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A Colorful Tip

One more picture to share with you from the Spencerian workshop mentioned here.


Sorry for the poor picture quality. My battery on my camera died at the end of the workshop and so this was taken using my cell phone camera. I wanted to show the color Michael Sull used on this particular one. Click on the image and it will get bigger for a better view.

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Sull used the colorful FW Acrylic Inks. I’m not positive if it was the “pearlescent” ones he used, but I’m pretty sure they were. Using the dark gray paper, the colors really popped off the page and they had a nice brilliant shimmer and looked nice along with the white ink. I definitely will be trying this.

One good tip, keep your old used nibs around for applying acrylic inks like this. Acrylic isn’t very kind on calligraphy nibs, so don’t use your good, new nibs if you don’t have to.

Tell me, have you ever used these inks before?


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White Chocolate Envelope

Yes, yes, I know I haven’t updated you on how the envelope exchange is going. That’s because I’ve been behind on that work. But I finally finished my January envelope!


I hope it looks like January to you. It feels like January to me. Black like the short days and long nights. White like the snow that seems to never quit. Then the white blossoms with just a hint of yellow in the center in the hopes of Spring bringing new life when you get tired of all the white stuff.


I painted the handmade envelope on black Arches watercolor paper with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White. I used some yellow watercolor paint to dot the center of the flowers.


I had one heck of a time addressing the envelope. I was trying to use one of my white Sakura Gelly Roll pens and it would not work for me. I found another and had the same trouble! It wouldn’t even come out white! Like the pigment had separated from the rest of the liquid and the pigment wasn’t even making it out to the tip of the pen. Does that make sense? Has that ever happened to you? If so, how did you fix it? It was so annoying and you might be able to tell that the first line of the address is not looking like the rest because of that issue.


So I ended up using a glass dip pen to finish the rest of the address on the envelope. Needless to say, not  my best work. I mixed up some Dr. Ph. Martin’s again to the right consistency to write with.


I wrote the name in a flourished copperplate letterhand. I used my oblique pen with a new nib I’m trying. It’s a Gillot 404 I purchased from Paper Ink & Arts. I’ve heard some people say it’s their favorite. It’s definitely stiffer than the Brause EF 66 nib I learned on and have been using ever since the recent change, but I’m still going to give it a try.


I sealed the envelope using ivory wax from Atelier Gargoyle with my peacock stamp, which was made in Italy. Doesn’t the wax look just like white chocolate? Yum!


Here is another photo from the NW Flower & Garden Show. This was very unique and contemporary and I love how the circle area frames up the other part of the garden so perfectly. The look of the wall inspires me when it comes to invitation design. You may see something similar to this in the future and I’ll try to remember to reference this photo when sharing it with you.

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Ladies & Gentlemen, The Bride & Groom


…or is that Mr. President & Madam First Lady? Didn’t Michelle Obama look like a bride in that beautiful dress?


Beautiful white chiffon, it even had a train!


The designer? Jason Wu. He’s only 26-years-old!!! People are calling him the next Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera.


Did you hear that the designers of both of her outfits yesterday had no idea she was wearing their designs until they saw her on TV? What a surprise & an honor it must be for them!


The age of digital. Look at all the camera’s in this shot above. Who wouldn’t want to take a photo of the bride…I mean the new First Lady…in that gown?! Gorgeous!


Here are some of his fashions released for his Spring of 2007 line found on


It is said that Jason Wu focuses his designs on the hourglass figure of the female body.


I think he’s definitely mastered that.


I’m not usually one to remember who wears what, but the fact that this man is 26-years-old and has a lifetime career ahead of him amazes me! So many people don’t really know what they want to do for a living at that age, myself included when I was his age, but he obviously is doing what he loves. At least it seems that it comes through in his designs. I think we’ll be hearing his name a whole lot more in the years to come.


You can also feel President Obama is doing what he loves. All day yesterday and last evening felt like the celebration of a new beginning, which it was, but it’s so similar to the feelings surrounding weddings too.

I heard the inaugural invitations had been engraved on Classic Crest paper from one of my vendors, Neenah Paper. Neena Paper seems very focused on the environment. They include an eco calculator where you can select your paper type and quantity and see results of how much environmental impact it has, i.e. how many trees were used to make the paper, how much water was used, etc. Give it a try!

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