Monday, May 16, 2011

Hand Lettered Mix

My favorite lettering style, a dynamic mixture of script and serif can be done in a variety of ink colors, or can be matched to your wedding colors with a custom mixed opaque gouache. Please click on photo for a larger view.
below: bat mitzvah invitation lettering, medium nib, custom bright pink on glossy white envelope
This Save the Date card was hand lettered and then engraved in a gorgeous gold metallic ink!
below: Engraved Save the Date card with mixed lettering.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hand Lettered Script

This (slightly) more traditional style can be done in a variety of ink colors, or can be matched to your wedding colors with a custom mixed opaque gouache. Please click on photos for a larger view.

above: fine nib, white on colored paper and glassine

above: fine nib, white on colored paper

above: fine nib, black on label for tiny gift as place card

above: fine nib, black on glassine gift bag as place card

above: fine nib, black and white on glassine gift bag as place card

above: dip pen fine, bronze on place card

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hand Lettered Serif

These less formal serif styles, upper and lower case, all caps or mixed, can be done in any existing colored ink or your custom color. Please click on photos for a larger view.
above: "save the date" envelope, casual thick-thin serif, custom ivory ink on brown Mr. Boddington's envelopes. Client: Laurie Arons Special Events
above: dinner party place card, casual thick-thin serif, black ink on ivory paper

above: dinner party invitation and place card, casual thick-thin mixed serif, black ink on ivory paper

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Some Printed Pieces

A multicolored Pennsylvania wedding! Pieces included a Save the Date mailing, bridal shower and bachelor party invitations, and a seven piece wedding invitation suite. The map was especially fun to draw. The gorgeous letterpress printing was done by Milkfed Press.

below: letterpress wedding invitation with hand addressed, lined envelope. wedding map, bachelor party invitation and shower invitation.

A couple of pieces from an elegant Brooklyn wedding. Engraved menu and printed tassel bookmark with map.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WOW! Another Milkfed Press Collaboration!

Starting off the new year right with fun with my pal, Victoria at Milkfed Press. Set of six cheeky multipurpose greeting cards: Wow, Oops, Thanks, XOXO, Love you, and Oooh-la-la! See them all below!

Letterpress charcoal ink on luscious white paper (folds to 3.5" x 5") with kraft envelopes. All wrapped up in a glassine envelope and tied with cotton twine. For you? $24 with free USPS shipping within the US.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Milkfed & Me

This fun collaboration with Milkfed Press is a mix and match wedding suite, perfect whether you are a couple that is mixed or a couple that matches! (new photo to come)

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Friday, January 1, 2010

In Martha Stewart Weddings

The spring 2010 Martha Stewart Weddings magazine featured Leigh Wells Calligraphy in a ballet-themed wedding suite, and as a template you can download to make this sweet bridesmaid gift!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I am happy to talk with you about your calligraphy needs for your wedding, special event, or your business. I have done logotypes for businesses and individuals; camera ready art for invitations, maps, menus, save the date and rsvp cards; and hand addressed invitations, place cards, escort cards, and table cards. If you'd like to have me letter something else, please let me know!
  • Please email me a brief description of your project and deadlines to find out about my pricing and availability. Note that there is a $250 minimum charge for all new orders.
  • To book future jobs, I will send you a deposit request via email. Payment can be made by check, cash, money order, paypal or credit card via paypal.
  • Once I have your text files, a fifty percent deposit and your materials (please provide an extra 10-15% of all), I'll complete your project according to our agreed schedule. I'll send you a progress invoice when the work is complete, then arrange for delivery of your pieces, retaining any additional envelopes or stock for last minute changes and/or additions to your guest list. After any additional work is complete, I will ship these extras to you if you wish.
  • If you are working with a printer, I can electronically deliver camera ready art according to their specifications.
I look forward to hearing from you and collaborating with you on your project!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pricing & Turnaround

Addressing wedding invitations (100 inner and outer envelopes) typically requires two weeks to complete. Non-rush pricing for that quantity of envelopes in a black or standard ink on lighter colored paper is $1050. Non-rush pricing for that quantity of envelopes in a white or custom ink is $1250.

Placecards and escort cards for a wedding of the same size require 5 to 7 business days.

Please avoid rush charges by booking in advance.

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About Leigh

Making calligraphy is an expression of my lifelong fascination with typography and hand lettering. From an early age, I enjoyed rendering letterforms, later studying graphic design and typography, eventually becoming an illustrator many years ago. Some of my most enjoyable illustration projects have involved extensive hand drawn lettering. When not doing calligraphy, I create illustrations for advertising, design, publishing and editorial clients from my studio in Berkeley, California. My design and illustration work have been recognized by major organizations such as the AIGA and the Society of Illustrators, as well as appearing in several volumes of American Illustration and in Communication Arts Illustration Annuals.

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