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How to Design Calligraphy Monograms

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Erica McPhee:
I am so excited to present this tutorial. As I said on the blog, designing a special monogram for a new bride and groom is such a thrill. You are creating the first symbol of unity which will hopefully become a treasured heirloom identifying their togetherness. It is so symbolic and such an honor to create.

It's also fun to create a unique monogram for a special friend and easy to then print note cards as a gift. I have done this for teachers, parents' friends, and mail carriers and it is always well received.

As always if you have any questions, please let me know. If you create a monogram, we would love to see it!

Sherry Lu:
Oooh, this is awesome! :) Haha, I don't have a middle name, and I find my initials (SL) to be super difficult to work with. I wanted an A, H, or M in my initials ;D (Those letters seem way more fun).

Erica McPhee:
Thanks Sherry! Well, there's always the name change possibility - or you could make up a middle name. HAHA!  :) I have to say I was pretty happy when my last name changed from C to M!

Erica McPhee:
I hope you all enjoy this introduction. For those of you truly interested in designing monograms, Kathy Milici is teaching monogram design at IAMPETH this year! I haven't seen the catalog description yet but I would take ANY class by Kathy and if you really want to learn monograms - I'm sure this will be *the* class to take. Kathy is one of my very favorite calligraphers and is AMAZING!

Visit the conference site to find out more: IAMPETH Conference. The workshop descriptions aren't posted yet but keep a watch. IAMPETH is August 4-9th in Indianapolis.

Mljohnson805:
Erica,
Thanks for the ideas and tips. Nothing else comes close to a hand lettered pointed pen monogram.

I start with pencil sketches of each letter on strips of tracing paper. Letter 5 or 6 versions of each letter on a strip, then letter next one on second and/or third strip.

With pointed pen, trace over each one to establish thicks and thins. Then overlap the strips, moving and twisting until something interesting develops.

At some point, many of us may decide to change names. J's are so boring.

Would love to take the class at Iampeth. Good reminder.

Mary Lou

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