The definition of calligraphy:  a type of visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke.  A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner."  To me, calligraphy is truly an art form and, when an envelope arrives in the mail with the signature flourishes and flowing script, it signals something good inside that envelope!

Recently, I discovered an extremely talented calligrapher, Angela Welch, owner of Pen and Pauper.  Angela hails from Bainbridge, Georgia, and she is the epitome of southern graciousness and passion for her craft.  I asked Angela to address envelopes for an upcoming event and, in the blink of an eye, the envelopes were returned to me, packed carefully, and tied with a bow.  Each address included its own signature flourishes and decorative elements - it was such fun to look at each individual envelope and note the differences between them.  Each envelope was its own piece of artwork!

Hand lettering is a beautiful introduction to one's wedding or event long before the first guests arrive.  The possibilities are endless - one can choose more formal calligraphy with detailed flourishes and embellishments or opt for a more informal look and use different ink colors to compliment wedding colors.  Either way, calligraphy makes an impression - the recipient takes note before the invitation is even opened!

Angela Welch can be reached at, studio:  229-243-0045

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