wrap it well : gifting with paperfinger

Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, things | Tags: | No Comments »


I’m a bit in love with this season’s full collection of holiday wrapping at the Paperfinger shop!

Above, antique black tins that we use for packaging our wood-handled custom stamps. They’re so appealing and classy! (Add $11.95 for gift wrapping on any order.)

Below, our newest addition, “Handmade for You” Masking Tape ($15 for a roll of 55 yards):



Get real fancy with custom-made double-face satin ribbon ($200 for 100 yards):


Our best-selling oval kraft gift tags, useful year-round ($10 for 20 labels):


Another new item, the calligraphy kraft wrapping paper, which contains the first verse of the classic holiday carol, The Holly and The Ivy ($12.50 for a 6 ft roll). I’m using this on all my gifts this year! Classy but understated with the black printed words on natural kraft paper:


The Holly lyrics continue on our red, white or green wrapping paper as well ($20 for a 6 ft roll):



Last, but not least, the best packing tape for your holiday parcels, “Don’t Open Til Christmas” masking tape ($15 for 55 yards):



break time ! for paperfinger

Posted: November 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, kids, paperfinger | No Comments »


I’m away from the blog this week with some much needed R&R. I normally blog ahead of time but things have been so busy prepping for the holidays. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun new stuff we’ll have in store for you in the shop!

lettering : 5 pointz

Posted: October 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, calligraphy, illustration, lettering and fonts, new york city, places | No Comments »


Finally took some time to explore Long Island City, Queen’s 5 POINTZ. So much lettering inspiration!








busy bee these days : lotsa workshops!

Posted: October 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, paperfinger | No Comments »

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The workshop sweep continues! I’ve been hosting folks for intro workshops these past few days, continuing on through this week. Each class receives a full kit of calligraphy staples and my favorite tools plus a workbook of exercises and tips. We end the workshop with a project focus on elegant correspondence and how to make your letters, notes and envelopes look their best. Of course, this whole process is accompanied by plentiful wine and cookies. If only my work day was as well. :)

Looking forward to a couple new groups tonight and tomorrow. For info on upcoming workshops, sign up here.


workshops this month : brooklyn nyc

Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger | No Comments »


Most of the workshops quickly sold out after announcing them this Monday but there are still some seats left at the brand-new Open Project Session on Wednesday evening, Oct 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The Project Session is perfect for those who have had at least a little bit of experience. Bring your supplies, your materials and any questions you have and I will spend the time advising you on your work, discussing particular questions or approaches.

Maybe you’ve taken a class or two and are looking to spend some more time practicing. Or perhaps you’re planning to address your own wedding invitations and want some advice on the process. Or maybe you’re thinking about some calligraphy gifts you’d like to make for friends. Whatever it is, bring the materials and supplies and I’ll spend time with each of you to help you move forward with your calligraphy!

Bring your inks, nibs and paper and any samples of materials you’re trying to work with. I’ll have some of my favorite supplies on hand for you to test out and experiment with as well, but be sure to have everything you need with you for a productive time.

I’ll have some snacks, some wine and loads of moral support and calligraphy advice ready for you!

$50 includes a two-hour session, drink and cookies. Sign up here.

letterpress : with emprint press

Posted: September 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, paper, portland, the earth | No Comments »

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This Saturday was part two of the calligraphy + letterpress workshops I co-hosted with Mara of Neither Snow and Emily Johnson of EMPrint Press. Such fun to learn more about the process and Emily’s printing studio at the Yale Union contemporary art center in Portland is really impressive.

She made a plate of my calligraphy for me to print — a favorite passage from the following Mary Oliver poem:

When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

scenes from the desk : and pretty stamps

Posted: September 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, weddings | 2 Comments »


Too busy to type! Been writing up a storm these days. Here’s a peek at yesterday’s shipment. Gotta love those stamps.


collab in portland oregon ! calligraphy & letterpress workshop

Posted: September 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, places, portland | No Comments »


I’m excited to announce a two-part calligraphy and letterpress workshop in Portland, OR later this month in collaboration with my brilliant buddies, Mara of Neither Snow calligraphy and Emily of EMPrint Press letterpress studio.

On Monday evening, September 23rd, Mara and I will instruct an evening of calligraphy lessons over wine, cookies and bottles of ink. We’ll teach fundamental skills and techniques in contemporary calligraphy and then create a design or signature to use in Saturday’s letterpress class!

Emily will produce polymer plates of your work so that you can print your own stationery or bookplates in her workshop on Saturday afternoon, September 28th. It’s a wonderful pairing and sure to be a really fun, informative time.

Register for either workshop at $125 each; or save $25 and do both. Way better!

50 years ago today : march on washington

Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, places | No Comments »


To warm up my calligraphy hand today I decided to write out a portion of the Rev. King’s historic speech at the March On Washington, fifty years ago this day. These sections stood out to me, in light of the current and atrocious efforts to deny voting rights to many Americans.

NPR has been running stories for the last few weeks with participants, leaders, bystanders and organizers sharing memories and stories from this day. I encourage you to check it out.

paperfinger : Snippet & Ink’s select vendor!

Posted: August 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »


Exciting news! Snippet & Ink, one of my most favorite wedding sites, launched their new select vendor guide yesterday and Paperfinger is one of the very few calligraphers chosen to be a part of the guide!

They describe the guide best:

Snippet & Ink Select is a handpicked selection of wedding vendors and companies we believe in, people we have worked with personally, and who have passed our careful approval process. These are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, because their work represents the best the wedding industry has to offer.

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