Modern Heraldry

I specialize in designing content created just for you. Your design will include illustrated motifs of importance to you personally, your special event, or your gift recipient. Elements of typical historical heraldic achievements (shields, animal supporters on either side, banners) can be included. But it doesn’t have to be literal – a frame of flowers (vs a shield), or coming up with an illustration that represents to you is also modern heraldry.

All pieces are based in spot calligraphy and ink illustration, with typography, long form calligraphy, and watercolor added as desired. Designs can be for a digital file only, or I can coordinate production of a holistic a stationery suite or print. I also take on selected special projects with raw artwork – no digitization included.


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Commemorative Art Prints

Special occasions, commemorated. Designed to hang in your home. This can make a great gift for your one year wedding “paper” anniversary – think wedding vows, first dance lyrics, signature drink with the venue and wedding florals. Baptisms. Professional awards. Have another creative idea? 

Occasion Stationery Design

Flats or folded stationery, driven by an event. From intricately designed and printed cards for baby showers, holiday thank you notes…. to raw special event content created by hand.

Wedding Suites

An oh So special expanded stationery suite

First of all, congratulations! I’m a romantic at heart and would love to hear your love story. I can help with any of the many number of elements you may want to include in a cohesive wedding invitation suite, from invitations to day-of production. I’m incredibly passionate about including illustrated motifs of meaning, creating a suite of paper goods with designs made just for you two. All of your pieces will riff off your primary invitation design. Plus, we’ll decide on any special extras, like wax seals, ribbon, and vellum accents. We can even get deckled paper handmade and dyed to match your wedding colors…

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Addressing Services

Available as an add-on Service only
  • Set-up fee (vs a minimum order count)
  • Inner and outer envelope count
  • Return address method
  • Ink color; custom ink mixing
  • Dark and/or lined envelopes
  • Calligraphic style
  • Bespoke flourishing
  • Postage stamp curation
  • Postage stamp purchasing
  • Local pick-up vs shipping
  • Address format preparation

In ye olden times, mailmen riding on horses got envelopes pretty dirty. Outer envelopes could give the address and formal names, and it was okay if they got messy. Inner envelopes could be more personalized and kept pristine. Today, some folks still enjoy including inner/outer envelopes in their formal invitation suites. Definitely not required!

We love to help with custom invitation design, including envelope curation, and printing! Envelopes will need to be ordered at a 30% overage of the total household/business addresses. We have favorite suppliers but can adjust to source to fit special goals.

If you elect for help selecting, purchasing, and / or applying postage – which we’d love to assist with – then absolutely. They are beautiful little works of art, and when chosen with care, can add another bit of personal flavor alongside the carefully hand lettered address on an envelope.

Your weight and size of your envelope determines your respective mail class. This means we will need to know the weight of your full suite. Generally assume two ounce is required for full invitation suite mailings.

Depending on the postage value required, you could elect for combining multiple postage pieces into a stamp collage that totals to your postage needed, or you may want to or be able to use just one stamp. Postage options include vintage postage stamps with variable values, forever stamps (provided currently by USPS or not), or stamps with larger values, like a two ounce or global stamp.

Whether we curate your postage for you or not, it’s important to know what stamps we will be using before an envelope is hand lettered, as we want to be sure to leave enough room on the envelope for your selection. 

Finally, if you want the extra time saving help of postage stamp application, the cost varies by the stamps chosen, and we can quote you for that service as well.

We recommend you reserve the back of your envelope for return addressing, and we offer up a few options to do so. We could quote you for creating a custom  sticker (also serves as a backup envelope sealant), creating a custom ink stamp, or even hand lettering each individual envelope for that extra touch.

Addresses should provided in a word document by client in the following general format (repeated for each address):

Name(s) Line 1
Names Line 2 (if applicable)
Street Address, Unit Number (if applicable)
City, State Zip Code Country (if not USA)

Mr. Samuel Smith {or informally as Sam, or Sam Smith} 40 Peachtree Lane, #4
Atlanta, GA 30307


We do not charge for extra address lines! Instead we make it easy, pricing per envelope and getting creative with how we fit the variable nature of addresses on the envelope. Therefore you will notice address placement and size variation within your envelope set.

Provide salutations, couples, households, and business names as you desire them written out. Some folks follow Emily Post level protocol while other prefer to be more informal/familiar.

For hand delivery, replace all address information with ‘Hand-Delivered’. We will write that with flourishing on the envelope in a style of the chosen calligraphic hand.

Other questions? Just ask!

Personal Emblem & Stationery Design

Let’s create a design to showcase your personal identity. We can use it on anything- from paper goods like stationery and book plates, to embroidery and beyond. Lettering and illustrations will be customized to celebrate you or your family.

Raw Projects

Taken on Selectively

Do you have a special project in mind? Maybe a hand lettered calligraphy project with raw elements – not used in a design for printing. Maybe a gift for a special someone? A commemorative pet painting? A lettered spiral? Let me know what you have in mind, and I’ll chat with you about how we can collaborate.

Brand Projects

Taken on Selectively

From artist’s clay signature stamps, to brand aligned illustrations. Creative brand needs solved through custom illustration and calligraphy paired with curated typography. 

Packaging & Shipping

add-on to custom commissions

I would just love to make your gift packaged with beautiful ribbon and surprise in-theme goodies. If you live in Atlanta, we can meet in person ITP for a hand off. Else, I can coordinate priority shipping services.

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