How to Digitize Calligraphy

allison calligraphy digital Oct 04, 2020

Being able to digitize your calligraphy is a vital skill to have if you want to start making reproductions of your work (like cards or wedding stationery!). Being able to drag your calligraphy, move script around, and even change the color will allow you to take your calligraphy to new places!

Topics Covered

  • Scanning your work into the computer and opening it in Photoshop
  • How to prep your scanned in file in photoshop
  • How to delete the white paper background so that you can create moveable script
  • How to separate script so that you can move different words and letters independently.
  • How to change the color of script
  • How to insert your script into another photo

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Materials Needed

Digitizing Basics:

  • Scanner. Any scanner will probably work just fine for this class! I am using an Epson V600 which is a great scanner if you want to upgrade.
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All Things Snail Mail - From Postage to Envelope Liners

Sending old fashioned letters through the mail is a beautiful way to use your calligraphy. It brings joy to the receiver, and is relatively inexpensive! It can be so much fun, but you can't necessarily just stick any stamp on any envelope... different ink requires different postage amounts as does different weights, sizes, and even lumpiness! Then what do you actually put into the letter? It may be easy to write a page (or four!) to your best friend, but what if you want to send mail to someone you don't know well (like in the KCA Snail Mail Database)? I have you covered in this class.

Topics Covered

  • Postage- how much it costs to mail a letter and what costs extra
  • What to put inside the envelope, especially if you don't know the recipient well
  • Some formal etiquette do's and don'ts
  • How to make an envelope liner

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How to Create and Sell Santa Letters

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to make a little extra money with your calligraphy around the holidays? We are going to talk about one of the best (and one of the easiest) ways calligraphers can earn money for Christmas and that’s Santa Letters. In this video, Allison will go over all the basics of how she puts together these Santa Letters and some things to think about to make selling them a bit easier. The tips you will learn in this class will help you in any situation where you are doing live calligraphy and selling items, like at a craft fair.

Topics Covered

  • How to Make Santa Letters
  • How to Price Your Santa Letters
  • How to Do Live Calligraphy at a Craft Fair
  • How to Use Gouache for Calligraphy

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Materials Needed

Santa Letter:

  • Festive Ink- I used Winsor and Newton gouache (primary red and primary yellow)
  • Stationery...
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June 8-14: Writing Thank You Notes Class

Have you ever found yourself wondering what to say in a thank you note? Maybe you have wondered if you even need to write a thank you note. This class is going to teach you how to write a thank you note quickly and promptly with personality and charm. Allison will talk about getting set up to write thank you notes quickly and will even show you some of her favorite ways to flourish "Thank You" so you can make your own notecards. 

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Materials Needed:

Stationery Kit:

  • Container
  • Cards (self-made, pre-made, or both!)
  • Stamps
  • Address Book
  • Pens (I like Microns, Gelly Rollers, and Tombow Fude pens

Other supplies:

  • Dip pen
  • Favorite Ink
  • Lightpad, phantom liner, or whatever tool you like to keep straight lines
  • Blank cards - I like Paper Source. In the video I am using Blush Luxe.

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