Some one year ago, I started addressing my envelopes using faux calligraphy, to give my customers that little extra surprise in the mail. The ones at the start were awkward things drawn in with a pen, often when I was on the train. (Yes that’s me with the bag of yellow envelopes!)
For sure more than a few were trashed as they came out terrible, with hesitant (and regretful) strokes, but I kept at it as I began receiving positive reviews from customers who appreciated the extra touch.
As my business grew, so did my orders – and soon my 45min-long train ride was insufficient to address a bag of envelopes in fancy faux calligraphy using a 0.1mm drawing pen.
In came the glorious trend of brush calligraphy! I am too timid (and frugal) to switch directly to using an actual paint brush and ink on my envelopes, for fear of them looking like I wrote with my foot. Those went onto sheets and sheets of scrap paper – still trying to get the hang of that right now.
I decided to look for a brush pen instead to ease my transition into brush calligraphy. There aren’t many options immediately accessible to me so it was a bet on the Zebra extra fine brush pen, which I got from Daiso for $2.
It was a win for me as the Zebra pen was stiff enough for good control, yet provided pretty line variations for the size of text that I write with. That said, the pen needed much getting used to for a first timer and I watched videos on Instagram (loving @lissletters for this) to observe how a brush pen should be tilted for different letters. Two months and many Instagram videos later, I think it looks not too bad for now? (Though I will probably cringe at it in another year’s time!) The journey continues!
P.S. All ready for Lunar New Year! Plum blossom stamps available at our Etsy shop over at parademade.etsy.com