Today we have a great interview with Wendy of Wendy Fung Calligraphy! Calligraphy and hand-lettering seems to be renewing in popularity for paper goods (woohoo), and we’re happy to have her here to talk about how she became a calligrapher and her advice for brides!
Tell us about your company and how you got started:
My name is Wendy Fung and I started doing calligraphy when I took a continuing education course in italics! Even before the course, friends, colleagues and even strangers would compliment me on my penmanship. I’m also a big fan of writing. I’ve kept journals since elementary school and still journal almost every day.
Once I learned italics, I taught myself other styles and went to calligraphy workshops. It comes natural for me and I feel it’s a skill God gifted me with. I’ve had the pleasure to work with great wedding planners, paper stores and individual clients. Besides calligraphy, I also love all things paper.
See more of the interview and other beautiful calligraphy pieces after the cut!
Other than invitations, envelopes and placecards, what else have you hand lettered?
I have hand lettered quotes or bible verses for weddings, birthdays, and for other special occasions. I’ve also worked on custom projects such as signage and notecards. Last year, I participated in several craft fairs, selling hand lettered paper goods.
What is your favorite paper color and ink combination?
I’m a classic type of girl – black ink on white paper. I experiment with gouache color in my illustrations and hand lettering projects. I find inspiration from browsing through old postcards from thrift stores to museums to reading (design) blogs.
What makes you different from other calligraphers?
I truly enjoy doing calligraphy and you will get beautiful work (to the best of my ability!). I take great care and detail with each project.
How much time should a couple reserve for calligraphy?
If a couple is interested in calligraphy, they could start by asking their printer or designer if they recommend a calligrapher. Then the couple can reach out to the calligrapher for rates and styles. My typical turn around time is 2 weeks. Depending on the season and/or quantity, calligraphers may need more notice.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are considering hiring a calligrapher?
Budget can be in the back of a couple’s mind when thinking about the costs of planning a wedding. So of course, consider your budget and if you decide to use a calligrapher, remember to proofread the guest list and include extra envelopes!
What styles of calligraphy do you offer?
I offer traditional to contemporary calligraphy styles. Traditional styles include variations of italics and copperplate. Contemporary styles lean towards the freestyle, playful hand.
What is your favorite font?
This is a hard question! On my own projects depending on my mood, I can lean towards italics or if I’m feeling fancy, I would write in copperplate. Writing in different styles is like practicing piano scales. Each scale has its own chords; each calligraphy style has its own technique of lettering.
Tell us about your favorite job so far.
One of my favorite jobs so far was one I did last year. For a wedding envelope job, one of my clients kept in touch with me after the it was complete. She was gracious and great to work with. She came back to me to do the place cards for her daughter’s wedding. I kept her updated with my calligraphy work and craft fairs I was in. Another favorite job of mine was finding a store near my neighborhood called Dry Goods that sell general goods. I did a small calligraphy sign for them. The owner found a beautiful vintage frame to hold the sign in. Above all, it’s been rewarding to connect with my clients and have them enjoy the calligraphy as much as I enjoyed working on it.
Thanks Wendy! For more about Wendy Fung Calligraphy, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website!