1. Can you write out my poem?
Yes. I can do a totally customized calligraphy pieces with your choice of colors backgrounds, styles and YOUR text.
Or, I can take an existing text print such as ee cummings, I carry your heart (link this to the store) and combine it with a background of your choice. You can even pick your own photo background (I use www.istock photo) and I can superimpose the calligraphy quote on this background. Using existing text that I’ve already done in calligraphy can save you money. And it can still be personalized for your needs.
2. Do you address envelopes?
Yes, I do address envelopes. I can try to match the style from your invitation if you send me one to copy, or you can see my examples.
3. You mention unique gift ideas. What are some ideas?
I now work with affiliates who can print calligraphy on many different items, including tee shirts to coffee cups. Check them out!
4. Do you do framing?
Framing can be from very inexpensive to cost a lot more than the calligraphy. I do not offer framing, but have links where you can choose from some beautiful framing, and have the finished piece sent directly to you.
5. What will the finished size be?
I can never tell what size the finished piece will be until it's done. To get an approximate feel for the size, print your text in a 16 point font, and see where you want the line breaks. The width of the finished piece depends upon how long the length of the text is per line, and the height depends upon how long (how many lines) the text is as well. When you leave borders around the writing in the artwork, it generally should be equal on both sides, top and bottom. So now you see that calligraphy has to find it's own size. But, that being said, if I will be scanning this in, I can shrink the size of the entire piece, but it must keep its proportions, or the calligraphy will be either stretched or compressed!
6. How much do you charge per word?
My fees are not determined by the number of words. Words can be written in all different sizes, styles, with or without embellishment, centered, etc.. I charge by an estimate of how long it will take me to design and execute your project as well as any materials that will be used (paper, gold leaf, etc.).
7. Is there a minimum fee?
My minimum, and hourly fee is $75. I have been a professional calligrapher since 1980.
8. I just want black writing on cream colored paper.
Sorry, I don’t do pieces like that, unless there is some design involved with the layout. You can use your computer fonts for those type of documents.
9. Why do you want to know my budget?
It takes me a lot of time to come up with a design, and if I know that the most you want to spend is $75, then I can tell you immediately that the amount of text would start in the $200 or more range. I am trying to work with you, to design a piece that is within your budget. That saves us both time!
10. How do I know I can trust you?
My guarantee is that you will be totally happy with your finished calligraphy. (rave reviews)