Calligraphy For Life’s Celebrations Business Description

A professional calligrapher for 40 years, Carol Savage offers an extensive variety of calligraphy styles, ranging from traditional flourished copperplate, to contemporary and casual looks for all your hand lettering and stationery needs: certificates, envelopes, place cards, unique invitations, event signage.

Carol’s constant goal is designing whatever YOU imagine. Her expertise is interpreting and developing your vision in written form. Clients affirm that the results exceeded their expectation.

Unique Personalized Calligraphy Gifts

Looking to frame your wedding vows, song lyrics, or give a personalized gift for Christmas? Envisioning a custom project such as a treasured family message, a quote or scripture? Calligraphy For Life’s Celebrations will bring your idea into beautiful reality with special touches including 24K gold and Swarovski crystals.

Carol’s services are available nationally for commission work for individual and corporate needs. See examples on her website . View a youtube video describing her experience reproducing the US Constitution on animal skin. Locally, at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, you will see her work in the introductory film of letters penned by General Grant.

Scriptorium in TN

Our “secret society” gathers next weekend at Carson-Newman college to become an active scriptorium à la Saint John’s Bible calligraphers and illuminators. What an invigorating and challenging series of workshops this is! I have new skills to apply to lettering projects- 24K gold or platinum, stick ink, honed nibs, cut quills, vellum preparation and binding vellum into a book….

Parchment to the rescue!

Jeweler’s dilemma:  the words engraved inside tiny heart lockets are too small to read. The lines are so thin and shallow they can’t be filled with contrasting material. Paper isn’t water resistant and is too fragile. Is there a solution?   

Tada!  I discovered that parchment (animal skin, in this case from a sheep) with permanent black Sumi ink written using the tiniest crow quill pen met all the requirements. 

Except that each heart had to be tediously hand cut to fit inside the depression after it was lettered! 

Good thing I purchased the Optisight Magnifying visor at Paper & Ink Arts recently.


Calligraphic Play after Snow

My calligraphy class was cancelled by emails to the students several hours before class.  My car was covered with an inch of snow an hour before class.  But none of the students got the message, so they all showed up! But not me: I had been sent home an hour earlier.  The goofiness of the situation provided inspiration for this art. White inks, assorted markers and various pencils were used on black paper. Neuland shape letters. Even shiny silver snowflakes punched out of  paper were added at the end of my experimenting fun. Can you put these images in order from unified whole thru separation and development?  Did you notice how flakes blew in from the northeast and piled up?  How the “w” was blown out of position?  Photos only capture some of the qualities that appear in direct light. The sparkle and shimmer don’t show.

dual thoughts expressed

separated from the

Chenille Quilt

Clearly this is not calligraphy, but sewing has been a favorite activity since I designed clothing for my Barbie doll. This 36″ baby quilt I sewed is soft as can be.

Sewing strips of a specially made bias cotton tape results in lines of soft fuzz after washing.  So easy to do.  Don’t you love the result?  At market we saw darling pillows, quilts, textured wall hangings, scarves and other wearables.

Watch for more sewing arts projects as I will be teaching this and other innovative art classes at Donna Sandidge’s Fabric & Fiber Shop in Springfield, TN.