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Published March 21st 2020
Making your envelopes sparkle
Imagine creating you own exquisite, personalised and wax sealed envelopes that will have everyone hoping they are on the guestlist.
Well, now you can. The artistic and classic writing craft which combines modern fancy calligraphy and wax sealing is being brought into the 21 century with the help of Charlotte Chan from Pixie Dust Calligraphy.
Charlotte offers products and workshops where she expertly guides participants in modern calligraphy through creating decorative handwritten envelopes and sealing them in wax. That's right.
What is calligraphy and wax sealing? For those who are new to the game, Calligraphy is the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush.
Now add to that, wax sealing. Wax sealing has been used for centuries to secure an envelope and its contents. It was once used by monarchs, and aristocrats and featuring the house symbol or emblem as proof of authenticity when sending letters or declarations. Sounds pretty regal, doesn't it?
How did Charlotte answer the call to calligraphy? Charlotte has been teaching modern calligraphy since 2017 and has been holding at least one beginner workshop per month ever since.
Her love for the craft came as she began creating material for her own wedding and it extended from there. And the name of her business pays homage to her favourite childhood fictional character, Tinkerbell. So, this is personal.
Charlotte enjoys teaching in person, to help answer student's questions on the spot rather than trying to find it in a Google search. She has also worked with corporate clients including David Jones and Customs House.
Each workshop has about 15 participants, where everyone receives a kit (which they can take home) including the wax sealing materials, like the wax, wax spoon and a stamp to help you learn the techniques. Charlotte helps with mastering the technique.
How would I use the envelopes when they are finished? So, now that you have learnt the skills and are armed with the tools, you are ready to share and show off your handcrafted envelopes with family and friends.
Think bridal invitations, engagement parties, baby showers, and more. Wouldn't everyone love to receive your special envelope, either in the post box or by hand? "Nobody said wax sealing needs to be only sealing envelopes"Take it up a level and get creative and try making place cards with a wax stamp. As Charlotte says,"Sealing the envelopes, is that personal touch that sparkles.".
If you appreciate fine stationery, you are in for a treat. Workshops are held at the beautiful Paper Empire shop in James Street, New Farm, described as a wonderland for stationery lovers. Could there be a more perfect match
Courses are $150 per person including the kit. You can also purchase products online on Charlotte's website. So, bring back a classic art and add a modern twist and learn how to create elegantly presented envelopes, from hand lettering, through to lining and adding beautiful finishes touches such as a wax seal. You and your friends will be glad that you did.