Although I specialize in electronic typesetting and graphic design,
I also do hand-lettering. For example: Using permanent archival ink,
I can letter your custom ketubah text onto a print you have purchased
I offer three basic scripts (click for larger sample):
Depending on the size of the lettering, I typically use black Staedtler Pigment Liner
Calligraphy pens in widths of 1mm (when I can get them), 2mm, or 5mm, and
Micron pens in widths 02, 05, and 08. I also recommend the Micron for signing
When creating a complex hand-lettered piece, whether in English or Hebrew, I start by
mocking up the complete layout on the computer -- so you always see a proof in advance.
With smaller pieces, such as envelopes or placecards, I can do one or two samples in
the final materials for your approval before I proceed with the job.
Hand work does take more time; please allow an additional 2 weeks for hand lettering once a
completed layout has been approved.
Placecards and envelopes can usually be turned around in 1-2 weeks from receipt of materials.
Placecards: $1.20 per card.
Addressing: $2.50 per envelope.
Ketubahs: $200-$400 depending on size and complexity.
Case Study: Jesse & Rachel
My college friend and his bride picked out a lithograph, Amy Fagin's "Duet of the Beloveds", and had me hand-letter their custom text onto it.