There is no substitute for hand written calligraphy letters that can be joined to form a unique monogram. Sure, you can play around with type fonts that look like calligraphy, and if you’re pretty skilled, you can stretch or skew them with photoshop. But a lettering artist designing a monogram has a different view of how letters can be drawn in a pleasing arrangement.

I really enjoy the challenge of combining letters. Of course, a monogram can be one letter, two or three. Of course, there are countless ways to combine the calligraphy letters. There are also many calligraphy “hands”, which are known as “fonts” to people who use computers.

If you like “fancy writing”, copperplate may be your choice.

Copperplate monogram with 3 letters


This client loved the flourishes of copperplate calligraphy. The challenge is to be able to identify the letters, but still have a pleasing design.

This is what my desk looks like after an hour of so of scribbling and doodling with the letters I am going to make into a calligraphy monogram.

calligraphy rough sketches of letters


I am following the direction of my client in the choice of lettering styles. Now that I have learned how to use photoshop, I can also scan these letters that I like and move them around to check out various combinations.

The great thing about technology is now I can scan in your monogram, and it can be used to make lots of different printed items. It could make a nice gift for a newly married couple sharing their initials! They could have it copied for embroidering their towels and sheets as well.

Back when I wore fur, and lived in NY, I actually designed my monogram to be embroidered into the lining of my coat.

Wouldn’t you love your beautiful calligraphy monogram on your coffee cup? I bet it will make your coffee or tea taste better!

Make it Beautiful, Lianda

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