Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Calligraphy by the Cunanans

Calligraphy, as defined by Wikipedia, is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke. Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine art pieces. Calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcement and calligraphic art.

Because today is Wednesday, we'll discuss how we're incorporating this form of art on our wedding day. Etiquette has it that wedding invitation envelopes should always be addressed by hand. It is often the first impression of the wedding an invited guest will have. It should set the tone and give the recipient a sense of how formal or informal the event would be. Black ink is the most formal and traditional manner but of course, colored ink is also acceptable. 

Calligraphy tools from Martha Stewart

Sample writing randomly found on Pinterest

A wedding monogram

And envelopes

And so... because we're doing a D-I-Y (aka wala na kaming budget) wedding, we've enlisted the help of the very talented Cunanans to handwrite the names and address of the recipients of our Save the Date card. 

We bought calligraphy pens from National Bookstore. The pens are really nice, flat-tipped and brings out the best handwriting you've got. The set comes in 3 sizes: 0.8, 1.3 and 1.8. There's also a converter so we can switch between ink cartridge and bottle.

We're keeping the set to write cheques and sign documents at work with! Hahaha!

Little brother Cunanan practiced on the test printout from the printer.

This is Ate Cunanan's output 1.

Her output 2. 

Team n&k approves!

Then this is Papa Cunanan's calligraphy.

We're loving it, too!

Having fun with the pens.

I am pretty sure the black ink on top is my output. Walang talent?

Gosh, this is a very talented bunch. Person A's output is also a winner but he has a lot of things to do so we're farming it out to the family.

Family project. Or maybe, we should make a business out of this hobby.

I highly suggest pursuing a DIY calligraphy rather than spending PhP30/invite on calligraphy. It's fun and easy peasy! Great family bonding.

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