I wanted to create a new look for the notebooks that we will be including in the calligraphy kit for the workshops this weekend since we will have some male participants. During the last workshop, I used the butterfly stamps that I got as a token from the organizers of the MT Tape workshop I conducted last year.
Took a quick photo using my old iPhone
I decided to carve these stamps using vintage sailor tattoos as inspiration. Sketching the design was pretty easy but I had a hard time deciding on which carving rubber to use. I ended up using a Japanese carving block that Lex bought me during one of his trips to Japan. Unfortunately I no longer had the packaging so I’m unable to mention the brand here.
Sailor Themed Stamps: Sparrows, Stars and Anchors
I used linocutters and a kraft knife to make the details. I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m looking forward to carving more designs for my collection as soon as I get more carving rubber.
Pauline is professional graphic designer and calligrapher. She got third place in the Crafty Singapore Foxy Mascot contest. One of her prizes is a $25 voucher from our shop and she chose to redeem our wax seal set and baker’s twine.
Courtesy of Pauline from Happy Hands Project
Hop on over to Happy Hands Project to read more about her wax seal project and check out her work.
I designed a logo for Celebrar Events inspired by my love for calligraphy. Celebrar is a start-up event management service based in the Philippines. The owner wanted an elegant logo that would pair well with the dark and metallic palette she chose.
Sketched the designs in different types of papers since the nib that I used snags a bit
I hashed out my ideas on paper, trying to come up with flourishes for the border. The drafts were scanned and traced using Illustrator.
Inked the design using black Calli ink before scanning and tracking it
I’m waiting to hear from the client on how she feels about the logo. Now I’m going to start designing the business cards and other stationery for her branding kit.
We’ve changed the look of our business card from our vintage looking square card to this envelope look since it better represents our product and its easy for customers to recall what we sell when they see the card.
This is my first time to print using matte silver foil and I was so excited to see how it looked. It’s a bit difficult to photograph but it has that perfect elegant seen that makes the seal illustration stand out.