Back when I started my calligraphy studio, I admit that I would often get frustrated when a client asked for white lettering on dark envelopes. I would drag myself to the art supply store, and purchase a bottle of white ink that I knew would ultimately clog and ruin the metal nib of my calligraphy pen. That is, until recently…

Via Twitter, I “met” a Utah-based calligrapher who mentioned that he uses white gouache paint by Winsor and Newton (UK) to create an ink that works on dark envelopes. (You can see some of his work on his website…he is also very talented. :)) So I decided to try the same medium, and voila! White lettering has become one of my favorites to do. Thanks, Ashantai!

Of course, one of my very next orders would be for white lettering on navy blue envelopes, so here is a sneak peek:

In talking with my English husband Stephen, I also found out that his grandfather was a graphic artist back when all the work was done by hand rather than by computer. Stephen had grown up watching him use gouache paint, which was all he used for his art!  Interesting story…

So gouache will now be used at Calligraphia by Melissa for your artistic needs. Enjoy!