The Endemic Book started when I was reading about more gun violence and saw the word, “endemic”. I’ve seen it before and decided to look it up for the first time (I’ve loved Dictionary.com for this for years). I rarely stop at one word once I start exploring. Here are some words I understand anew:
I started these Handmade Burn Books in the summer of 2021 in an online class. Ali Manning from Vintage Page Designs led a bookbinding class using a double needle Coptic stitch. I used blank mixed media paper for the signatures, or groups of pages. I decided early on that I wasn’t keeping these books. 2021 … More Handmade Burn Books
Sometimes when I meditate, I can see pictures. Sometimes I “hear” a little phrase. This time it was both, and they came through in just a flash. I saw a peaceful forest with trees in early morning sunlight. The message to me was, “let the light in”. I don’t always know what these phrases mean, … More “Let the Light In” Calligraphy Composition
Tearing the Calligraphy Place Cards by Hand We used a ruler and a thin wet paintbrush on textured black paper to create tear lines. This way, the rips were controlled, but not too clean. We measured the place cards with an 18″ cut mat so we wouldn’t have to draw the lines first. After tearing … More Hand Torn Calligraphy Place Cards
“Abundance: Great Quantities Moving in Waves”. This calligraphy composition measures 5″x7″ before framing. I completed it as part of a collection of calligraphy to display at Caffe Luce in Tucson, Arizona for the month of April 2022. So far, this is the piece patrons are most interested in! Read on for a little bit about … More Abundance Calligraphy Composition
I finally realized that all the shreds of artwork piled weren’t going to use themselves. Sounds simple, they got lost under new ideas and projects. I keep them in a box so I can flip through them and use them up before starting with a new page. That’s where this watercolor calligraphy quote came from. … More Muir Mountains Watercolor Calligraphy Quote
I’m so excited to share our first calligraphy pen roll! This is a cloth roll up pen case used for storing artist tools while travelling. I wrote the calligraphy and block printed it by hand onto muslin. I also drafted the pattern and sewed the brush rolls together! Scroll to the end to see a … More Calligraphy Pen Rolls
Printable Holiday Cards and Gift Tags are a longtime dream come true for us here at Crossroads Calligraphy. Each of the greeting cards below print 2 to a page with our logo on the back after assembly (view a tutorial here). I’ve included a faint line between the cards so you can cut them apart … More Printable Holiday Cards
Sean provided his handwritten wedding vows to us for his upcoming wedding to Jennifer. He told us he wanted to frame the finished vows for their one year (paper!) anniversary. We suggested an 11×14″ paper that could be folded for a ceremony and easily framed later. Sean appreciated this idea. He wanted an off-white paper … More Handwritten Wedding Vows
I created this background and did the calligraphy for this special 38th anniversary poem. My client, Ron, wrote it as a surprise for his wife Julie, who figures out what he’s giving her each year. Ron started this project early, as he contacted me in March and their anniversary is June 4th! I hope Julie … More Anniversary Poem in Calligraphy
I had the pleasure of designing and lettering the spring wedding signs for Morgan and Brian. They were finally able to renew their wedding vows in front of friends and family! They chose the beautiful Kingan Gardens in downtown Tucson, Arizona as their venue.
A few years ago, I created a fun calligraphy piece inspired by the phrase, “I was in the shower thinking . . . “. My best friend Leticia and I used to begin stories with this phrase. I made it for the guest bathroom to celebrate her new house and my new calligraphy business! Contact … More “Shower”: A Fun Calligraphy Piece
Little did I know when I designed the logo for Scratching the Plate Mobile Kitchen and Catering that I would be painting it on their trailer! They acquired the trailer around the same time I completed the logo. I painted a smaller version of it before we went bigger, adding text and their contact information. … More Hand Painted Logo on Tucson Catering Trailer
Cool blues and warm purple hues were the backdrop for elements of these winter wedding invitations for Alan and Debbie. A later-in-life wedding meant that there was a gravity to the event, but Alan and Debbie share a great sense of humor and bring joy with them everywhere they go. This absolutely needed to be … More Winter Wedding Invitations
I painted this calligraphy mural in the dining area of my house because I remember having most conversations at this table. My sons and I have covered every topic from casual jokes to family trauma, examined our implicit biases, addressed consent culture and privately written out painful things to burn in the fire in our … More “Gather” Calligraphy Mural
The Request My client, Lynn, put together a wall with family portraits and keepsakes. She asked me to make a calligraphy mural to fill in the blank parts of the wall. Her request coincided with a Zoom class I signed up for from Loredana Zega titled “Calligraphy Walls” (visit her website or read about my … More Layered Calligraphy Mural
A friend of mine, Samantha, posted the cutest photo of eggplants she grew in her garden. She captioned it, “My morning harvest”. The eggplants deserved to be immortalized! This was the perfect chance for me to experiment with layering text and images for a calligraphic oil painting.
Eloise is the first daughter of a friend of mine — they call her Lou for short! After she was born, I couldn’t wait to make this birth information wall hanging for her with illuminated letters. My friend gave me the details of her birth — the date, time and her measurements. The Text Illuminated … More Illuminated Letters for a New Baby
Be the Reason … More Floral Versal Letters
Celeste and Cory wanted a citrus themed wedding invitation that included their love of travel, paired with an eye for mid-century shapes and colors. … More Mid Century Modern Wedding Invitation
Certificate Calligraphy I regularly letter certificates of completion. I love to take the extra energy to commemorate the effort of achievement. This script is called Uncial and it’s written with a broad edge nib and sumi ink. Learn more about hiring me for your own set of certificates!