Posts in lettering and fonts
calligraphy III with paperfinger : now on skillshare

The full three-part series is now live on Skillshare and it's been really exciting to see the good feedback and projects that students are posting.

The third course in the series is Calligraphy III: Experimenting with Layouts, Surfaces, and Digitization and covers approaches and techniques for applying calligraphy to a wide range of projects.

paperfinger for skillshare : calligraphy class #1!
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Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script

An Online Skillshare Class by Bryn Chernoff

My first of three modern calligraphy courses for Skillshare is now live! Teaser above.

Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script is a one-hour course, broken into 16 short video lessons, four project steps with a whole collection of worksheets and handy resources I created to help with your practice. The final project is to write a meaningful name, quotation, or passage in a simple calligraphy script. This enjoyable project is a perfect way to spend time with words you love, grow your calligraphy skills, and practice making artistic decisions in pursuit of beautiful handwriting.

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Skillshare says: "Transform your handwriting into beautiful script in this one-hour class with Brooklyn calligrapher Bryn Chernoff. Always welcoming and encouraging, she covers all the details aspiring calligraphers need to get started. From materials and setting up a workspace to basic shapes, line widths, movement, and connecting individual letters, this class is a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable guide. Plus, with 7 Skillshare-exclusive practice pages, a guide for straight lines, and countless inspiration photos, there’s no clearer introduction to the world of nibs, ink, and beautiful writing.

Coming Soon: Two more one-hour, project-based classes from Bryn Chernoff on the art of beautiful handwriting! Watch for Calligraphy II: Diversify Your Script Styles and Calligraphy III: Experiment with Layouts, Surfaces, and Digitization."

Sign up via this referral link so that Skillshare knows I sent you and enjoy a one-month free trial membership! I'll let you know when the next two courses are released.

** I've also created two special supply kits that are now available from my favorite supply source, John Neal Bookseller. There's a perfect starter kit with all the basics for $20.99 or a more complete collection of inks, papers and supplies for $57.99. Both kits come at a discount for you when you buy those supplies all together. Exclusively for Paperfinger friends! Shop the supplies here.

cameron moll : brooklyn bridge poster

lg-bridge Cameron Moll's letterpress masterpiece of type is not just a beautiful representation of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. "In the artwork, there’s a metric tonne of hidden text: names of the architect, engineers, and laborers that perished; shops and restaurants in Brooklyn; and other items with relation to the bridge...The time spent designing the artwork was more than 300 hours, but the time spent doing research—trips to Brooklyn, studying the bridge, selecting typefaces, thoroughly annotating The Great Bridge—is easily double or triple that amount.”

You may notice the typo in "Brooklyn" on the images -- there's a funny story to go along with that too. Check out his website dedicated to the project and explore options for purchase. Bravo Cameron!



(*via HOW Design)

meanwhile, in san francisco : wendy macnaughton

meanwhile_macnaughton17 Wendy MacNaughton is such a talent and her new book, Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words looks to be a very special collection of illustrations and notations, capturing all the corners and characters of her home city -- from the library to an intersection to a few moments with a city bus driver. Bravo!












(*via Brain Pickings; All images courtesy of Wendy MacNaughton/Chronicle Books)

sierra & michael's wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding


This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation -- less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone's anticipation for the special trip.




Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named "A Field Guide." It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation -- gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region -- hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details -- a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide -- letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook -- illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub -- seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff




All photography by Jen Huang.

paperfinger // 2013 highlights . oval watercolor invites


This was one of my favorite new additions to our invitation collection: two variations on the oval watercolor theme, both with custom calligraphy for the full text of the invitation. The menu design mirrors the angled writing as can any other pieces in the invitation suite. This suite was featured in a shoot at the Brooklyn Grange.

This suite with reply card and envelopes starts at $1290 for 100 invitations. Receive a full sample set for $5.






wrap it well : gifting with paperfinger

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):