Sorry, your browser is not supported
To have the best experience using Skillshare, we recommend that you use one of these supported browsers.

Pen and Ink Calligraphy: The Art of the Envelope

Bryn Chernoff, Paperfinger Calligraphy and Hand-Lettering

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
13 Videos (58m)
    • Welcome

    • Your Project

    • About Bryn & the Paperfinger Studio

    • Quick Calligraphy Lesson

    • Getting Started

    • The Envelopes

    • Ink

    • The List

    • Style

    • Setup

    • Finishing Up

    • Client Work Considerations

    • Share Your Work!


About This Class

No one can deny that if you're rifling through a stack of mail and you spot a beautiful envelope, you can't help but stop, pause, and feel welcomed in by the calligraphy.

Learn to create and capture that feeling! Join experienced instructor Bryn Chernoff for a one-hour class walking you through her detailed process for creating a beautifully addressed envelope.

This class covers an essential range of topics for beginning to intermediate calligraphers, including:

  • Choosing papers and what to look for
  • Mixing inks, matching colors, using gouache
  • Accomplishing a neat and centered layout
  • Spacing and style ideas
  • Setting up a mailing list and tricks of the trade
  • Working with clients and professional pointers

Envelopes can present a lot of different challenges, variables, and opportunities — and they are often at the core of a calligrapher's client work. Mastering how to create a stack is essential for both your own personal practice and branching into the world of professional calligraphy.

This visually rich class is a pleasure to watch and is packed with careful detail, useful trade tips, extensive demos, and exclusive resources that are essential to developing your calligraphy practice!


This class is recommended for those with a basic familiarity with calligraphy. If you're brand-new to calligraphy, be sure to check out all of Bryn's classes on Skillshare, including Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script and Calligraphy II: Finding Your Personal Script Style!

Brand new to calligraphy? Be sure to explore Bryn's other classes on getting started with calligraphy and discovering your style.


Image courtesy of Bryn Chernoff, Paperfinger

265 of 267 students recommendSee All

Great class. Are you using a G-Nib, or?. Thanks for the gum tip on bleeds, and the gouache prep for calligraphy. The light box sounds like a worthy investment. Great overview. Could you go into how you market your services and price your work based on costs of envelopes and your time. :) was this on speedy talk, or do you actually talk that fast? :) Not a criticism, as I could follow just fine. Was just curious. Thanks for sharing..
She is such an incredible teacher in so many ways! I absolutely love every single one of her classes and she is largely responsible for where I am today in my calligraphy skills & ability. Thank you SO very much Bryn!!!!
Cara Murnan

Novice Creative

very detailed. gives information to look for if offering to clients. Teacher is pleasant to listen to and doesnt just talk to hear herself. Very well done!





Bryn Chernoff

Paperfinger Calligraphy and Hand-Lettering

Bryn Chernoff started her calligraphy studio Paperfinger out of a true love for writing by hand. Paperfinger provides modern, hand-drawn calligraphy and illustration for everything from weddings and events to graphic design projects, keepsakes, commercial and custom work.

Her work has been featured in Town & Country, Real Simple, The New York Times, Refinery29, Cool Hunting, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Swiss Miss, 100 Layer Cake, and countless others.

Sharing her love fo...

See full profile