about us

We are Francisco and Kestrel Montes. I, Kestrel, am a calligrapher, font designer and stamp maker. Francisco is the creator of the gorgeous handmade calligraphy pens that we all drool over.

Located in Northern California, we both work full time out of a workshop next to our home. I feel incredibly blessed to share my love for calligraphy with you through stamps, fonts, practice sheets, handmade pens and, of course, ink to paper calligraphy projects. Addressing envelopes and creating special invitations or menus is my all-time favorite thing to do... well, perhaps tied with tattoo lettering. I still pinch myself that I actually get to do this full time! I'm in my own little heaven with a messy bun and inky hands.

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can find me on Instagram @inkmethis to get first peek at upcoming calligraphy holders and to see some of my day-to-day projects. I'd love to see you there!

Francisco & Kestrel Montes




"I was so nervous to hire a calligrapher for our wedding envelopes. Would they be pretty? Would they be done on time? Would they match my expectations? I searched and fretted for months. Then I came across Kestrel. She was kind and helpful to work with during the planning and then the envelopes came and... Wow!! I'm in love!"      - Camille H.

"I had a great experience with this shop. The seller was prompt and friendly, and stamp is great! I plan to buy more as gifts in the future!"     - Gidget L.

"My stamp came out beautifully and the seller was a pleasure to work with - quick and thorough responses. It was a breeze to get a perfect custom design! Thank you so much! It is the highlight of my mailings!"     - Sarah C.

"I am new to calligraphy and have been using an inexpensive thin oblique.  In just the few minutes I have had to play around with my handmade oblique holder, the difference is unmistakable.  I am not holding the pen so tightly, and the weight of the pen keeps me from raising the angle of the pen. The feel of the acrylic is cool and smooth; comforting to my sore middle finger (a combination of an eczema episode and lots of practicing while holding the pen with a death grip). I think I may just name her. Have a wonderful weekend guys and don't be surprised if you both see my name on a few more orders!"    - Linda R.