In honor of National Letter Writing Month, we’re putting the spotlight on the beauty of a handwritten letter. When you take the time to craft a handwritten letter, the recipient feels special and loved, something that royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle agrees with.

As you might have read in a recent People magazine article, Markle was once part of the Paper Source family, working as a calligrapher at our Beverly Hills location from 2004-2005. Markle’s love for a nice handwritten letter, and her impeccable penmanship, made her a perfect fit for the job.

Can you imagine taking a workshop class with a future royal?

If you want to get an idea of how Markle may have added her own sparkle to handwritten letters, check out our roundup of hand lettering, calligraphy and letter writing essentials.

Basics


Modern Lettering


Creative Lettering Kit


Beginner’s Calligraphy Set


Calligraphy & Lettering Kit


Envelope Template Kit


Custom Embosser Gift Set


Custom Stamp Gift Box


Cavallini Vintage Letterpress Rubber Stamp Set


Handmade By Rubber Stamp

Pens


Micron Brush Set


Micro Color Pen Set


Manuscript Calligraphy Metallic Markers


Elegant Writer Fine Point Calligraphy Pens


Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Pen Set


Mix & Match Essential Pitt Artist Pens


Calligraphy Brush Pen Set


Silver Medium Metallic Marker


Gold Medium Metallic Marker


Rose Gold Metallic Marker

Seal it with a Kiss


Universal Wax Seal Handle


Wax Seal Insert Heart


Gold Sealing Wax


Memory Tape Runner Permanent XL

Paper
Don’t forget the paper! You’ll need something extra luxe to write on. Check out our beautiful collection of stationery sets.


Thank You Stationery


Everyday Stationery


Ecru Florentine Writing Paper Set


Rifle Juliet Rose Stationery


Gold Foil Blue Marble Stationery


Gold Feather Stationery


Better Than A Text Postcard Set

Just in time for you to try out your new pens, we’re hosting a Creative Hand Lettering Workshop on April 12th. Check out our Workshops page or your local store for more details!

If the thought of tackling hand lettering and calligraphy seems a little scary, here’s a few tips from our in-house expert:

  • Keep your hand relaxed – sometimes it helps to shake out the tension before you start lettering.
  • Play around with different pens to find your favorite that you are comfortable writing with.
  • A simple trick to making your everyday cursive look like calligraphy – make your up-strokes thin and your down-strokes thick.

And if you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed, heed the advice of Markle and take a deep breath and relax.

“The number-one thing is you have to take your time. Just do fluid strokes, you don’t have to have a fancy pen by any means. And here’s the other thing, you have to write in a way that’s authentic to you…At the end of the day, if the guy is going to write the girl a letter, whether it’s chicken scratch or scribble or looks like a doctor’s note, if he takes the time to put pen to paper and not type something, there’s something so incredibly romantic and beautiful about that.”

We wholeheartedly agree!

1 Response

  1. Diego Lopes says:

    This is awesome – I love handwritten stuff. There so much natural beauty to it… definitely going to try one of these 😉

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