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Design & Layout / Guideline alternatives...
« on: June 12, 2021, 05:11:27 PM »

I'm not a professional calligrapher. I'm a semi-skilled amateur with decades of off-and-on practice behind me. But I was just handed the most amazing project, and with one small exception, it's perfectly suited to my skills and abilities.  It's a book inscription--but the book is a massive leatherbound tome with a tooled cover, inset stones, pivoting latches down the side...oohhhh, it's so beautiful.....and the inscription is a poem that's Wiccan in tone and spellbook-themed, so perfectly elegant copperplate would be out of place and my half-elegant efforts will be perfect!

Anyway, here's the problem.  The book is bound in multiple signatures and is over 1.5" thick.  The paper is fairly thick and slightly toothy and so soft I honestly thought it wouldn't take ink well, but the client had an extra sheet for me to test on, and the ink laid down without feathering or starring, with nice hairlines even.  However...I can't figure out how to manage the guidelines.  I'm almost certain that putting my lightboard inside the book and under the page I need to work on will be a bad idea--I'm super nervous of damaging this gorgeous volume.  But I tested my finest eraser on the same sample page I tested the ink on, and while erasing doesn't create a visible roughed-up area, it does pull fibers from this soft paper. 

How would you handle something like this?  Any tested methods, best practices, or crazy ideas?


Tools & Supplies / Addresssing wedding envelopes: first-timer
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:53:33 AM »
Hello!  My wonderful third son is getting married, and he and my lovely future daughter-in-law have asked me to address the envelopes.  I'm so excited to be able to do this for them!  I just spent about an hour reviewing old threads related to envelopes, inks, weather protection, etc in this forum, and it's been overwhelming.  The wedding is November 25th (short engagements are the norm in our subculture) and I really don't have a lot of time to experiment, test, or research.

Please, those of you who are experienced in addressing wedding invitations:  Just give me your favorite combination of writing medium and envelope, with weatherproofing if necessary.  Links would be deeply appreciated as well.  I realize one of us may love something and another hate it, but I need a shortlist to start with or I'm going to suffocate in the research.  FTR, I'm a traditional (not "modern") calligrapher and the lettering will be with a pointed pen, probably copperplate hand.

I wish I could say what size their invitations were.  The bride has a skilled aunt who is designing them, and I didn't have a chance to counsel them on standard envelope sizes. 


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