And then a whole lot of time went by, and I didn't try to learn anything (other than some half-hearted searches on Amazon for calligraphy books, along with some Googling locally on learning calligraphy - those classes are NOT cheap!). And now it's January, and time to start addressing invites!! Eek! Well, I figured, I have nice enough handwriting - it's just a matter of finding the right marker or pen! I started out using the calligraphy markers I already had (I bought these with a calligraphy book that I think I've opened once), and just wrote in nice cursive. And I discovered that the markers were WAY too thick, even though the one was only 2.0 mm, and even labeled "fine."
From top to bottom: the 2.5 mm "medium" marker; the 2.0 mm"fine" marker, the 1.3 mm "medium" nib; the 0.8 "fine" nib.
You know what that means! A trip to the local craft store (with my 50% off one item coupon, of course! Never, EVER head to your local AC Moore or Michael's without a COUPON!). I ended up purchasing the Shaeaffer Classic Calligraphy Mini Kit, which has three nibs (fine, medium and broad), along with the Viewpoint pen, and 4 different color ink cartridges. I also bought a 5-pack of black ink cartridges so I would have plenty of ink.
Needless to say, the pen makes all the difference - I love how these turned out!! (Another key tip: lightly draw pencil lines using a ruler on the envelope before addressing the envelope - this will keep each line relatively the same size, and nice and straight on the envelope!)
You can see the faint pencil lines - even better, once the ink dries,
it doesn't smudge when you erase the pencil lines.
Not the actual invite envelope...I'm still not done yet!
If we'd thought about our envelopes ahead of time, I might have just run them through our printer! (but sadly, they are too thick!)
Did you try your hand at calligraphy, or leave enough money in your budget to hire a calligrapher?