Calligraphy, Sketchnote, Graphic Recording & Fine Art Services

Commissioned art work includes documents of all kinds marking important rites of passages including birth, marriage, special honors, promotions, engagements. Each piece is uniquely designed to suit the particular person/people and the special occasion honoring them. Whether formal or contemporary, simple or complex, a piece of custom art/calligraphy becomes a treasured heirloom art-piece.

Other types of commissioned pieces include favorite quotes, prose or poetry, drawings and paintings. I work on both paper, board, canvas, and can use multi-media.

Pricing for custom art work

Pricing is determined by the complexity of the design, its size, amount of text, medium (paper or canvas, acrylic, watercolor, gold leaf) and the nature of the illustration and/or decoration. For example, a Ketubah-type marriage document with black and colored inks, moderate or complex, detailed decoration such as floral pattern & an illuminated decorated initial, will be priced anywhere between $500-$1000 or above.

Custom paintings/collages on canvas start at $500

The minimum charge for a standard 8×10 custom-lettered poem is typically $150-$250 depending on the amount of text used.

My standard fee is $75 an hour

Custom-designed wedding invitations

I am happy to design your wedding invitations RSVP cards. Please contact me for a price quote. The design does not include printing or custom calligraphy for envelope addressing.

Wedding envelopes:

I specialize in contemporary, “funky” calligraphy and handwriting styles for envelope addressing. See Gallery VI for examples.


Prices for custom envelope addressing start at $4.00 for black sumi ink or gouache on white or cream envelope set. There is an additional set up charge of $25 for using color ink, and an added 25 cents per envelope for colored paper. For example, if the choice is blue lettering on brown envelopes, the cost would be $4.25 per envelope plus an additional $25. Lettering includes formal to modern styles.

Calligraphic handwriting alternative

Calligraphy literally means “beautiful writing,” derived from the Greek words: cali= beautiful; graphs= writing. A cost-effective choice to consider for envelopes is a more informal handwriting script. Cost per set: $3.00 for white or cream outer envelopes only. $3.50 for inner and outer using handwriting.  Colored envelopes and ink incur an additional charge of 25 cents per envelope, and/or $25 set-up fee, plus the cost of procuring the pen.

Place cards: $1.25 each (black ink on white or cream) Does not include the cards.

Table Cards: $3 for black ink on white or cream card stock. 

Contract: My approach to custom art work is to meet with a client in my studio and discuss ideas, design, budget, deadline, following which I will provide a written price estimate for the job. When an agreement is reached, I will provide a contract for the client to sign stating our agreed upon terms. I require a deposit of 25–50% for the service being provided.  I am very sensitive to limited budgets and am happy to meet with you to work out an affordable option for your calligraphy needs.

Graphic Recording, Sketchnotes!

New to my list of “things I do.”  Images coming soon.  For a quote for service, please contact me.