kestrel montes sonoma wedding calligraphy


Before being a full time calligrapher, Kestrel's formal career was in education. With a master's degree in educational leadership and 14 years of teaching and evaluating teachers, Kestrel now applies her understanding of pedagogy to share her knowledge of calligraphy. Plus, it's sure a lot more fun than teaching Spanish and math!!

Kestrel lives in the Northern California wine country with her husband and business partner, Francisco (plus their kids, Yorki and African Gray). 

Kestrel and Francisco founded inkmethis in 2014, specializing in luxury calligraphy supplies, custom stamps, and engraved gifts. Francisco is a laser engraver and turns the beautiful calligraphy pen holders. Never actually setting out to be self-employed, they are incredibly thankful for the interest that has been shown in their work and products.

Follow Kestrel on Instagram @inkmethis for calligraphy tips, website restocks and to see behind the scenes of the calligraphy business duo. Please share your calligraphy progress using the hashtag #learnwithkestrel for a chance to be reposted.



Kestrel Montes
Calligrapher | Owner


"Kestrel is easy to work with and creates stunning work. Our clients loved watching her engrave and we had one of our best sales days of the season."
- Dan L.
"It was such a true delight and literal pleasure to get these envelopes. Kestrel is an artist and went above and beyond - we love them. They are beautiful. I never understood why people photograph invitations and now I do."
- Paul D.

"Our guests are still talking about our grand opening invitations!! Kestrel's vision and expertise made the whole process easy and fun."
- Meagan D.

"Thank you so much, Kestrel, for working with our clients so graciously even under a lot of pressure. You were a dream vendor to work with for our event. You will be hearing from us again!"
- Sheila R.