Issue 7 - Art of Engraved Calligraphy
Engraving calligraphy is the new hot topic among calligraphers who want to create personalized gifts or add another revenue stream to their businesses. Who wouldn’t love to receive a personalized wine bottle engraved with a sparkling flourish?
Art of Engraved Calligraphy shares what you need to know to learn the craft of engraving glass, metal, and other surfaces.
COVER ARTIST INTERVIEW – Kestrel Montes
With a career background in education, calligrapher and engraver Kestrel Montes follows her primary passion: teaching others what she knows and cheering for them along the way.
LEARNING TO ENGRAVE
Kestrel Montes shares how to learn engraving, resources for taking classes, and the pros and cons of on-site engraving events.
TWELVE SURFACES YOU CAN ENGRAVE
Learn which surfaces are best for engraving, which surfaces to avoid, and the most popular gift items for engraving.
KESTREL’S THREE ENGRAVING ALPHABETS
Three Faux Lettering Alphabets that are Perfect for Engraving.
THE REAL LIFE OF PRO ENGRAVERS
We asked engravers from around the world about the equipment they use, what items they engrave most, and any interesting adventures they’ve had doing live engraving events.
HOW TO QUOTE FOR ENGRAVING 2020 PRICING SURVEY
We surveyed professional engravers, providing 16 example scenarios for engraving jobs. Our respondents provided estimates for how they would price these jobs.
THE OTHER HAND ENGRAVING – Nina Sandelin Umont
Nina feels that we as calligraphers are in the business of sentimentality. By replacing her pen for a micromotor drill, Nina was able to create pieces with more substance and longevity. Hand engraving metal objects and jewelry seemed like the next logical step.
ENGRAVING EQUIPMENT COMPARISON CHART
We compare price, speed, and options among four engraving kits.
BEHIND THE SCENES – Designing Watercolor Letters – Laura
Watercolor inks provide such vibrant colors and they’re so fun to work with, as they blend beautifully for really cool tie-dye effects.
BEHIND THE SCENES – Tips for Your Engraving Studio
We offer a few tips for safety and peace of mind in your engraving studio.
BEHIND THE SCENES – Best Practices for Stress-Free Engraving
These practices stem from my own experience of engraving for major department and specialty stores for the last 20 years. First I’ll share a few ideas for creating a great customer experience. Then I’ll share a few of my pet peeves about events and list ways to resolve them.
PRODUCT REVIEW – Historical Letters Inspiration – Sybille
Penna Volans – “the flying pen” – is a website dedicated to beautiful letters and their stories, lovingly curated by Belgian calligrapher Sybille van Zuylen.
TUTORIAL – Design a Family of Vintage Initials – Maureen
In this tutorial, Maureen shows you how she uses a Dover book for inspiration in designing embellished capitals. You can use this concept to create your own unique set of initials for decorating cards and envelopes, and for engraving.
TUTORIAL – Wax Seals: Get Creative with Blank Wax Stampers –
Who knew that you can create unique personalized designs using a blank wax stamper and your favorite sealing wax?
TUTORIAL – Wine Bottle with Long Quote – Kestrel Montes
Engraving extensive text on a wine bottle is hard work, but the results are stunning.
TUTORIAL – Wine Glasses with Personality – Maureen Vickery
How to engrave whimsical wine glasses.
RESOURCES – Sparkling Sentiments: Sayings for Engraved Gifts
If you or your engraving clients need ideas for messages to engrave, we have a few to get you started.
REFINING YOUR DESIGN – Refining a Design: Wedding Vows
Maria Helena Hoksch critiques a wedding vows design and offers tips to add polish to the final composition.
TIPS & TRICKS – Pointed Pen Pointers – Suzanne
Answers to frequent questions Suzanne receives from calligraphy students.
TIPS & TRICKS – 10 Studio Tips
Tips on paper, nibs, and colored pencils.
BIZ INTERVIEW – Lindsey Skrobarcek
English literature, classical Latin, and the art of film – who knew these classes would set the stage for Lindsey Skrobarcek’s successful career as a full-time calligrapher?
GALLERY – Gallery of Engraving
Features the work of Traci Thompson, IAMPETH Master Penman John DeCollibus, and Jody Meese.