Sunday, January 20, 2013

Calligraphy Every Day Project 3: Addressing an envelope

In three days it will be National Handwriting Day, January 23.  Wouldn't it be a great idea to celebrate this holiday by mailing a handwritten letter to someone important to you? I've written two books on the importance of this civilized tradition, The Art of the Handwritten Note and The Art of the Personal Letter,  available everywhere.

The envelope you put your note into is like gift wrap. Take care and use your creativity to give the recipient a delicious sense of anticipation.  
Two basic layout choices: flush left, slanted left. 
This envelope mixes colors from the palette of red and turquoise.  The blue border, from Learn World Calligraphy, is available to print out at

For more inspiration, go to the website of last year's winners of the Graceful Envelope contest.  And if you get really inspired, there's still time to submit an entry before February 25 this year staged by the Washington Calligraphers Guild.

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