if it's groovy & different.  However, I am departing from wedding invitation design & envelope addressing with the exception of my commercial accounts.

With that said, I participated on a commercial shoot last week for Slinging Ink (commercial hand lettering side of my business) and here is the result.  We went for chaos & beauty for a food account.  We loved it and hope that you do too!  Cheers! 

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Mirror Calligraphy Seating Chart - Houston Hand Lettering

I've calligraphed quite a few mirrors in the last few years, but this was by far the largest and it was just absolutely gorgeous in person.  It measured 90" x 34"...had to use a small ladder for this one.  This mirror was also cool as the client wanted a scattered organization with the lines as the mirror was much larger than what was needed for the list roughly 65 lines (about 100 guests).  The monogram was nice as this was the first mirror where a client already had a monogram that was used from the invitation and wanted to incorporate that with the mirror....and I got to play with illustration a bit with the florals around the monogram.....Yes that was freehand :).  Groovy times!  Cheers!

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Calligraphy in Wood - Washington DC Calligraphy

It's no secret that my work has made a deviation away from paper over the last year.  Obviously, I still work with paper, but it has definitely taken a backseat to glass, mirrors, wood, metal, acrylic etc.  I just ADORE these laser cut names that are often used as place cards.  This is my hand calligraphy taken to a larger size.  Next medium that I plan to work in....FABRICS.  Why not?!  Cheers!

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Personal Correspondence - Hand Lettering

Getting caught up on my personal correspondence.  It's funny that this was the reason that I began my calligraphy journey when I moved to Houston years ago.  I just wanted my personal correspondence to look nice. life is funny that way....

I must send out a thank you to Nikki Hite, my sorority sister that introduced me to Crane & Co paper when we were in college.  Once I felt that paper, I was intoxicated with correspondence, etiquette with correspondence & all things paper from that day forward.  She is probably in some way responsible for my being in this profession.  You never know who will influence you... Cheers to random discussions in a dorm room :)!!!!

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Baby Sign Mirror Calligraphy - Houston Calligrapher

It's no secret that I like placing calligraphy on mirrors.  This baby welcome sign is for a Houston mother-to-be that likes just a touch of sparkle.  Hope that she likes it!

I actually calligraphed this as my client waited.  That NEVER happens as I like to have time to myself to work unless I am doing on-site events (engraving, on-site corporate event work).  However, it strangely worked out better for both of us for timing etc. as my calendar was crazy with engraving events that month for various wine & spirit companies & scheduling it later was an impossibility.  So here's to calligraphy on the fly!  Cheers!

Houston Mirror Calligraphy

Houston Mirror Calligraphy

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Styled Shoot Featured in Lace & Loyalty Publication - Houston Calligraphy

What a treat!  My work has been featured in another publication.  Today, Lace & Loyalty featured my calligraphy work on their website!  Check it out via this link Lace & Loyalty  I think that the laser cut calligraphy cake topper stole the show :)  Cheers!

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Calligraphy: Bella Grafia Houston Calligraphy

Invitation Suite: Cotton Paperie - Couture Letterpress Stationery

Photography: Stacy Anderson Photography

Event Design: Mementos Events and Design
Florals: Monica's Brides & Touch of Glitz Flowers
Cake: Shazdeh Cakes
Make-up: Amber Hayes
Hair: Bris Hair Design
Tux: Michael Kors from Alvin Tuxedos
Custom Bow Tie: SwankNeck
Dress: Badgley Mischka from TOOTSIES
Linens: House of Hough
Fur Chair Covers: Rent The Foundry
Vintage Rentals: RELUVD

 

Houston Calligrapher

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Glamorous Wedding Inspiration - Style to the Aisle Magazine

It's always such a pleasure to see my work featured in a publication.  Today, it was featured in Style to the Aisle Magazine. Cheers!

Calligraphy: Bella Grafia Houston Calligraphy

Invitation Suite: Cotton Paperie - Couture Letterpress Stationery

Photography: Stacy Anderson Photography

Event Design: Mementos Events and Design
Florals: Monica's Brides & Touch of Glitz Flowers
Cake: Shazdeh Cakes
Make-up: Amber Hayes
Hair: Bris Hair Design
Tux: Michael Kors from Alvin Tuxedos
Custom Bow Tie: SwankNeck
Dress: Badgley Mischka from TOOTSIES
Linens: House of Hough
Fur Chair Covers: Rent The Foundry
Vintage Rentals: RELUVD

 

Houston Calligrapher
 

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Tattoo Design - Houston Calligrapher

Back from Thanksgiving holiday and I have a calligraphy tattoo design on the calendar along with a Save the Date design.  Here are a few glimpses of drafts for the tattoo.  Love this message!  This client is an amazing woman in the DC area that has taken life's best shots and said "bring it on".  I love it! 

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Cupcake Toppers - Houston Calligraphy

If you know me well, you know that I become bored very easily.  Sometimes that is a great thing.  Lately, I have been on my "anything but paper" journey.  Of course I will always have a passion for paper, but you need to spice things up a bit, yes?  So I had the idea to do cupcake toppers laser cut from my calligraphy.  What do you think?  

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Paper is so passé. Calligraphy Seating Chart Mirror - New York City

I have had the pleasure of working with this NYC bride since this summer for pieces ranging from invitations to this mirror seating chart.  We played it a little conservative as her aesthetic is very classic and cool.  I did play up the monogram and date just a touch...I couldn't help it :)  Cheers!

#houstoncalligraphy #houstoncalligrapher #weddings #love

It's so hard to get good pictures of mirrors....they see everything :)

It's so hard to get good pictures of mirrors....they see everything :)

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Man's Best Friend - Houston Engraving

Unfortunately, I know how it feels to lose a beloved pet and friend.  I lost my Sidney (my sweet, opinionated Westie) a few years ago and still think of him often.  A few weeks ago, I was contacted about engraving a pet's urn.  In all honesty, this is something that I have never done and it frankly is just not on my radar.  However, the crematorium that took care of Dexter did him a serious disservice by writing his name on the urn with a gold sharpie....not even in a nice script.  Just a plain, old, sad gold sharpie.  THAT'S JUST WRONG.  So I hope that engraving Dexter's urn not only pleases his parents but also puts him at peace.  Peace & Love

#houstonengraver #love #houstoncalligraphy #houstoncalligrapher

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Houston Best Calligraphy Award - Slinging Ink

I love it when I wake up in the morning to see that my city likes my work :)  The Houston Business Award Program has awarded Slinging Ink (my commercial hand lettering side of business) with the Houston Best Calligrapher Award for 2015.  I'll take it.  Here's the press release: 

http://houstontx.houstontx.local-best.com/PressReleaseub.aspx?cc=DE3E-RBFH-69QQ

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Engraved Bracelet - Houston Engraver

The older I get the more I love jewelry and I have always had an affinity for silver.  I recently had a bride request something simple, but cool for herself while I was working on her wedding stationery.  We landed on engraving a silver bracelet.  I figured why not offer something like this to all of my clients.  Here it 'tis!  Available on the website and the Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaGrafiaInk?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar

#houstoncalligraphy #houstoncalligrapher #weddings #engravedjewelry #personalizedjewelry #engravedbracelet

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Calligraphic Bird for Wedding Invitations

I recently had a stationer out of New Orleans (one of my favorite cities) contact me for samples of my work.  Love her company's name --- Box.Paper.Scissors.  She was interested in the agate stones in various hands and a few envelopes.  Here is the one that I sent with a calligraphic bird.  Hope she and her clients like them.  Cheers!

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