TUTORIAL: LETTERING ON SILK RIBBON by Leaf & Linen

Posted: Jun 01 2015

Below you will find the tutorial by Leaf & Linen, taken directly from their site.

TUTORIAL: LETTERING ON SILK RIBBON 
What a whirlwind month. Wedding season is no joke! How do you lovely and talented wedding vendors survive? Please enlighten me!  Anyway, I recently posted a couple of photos on Instagram of the results of tackling a calligraphy job on some beautiful Silk & Willow ribbon. Fortunately for me, this was for a small destination wedding with only about 45 guests. I have to give credit to the super creative stylist behind this idea, Janna Brown. I'm grateful that she pushed me to figure this process out! 
After receiving several inquiries about the process, I thought I'd go ahead and write a blog so the whole internet can know. You guys are lucky I don't believe in hoarding secrets ;) First of all I would like to debunk the myth that this is pointed pen calligraphy. It is not. And I don't know how that would be possible (but if you figure it out, PLEASE let me know!). This is what you would call hand lettering in a faux-calligraphy style. If you are mindful of the thicks and thins of the letterforms, you can make it look much like pointed pen calligraphy. I think regular handwriting would look lovely as well!
You'll need: silk ribbon, iron, ironing board, wax freezer paper, acrylic paint pen of your choice, a bowl of clean water, and a wide paint brush. Here's what I did:
  1. Cut the ribbon into strips.
  2. Lay your ribbon strips out on an ironing board and place a sheet of wax freezer paper wax-side-down on top of the ribbon. Iron on medium-high heat until the ribbon is lightly adhered to the wax paper. This keeps it from wiggling around while you're writing on it. 
  3. Let the ribbon and paper cool, then brush each strip with a light coat of water. Be careful not to use too much or the ribbon will bubble and be difficult to work with. The water keeps the acrylic paint from bleeding. It's magical.
  4. Write on the ribbon while wet. I used a Pentouch white paint pen and found it to be the most opaque of all the white pens I tried.
  5. Make sure the edges of the ribbon are wet, then pull the ribbon slowly off of the wax paper, being careful not to let the edges fray. Unless that's what you're going for. I found that wetting the edges loosens it from the paper.  
  6. Let the ribbon dry.
  7. Give it a quick iron on low heat. 
Ta-da! Yes, it's quite a process. Let me know if anyone finds other ways or workarounds! I'd love to know how it goes for you. 

Comments

  • Posted by Cecilia Leibovitz on June 02, 2015

    I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing. Do you think it would work equally well on thicker silk? How about with a stencil?

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