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by Chris Smith

BEAUTIFUL GIFTS FOR ANY OCCASION

calligraphy weave calligraphy weave The word Calligraphy comes from the Greek: Kallos Graphe, literally 'Beautiful Writing'.

Beautiful writing makes for a beautiful gift that can be treasured for years to come.

Anything can be written calligraphically: verses, poems, proverbs, favourite passages, names, greetings, nonsense, songs (watch out for copyright), you name it.

Whether you want to say, Congratulations, Happy Birthday, Well Done, or just Thank You; the right words written and decorated in a beautiful way make for a unique gift.

I use the best inks I can find, and write on the best paper, usually watercolour paper/card. Contact me for more information about this if you like.

Your work can be framed or I can leave it to you to frame it.

Prices can be found here. Commissions gladly taken.

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Gifts

BEAUTIFUL GIFTS

A framed piece of calligraphy makes a beautiful gift. Whether it's a favourite verse, someone's name, a proverb, or a complete poem. How about a presentation to recognise long-service to an employee?

Each can be framed as a unique piece. Indeed, all my pieces are unique. I could make two of the same thing, but there will only ever be one of each - handmade means there will be differences.

Pricing is per word, unless it is for a small piece when there will be a standard price. You can find more about pricing here.

If I'm writing out the words to a song I might want to check on copyright first - but it depends on how many people you're going to tell I've written it.

Some examples are shown below (spot the dead fly - at least I think it was dead!).

Warrior of the rainbow
Commissioned piece
Commission detail
Warrior of the rainbow
Commissioned piece
Commission detail
O still small voice
Poem by Muriel Stewart
It's a girl's life
O still small voice
The Seed Shop - Muriel Stewart
For your favourite girlfriend
Devil's in the retail
Imagination - Albert Einstein
She stood in the storm
Devil's in the retail
Imagination - Albert Einstein
She stood in the storm


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Special Occasions

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Weddings, birthdays, and births deserve something special. I can make cards to your specification or you can leave the design to me. Just give me some pointers as to an appropriate theme to use to really personalise it.

Cards can be boxed, or wrapped in handmade envelopes. I use beautiful handmade paper from Wild Paper, suppliers of handmade paper from Nepal, for both.

The finishing touches are added to make it a truly delightful gift to receive.

You can see examples of these in the pictures below.

Wedding card

Wedding Card

Wedding card envelope

Handmade Envelope

Wedding card ingredients

Ingredients

Wedding card
Wedding card envelope
Wedding card ingredients
Wedding card

Wedding Card boxed

Wedding card boxed

Handmade Box

Wedding card inner

Card Inner

Wedding card boxed
Wedding card boxed
Wedding card inner
Birthday card

Birthday Card

Christmas card

Christmas Card

Christmas cards

Small Christmas Cards

Birthday card
Christmas card
Christmas cards

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Fire Writing

FIRE WRITING

Sounds dramatic doesn't it? Well, it is.

Fire writing, or pyrography, is just that - writing (or drawing) with fire (well, a hot wire to be exact - but it sounds more dramatic to say fire).

I use a small machine with a pen-like attachment that heats a piece of wire and burns marks onto wood. By manipulating the shape of the wire I can draw fine lines or shape it to mimic the calligraphy pen.

Fire writing can only be done on untreated wood, otherwise I'd be breathing in noxious fumes. Any treatment on wood (varnish, fire retardant stuff) also affects the burning. It's best treated afterwards.

It's great fun to do and the results can be quite dramatic.

It's also long-lasting. I've got a fire screen I decorated in this way about 25 years ago and, although it's not quite as black as it used to be, it still looks good. Fire writing will last longer if exposure to sunlight and UV rays is limited.

NB: Pricing is different to the calligraphy prices given above. Please contact me for more details. The firescreen below would cost you quite a few quid - it was very time-consuming!

Celtic Dragon Firescreen

Celtic Dragon Firescreen

Firescreen detail

Firescreen detail

Celtic Dragon Firescreen
Firescreen detail

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