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calligraphy by hand

Although I specialize in electronic typesetting and graphic design, I also do hand-lettering. For example: Using permanent archival ink, I can letter your custom ketubah text onto a print you have purchased elsewhere.

Scripts: I offer three basic scripts (click for larger sample):
Italic hand Roundhand Hebrew lettering

Materials: Depending on the size of the lettering, I typically use black Staedtler Pigment Liner Calligraphy pens in widths of 1mm (when I can get them), 2mm, or 5mm, and black Pigma Micron pens in widths 02, 05, and 08. I also recommend the Micron for signing your ketubah.

Proofing: When creating a complex hand-lettered piece, whether in English or Hebrew, I start by mocking up the complete layout on the computer -- so you always see a proof in advance. With smaller pieces, such as envelopes or placecards, I can do one or two samples in the final materials for your approval before I proceed with the job.

Turnaround: Hand work does take more time; please allow an additional 2 weeks for hand lettering once a completed layout has been approved. Placecards and envelopes can usually be turned around in 1-2 weeks from receipt of materials.

Placecards: $1.20 per card.
Addressing: $2.50 per envelope.
Ketubahs: $200-$400 depending on size and complexity.

Case Study: Jesse & Rachel

Jesse & Rachel My college friend and his bride picked out a lithograph, Amy Fagin's "Duet of the Beloveds", and had me hand-letter their custom text onto it.

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