Frequently Asked Questions

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 E.E. 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 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.

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.

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.

Do you do framing?

Traditional Framing can be very inexpensive and can even cost a more than the calligraphy!  New technology has made it easy to scan my handwritten calligraphy and print calligraphy onto canvas, metal, wood and of course art papers. These products are very popular and it comes to you ready to hang. I know you’ll love it!

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!

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.) as well as how long it will take me to do the design work to come up with the perfect layout and perfect your piece using photoshop to enhance my handwritten calligraphy.  Although I don’t specifically use a word/line count to determine a price (approximately $1 per word, and dependent on the number of lines and design work necessary), it is a large consideration because of the time it takes to write out the calligraphy.

Is there a minimum fee?

My minimum, and hourly fee is $125. I have been a professional calligrapher since 1980.

Where can I find your pricing for custom calligraphy?

You can view my pricing and rates for custom pieces here.

I just want black writing on cream colored paper.

I encourage you to STRETCH your preferences, and be open to creating a really special piece. You can use your computer fonts for those type of documents. And “parchment” is actually not paper! Look through my gallery to see how great your quote can look with the right background.

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 $100, 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!

How do I know I can trust you?

My guarantee is that you will be totally happy with your finished calligraphy. (read my rave reviews)

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