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