Slinging Ink® Calligraphy & Engraving

Calligrapher for Team USA - 2016 Rio Olympics

Houston calligrapher and wine bottle engraver

PENMAN FOR THE US TEAM FOR THE 2016 RIO OLYMPICS

My name is Janet and my passions revolve around my family, Spencerian & Madarasz style penmanship, music, the planet, Burgundy wine, vegan food y mejorando mi español :).  If you call me while in the studio, you will likely hear anything from Jimi Hendrix to Hector Lavoe to Verdi in the background.  I'm all over the place, but I'm passionate about all of it.  

My Clients Include

Wandered into a Record store in West Hollywood with a treasure trove of opera on vinyl.  I took everything that they had (40 albums).  Except the Wagner......

Wandered into a Record store in West Hollywood with a treasure trove of opera on vinyl.  I took everything that they had (40 albums).  Except the Wagner......

I'm a passionate, yet easy-going "Hippie at Heart".  Nonetheless, my style with calligraphy & penmanship is simple & relatively traditional.  I've always been fascinated by beautiful penmanship, but calligraphy & penmanship became an obsession when I needed calligraphy for my daughter's shower/wine soirée and was presented with "computer calligraphy".  By definition, this phrase is an oxymoron.

That experience encouraged me to take group calligraphy classes under a classically trained, respected Houston calligrapher.  I literally calligraphed everyday as I had become obsessed.  After those classes, I began taking private calligraphy classes with yet another classically trained, seasoned & respected Houston calligrapher.  Soon I began traveling around the country for calligraphy classes with the most respected calligraphers around the world that had calligraphed for clients such as the White House, the Vatican etc. 

My love for hand calligraphy encouraged me to join like-minded people through associations such as the Houston Calligraphy Guild and IAMPETH.  I truly enjoy working as a Houston calligrapher, but I also have the privilege of assisting clients across the country in places such as New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans,, Atlanta, Miami & Chicago to name a few. 

The wine bottle engraving became an added medium for my calligraphy for 2 reasons.  I love beautiful writing and I love beautiful wine.  Generally speaking, Burgundy & Champagne suit my fancy.....in that order.  The occasional glass of scotch is nice, too.  

 

I have been fortunate to have learned from leaders in classic penmanship

Michael Sull, Master Penman (Year long study)

Barbara Calzolari, Master Penman

Linda Schnieder, Brush Lettering Artist

Jake Weidmann, Master Penman

Janet Takahashi, Lettering Artist & Illustrator

Harvest Crittenden, Master Penman

Barbara Close, Brush Lettering Artist

Gail Quintero, Houston Calligrapher

Terry Hausner, Houston Calligrapher

 

If you follow my work, you'll sporadically hear about all of these things along with other adventures in this journey called life.

I look forward to working with you for calligraphy & engraving and also making a wonderful acquaintance in the process. 

AWARDS

2013 - Houston Award Program - Houston Best Engraver

2014 - Houston Award Program - Houston Best Engraver

2014 - Best Businesses of Houston - Professional Services  

2015 - WeddingWire Couples' Choice award   

2015 - Acquisition International Business Excellence Award:

          Best Commercial Calligraphy - Texas  

2015 - Houston Award Program - Houston Best Engraver

2015 - Houston Award Program - Houston Best Calligrapher

2016 - Acquisition International Business Excellence Award 

2016 -  WeddingWire Couples' Choice award

2016 - Brides.com Top Rated Wedding Vendor (georgia)

2016 - Brides.com Top Rated Wedding Vendor (Louisiana)

Thanks for hanging out!

Thanks for hanging out!

2016 - Brides.com Top Rated Wedding Vendor (Illinois)

   2016 - Acquisition International Business Excellence Award: 

Best Commercial Calligraphy - Houston  

2016 - Women in Wealth Award by Wealth & Finance Intl

 Best Business Leader in Artwork & Design - Texas

 

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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