There is nothing quite like handmade paper! It can take your stationery design to the next level. I really love using Indian Cotton Paper Co. as one of my paper sources. Their product is ideal for printing, letter press, gold foil, watercolor, and calligraphy. Today I want to outline suggestions for flat printing and calligraphy on handmade deckle edge paper.
CALLIGRAPHY + PRINTING TIPS
1. Ink flow is simple to navigate: if your ink is flowing too fast causing your to re-dip too frequently or bleeding around the edges add gum arabic. If your ink isn’t flowing fast enough (skipping, or not releasing from the tines) add distilled water incrementally. I like using a pipette. I buy mine in bulk.
If you are calligraphing on dark paper you can use an inexpensive laser level and a clipboard to hold your paper it in place (just make sure the clipboard clip doesn’t leave an impression).
You can also mix custom gouache ink (mix colors in separate container with water and gum arabic. You can add any watercolor to white gouache to make a new gouache color).
5. Aways order extra paper for calibrating printer and making sure you are perfectly aligned.
6. Handmade paper can go through most home printers. For my handmade paper project I use the HP Envy 5530 laser jet and have had great success. You can also find a reputable print shop that understands the nuanced nature of wedding stationery.
7. If your printer leaves stray marks or you make a mistake while calligraphing let the ink dry completely then gently scrape away the offending spot with an Exacto knife. You can also use a mono sand eraser with a light touch. Carefully smooth down the paper with a bone folder to restore the texture as best you can. You can’t even tell what happened!
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Claire Falco Creative is a photography and stationery business based in Evans, Georgia. Claire’s stationery design work is feminine, floral-driven, and full of calligraphed, hand-painted, and luxury details.