If you’re following the craft world on any form of social media, you know that calligraphy and hand lettering is everywhere. Adding this gorgeous look to your crafts and everyday life is easier than you think!
Hi, I’m Ashley, owner and calligrapher of Mollie Mae Calligraphy. Crafting and creating by hand has always been a passion of mine thanks to my parents, but it wasn’t until I picked up a calligraphy nib and began to write that I felt truly creative. I’m so excited to be here during Michaels 14 Days of Crafting to share some tips, tricks, and creative calligraphy ideas with you!
Modern Calligraphy is traditionally done with a pen and nib dipped in ink. A majority of the calligraphy I create is for place cards. And while a traditional folded place card works just fine, why not mix it up by adding new shapes and tags? I love using die cutting machines like my Cricut to cut out unique shapes. Or, use a basic punch to create round tags and cards. Have a gift to give? Pick up a pack of kraft paper tags at Michaels and add your own pop of color and sparkle with a simple roll of washi!
Calligraphy is the perfect way to add a touch of style to even the most casual party. I believe every day is a reason to celebrate, and nothing makes me happier than the warm summer weather and my patio full of good food and people I love. While we can always just text or call to invite friends over for a backyard bbq, why not surprise them with a little snail mail? Print out a quick invite and add your creative touch by using calligraphy on the envelope. Your friends will be absolutely thrilled to see such pretty mail in their mailbox! Keep the theme going at the party by adding small touches of calligraphy in your décor, like this fun pineapple!
For another easy party idea, create a name tag for each guest and bring out your canning jars to use for drinks. Michaels has a great selection of tags, ribbon, and paper straws to go with any theme!
The newest and most colorful trend in calligraphy is brush lettering. While the basic techniques are the same, the look is totally new! I love blending together colors and trying out new letter styles with different brushes. Use your watercolors for writing or as a beautiful background for your traditional calligraphy. Pro tip: spray your watercolor background with aerosol hairspray before adding your calligraphy, this will prevent your ink from bleeding across the page!
I’d love to see your calligraphy and how you are incorporating it into your projects and every day designs. Make sure to use #MadeWithMichaels on Instagram so I can see your beautiful work!