The Process of Creating Your Custom 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

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

Calligraphy is an ancient art, but because of advances in technology, the process of writing out your calligraphy text can now include photography and other artwork. Many people think of calligraphy as writing in black ink on white or parchment paper. The process I follow is a bit different, so I want you to understand exactly what I’m doing. Your original custom calligraphy order 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.

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I then use Photoshop, a very impressive software program that took me, literally YEARS to learn to adjust the text to the size you want. I take out letters that I don’t like, fix mistakes, centering perfectly, perfecting the calligraphy. This takes a lot of time. Then one I’m satisfied, the custom calligraphy 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). The paper you choose is an archival, heavy weight paper that has texture that can be similar to parchment, but it’s not animal skin, or vegetable parchment.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 (see the Rave Reviews , however,  sometimes small changes have to be made. Moving the title, changing the size of the text, adjusting the color, or oops! fixing an error in spelling I’ve made, 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, if that’s your choice. Advancements 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 writing custom 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).

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

calligraphy signature from Lianda from BeautifulCalligraphy.com

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Your calligraphy artpiece can be printed on a variety of amazing surfaces that will not need additional traditional framing – and it comes ready to hang, right out of the box! Imagine how great your calligraphy piece will look printed on canvas, metal, wood, glass or acrylic!

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