Flower City Letters calligrapher Elaina DeBoard, Rochester NY

Thanks for stopping by. I'm Elaina, a calligrapher based in The Flower City of Rochester, New York. I love enhancing thoughtful words with beautiful, handwritten script. My love of calligraphy started after I learned printmaking in a book design class in grad school. I realized I was very happy when working with my hands and decided to pursue an art that I could create away from the computer.

When gifted with two vintage Ornamental Penmanship books in 2014, I began my self-taught calligraphy journey and fell in love with the tactile experience of writing with nib and ink. I now consider myself a lifelong student of calligraphy and commit to regular study and practice. When I can, I also seek instruction from experienced calligraphers both online and in person. I am a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) as well as the Rochester Calligraphy and Penmanship Society.

I specialize in several styles of pointed pen calligraphy: Spencerian Script, Ornamental Penmanship, and a modern calligraphy script. I look forward to growing as a calligrapher through the above means as well as through work with clients. Calligraphy can add a unique, thoughtful touch to weddings, events, celebrations, letters, and gifts. If you have an idea for a project that you’d like to work with me on, please contact me; I'd love to discuss it with you.

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Featured in:

  • Interviewed on Spectrum News: Your Morning Rochester, July 11th 2019.

  • Mentioned in the “Not Your Average Wedding Gift” article in the Summer 2019 edition of the South Wedge Quarterly.

  • Aug 3 & 4, 2019: Participating as a teacher and guest calligrapher at the Genesee Country Village & Museum as part of “A Novel Weekend” highlighting the work of Lewis Carroll.

  • Collaborated with Studio Ways on creating a font based on my calligraphy script and handwriting. Check out the font page for more info!

  • Interview with the Rochester Brainery: 3 Local Artists Giving Text Its Own Personality

  • Taught an Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy class July, 2017 as part of Rochester Brainery's 'What a Crafty Weekend - Lettering Edition'.

  • Contributed calligraphy quote for Roc Girl Gang interview, August 2016

Calligraphic Training:

  • Spencerian Saga with Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, October 2016

  • The Engrossing Saga with Master Penman Harvest Crittenden, October 2017

  • Calligraphic Flourishing with Anne Elser, Oct/Nov/Dec 2017

  • Signature Design with Michael Ward, February 2019