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Directions for Choosing Adobe Background

Finding Adobe Stock Photos and Illustrations

Use these directions on how to use filters when you're looking for photos or illustrations for the background for your calligraphy poem or text on Adobe Stock. Otherwise you can spend weeks looking through images and still not finding the right type. Yes, it's fun looking through all those gorgeous images and you can get lost easily! 

Using Keywords

Using keywords or words that describe what you're looking for will help focus the search for your background image. That means if you're looking for a sky background, put in whether it's a day, night, cloudy, sunset, etc. 

Using Filters Properly

It's easy! Just follow the directions. Look at the red circles below. Just check the icon for filters, and a window will pop open. Then you'll see how to do the adjustments that will save you time. Remember to consider whether I've told you to look for horizontal or vertical layout. Remember, your text has a "shape". If you have a long narrow text you want to find a photo or illustration that will widen the art and balance it. One of the filters will show whether you'd prefer to have people in the photos or not. 

directions for using filters in Adobe stock

Finding similar background choices

Here's another important direction to simplify and make the search faster. Once you find a photo or illustration that you like, but you're not 100 percent certain that it's perfect, you can find similar pictures by clicking this link. 

SAVE the Images You Like

This is probably the most important thing: if you don't save the image you like it can be very difficult to find it again! So make sure you click the heart which will save your images to a library that you can find later. 

Send Me The ID#s

You can then send me the ID numbers or downloads of previews of the photos and I can make recommendations about which ones will work best. 

When we collaborate and work together to find the perfect Adobe photo or illustration your calligraphy will be even more meaningful. That's because you'll have beautiful artwork combined with beautiful calligraphy to see every time you look at your finished product! 

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Custom Design

Husband wrote this poem and wife had it written in calligraphy with original background image

Designing Custom Calligraphy

A custom design of an image to go with a poem takes a lot of thought and planning. It’s almost like a puzzle. I have to figure out how to bring out the meaning and combine the text design with a background that reflects that meaning visually. Custom design definitely takes time and experience.

This wife had a vision for a poem her husband wrote. We talked about it for a while trying to come up with a plan. Unfortunately there was no stock photography or even hand drawn images that fit what she envisioned.  Luckily, I was able to come up with a design that combined a few different photographs and combine them with Photoshop Magic. Yes, designing custom calligraphy backgrounds can take a lot of time, and therefore they tend to be expensive.

Sometimes I’m only adding a moon and stars to a dark sky, or doing slight changes that don’t take too much time. I really enjoy creating custom background designs for calligraphy. 

BIble verse in calligraphy for anniversary gift on gorgeous background from Barbados

 

Using Your Imagination for Calligraphy Design

Custom calligraphy designs take time, and even using your imagination to come up with the perfect design. My client said he wanted an “elegant” border design drawn around the love poem he wanted written out in beautiful calligraphy. Then he used the term “gothic”. But because “elegant” and even “gothic” can mean different things to everyone, I asked him to give me an example, either in my calligraphy gallery, or by visiting sites for photographs and designs. Then I was able to do a good search with keywords, for the type of flowers, colors, designs he preferred, and either a photo or a vector design (drawn by hand or computer) will appear to give you lots of choices.

watercolor border design with love letter anniversary gift in calligraphy

Personally, I wouldn’t have described this as “elegant” or gothic – but he was happy. And most important his WIFE was thrilled! I’m so happy when people write back to me to let me know that the custom design I came up with for them made their recipient happy. That’s one of the best parts of doing calligraphy. 

Once we have an agreement on an elegant border design, then I can start laying out the calligraphy design. I can also customize the border design, whether it is a vector or a hand drawn design. I can draw the type of flowers (or objects) you prefer and adjust the colors, size, etc.

Another wonderful option is using your own photography. However, make sure that you are taking pictures with the highest resolution in order to get a sharp print. Although the picture looks great on your computer or phone screen, it won’t look good when it’s printed unless the resolution is set to HIGH, and you have good lighting and a steady hand!

Not Creative?

Many people say they are not creative; but you still know what you like, and what you don’t like! I like to work with my clients to collaborate on the perfect gift. Remember also: when you are getting a gift for someone, it’s THEIR taste that’s important. You can think about how they dress, what colors they wear, the flowers or even season they prefer to help you come up with a design that reflects their taste.

Don’t give up because it’s not going fast enough! I’ll help you through the process, and then you’ll have a wonderful art piece of beautiful calligraphy, or any other type of personalized unique gift  that will always please you every time you see it!

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Traditional Framed Calligraphy

framed calligraphy

Traditional Framing

Framing calligraphy can be quite expensive. In fact, traditional framed calligraphy art can end up costing more than the actual artwork than you are ordering! 

Example of Framed Calligraphy

This is a particularly well done traditional framed calligraphy piece. Notice how there's a double mat. The inside very tiny mat picks up the burgundy color in the leading letters in the calligraphy writing. Then the outer mat reflects the colors in the parchment background. Finally the wood frame is beveled and matches the color of the Zen circle. I'd give this traditional framing of calligraphy a 100% rating! 

Couple Opening Wedding gift of  framed calligraphy
Award inscribed with recipients names in framed calligraphy
framed calligraphy famous poem written in calligraphy with personal photo

Alternatives To Traditional Framing

In my calligraphy services I can offer some really nice alternatives to the type of traditional framing that you would do for a paper print (with glass) that you see above. And they can be less costly than traditional framing. But if your style of decorating is more traditional, you may prefer glass and a frame.

ps- If you are going to spend the money on having your calligraphy piece framed, make sure you use these tips for taking really good photographs! 

No Glass Necessary

These options have a fresh contemporary approach to printing/framing that you might really like. When you have a paper print you will need some way of protecting it, and glass is the most common method.

Typical glass in a frame is mostly reflective, unless you opt for non-glare glass. That type of glass is very expensive, but in my opinion it is completely worth the expensive. It's almost like there's no glass at all! I had to touch the example to realize that there was actually glass in front of the artwork!

contemporary way to frame calligraphy by printing on metal with stand built into your calligraphy art perfect for a desk

One of the nice things about alternative print/frame is that there is no glass necessary. The printing process includes a coating that protects the calligraphy and artwork so that it won't fade or degrade. And it arrives completely finished and ready to hang, or place on a table with a few different options for stands. And you don’t have to spend time and more money to shop for a frame. The price depends on what surface you choose, and the final size of the art piece.

Custom Choices for Calligraphy

The bottom line is, you have choices when ordering my custom calligraphy services. Let's work together to create YOUR perfect style of calligraphy art. Just click to contact me.

Below is the Google review of the author from the beautiful framed poem at the top of this post.

Google Review from happy customer
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Acrostic Love Poem for Rachel in calligraphy with beautiful leading letters
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Acrostic Poem

Acrostic Love Poem for Rachel in calligraphy with beautiful leading letters

Writing An Acrostic Name Poem

An Acrostic poem is a great technique to write a short, and meaningful poem about a person using their name. For those of us not as skilled as poets this technique uses the first letter of the person's name to write a short, and concise description of that person!  There are even great sites that will help you generate the verse or description using each letter! 

Using Leading Letters in a Name Poem

I love creating leading letters!  They are the first letter in your text. Oftentimes you'll see a "dropped capital" letter in the beginning of a chapter in a book. It gives the opportunity to add a design aspect and color to your calligraphy poem. My calligraphy services allow you to decide whether the  Leading letters will be designed as contemporary with an updated modern look or very traditional. 

Contemporary leading letter W with gold background
Modern-leading letter
Historical-leading-letter

Finding Descriptions for Name Poems

There are websites that can help you come up with positive and fun words to fill in for each letter. Your acrostic poem can be sentimental, inspirational, religious, funny, or even sexy! It's up to you to be the creative writer. That site has lists of positive words for each letter of the alphabet, and that can make it fun for you to come up with a phrase for each letter. Of course the entire line doesn't have to have each word that fits the first letter. Only the first letter and word need to match up.

Acronyms of a Name

Another technique known as an acronym is to create a phrase that jumbles or even reverses the letters in a name to come up with a description. That is not easy for me to do, and luckily, Dr. Google has plenty of places online where you can get assistance. It's going to be hard with short names. But longer names may come out to be something funny! 

Name Definition

Then there are also name definitions. Many names are Biblical or religious and have great stories associated with them. 

Help Writing Your Own Poem

The important point is, there are lots of ways to be creative with writing your own poem. Picking using one of your own photos or a selfie can really add to the final affect by personalizing it!  And no, it's not cheating if you let Dr. Google assist you with word or name definitions! It's a fun and easy was to write your own poem for someone who will really enjoy it! 


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Calligraphy Takes Time

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr written in calligraphy on a background of red rose petals

How Much Time to Write Your Text In Calligraphy

Some people think that it takes the same amount of time to write calligraphy like you would write a sentence in a notebook. That may lead someone to think that they're paying a lot of money for something that takes me no time at all. "I just want nice writing on a cream colored piece of paper", they say. When I hear that I realize that people think that I have nice handwriting and it doesn't take time to do calligraphy. I don't have nice handwriting and it take time to do professional calligraphy! That's why it seems costly.

How Long Does It Take To Learn Calligraphy?

It's taken me many years of study, learning and practice to get to a point where I can write something that I call "calligraphy". (some people mis-spell it as "caligraphy'. It has 2 "L's"). When I took my first calligraphy class I was really excited to learn how to write those beautiful swirly fancy letters. Little did I understand that calligraphy isn't just about learning how to write individual letters!

First you have to find a really skilled calligrapher. A calligrapher is also known as a scribe. They also need to be a patient and caring teacher who is willing to tell you the entire recipe. What I mean by that is: I've had teachers who leave out the most important ingredients to make really beautiful letter forms.

You need not only learn how to write letter forms

  • you need to learn about 
  • what kind of pen,
  • nibs (the tips of pens) 
  • ink (I use paint called gouache),
  • paper,
  • letter spacing,
  • how to draw lines,
  • how to erase lines,
  • how to correct mistakes (next to impossible without ruining the paper)
  • and so much more!

What Does A Calligrapher Need To Learn

When I took my first calligraphy class back in 1979 (OMG!!) I was given a list of items to purchase. I needed special paper, a T square, pencil, special calligraphy pen. a variety of size nibs, and ink. Besides that it was helpful to have paper towels and wear an apron! I quickly learned that writing calligraphy took time. 
Spilled ink, splatters and mistakes are easily corrected in modern calligraphic technology

How Long Does Calligraphy Take To Write?

pointed pen nib used for copperplate and modern calligraphy
various calligraphy pen points are called nibs

Calligraphy done well takes time! It takes years of practice to be able to pick up this weird shaped pen and write a consistent and beautiful line of writing! The pen I use to do most of my work is a "dip pen" that has a nib with a square cut across the top. When someone sees this pen and tries to write with it they have a lot of difficulty making the paint flow!  You can't press too hard or the ink won't flow

You have to learn to hold the pen at an angle between 35-45 degrees. That's what make the thin parts of the letters, called "hairlines". And holding that same angle also creates thick parts of the lines. It gives the flowing beauty of the letters that almost look like a ribbon. There are very few harsh straight lines in most calligraphic hands. And it takes a lot of time to practice and learn.

This is an exemplar of how to form italic calligraphy letters. It takes time not just to learn what they look like, but to be able to form these letters consistently!

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect

Many people use the phrase practice makes perfect. But that's not actually true. You need to have a great example to copy when you are practicing. And there are many styles of calligraphy! Getting feedback from a master calligrapher who can look at your letterforms, and spacing critically and get you feedback is essential. That of course, is how you learn to make beautiful and perfect letters as much of the time as possible. Calligraphers are not computers that reproduce the same exact letter every time, but we sure do strive for that perfection. 

Look at this example below to get an idea of what a professional calligrapher does to learn and practice writing calligraphy. 🤣

calligraphy takes time to practice


(this is an example of the calligraphy "hand" called gothicized italic. It's called that because the arch of at the top of the letters mimics gothic church windows of that time.)

Why Is Calligraphy Expensive

Yes, most people know how to write with a pen. Many people say their handwriting is terrible. But now you've learned that calligraphy is not "handwriting". There are rules and skills which take years to learn. Even a master penman (I don't like using sexist terms, but there is not other one to use at this time) has to take time to plan and write.

Options to Save on the Cost of Calligraphy

Many people have very long texts and not big budgets. Are you looking for a less expensive alternative to hand calligraphy that still looks great? That's why I've come up with a great alternative that has some hand calligraphy for headings, personalization and other parts, but has the longest parts of the text in a beautiful computer font. And I can still include your own photograph. It's a great option, and people love it!

Write to me and let's get a great design from a real professional calligrapher with design skills that will make YOUR calligraphy a favorite gift for someone you care about or for yourself. It does take time!

Song lyrics from favorite music in calligraphy and computer font with graphic microphone
1st Anniversary marriage vows written in calligraphy combined with computer calligraphywith selfie of the couple in Hawaii
Best man's speech in calligraphy and computer font to save cost
Musical quotes with calligraphy & computer font saves time and cost



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First Anniversary gift, personalized version of Desiderata written in calligraphy & computer font superimposed on wedding photo
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Custom Hand Calligraphy Combined With Computer Calligraphy

Saving Money Ordering Calligraphy

There is a way of saving money on the cost of calligraphy you order online. Calligraphy is a time intensive artwork and can cost a lot of money depending on how long your text is and by adding your personal photograph that needs "work" with photoshop. But if you have a lower budget and still want to have handwritten custom designed calligraphy I have some great options to cut the cost of calligraphy for you that will save you a bit of money! I hate to turn away anyone who loves beautiful calligraphy designed by a professional calligrapher so I came up with these lower cost alternatives by combining handwritten calligraphy with computer calligraphy.

First Anniversary gift, personalized version of Desiderata written in calligraphy & computer font superimposed on wedding photo

Combing Calligraphy With Computer Font

There are so many beautiful computer fonts available now, actually thanks to Steve Jobs! 

With all the tributes to Steve Jobs, one thing tends to get forgotten: the man helped us write. Jobs was the first to give us a real choice of fonts, and thus the ability to express ourselves digitally with emotion, clarity and variety. "Throughout the campus," he remembered at an address to students at Stanford in 2005, '"every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphied." So, having dropped out and finding himself a free agent, he decided to take a class in this art. "I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating."
At the time, the student dropout believed that little he had learned would find a practical application in his life. But things changed. Ten years after college Jobs designed his first Mac, and it came with something unprecedented -- a wide choice of fonts.

Long Text for Calligraphy and Small Budget

Best man's speech in calligraphy and computer font to save cost

Using calligraphy for titles and personalization gives your long text the look of custom calligraphy. It can look great with a smaller budget.

In fact, doing titles give a professional calligrapher the opportunity to show off how calligraphy enhances any text. The titles can draw attention to your text and the meaning of important lines of text.  I frequently use the size, bold and type of calligraphy to bring attention to sections of your text.

Instead of writing out your entire poem or text of any kind entirely in calligraphy I combine computer calligraphy that makes the text look like  custom designed calligraphy. 

The titles in this blog are actually a computer font that looks like Italic Calligraphy letterforms! And there are thousands of available "fonts" (in calligraphy it's called a "hand") that you can choose from.

Fake Calligraphy

Some unscrupulous people  are actually telling customers that they are writing their text in calligraphy but just typing out the words on their computer. They are lying and selling fake calligraphy because the fonts look similar to a calligraphy style. Unfortunately, it's buyer beware. Much of the "calligraphy" looks great because of the letterforms that are designed by calligrapher and designers who understand letterforms. But computer calligraphy has a "dead" look to it.

There are some people who are doing what is now called  "fake or faux calligraphy" or "modern calligraphy".  It's being used to address envelopes and other prints. It probably takes a lot longer to do it because after you write these bouncy letters that are uneven and pretty much illegible, the writer goes back in and thickens the letters by going over parts again to widen it. Just look at the text to see if you can actually read it!

Computer Calligraphy or Handwritten Calligraphy

There is definitely a way to tell if the lettering you are paying for is "faux calligraphy" or real handwritten calligraphy.  Compare the letter "e" in the text (or any other letter that is repeated frequently). If they are all EXACTLY the same it's probably done by a computer and not by hand. Yes, expert calligraphers are consistent- but they are not machines!

Buyer Beware

I just want to educate you so you get what you are paying for. Computer calligraphy is a great option if you don't have the money. But for a little more, you can have handwritten custom calligraphy with titles done beautifully. ASK the "professional calligrapher" if they are WRITING by hand or typing your text!

Get what you pay for. Don't be fooled or lied to!

Song lyrics, Heart of the Matter by Don Henley written in calligraphy and computer font
1St Anniversary marriage vows written in calligraphy with selfie of the couple in Hawaii

Framing Your Calligraphy

Printing and framing your calligraphy poem in an untraditional way (without glass) can go a long way towards making your piece look totally fabulous! Check out the options below! 

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Rush Job Calligraphy Services

Rush Personalized Anniversary gift of calligraphy love letter

In A Rush For A Special Gift?

Are you in a rush to get a special gift? Have you been procrastinating and you haven't decided what to get her yet? Did you totally space out that your anniversary is coming up fast? Are you late with finding the perfect gift for a birthday gift?  Is a special friend suddenly going to join you for Christmas and you need a gift? RELAX! 

Instructions For A Rush Calligraphy Job

The absolute fastest way to get a rush calligraphy job is to pick from already done prints. Then I can personalize the quote quickly and even add your own photo. If there's not a lot of Photoshop Magic to be done this can often be done in one day! But remember, printers don't work on the weekend. 

As long as you can pick from a perfect background, find a great photo of yours (in full resolution), and have a short text, my calligraphy services at Beautiful Calligraphy can generally come up with your perfect personalized anniversary rush gift in less than a week. But expect to pay for express mail and rush services from the printer as well!  I'll do my best to help you out. You must contact me ASAP to make sure that I can accomplish this for you. 

Right now, with Covid-19 printers, framing services and shipping is often delayed. I will do my best to rush your calligraphy text to completion, but you must make a fast decision to start right away.  And sometimes delivery services don't deliver the rush that you hoped for - even with overnight shipping. But MOSTLY the rush does works out.

I just love this wonderful text that (above) is the husband's marriage vows to his wife. He even used her "pet name" for him for their private joke. I found a tiny elephant to sprinkle around the piece as well. (do you see the little elephants?)

Don't Give Up- Contact Me! 

So do not despair if you think there's not enough time to get personalized calligraphy services from somewhere else.!  There's still time to get a rush personalized First Anniversary gift, or any other personalized unique gift. Beautiful Calligraphy to the rescue!

Shipping Extra Fast

I'm generally able to get your work out fast- except during the Christmas Holiday season. Luckily my printers generally are very nice and help me out with getting work done quickly. But in the case that they too are backed up, there's always priority mail and overnight. My printing service offers excellent prices on shipping. 

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Wedding photo of couple with their first dance lyrics in calligraphy
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Father's Day golf poem with a foresome of friend golfers
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Golf Gift for Golfer

Gift for a Golfer

What’s a good gift for a golfer? I guess you could get them fresh balls or T’s. But something that they will really appreciate is something that really reminds them of golf, maybe while they’re sitting behind their desk!

You know how golfers always want to be on the golf course with their regular foursome or best buddies. Whether it’s a woman or male golfer in your life, a funny or philosophical quote about golf is a gift they will definitely appreciate. I did this custom calligraphy golf quote for a man, a golfer himself, to give to his brother-in-law who was part of his foursome. It was for a sixtieth birthday gift. He had a picture of the foursome, but the background wasn’t great, and the photo was a very small resolution.

And unfortunately, the golfers faces were partly in shadow. The most important thing you want to see in a photo is the person’s face. Hint: take off your sunglasses because your eyes are the windows to your soul, as they say!

Of course, I’m looking at this picture with a critical eye because I want to do the best possible job for my customers. First of all, the photo was a very small resolution. (read 7 Essential Tips to take great photos). When you go to print a picture, if it’s not a high or full resolution the picture is either going to be very blurry, or very tiny!

The golf foursome were directly in the middle of the photo which makes it hard to figure out where to put the calligraphy poem about golf. Of course I could just box the picture and put the calligraphy on the side.  But people seem to like it better when the calligraphy is superimposed directly on the picture itself.

The good news is I was able to enlarge the new photo and use photoshop magic to place the golf foursome buddies on a better background of a golf course. That way I had a nice green grassy area to add the wonderful philosophical golf poem and it could be easily read. After all, that’s the most important part of calligraphy, no? You want to be able to read the text!

Quotes About Golf

Golfers love golf and love talking about it. Mark Twain wrote a quote that my husband finds hysterical, although it does nothing for me. I’m a tennis player (an addict, to tell you the truth!).

Golf quote by Mark Twain written in a calligraphy style

When you order additional copies of the same paper printed calligraphy, the price for each goes down! So take that into consideration when you’re ordering!

Golf or Any Sport

And remember, there are great poems and quotes about all sports! If you look at this site you can see short quotes with photos and terrible handwriting. Writing them out in personalized calligraphy will look a LOT better! 😉

Sports quotes make really unique holiday gifts especially when they’re personalized with someone’s photo with their golf clubs! Let’s design the perfect gift for your sport!

 

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Calligraphy Quote

Famous Quote from T Roosevelt of entrepreneurship written in calligraphy

 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

A calligraphy motivational quote is a gift that never stops reminding a person of a life goal. It inspires and motivates you to be your best self! When it's beautiful calligraphy with an image that excites you and reflects the meaning, it means even more every time you see it you have a visual reminder to stay the course. 

Motivational quote by Mark Twain written in calligraphy with a sailboat going out to sea

Quotes to Write In Calligraphy

I used to collect quotes to write in calligraphy. But so many clients bring me their own. I really enjoy reading their motivational and inspirational quotes because it gives me insight into other's challenges. It can feel really hard to reaching a particular goal when you feel alone. So having these type of inspirational quotes that were written by famous people throughout the centuries makes you realize that you're not the only one who has had a hard time!

Here are a feel of the motivational quotes that I've saved:

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up. ~ Babe Ruth

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Sir Edmund Hillary

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll still land among the stars.

"Work is love made visible." - Kahlil Gibran

"You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him." ~Anon

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.  To NOT dare is to lose oneself. " - Soren Kierkegaard

Motivational quote about patience written in calligraphy
Motivational quote about your destiny written in calligraphy with picture of the author

Your Favorite Inspirational Quote or Poem

Do you have a motivational or inspirational quote, or even an affirmation that you repeat to yourself? There are also poems that have a very inspirational message. Are you working in an area that is a constant challenge and you need words of wisdom to keep going when the times are tough? What do you tell yourself to motivate and inspire you?

I find it so amazing that there are quotes from so long ago that we still repeat and memorize as motivational. It shows that even before technology and the modern world that people had the same problems then as we have now!

calligraphy quote that is inspirational

Words To Live By

The expression "words to live by" actually has two meanings, literal and figurative. When a motivational quote has meaning for you that's the figurative expression. But when it means actually living near by those words that are inspirational it means you should have them written where you see them! And what better way is there than having them written in beautiful calligraphy with a photo that goes with the quote?! 

Short Quote

Serenity Prayer quote in calligraphy with beach background

It can actually take longer to write out a short calligraphy quote that a long poem! I know this sounds illogical, but let me explain.

When you have fewer words, it's important to bring out the important meaning of the text and that can be done with design. Sometimes I will change the size, color or boldness of those words that are most important. That's what I did with my version of The Serenity Prayer. I have different versions of this beautiful quote that are available as prints

Motivate Yourself

If there's no cheering squad to motivate or inspire you, having that calligraphy quote nearby can serve the purpose. These are generally quotes from important people who are cheering you on! YOU deserve to gift yourself with something that will help you achieve your goals! And these motivational and inspirational quotes are great gifts for new graduates.

I made this Steve Jobs quote for my nephew when he graduated. He was definitely a person who stood out from the crowd. And the one apple that was different really was the perfect image to combine with this motivational quote!

Steve Jobs quote from graduation speech written in calligraphy with red apple standing out from the rest

Inspirational Quotes can Motivate

There's a difference between inspiration and motivation. Inspiration is something that you feel on the inside, while motivation is something from outside of yourself that helps you to take an action. It's said that inspiration is a driving force and the motivation is more of a pulling force.

I say that when your head and your heart are in agreement it's much easier to get yourself working towards your goal. Here's a site that has some great inspirational quotes to peruse. And ordering a calligraphy motivational quote can keep you on that road. So why not order your favorite quote for yourself or someone you care about! 

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