30 Oct Cape Cod Inspired Wedding Envelope Calligraphy
I can’t believe I am already looking ahead to 2016 weddings! With my first official wedding season under my belt I am feeling inspired as ever for the next round of gorgeous celebrations.
Diana is the perfect bride to start the new season with for her April wedding at the Chatham Bars Inn. She has a true vision for her quintessential Cape wedding starting with her custom designed crest by the amazingly talented Kearsley Lloyd for her save the dates. I loved matching the whimsical design of Kearsley’s watercolor with a fun swirly script on the bright coral envelopes.
Last week during two crisp chilly fall days I cozied up in my office to bust out about 100 of these envelopes. If it’s one thing I’ve learned this year is that A LOT more goes into envelope addressing than most people realize. It can be daunting at times as well as mentally and physically exhausting however the end result is so rewarding. I have such a love/hate relationship with envelopes!!
To get in my groove I first find a good spotify playlist (usually an acoustic coffeehouse playlist unless I’m burning the midnight oil and it can range from a variety of party beats) and light a candle (a MUST for me and my candle obsession) and stock up on lemon water and tea (since the kitchen is all the way downstairs) before I actually sit down at my desk.
I then first prep the envelopes by lining them lightly with pencil that I later go back and erase at the end. The Lettermate has been a huge game changer for me. It’s a major time saver and the end result is so much more professional looking.
For these envelopes I chose to use Dr. Ph Martin’s pen white ink which I did end up putting a few drops of water to help with a smoother ink flow. My favorite go to nib is the Hunt 513 extra fine which I regularly get from Blick Art Supply.
It took me about 2 days with breaks to complete the whole order. I average about 10 envelopes per hour, 15 if I’m super rushed which I try to avoid. I can really only sit and do 20 envelopes at a time before I need a serious hand break!
I loved the way these coral beauties came out, and loved how happy they made the bride! Looking forward to sharing all of Diana’s wedding goods this spring!!