Sunday, July 7, 2013

I love my job!

I love my job! I enjoy working with brides, newlyweds (both grooms and brides), Mothers of the Bride, hostesses, friends. It's happy work, as most of my work involves commemorating in calligraphy, a milestone, a special event or feeling. Here are some of my recent projects. These were fun envelopes to do. One lovely bride wanted something a little different and we selected a slanted address layout in a traditional hand-lettered script style of lettering.

A New York bride had these lovely eyelet place cards sent to me from Germany for her reception. So pretty!

A happy young man had me letter this photo mat for his wife for Mother's Day. I used a version of my traditional wedding script calligraphy. I hope she liked it!

Derby Day in Kentucky involves lots of partying. These place cards, hand lettered in my signature style, are shown packaged to go for a very elegant dinner.

A photographer in California had me make these extra large tags for a special photo shoot. I love calligraphy!

Here's a snippet of some wedding vows I lettered in a whimsical upright style for a nice young man. Success! His wife cried and wants hers to him lettered too.

To make these addresses just a bit different the bride chose an upright lettering style and I added a silvery cartouche to match the silver return address.

I love white lettering on dark paper. These white on navy blue calligraphy placecards were for a fabulous New York affair.

I love what I do! In between busy times like these, I try to attend workshops which ignite my creativity, deepen friendships and further my calligraphic education. I remain forever grateful that I took that first calligraphy class so many years ago.

by Jan Hurst COMMENT RESPONSES: Sorry, I have been unable to respond to messages. Christy, thank you very much! Marjorie, thank you. No, I don't do a pencil rough first. Instead I use a guideline on a light board so I will have proper placement. I still have to 'eyeball' correct placement width wise, but the writing line is set.


  1. Your work is really nice! I just wondered -do you do a first pencil rough to make sure you have the placecard names centered? That's difficult isn't it to do it first hand?

  2. YOur work is very beautiful! I just wondered how you get the names centered on place cards- do you do a pencil rough to make sure they get centered? It's difficult to do them sometimes...