I had the honor of contributing my calligraphy hand to a beautiful winter wedding shoot at Emmerich Tree Farm in upstate New York the past November. This shoot was especially fun to me because I got to tap into my inner florist and create little holly bouquets to wrap the calligraphy place-cards around with a satin red ribbon. The always fabulous Chelsea of Details by Cheslea Ann was the mastermind behind this beautiful scene, and thought to hang each piece as if it were little stockings hanging over a fireplace waiting for Santa. The eye behind the camera was the very talented Sarah Tew of Sarah Tew Photography. You could see more details of this Christmas Shoot in our feature on Style Me Pretty!
I used Sumi gold ink on Pearl White 220DTC Crane’s Lettra paper that I hand-tore to make the deckle edge. I must say, Sumi ink is one of my favorites to use especially the black ink, if you are a beginner. The gold, on the other hand, is definitely hard to use if you are just starting out on your calligraphy journey since you have to first mix the right consistency of the ink with water and then paint the ink on to the nib each time you write. It’s a tedious task but totally worth it to achieve such a rich gold tone. If you are at the beginning stages of calligraphy I highly suggest using Dr. PH Martin’s Spectralite 54K 18 Carat Gold ink which has a similar tone to the Sumi gold ink.