the wedding community that we have here on the central coast is - seriously - the best!
i cannot lament enough about how incredibly talented and professional each individual and business is. but number one - everyone is so amazingly supportive. being a small business owner, and basically a one-woman-show - this support is incalculable, and i truly appreciate how everyone embraces the community over competition attitude.
so today i wanted to share - and give a shout out to - a local wedding vendor that (as a calligrapher running my own business) i truly appreciate:
embellish vintage rentals - thank you for all that you do and have!
if you haven't heard of embellish - which is located in nipomo and ran by judi powers of the dana-powers house - you need to check it out! the views from the property of the eastern hills are spectacular, and the grounds are immaculate (the house is a dream!!)...
but it's the inventory and collection of antique and vintage finds that judi has amassed over time that will blow your mind! i am totally a kid in a candy store every time i go there (and a slight bull in a china shop too). from the bigger furniture items, to the small little details - there is so much gorgeousness going on. so many pieces of history all under one roof.
what also makes embellish awesome - is the professionalism from judi and sheila (her right hand woman). they seriously are so accommodating and great at what they do. i know that when i pick up pieces from there - that they will be ready on time, prepared perfectly, packaged nice and neat - and the quality is pristine. the majority that i use from embellish are the frames and materials to create calligraphy signage - but i have also rented vases, glassware, plates and tables.
thank you - again - embellish! you rock. and i know i will always love working with you and on your lovely pieces.
a menu i did on one of embellish's lovely frames - they make my work look gooooooood!!
i love to write on unconventional surfaces.
i love the challenge of figuring out what pen, ink or writing utensils in general will work on what!! oysters, rocks, mussels, wood...love it all.
the number one question that i get from people is:
"how did you do that?!?"
and my number two favorite thing - is to share my knowledge and show people how i create these little beauties. typically, i offer an "everything but paper" workshop, but i wanted to do a different version of it, make it more casual - less timely, which also means less cost too. Maybe we will even order a pizza and have some wine while we scribble away!
so i am so stoked to unveil the latest workshop series starting in june! every first wednesday of the month i will be hosting - what i am calling - "wednesday night paper parties."
+ 1 to 1.5 hours, in the evening
+ brief hand-lettering tutorial
+ each month will cover a different aspect of calligraphy or hand-lettering
+ materials = pen & practice paper pad & handout card (to keep costs down, the swag bag will be minimized - but i will be bringing my own inventory of fun stuff for everyone to experiment with)
+ each lesson will be fun and unique!
first lesson details:
+ date - wednesday, june 7th
+ time - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
+ location - the wedding space, san luis obispo
+ theme - write on rocks!
+ details - the table will be filled with rocks of all sorts, sizes and shapes for everyone to have fun with. you get to keep and take home all that you write on (and a personalized souvenir from me as well!)
+ cost - $30 per attendee
+ secure your seat here - or contact me directly at 805-712-0116 // or // firstname.lastname@example.org (for a no-fees option)
can't wait to see you there! stay tuned for more workshop dates to be announced - i have a lot of goodies to come!!
isn't this photo just divine?!? check out all the rad vendors involved in this shoot:
+ photography: bared soul & hannah kate photography
+ design: vino fiore events
+ venue: oak heart estate
+ catering: gusto on the go
+ florals: brooke edelman floral design
+ table: if you give a girl a saw
+ rentals: scout rental co.
+ desserts: just baked slo & elouise margot baked
+ makeup: alex makeup art
+ hair: allie mccann, alxndra hair
+ calligraphy & stationery: moi :)
calligraphy and hand-lettered signage at a wedding or event is truly special, and really gives your guests an intimate look into who you are, and the couple that you have become.
there are so many wonderful ways to personalize signs. from traditional, to whimsy, to funky - they really bring that something extra to an event!
these past years, chalkboards have been all the rage for the base material for wedding signs. and they have had a good run - and you will still see them used from time to time. but the shift from rustic wedding decor has begun (that's right mason jars and wood rounds - i'm looking at you! disappear!!), and couples are looking for new and unique materials that can be used for signs.
below are some of the newest and greatest (and i am so happy to work on them too) signage materials showing up lately:
+ wooden signs
but, what i always remember, regardless of what i am writing on - it's always the what is written that means the most!
perfect example of something fun, and so true to the bride and groom's personalities! this was a quote that the b&g wanted on a vintage window pane that she found while antiquing. when i dropped it off to bride's father the day before the wedding - he couldn't stop laughing!! love it.
happy easter y'all!! hope everyone is having an egg-cellent and hoppy good time today.
as i was going on my easter day (which actually was to finish some calligraphy projects and prepare for a lot more of wedding work this upcoming week) - i remembered that i forgot to mention one of other favorite white pens (see former post for the other three honorable mentions)!
aaaah!! how did i forget this one?!?
although i love the uni-posca and molotow - these are pens that will wipe off (most surfaces). for mirrors, and other non-porous writing surfaces - a little windex will take the ink right off. now - sometimes that is what you want when doing wedding or event signage...but there are times when you require ink that is permanent. in those instances (and in many, many other instances - trust me, i stock up on these bad boys) my go-to pen is:
+ sakura pentouch paint markers
these amazing pens come in extra-fine tip, fine and medium tips. the extra-fine is perfect for calligraphy projects that require extreme precision. the colors spectrum is wonderful too. the white is super white...but my favorites are actually the gold and copper. i haven't come across any other pen that has such a bright and shiny metallic ink like the pentouch does. it is like liquid gold flowing from this pen! gorgeousness!!
these are the pens i use for most hand-lettering projects like oysters, rocks and leaves. trust me - you'll fall in love with this writing instrument!
you may wonder - a white pen is a white pen? how could there be such a big difference??
but in the calligraphy and signage spectrum - there is a ton of difference. there are gelly roll pens, chalk markers - and a whole slew of options out there for any project you can dream of.
but let's talk signage pens! when i first started out doing wedding signs, the only pens i used were the bistro chalk markers that you can get at a local michael's store. these pens are great, and get the job done easily. but, though countless hours of research - after failing on some projects that required white ink, but the bistro markers were not holding up to the standards i wanted them to - i went to find the ideal marker. below is a lineup of my favorite pens to use on signage:
+ molotov one4all marker - this is my absolute favorite pen to use! the ink is thicker, flows wonderfully - but most importantly, the whiteness is super bright and lacks the "thin" nature that other pens have. this "thinning" that i speak of, is when you are writing with other pens, you can sometimes see through the ink and have to go over it multiple times. and when you do go over the ink for a second layer - the molotow does not wipe off the first layer - which is wonderful!
+ uni-posca pens - my second favorite! they works just as well as the molotow, the main difference is the ink does have a thinner quality. they work great on any surface, and are my go-to for when i work on windows and glass or acrylic projects. they also come in a variety of colors - but the gold that they have are my favorite.
+ crafty croc chalk markers - when a project is strictly chalkboard, i love using these markers (that are meant just for chalkboards). they come in some great colors - from an autumn tone, to bright neon colors. the ink quality is great - the only downside is that they do not come with a fine tip point, but a reverse chisel tip instead. and when you are wanting to do a large scale project - like a seating chart - that requires a super fine tip to get the names smaller, the molotow and posca shine for those requirements.
these are my top three pens! have fun with them on your next projects.