This one should really be filed under “Pretty Things“… because it simply does not get prettier than this.
Meet Barbara Kua – a master calligrapher from Toronto, ON. Her flawless inscriptions make memories of my own wedding rush to the forefront of my mind; such is the power of her exquisite and romantic letterings.
From her website:
Calligraphy literally means beautiful writing and stems from ancient roots. In today’s age, computer generated fonts are widely accessible, but something handwritten always has a warmth a computer just can’t compete with. Calligraphy is an exquisite way to add a personal touch to delight your guests.
My friends will tell you that I’m somewhat obsessed with penmanship. When I come across cursive writing that catches my eye, I scrutinize every loop, dot and cross. Then I theorize what makes it so attractive – is it the angle, symmetry or continuity? How much pressure would one have to exert to allow the pen to flow so seamlessly? (Yes, sometimes I have too much time on my hands.) Therefore it’s certainly no surprise that talented calligraphers such as Barbara literally knock me off my feet. LOVES it!
Barbara takes a contemporary approach to the ancient art of calligraphy, offering fresh and modern styles. She offers lettering to tickle every fancy – including the tart and refreshing “Taylor“, the haute couture “Katie“, and my favourite, the whimsical and fun “Penelope.” Her services include, but are not limited to, envelope addressing, menus, invitations, rubber address stamps, poems, quotes and more.
If you’ve got an upcoming event, consider injecting some personality and upping the “wow” factor by including custom calligraphy. Many of my friends (myself included) treat invitations as keepsakes; imagine how surprised your guests will be when they receive a beautifully lettered card – made from scratch, not Windows Vista :)
On a budget? You can still incorporate a personal touch with Barbara’s calligraphy rubber stamps – customized with your choice of calligraphy style and a return address. The stamp is made with 100% natural red rubber which lasts longer, retains ink better and makes for a crisp impression.
And it’s not just for wedding invitations! You can use the stamp for all your correspondence – for Christmas cards, use a festive green or red ink to showcase your holiday spirit, or go the extra mile with sparkly embossed lettering! For birthday invitations, channel your inner Martha Stewart and choose an ink colour which matches the theme of the invite.
Barbara works with clients from all over the world – simply contact her with the details of your event, and she’ll turn your vision into art.
Barbara has generously offered one Listen to Lena! reader the chance to win a wooden handle Rubber Address Stamp – personalized with your return address in your choice of calligraphy (value $39). To enter, simply visit Barbara’s website and tell us which style of lettering is your favourite.
You can also qualify for extra entries! Remember, you must leave a separate comment to claim your extra entry. You can:
I’ll draw for a winner On December 4th. Good luck everybody!