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Watercolor Calligraphy


Image via Chelsea Petaja

There is nothing more beautiful than a calligraphed invitation or escort card at an event. It is these small touches and personalized details that will keep guests talking for years to come about your unforgettable event. While we adore beautiful calligraphy in gilded, metallic tones and delicate colored swashes of ink, lately we have been admiring watercolor calligraphy that allows you to see the variations of color in each letterform. The print above was created by the incredibly talented Chelsea Petaja. (If you don’t follow her already on Instagram you must – her work and life in Nashville looks like a dream!) She has a lovely style of hand lettering and offers fantastic prints and paper goods in her Etsy shop, Oh my Deer! This piece uses a single hue of watercolor paint, but we love the transition of the pink tones within the lettering design.

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Image via A Fabulous Fete

How lovely are the invitations and place cards above?! We are big fans of greenery and love how the natural tones are incorporated into this design. Lauren, from A Fabulous Fete, has mastered her unique hand lettering and calligraphy style. Her blog is a fantastic resource for aspiring calligraphers.  This post on her favorite tools is especially helpful if you are looking to get started! There are an assortment of waterbrush pens available also, which are a great way to experiment with watercolor calligraphy and artwork. Be sure to also check out Lauren’s  videos showcasing her watercolor lettering techniques (001, 002, 003)! Calligraphy workshops (or Skillshare classes!) are also a great way to get more thorough instruction.


Image via Design House of Moira

Watercolor also allows you to transition between various colors within a word or letter of your calligraphy. This brush lettering in berry tones with blue-green accents by Victoria Rothwell at Design House of Moira is truly breathtaking!

Incorporating watercolor into your branding and printed pieces is sure to wow your guests and provide for beautiful keepsakes for years to come!