How To Calligraphy Envelopes + A Giveaway
February 27, 2015
How ToDIY
Ashley Buzzy is giving us tips on how to address envelopes in the most beautiful of ways. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 and with a little practice, your snail mail will be looking just as pretty as these images by Kathryn McCrary. But if you're still needing a more in-depth how-to, lucky you, we have a giveaway to one of her upcoming workshops below! And if you missed it, check out her latest workshop right here.
instructions step-1 Draw your baselines. These lines will help keep your envelope organized, and provide consistency in a large group of similar envelopes - like for wedding invitations!
step-2 Write the basics of the address. You can write all the information in the same size, or play with making some elements larger or smaller - like the street address and zip code!
step-3 Once your address is dry, erase your guidelines. They will start to get distracting when you add flourishes.
step-4 Flourish away! Add swashes and embellishments wherever you want - it's also visually nice if there's some symmetry to your flourishes, or if certain loops mirror each other.


Ashley Buzzy Lettering Workshop



At the Ashley Buzzy Lettering Workshop, you'll learn the basics of typography, calligraphy and hand-lettering. We'll go through a full supply kit and discuss a variety of calligraphy tools and how to use them. We also cover how to mix and use gouache, white, metallic and colored inks in your projects. You'll get plenty of supervised practice time and, at the end of the day, learn how to bring your designs into the computer for digital editing. Basic supplies for this class are provided! You will get: a sketchpad, brush markers, an oblique pen holder, assorted nibs, containers of ink, a letterpress practice guide, pencils and always a few surprise goodies! (This kit is valued at appx. $100)

Upcoming Workshop Locations :


Nashville, Tennesse at Deavor


Little Rock, Arkansas with Zimmerman Events 


Dallas, Texas with Design Roots at WELD


Seattle, Washington with Coco + Kelley


Atlanta, Georgia (May and July) at our home studio


Los Angeles, California with Alissa Bell Press and Darling Magazine


Austin, Texas with May Designs


Toronto, Ontario with Blush and Bloom


New York City at The Sky Gallery with Cadence Kennedy


All skill levels are welcome! Beginners will get a little more one-on-one time and intermediate/advanced students will get time to ask questions and edit their work. Classes are offered during the spring and summer across the country! Visit Ashley's workshop registration page to find an upcoming class near you!


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