notes from kestrel

keeping your calligraphy inks spill-proof for travel

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keeping your calligraphy inks spill-proof for travel
Let's face it. Dip pen is not as travel-friendly as other writing utensils. Here's how I keep packing simple and ensure no luggage ink spill disasters.

my secret trick for pointed pen calligraphy on handmade paper

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my secret trick for pointed pen calligraphy on handmade paper
You really can't get any more breathtaking than pointed pen calligraphy on handmade paper! But, how do you deal with all those fibers (the very thing that makes the handmade paper so yummy) getting in your nib and totally ruining your calligraphy day? Here's my super simple trick.

hand engraving on wine bottles

hand engraving on wine bottles

Hand calligraphic engraving can be done on glass, metal, stone, and many other surfaces. It is perfect for extra memorable gifts or for live promotional events. Using professional equipment that is quiet and portable, I can create a unique attraction at a product launch or special party. Everyone loves seeing their own name in beautiful script and they love even more seeing it created live while they watch!


how to do calligraphy on agate

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how to do calligraphy on agate

Who doesn't love calligraphy on agate?! Pretty + Pretty = Stunning!! But it can be tricky to get the ink to stick and the lines to look nice. Here, I'm sharing my tricks with you. I'd love to hear what you think or if you have found any other helpful techniques.


envelope addressing ruler

envelope addressing ruler
My light pad is without a doubt my best friend. However, with dark or thick/lined envelopes, I can't see my guidelines through. Here are the tools I use to make my life easier when my light pad is not an option.