new workshop ! june 21 in portland, or

Posted: June 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, handmade, paper, paperfinger, portland | No Comments »


Hey west coasters, I’m co-hosting a workshop with the super-talented Precious Bugarin for a two-part experience on the afternoon of June 21st. Hope you can make it!

Learn modern calligraphy from me + how to make and assemble classy paper goods for your special event with Precious. (She is a master at elegant and modern paper construction for menus, programs, guest books, you name it — very cool stuff. I’ve taken a workshop with her in the past and enjoyed it immensely. She currently teaches graphic design and designs invitations, brands, and books in her Portland studio.

Saturday, June 21st from 12:30-4:00 pm

514 NW 9th, Portland OR 97209

$98 per person

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In our 3+ hour workshop you’ll learn:

  • How to use classic tools of calligraphy; nibs and ink
  • Techniques for beautiful writing and Paperfinger’s favorite methods
  • Best methods for preparing your calligraphy for printed wedding or party materials
  • How to make lovely + simple formats for your menu, guest book, program or favors
  • How to source paper and fun extras for your project
  • Best paper construction methods

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Snacks provided by M. Robin Cakes!

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Please contact Precious Bugarin at
or Bryn Chernoff at

Register here.

paperfinger workshop : for skillshare

Posted: May 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger | No Comments »

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This week, I’m filming a three-part workshop series with the team — yahoo! They do a wonderful job of offering reputable, interesting and varied online workshops with professionals in a mix of fields. All instructors are selected on an invite-only basis so I’m thrilled to be a part of it — plus the site technology is really slick, clean and easy to use.

I’ll be sharing the news as soon as my classes go live! To be notified by email, sign up at
the bottom of this page.

behind the scenes : workshop prep

Posted: May 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger | No Comments »


This is a scan from some of today’s writing for some new workshop curriculum. This is a taste of what my process looks like: writing various phrases that I then scan and place into page layouts, which then become class worksheets. This way I can cross out any versions I don’t like and just crop out the ones I do.

martha stewart weddings : emily and marco

Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, new york city, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »


So thrilled with the images from Emily and Marco’s wedding at Wave Hill, which is now featured in the 2014 Martha Stewart Real Weddings special issue. It was the result of a lot of hard work by a great team, listed below.

Paperfinger contributed all the calligraphy for print and individual paper goods, as designed and produced by the superb Katie of Katie Fischer Design. You can see the calligraphy invitation suite pictured in the magazine’s spread below. It was letterpressed and then each piece hand-painted with a light wash of watercolor by Katie.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell
Event planning: Ang Weddings and Events
Flowers and event design: Saipua
Catering: Great Performances



vera wang pink inspiration board : features paperfinger

Posted: April 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »


Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes was invited by the team at Vera Wang to create an inspiration board based on the launch of the new pink collection from Vera Wang Fall 2014. Very happy to see that Paperfinger’s gold calligraphy menu was featured on the board!

resistance calligraphy & indigo watercolor

Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger | 1 Comment »


For a special client’s birthday dinner, I used resistance fluid to create these watercolor washed place cards on soft Arturo paper. Here’s a video of the indigo watercolor being applied — I found it mesmerizing!

paperfinger calligraphy : watercolor resistance from Bryn Chernoff on Vimeo.

blair & ron : long island city wedding

Posted: April 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, new york city, paperfinger, weddings | No Comments »



I came together with a team of some of my favorite peers for Blair and Ron’s wedding in Long Island City, Queens at the beautiful Metropolitan Building. DM Events designed and planned the affair, photos by Mel & Co., and sweets by Nine Cakes. Explore more photos at the gallery here.




on the desk this week : calligraphy transcription

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, wedding gifts, weddings | Tags: | No Comments »


This lay drying on a spread of magazines in the studio this week. I feel grateful for the time I spend transcribing a poem like this — it’s the best way to meditate on the words, writing them slowly and carefully. The complete poem text by Maya Angelou is below.

Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

-Maya Angelou

Visit the shop page for information on my transcription offering for poems, letters or any words of your choice, starts at $125.

new invitation for a wintry wedding shoot : featured on style me pretty

Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »


Paperfinger contributed a new invitation design along with menus and place cards for a wintry wedding scene produced by Luxe Event Productions, shot by Hazelwood Photo and flowers by Swoon Floral Studio. Check out the full feature and gallery on Style Me Pretty.






Photography by Hazelwood Photo.


rush project : keeping me busy

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: paperfinger, press | 1 Comment »


A secret rush project for an exciting magazine has me zooming around this week! Desk = chaos.