Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wedding Calligraphy (2008)
This batch of wedding invitations and envelopes, however, was done fairly recently, in April 2008. I almost invariably turn down such jobs because they are incredibly taxing on the mind and especially the eyes, and demand far more time than I can usually afford — but the person who commissioned these was very nice and extremely persuasive, so it was a pleasure to be able to do this for her and her husband-to-be. It also helped that this was a very small job, just 22 or so sets of envelopes and invitations.
My greatest fear came true, however — the beautiful gold envelopes had their colour printed on them, not dyed in. This meant I couldn’t write with my usual gouache and had to look for an alternative. Fortunately I tried Daler Rowney Acrylic ink, and it worked beautifully for the most part, although the nature of the ink meant that I had to be careful to flush and wipe the pen every so often, and could not achieve the fine hairlines that good gouches like Talens produce so easily.