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NOTE TO CLIENTS: Skill levels and prices vary considerably, so we offer these suggestions in selecting a calligrapher:
1) Ask for samples similar to the type of work you need. For unique commissions, ask to see the calligrapher's portfolio.
2) Contact several calligraphers for a cost estimate for your particular job.
3) Regarding your work agreement, be specific in the following areas:
- Price (or breakdown of charges)
- Completion date/turnaround time
- Pickup/delivery options
- Minimum quantities necessary for the job
- Materials that will be used (ink, colors, paper, etc.).
4) Feel free to ask for references and discuss the calligrapher's background, training and experience.
For any commissioned work, ensure that the text provided to the calligrapher is legible
and worded as you want it to appear.
When multiple items are involved, provide extra envelopes or
certificates as a courtesy to the calligrapher.
All business arrangements are strictly between you and the calligrapher, and the Guild takes no responsibility for any problems that may arise as a result of any business relationship.
Washington Calligraphers Guild home page
About the Washington Calligraphers Guild
Meetings, classes & Workshops
Scripsit, the WCG journal
How to become a member
Exhibits & Special Events
Links to related websites
Zapf fund to further calligraphy education
Are you seeking a calligrapher to design your wedding invitation or marriage certificate? Address envelopes? Design a logo? Letter a meaningful quotation or unique award certificate? Create a family tree?
The following members of the Washington Calligraphers Guild are available to do contract work.
The Guild provides this alphabetical list
as a service and does not specifically endorse anyone.
Skill, experience, lettering styles and prices vary considerably;
see guidelines at left for selecting a calligrapher.
Bakers' Studio Calligraphy & Art
Takoma Park, MD
Specialties: Custom designed awards, certificates and specially requested copy. We work with the client to make the perfect validation.
Baldwin Graphics & Calligraphy
Specialties: Diplomas, citations, resolutions, wedding calligraphy, poems. No job is too small. Fast turnaround time. Illustration, both traditional and computer-based.
Designs By Lorise
Specialties: Quality bespoke Wedding Invitations, Stationery, Monograms, Illuminated designs, Ornamental Lettering, Awards, Certificates, Envelope Addressing, Place Cards. Fine art, portraits and custom designs also available. Watercolor, pastel, colored pencils, acrylics offered in addition, to compliment calligraphy. Serving Government agencies, Corporate and private clients for over 25 years, nationwide.
Specialty: Custom wedding certificates.
Specialties: Pointed Pen / Script calligraphy
for weddings and special events such as custom invitations suites, envelope addressing, maps, monograms, menus, place cards and other
day-of items. Commissions and original artwork.
Peony & Plume Calligraphy
Specialties: Hand-lettered invitations, envelopes, ceremony programs, table cards and menus.
|Michele de Souza
Calligraphy by Michele
Envelope addressing, escort/place cards, menus, poems & favors for weddings, births & events.
Reasonably priced; references available upon request.
Celebrating 15+ years of service.
Severna Park, MD
Specialties: In-store signage (laminated), quotations, etc.; fast
Bonnie Jean Eastep
Wedding invitations, envelope addressing, handwriting, escort/place cards. Variety of handwriting styles. Reasonable prices. Samples available upon
Abe Farsh (Farshneshani)
Abe's Studio and Calligraphy workshop
Specialties: Persian Nasta'lique and Shekasteh, Shekasteh Nasta'lique, Naskh and Tholth Calligraphy. Studies and Certified by the Iranian Calligraphers Guild (A'li/Excellent rank), I work with all kinds of work like Ketabat (Scripting), invitation cards, Marriage Certificates etc. Please call for a sample copy.
Michele Hatty Fritz
Meant To Be Calligraphy
Specialties: Life's most meaningful celebrations deserve a personal touch. Meant To Be Calligraphy can help you set the tone for your wedding or party long before the first guest arrives with beautiful hand-lettered invitations and envelopes, then help carry that elegance through the event with hand-lettered ceremony programs, escort cards, table markers, menus, keepsakes, and more.
Specialties: Calligraphy for all social events and office needs.
Specialties: Calligraphy and design for all occasions. Hand-lettered envelopes, escort/table cards, invitations, menus, holiday cards, Quaker wedding certificates, personalized gifts, etc.
Iowa City, Iowa
Specialties: Wedding envelopes and place cards, certificates, prose or poetry done in Spencerian, Copperplate, Foundational or Romans.
Long Village Lettering
Specialties: Chalk board art. Wedding calligraphy - including envelopes, ceremony programs, escort cards, table markers, menus, and keepsakes. Ink colors & scripts to match your personal style. Pointed pen & chisel pen calligraphy. Celebrating 25 years of craftsmanship. References and samples on blog.
Calligraphy & Design
Specialties: Calligrapher and graphic designer. Lettering and design of special event invitations, certificates and awards of recognition, card design, logos, and custom commissioned works.
Over 35 years of producing high quality hand-lettered items for government agencies, associations, corporations and individuals.
Specialties: General and specialized calligraphy; certificates,
envelopes, resolutions, poetry, one-of-a-kind commissions in full
color or black and white, illustrations, etc.
A full-service studio with over 25 years' experience in hand lettered commissions.
Patty Shaivitz Leve
Hebrew calligraphy, Ketubot.
Specialties: Resolutions, certificates, illuminated letters, personalized
Silver Spring, MD
Specialties: Broad variety of styles and approaches; thorough knowledge
of current protocol and etiquette; flexible and dependable.
Anne V. Mackechnie
Specialties: Weddings--envelopes, menus, place cards, monograms. Citations, resolutions and fine art commissions. Serving
Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington and nationwide.
Ayako Toho Makabe
Specialties: Calligraphy for all occasions, and also Japanese calligraphy. Graduated Roehampton University Calligraphy course in London. Over 30 years Japanese calligraphy experience.
lettering, calligraphy, and carving.
Scarlet Day Calligraphy
Specialties: Offering pointed pen (modern and traditional) calligraphy, with a focus on custom, heirloom-quality stationery and paper goods for brides, babies, businesses, and more. Available on-site for events and education. Based in Pittsburgh, serving clients nationwide. Send some pretty to someone you love!
Felecia Brice McFail
From One Hand To Another
firstname.lastname@example.org (free estimate via email)
Specialties: Certificate fill-ins, addressing envelope, poems, prayers, favorite quotations, scriptures and creating visual calligraphy prints for poets, authors, songwriters, writers.
Script: Foundational, Uncial, Gothic and Italic.
Check out Caren Milman Calligraphy on Facebook to see brochure and samples. Click on the thumbs-up icon to "like" the page!
Specialties: Envelopes, invitations, menus, placecards, certificates, name tags. Small, large and rush jobs welcome. 35+ years experience. Received the most votes every year from 1999 through 2012 in Washingtonian Magazine's Bridal Survey for calligraphers. Included on the WUSA9 "A-list" for 2006.
Jill Norvell Calligraphy
Specialties: Fine hand-lettering, illustration, design and custom framing for corporate, government and social clients in the Metropolitan DC area. Established 1983.
Available for on-location events.
Mary Lou O'Brian
Specialties: Creating awards of all types, including resolutions, citations and testimonials.
Jenny Paxton Calligraphy
Specialties: From wedding and special event envelopes, custom return address stamps, place cards, to mirrors, signage, non paper surfaces and special commissions, I love working with clients to make their calligraphy vision come to life!
Specialties: Custom lettered and decorated quotations and poems,
decorative French matting, personalization of guestbooks, photo
Nutley, New Jersey
Specialties: Envelopes, certificates, one-of-a-kind artwork.
Ink by Nancy Scheer
Specialties: Envelope addressing, escort/place cards, table number cards, seating lists, certificates, menus, programs, poems and unique projects. Corporate and personal clientele. References and reviews available. Assisting clients nationwide.
Specialties: Special events; bridal; awards and certificates with
custom hand-painted borders and illumination. A full-service studio since 1986.
Specialties: Sweet Ink is a full service calligraphy and framing studio specializing in government and association
Location: 5 Eighth Street SE (near Eastern Market), Washington, DC 20003.
Specialties: Wedding and special events, diplomas, awards, citation, special commissions of poetry,etc. Original illustration and drawings can be incorporated in color or black and white.
Queen Street Calligraphy
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Specialties: Let Queen Street Calligraphy set the tone for your wedding or event with beautifully hand-lettered invitations, envelopes, place settings, and wedding scrolls. I also do custom commissions, teach copperplate and am accomplished in italic, uncial and gothic.
Diane von Arx (Anderson)
Specialties: Professional lettering since 1977. Teacher and designer of Graphic & Expressive Words for packaging, formal documents of recognition, logos, weddings, prose & poetry, card design and BorderGraphics for your walls.
301 589 3444
Books and Covers
Architectural Mural Painting
Announcements + Events
Specialties: handlettering in graphic design. Logos, headlines, book jackets, packaging, typography, font design. Work by hand and on computer. Clients include National Geographic, U.S. Postal Service. Fair prices.
Internationally acclaimed lettering designer. Teaches, lectures and exhibits all over U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Work in major museums.
Specialties: Custom handmade gifts, including 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" accordion style books, lettered in gold on cream colored paper with your choice of cover color scheme (pictured). Original matted collage, greeting cards, prints, and custom artist books. Please send email for help with ideas! Wedding envelopes, certificates, poetry, and other commissions are also available.