There are many occasions when you only need to write a person’s name on an envelope. Maybe you’re tucking a birthday card into a mailed package, or perhaps you’re hand-delivering a party or wedding invitation. In both of those situations, it would be strange to write the recipient’s full address on the envelope. Today, I’ll walk you through 10 inspirational examples of “name calligraphy” on envelopes, along with a couple of instructional tutorials and a video.
1. “Joanna Eve”
Watercolor gold reinforcement strokes, white ink, and flourished calligraphy give this envelope a festive and elegant look. For instructions over how to make an envelope like this one, see this tutorial.
This envelope, created for a holiday card, features bold Flourish Formal calligraphy. I created it using a Brause Rose nib (for thicker strokes) and sumi ink.
3. “Jorge Luis”
I made this envelope to go with the “Little Black Dress” of Calligraphy Birthday Cards. Its blue tones correspond with the card that it carried. The calligraphy style is a heavily flourished Janet.
4. “Mirtes Carvalho”
To create these hand-delivered wedding calligraphy envelopes, I used iron gall ink and Janet Style calligraphy.
It’s difficult not to love a name with two uppercase letters and at least one descender. The flourish potential is fabulous! For this envelope, I used iron gall ink and suspended any flourishing inhibitions.
Zona’s name was written in Kaitlin Style calligraphy using sumi ink with Bleed Proof White reinforcement strokes.
This name calligraphy mainly utilizes Bleed Proof White ink with just a few touches of sumi on a “Mandarin” envelope (affiliate link). It’s a nice color scheme for autumn/Halloween.
While this envelope also showcases a greeting (“Happy Birthday”) in addition to the recipient’s name, I believe it deserves a spot on this list! It was written using Janet Style Calligraphy, Bleed Proof White ink, and Arabic gold watercolor reinforcement strokes.
This #10 envelope has plenty of jubilant flourishes and dots! Like the “Happy Birthday” envelope above, it features Bleed Proof White ink and Arabic gold watercolor reinforcement strokes.
10. “Valicia” (and a Video Tutorial!)
My most recent name calligraphy envelope was created to house a friend’s birthday card. If you’re curious about how to make a name-only calligraphy envelope like it, see the ~10 minute video tutorial below:
I hope that reading through this list helps you to come up with a fabulous envelope next time you have something you’d like to hand-deliver. You may have noticed that a lot of these envelopes feature just a hint of Arabic gold! If you’re in need of some golden goodness, I encourage you to enter TPK’s giveaway for a Golds Palette, Brause EF66 nib + oblique pen, and a black cork-tipped pen (a $75 value). This is the last weekend to throw your hat in the ring!
I mostly write calligraphy using a Brause EF66 nib and an oblique pen, and I hope that you love this nib (and the Golds Palette) as much as I do! If you’re not sure how to use gold watercolor with a pointed pen, don’t skip reading this tutorial.
Thanks so much for reading, and have a fabulous weekend!