November 14, 2017

2017 Holiday Card Exchange!


You guys...it's THAT time of the year again. We can't even believe it! One of the most fun parts of the holidays for us each year is our 5th (what seriously!?) annual Holiday Card Exchange! Have you participated before? It's THE ABSOLUTE FREAKING BEST.

See 2013's Holiday Card Exchange here and 2014's here and 2015's here and 2016's here. We're always THRILLED by how many of you write to us! It is so fun to see your families, hear your thoughts and see what holiday cards you picked!

We just LOVE getting snail mail and we have a feeling that you do too! Who doesn't adore finding a gorgeous piece of mail in their box amongst the bills and flyers? We know it brightens our day.

So why don't we exchange some holiday cards? This year, we've chosen to use our Retro Happy Holidays Greeting Card, the perfect combo of Vintage + Modern. Of course, the gorgeous calligraphy was done by Bailey in bright turquoise, a very fun take on holiday colors!!!
Here's the scoop: You add us to your mailing list and send us a hand addressed (practice that calligraphy and handlettering folks!) holiday card and we'll have our resident calligrapher, Bailey Amon Rivera mail ours back from US! Sound like a plan?

The details: Mail your card to Bailey at:
Antiquaria
℅ Bailey Amon Rivera
2441 W. Rowland Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80120
Be sure to include your preferred return address (in addition to the one on the envelope-you know how the mail can be) so that we can mail ours in return! We are SO looking forward to hearing from you. Now it will be FUN to check the mail:) Yay!

Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey
Find us on Instagram @antiquariadesign @antiquariabailey and @antiquariaemma and tag your pics #longlivesnailmail and #antiquariaholidayexchange2017

August 18, 2017

The Best Online Calligraphy Class, like ever.

We are BEYOND excited to announce our debut Online Calligraphy Class, Script Design, taught by our own expert calligrapher, Bailey Amon Rivera is open for registration through Acorn Arts! This class has been a LONG time in the making and we are thrilled to see it come to life.


Join us and expand your calligraphy skills in the month of September! Our brand new class is not your same ol' calligraphy class. It's chalked full of Bailey's knowledge about designing your OWN style of calligraphy.
If you've been feeling stuck in your practice and want to brush up on your skills or need new styles for your products or clients, this is the class for you.
This class is well suited for all calligraphy enthusiasts from complete novice to the more experienced and professional penman. The course material will start with the basics so that everyone can participate and learn together, no prior experience necessary.

"Creating your own lettering style is fun and easy when it's based on the foundation of traditional letterforms. As a calligrapher and stationery designer, Bailey has made a name for herself over the years with her unique and varied calligraphy styles.
Besides it being fun to experiment with and design new styles, this process has been crucial to developing our business and makes her work stand apart from other lettering artists. In this four week course, we dive into the process used to create different styles, whether they're traditional, modern or somewhere in between. By focusing first on the "nut and bolts" of letter construction and traditional letterform variations, we offer students of all levels a unique opportunity to both train their skills and develop individual variety at the same time."

New classes are posted once per week but you do NOT need to be online at that time. The videos may be watched at whatever time is convenient for you! Each Wednesday there will be new worksheets available for you to download with an instructional video.
The Classroom Forum provides a wonderful place to share your designs with the other students and it is always such fun to take the class with students from around the globe. There is no homework for this class, but a project will be suggested each week.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. We're here to help! We can't wait to see you in class!!
xoxo
Bailey and Emma
*Images by Chelsea Francis

November 23, 2016

The Annual Holiday Sale is HERE! 30% off Everything!

Well folks...the Holiday season is upon us! And with that comes our annual sale...30% off absolutely everything in our online shop!!!

This sale only comes around once a year, so it's the perfect time to stock up on stationery, gifts, calligraphy supplies, wrapping sheets, art prints, crafting supplies...we mean EVERYTHING! Plus, we will be adding in special stationery goodies to each and every order!

Click HERE to start shopping!

This sale will run through the end of the day, Monday the 28th. It is not valid on offline custom orders. International orders can be ordered with the discount through email. We will not issue rain checks so hurry to grab your favorite best sellers before we run out!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. May it be filled with family, friends, good food and lots of laughter.

xoxo
Emma & Bailey

November 17, 2016

2016 Holiday Card Exchange!


You guys...it's THAT time of the year again. We can't even believe it! One of the most fun parts of the holidays for us each year is our annual Holiday Card Exchange! Have you participated before? It's THE BEST.

See 2013's Holiday Card Exchange here and 2014's here and 2015's here. We're always THRILLED by how many of you write to us! It is so fun to see your families, hear your thoughts and see what holiday cards you picked!

We just LOVE getting snail mail and we have a feeling that you do too! Who doesn't adore finding a gorgeous piece of mail in their box amongst the bills and flyers? We know it brightens our day.


So why don't we exchange some holiday cards? This year, we've chosen to use our New Years Marble Greeting Card (to be released next year), which includes a marble background, originally hand marbled by Emma. Of course, the gorgeous calligraphy was done by Bailey and foiled in shiny, SHINY GOLD!!!

Here's the scoop: You add us to your mailing list and send us a hand addressed (practice that calligraphy and handlettering folks!) holiday card and we'll have our resident calligrapher, Bailey Amon Rivera mail ours back from US! Sound like a plan?

The details: Mail your card to Bailey at:
Antiquaria
℅ Bailey Amon Rivera
2441 W. Rowland Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80120
Be sure to include your preferred return address (in addition to the one on the envelope-you know how the mail can be) so that we can mail ours in return! We are SO looking forward to hearing from you. Now it will be FUN to check the mail:) Yay!

Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey
Find us on Instagram @antiquariadesign and tag your pics #longlivesnailmail and #holidayexchange2016



November 02, 2016

DarkDARK Single Premier

We had the pleasure of working with the talented duo of the band DarkDARK this past year to craft a hand lettered logo for them. They released their first single today and it's AWESEOME!
Be sure to check it out and give it a like.
Happy Listening!


August 23, 2016

Calligraphy Tutorial | Ruling Guidelines on Blank Paper



Ruling guidelines can be a bit mind-boggling when you first start out in calligraphy, but is doesn't have to be! It's really just a formula and it's all about ratios; your x-height in relation to how tall your capitals are. 

We've made a short and sweet video sharing how we rule paper for our in house script. Different script styles use different ratios so play around and find your own style. This may seem really basic but it's the key to well proportioned words! Even if we don't use lines, this ratio is still in play because we've trained our eyes to see it and write that way.

We hope this is helpful! Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
Peace, love and letters,
Bailey & Emma

December 11, 2015

Merry Everything! 20% the Entire Shop this weekend!!

 

This sale only comes along ONCE per year! It's also your last chance to stock up on holiday gifts and custom stamps before the new year!

Our ENTIRE SHOP (yeah...EVERYTHING) will be on sale this weekend,
December 12-13, 2015.
Use coupon code, MERRY20 to redeem 20% off your entire purchase!
Sorry, no offline orders will be included in the sale. Sale runs December 12th 12am EST to December 13th 11:59 pm EST. No rain checks will be given.
Happy Shopping! Let us know if we can help with anything.
xoxo
Bailey & Emma

 

November 23, 2015

2015 Holiday Card Exchange!




One of the most fun parts of the holidays for us each year is our annual Holiday Card Exchange! See 2013's Holiday Card Exchange here and 2014's here. We're always THRILLED by how many of you write to us! It is so fun to see your families, hear your thoughts and see what holiday cards you picked!

We just LOVE getting snail mail and we have a feeling that you do too! Who doesn't adore finding a gorgeous piece of mail in their box amongst the bills and flyers? We know it brightens our day.

So why don't we exchange some holiday cards? This year, we've chosen to use our new Handkerchief Holiday cards...which we think are the perfectly festive for the season!

Here's the scoop: You add us to your mailing list and send us a hand addressed (practice that calligraphy folks!) holiday card and we'll have our resident calligrapher, Bailey Amon Rivera mail one back from US! Sound like a plan?

The details: Mail your card to Bailey at:
Antiquaria
℅ Bailey Amon Rivera
2441 W. Rowland Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80120

Be sure to include your preferred return address (in addition to the one on the envelope-you know how the mail can be) so that we can mail one in return! We are SO looking forward to hearing from you. Now it will be FUN to check the mail:) Yay!

Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey
Find us on Instagram @antiquariadesign and tag your pics #longlivesnailmail



August 26, 2015

Calligraphy Tutorial | Additional Tools for Lettering, Writing Surfaces


We thought it was HIGH time to share some of our favorite resources in a new mini blog series, Additional Tools for Lettering. This is part two...all about the surface that you write on! By now, if you're reading our blog, you're probably already obsessed with lettering and stationery. We too are, of course, as well! We try not to buy EVERYTHING that comes out, but we do have a few luxe favorites that make our day to day practice even more enjoyable.
A more recent find for us is one that we would now not want to live without, a leather desk blotter writing surface! Writing with a dip pen is so different than normal writing - as anyone that's practiced the art-form well knows. One thing that is very different is that you NEED to have a good writing surface so that the edges of the nib connect properly with the paper, giving you lovely letters. @antiquariabailey's blotter is shown above.


For beginners, we suggest writing on a stack of paper, so that you have a nice padded surface. This is a good, inexpensive option (it's basically free). Another option is using a craft foam pad, like this one. This is what we used for years...until discovering the GORGEOUS leather ones that are shown in this post, made by craftsman Mr. M.G. Ward

We had to custom offline order one when we found out that he was making them on Insagram...but luckily, he just opened an Etsy shop for the leather blotter writing surfaces (and some of his rad calligraphy)! Not only is this upgrade beautiful, it is actually a BETTER writing surface than the ones mentioned before. Throughout time, scribes, calligraphers and penman wrote on leather surfaces, as it was the optimal writing surface for lettering.

Not only does Michael Ward (Mr. M. G. Ward) sell just the standard leather writing surface, he also offers beautiful script (or whatever you want) customizations for your luxe blotter. Bailey had a signature custom designed for her...but the choice is up to you! The photo above shows examples of different lettering that has been customized on the blotters (top to bottom, @petitserif, @melissapher, @bienfait, @elegantinkwell, @eileenmgustafson).

One of Bailey's FAVORITE things to-date was watching Michael at IAMPETH, burning this custom signature for @everlycalligraphy one evening on her blotter, shown above! It was pretty incredible to watch in person. Luckily, Michael occasionally posts videos of him burning script into leather on his Instagram account, @mrmgward. Lucky us!!

Have you guys read this AWESOME post about Jake Weidmann's top calligraphy tools? It's pretty good. He also mentions how he uses a leather blotter to write on...and his work is beyond good!

We're just SO excited that the option is now out there for calligraphers! It's something that Bailey has been searching for, for years! We're not even joking.

What do you guys use for your writing surface? We're so curious!! Let us know in the comments or over on Instagram at @antiquariadesign

Until next time...
Peace, Love and Letters,
Emma & Bailey

P.S. We were not paid for this post or given the product for a review...simply big fans of it!

*all photos except from the top two are copyright Michael Ward

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