We’ve exchanged envelopes on a monthly basis, with my contributions talking inspiration from a lucky dip of vintage first class stamps I bought on Etsy from Piece of the Past Crafts.
It’s been great for practice – I’ve paired each stamp with a complementary coloured ink and envelope (from Magna Papers – also on Etsy) and used it as inspiration for a written piece.
Perfect excuse to practice
I started off wanting to improve my copperplate, but I’ve also written other scripts I’ve learned via the EPPC, such as Copperplay, Double Stroke Capitals and Weaver Writing.
I may not have met up with Joanne at The Pen Museum in Birmingham, where she volunteers, as hoped by the end of the year, but I have enjoyed getting to know her via snail mail – and we’ll be continuing our calligrabuddy correspondence into 2022.
It’s such a thrill to get, quite frankly, a work of art through the letterbox from Joanne on a regular basis and she’s had nothing but kind words to say about my letters too.
If you missed any on my social media pages, here’s a round-up of our calligrabuddy exchanges.
Vintage stamps inspire letter themes
JANUARY – Wassily Kandinsky, Dr PH Martin’s black sparkle iridescent ink, watercolours
FEBRUARY – Valentine’s Day – SWALK stamp, blush pink envelope, red ink, Copperplay script (taught by Scarlett Blue for EPPC)
MARCH/APRIL – Scara Brae – Scara Brae stamp, terracotta envelope, walnut ink, Copperplay script
MAY – Matthew Boulton, hunter green envelope, gold ink, Copperplate script
JUNE – Helicopter Rescue Winchman 1984, buttermilk envelope, marigold ink, Copperplate script
JULY – London buses, jade green envelope, nude ink, Copperplate script
AUGUST – Nurses Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, almond envelope, walnut ink, Copperplate script
SEPTEMBER – Hawker Hunter Pilot 1951, navy envelope, gold and navy ink, Copperplate script
OCTOBER – Postman, white envelope, black and pink ink, Copperplate script and Double Stroke Capitals (taught by Rachel Yallop for EPPC)
NOVEMBER – Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, deep rose envelope, Tom Norton Walnut Drawing Ink, Weaver Writing (taught by Bonnie Noehr for EPPC)
DECEMBER – Red Post Box, red envelope, Dr PH Martin’s Pen White, red and black ink, Coipperplate script and Weaver Writing