Modern calligraphy services in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area


Shawn Rich

I have always been infatuated with penmanship.

I was taught cursive at an early age in catholic school and lived by three trusty tools: black ink, red ink, and a ruler. Really, I had no other choice. Sister Marie would have publicly humiliated me had I diagrammed my sentence using a purple gel pen. I was okay with the rules, though, and enjoyed perfecting every single page of my black and white composition notebook. By the end of eighth grade, I had earned three highly coveted (or maybe not) perfect penmanship awards.

Later, in college, I developed a passion for mail art. This is where my perfect penmanship paid off. Hours from home, I missed my family terribly, and so my mother (an incredible artist) and I began our mail affair. At first, we would send each other letters with somewhat elaborate envelopes, but by the end of my first year, it became a contest to see who had the best envelope design. We spent so much time on the outer appearance that we rarely even included a letter before sending it off. I had found my calling.

I believe that design is in the details and that no invitation is truly complete without a perfectly penned address. In a digital world, it is refreshing and exciting to receive personalized mail in hand.

Please contact me, Shawn Rich, and let us work together to make your event truly shine!


Shawn did a beautiful job on our calligraphy for our wedding invitations and was very easy to work with. She had extremely quick turnaround (great for last minute planners like me!). She was very professional and we were able to see her work in person in order to determine the style/size/color of calligraphy that would best fit our invitation style. I highly recommend her!!


Shawn is really the best. Her calligraphy is honestly impeccable. She was so friendly, easy to work with and adaptable to my changes. I can't recommend her enough. I'm so happy my invites have the best calligraphy I've ever seen!


I was very impressed with Shawn from the outset. She is a consummate professional in attitude and appearance. She was very flexible in meeting with me to go over the scope of work and some of the ideas that I had. She updated me repeatedly on her progress with the project. Then delivered a high grade product in a timely manner. Artistically, she is equally impressive. Calligraphy is a dying art that Shawn is keeping alive. Sterling Park Baptist Church commissioned Shawn to create a certificate of ordination for one of our new pastors. I looked at some of the certificates I could purchase at the book store, but they left me wanting in their appearance and content. I provided Shawn with the words and she created a certificate that reflects the formality and sincerity of the act of ordination. Our new pastor cherishes the thoughtfulness and beauty in what Shawn created for us. I cannot recommend Shawn enough.

-Rev. Matthew T.

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Invitation sets: $3.50 each (outer and inner envelope)

Outer envelopes only: $3.00 each

Return addresses: $2.00 each (outer envelope or rsvp card)

Escort cards: $1.00 each

Table signs: $5.00+ each (priced based on size/content)


Shawn Rich

Let's chat! Happy to discuss your event needs and answer any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!