Printing Calligraphy

a father's love letter written in calligraphy for his newborn baby printed on a photograph of the daddy's hands holding the newborn's little feet

When you order your calligraphy service, I mention “printing” and framing.

Here is the process of writing and printing your custom calligraphy explained:

The original calligraphy is written by hand. It is NOT a computer font, it is handwritten calligraphy. Once I have completed the hand lettering, along with my ink splatters, less than perfect letters that I don’t like, flourishes that bump into other lines, I take the entire piece of plain paper the calligraphy is it written on, scan it at a very high resolution into my computer to get it ready for printing.

I then use Photoshop, a very impressive software program that took me, literally YEARS to learn to clean the text. I take out letters that I don’t like, fix mistakes, perfecting the calligraphy. This takes time. Then one I’m satisfied, the lettering is placed on a background of your choice. This is how I can incorporate your personal photographs, or pick a beautiful graphic background that fits so well with the text you are having written in calligraphy. Even if you choose “parchment”, this is a high resolution photograph of a piece of original parchment. (Parchment is actually animal skinvery expensive and difficult to prepare for writing)black flourished custom calligraphy superimposed and printed on a photo of original parchment skin paper

Printing Your Calligraphy Poem

After your calligraphy text is written and incorporated with the photo you’ve chosen I’ll send it off to you for the first look. Most often my customers are thrilled at this point, however,  sometimes small changes have to be made. Moving the title, changing the size of the text, adjusting the color, and oops! If I’ve made an error in spelling, adding a word or leaving one out, now is the time when I correct any errors until you are completed satisfied and the calligraphy is ready to print. 

Choice of Printing Surfaces 

It’s then printed on heavy weight archival paper. Improvements in technology have made it possible to choose from many surfaces to print your calligraphy- and there are even many choices of the type of paper as well. You may prefer a smooth surface or a paper with heavy texture. However, all paper prints are made with a high resolution giclee printer. (Read more about “giclee”)

By doing calligraphy in this manner, each print will last longer than an original, and it looks virtually the same as an original, except it is perfect. It can also keep the cost down, because writing an original will cost about 100% more than using this process. In the case of writing an original a mistake, such as an ink splatter, a letter that is not perfect, a line that isn’t centered properly,  results in needing to do a complete redo of an original. That take a LOT of extra time! And you can imagine the stress of having to be perfect each time I bring pen to paper!

I can remember a time when I was working on a very long text on my drawing table. I love to listen to books and music when I’m painting or writing. But this one particular time, (it was back when telephones had wires and were connected to the wall) I wasn’t paying enough attention. And I didn’t cover all of the surface of the paper that had been completed. The phone rang and I reached for the receiver (do you even know what that is?! LOL). My arm hit the black ink, which turned over and spilled over the entire surface that I had just spent HOURS lining, and writing! I just looked with my eyes wide open realizing what I had done! Well, all I can say is: the worse the mistake you make, the less likely you are to ever repeat it!  I am SO THANKFUL to be able to work with printing now! 

If you read my “rave reviews”  you’ll see that people are completed satisfied with the quality of the print – and you also have an option to print on a different surface (such as canvas, thin wraps, metal, acrylic, glass or wood).

Another advantage of using photoshop is: if you want a line smaller, or want me to try it in a different place on the paper, written in another color….. I can easily accomplish this task for you to see what you prefer.

(ps- once the original is done, printing additional copies is also a low cost option)

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