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Pretty Handwriting
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15 Jul 2009, 00:21
Leona Wren
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So! I just received my wedding invitations in the mail and wanted to buy one of those calligraphy pens to put the outgoing addresses on them. (My address is all ready on there!) Do the calligraphy pens actually help the lettering look prettier even if my hand writing isn't all that nice?

Tips! Suggestions! All welcome!
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15 Jul 2009, 00:29
.Blue Bella.
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You can have a look for some calligraphy pens that come with a book that you can practice the calligraphy. I got given a calligraphy set that had a lettering book and a work book. You can try looking online for something... or local newsagents or stationary shops, etc. If your writing isn't nice, the pen aint going to do much for it! Alternatively, do you know anyone with really nice writing?
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15 Jul 2009, 01:02
Acid Fairy
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Pretty much, yes, they do make your writing look nice. You may have to practise for a little bit, though.
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17 Jul 2009, 11:52
vatten mö
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If you go to any arts/crafts store, they should have calligraphy sets. I got a set at Wal-Mart a long time ago. I don't use it much because, well...I don't really enjoy calligraphy. Haha. I don't have the loose ink and specialized pens though. I have what is similar to a marker (for the lack of a better description) with a pointed tip on it. I have it in case I need it though.
I had to do calligraphy exercises in my art class every year (high school). It was busy work mainly. (We had pointless art classes that taught us very little.) We would do pages and pages of the crap. That is probably the reason I dislike it to this day, haha. I ended up sketching the letters out by hand and then filling them in with the loose ink. I'm sure my teacher noticed the difference but she didn't really care enough to say anything to me apparently. Haha.
The moral of that story is what, you may ask. Well, it is not to ask me for calligraphy advice. I'll tell you how to cheat on it. ;)

I would go with the label idea if you want less work and a professional look. Again, those are available at any store that carries office supplies...wal-mart included.
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17 Jul 2009, 11:53
vatten mö
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If you go to any arts/crafts store, they should have calligraphy sets. I got a set at Wal-Mart a long time ago. I don't use it much because, well...I don't really enjoy calligraphy. Haha. I don't have the loose ink and specialized pens though. I have what is similar to a marker (for the lack of a better description) with a pointed tip on it. I have it in case I need it though.
I had to do calligraphy exercises in my art class every year (high school). It was busy work mainly. (We had pointless art classes that taught us very little.) We would do pages and pages of the crap. That is probably the reason I dislike it to this day, haha. I ended up sketching the letters out by hand and then filling them in with the loose ink. I'm sure my teacher noticed the difference but she didn't really care enough to say anything to me apparently. Haha.
The moral of that story is what, you may ask. Well, it is not to ask me for calligraphy advice. I'll tell you how to cheat on it. ;)

I would go with the label idea if you want less work and a professional look. Again, those are available at any store that carries office supplies...wal-mart included.
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15 Jul 2009, 01:08
Leona Wren
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I don't think my writing is horrible, but I just want my invites to look professional and not just done. You know? I'll practice before hand and see what I can do. Can I get Calligraphy pens at like AC Moore and Michaels? Or must I order it?
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15 Jul 2009, 02:00
Lauren.
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My uncle does calligraphy and when I had him do some calligraphy for wedding invitations, I bought the stuff from Michaels in the store!
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15 Jul 2009, 18:39
Kate.Monster
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My personal suggestion would be if you have microsoft word, go into the label making options and find a pretty font. Just buy a pack of labels, print the addresses using the pretty font onto the labels and then put the labels on the envelopes. It's a lot easier, less chance of making a mistake and will probably look nicer.
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15 Jul 2009, 19:01
Leona Wren
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Never thought of that! Where do I buy labels at? Like Office max or something?
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15 Jul 2009, 21:00
Kate.Monster
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Yea we did it for my bat-mitzvah invitations years ago and they turned out REALLY well! You can buy labels at Target or Walmart or Officemax. Anywhere where there will be office supplies! But if you go to a staples or office max, you might be able to get fancier ones in different colors or see-through ones that would make it look like the label is barely there! It's totally worth a try! :0)
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16 Jul 2009, 04:21
something amazing.
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To add to this, if you want to spend the time, you can just print right onto the envelopes. That's what I'm doing. THere's no chancing me writing out anything because my handwriting looks as if I'm a doctor with broken fingers. :)
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16 Jul 2009, 04:28
Kate.Monster
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Yea I totally agree with this. It would probably look even better printing straight to the envelope. My only concern would be how to get it exactly where you want it to be on the envelope, y'know? But once that's figured out, it would probably look great.
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17 Jul 2009, 07:34
something amazing.
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To be completely honest, I realized what a pain in the ass I'm having right now printing onto the envelope. The sealed end makes ink imprints on the front and if you're using a size of envelope that Microsoft Word doesn't comprehend, then you'll go through 20 envelopes. Thank goodness I ordered a box of 250 plain white ones. GAH! Tomorrow I'll be being labels as annoying as it is.
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17 Jul 2009, 07:44
Jessica [Private]
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I know with my printer we can print directly onto the envelopes.
We use word to do it as well.

Just in case you wanted to save a bit of money ;)
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15 Jul 2009, 19:51
prettylittlekitty
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I saw a nice caligraphy set over at Borders book store. I've always wanted to try caligraphy. I think my handwriting is pretty... but I want to make it look fancy lol.
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15 Jul 2009, 19:53
Leona Wren
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I love Calligraphy as well! That is why I'm so wanting to do my invitations in it. Borders, I don't know if we have one of those here. I'll check it out since I'm doing errands tomorrow! :)
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15 Jul 2009, 22:55
.xoxo
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Any art store will have a calligraphy set, and they usually come with a little book for ideas and tell you what strokes to do to complete the letter. I think the label would be a good idea. If you go to Office Max you can download the template onto word for the labels and then it's easy and you just type them all in. =]
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16 Jul 2009, 09:48
Estella
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THEY WILL MAKE YOUR LETTERS HAVE THICK PARTS AND THIN PARTS, WHICH LOOKS QUITE FANCY. YOU MUST HOLD THE PEN AT THE SAME ANGLE ALL THE TIME TO MAKE THEM CONSISTENT. IT IS QUITE SLOW TO WRITE WITH A CALLIGRAPHY PEN. KATE MONSTER'S SUGGESTION IS BETTER. THERE ARE PLENTY OF CALLIGRAPHY TYPE FONTS.
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16 Jul 2009, 09:50
Transit
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We had to use calligraphy pens in history at school, it takes bloody ages, you cannot move your pen at all otherwise the whole thing is ruined and it is easy to get ink splodged about.
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17 Jul 2009, 03:53
Betch.
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You can get a book on how to write caligraphy in any bookstore. It's just in the way you write the letters and hold the pen, basically. Transit is right, it is really really REALLY easy to totally ruin whatever your working on with loose ink like that so i'd take out a piece of paper and practice for a little while lol
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17 Jul 2009, 11:50
vatten mö
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If you go to any arts/crafts store, they should have calligraphy sets. I got a set at Wal-Mart a long time ago. I don't use it much because, well...I don't really enjoy calligraphy. Haha. I don't have the loose ink and specialized pens though. I have what is similar to a marker (for the lack of a better description) with a pointed tip on it. I have it in case I need it though.
I had to do calligraphy exercises in my art class every year (high school). It was busy work mainly. (We had pointless art classes that taught us very little.) We would do pages and pages of the crap. That is probably the reason I dislike it to this day, haha. I ended up sketching the letters out by hand and then filling them in with the loose ink. I'm sure my teacher noticed the difference but she didn't really care enough to say anything to me apparently. Haha.
The moral of that story is what, you may ask. Well, it is not to ask me for calligraphy advice. I'll tell you how to cheat on it. ;)
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17 Jul 2009, 11:51
vatten mö
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If you go to any arts/crafts store, they should have calligraphy sets. I got a set at Wal-Mart a long time ago. I don't use it much because, well...I don't really enjoy calligraphy. Haha. I don't have the loose ink and specialized pens though. I have what is similar to a marker (for the lack of a better description) with a pointed tip on it. I have it in case I need it though.
I had to do calligraphy exercises in my art class every year (high school). It was busy work mainly. (We had pointless art classes that taught us very little.) We would do pages and pages of the crap. That is probably the reason I dislike it to this day, haha. I ended up sketching the letters out by hand and then filling them in with the loose ink. I'm sure my teacher noticed the difference but she didn't really care enough to say anything to me apparently. Haha.
The moral of that story is what, you may ask. Well, it is not to ask me for calligraphy advice. I'll tell you how to cheat on it. ;)
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