Mash Up Maria Invitations: A Back Story

Before Mash Up Maria, I’ve long been designing invitations for my sister Tetet who has been my supporter since Day 1. She loves organizing parties for family members and I’m always the one she taps to make invitations for her kids’ parties. It’s a fun exercise for me to play with Photoshop, putting together fonts and images to come up with an invitation that she can post online or print to give to her guests. I had not imagined early on that those personal projects with her would be my stepping stones in learning more about typography and invitation design that later on proved to be the foundations of my design practice. As I was going through this process, I studied font pairings from my design […]

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Exploring Calligraphy

Oh hello there! Things have been a whirlwind with my day job, and now I’m back to working on my calligraphy. I say it’s about time! I found myself browsing through PaperInkArts.com and was excited to try different inks and nibs to expand my growing stash of calligraphy tools. The package came in last Thursday and the first thing that I played with is the Leonardt Manuscript 300 nib. It’s huge compared to the Hunt 101 and Esterbrook 355, and has a slightly flat tip. Despite its size, the Manuscript 300 doesn’t allow much flexing. What I love about it though is that it can hold a lot of ink and it glides smoothly on paper. Because of the stiffness, the nib requires more pressure […]

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