When Chelsey Burtis was a young girl, she would sit beside her mother and create art.
No supplies were off limits, and no creation was wrong.
It makes sense that Burtis, 26, has turned the love of art and making posters at her high school in Volga into a passionate hobby and business in which she uses modern lettering or calligraphy on nearly anything. She’s written inspiring messages on envelopes, canvas, barn wood, coffee mugs, windows and even a vintage suitcase. Customers bring the items to her, and she letters the messages for gifts, keepsakes, parties and weddings.
“I only do custom requests,” she says. Her favorite project was writing a Bible verse on a window for a baby’s nursery.
Self-taught through online videos, she also teaches others at classes Oh My Word Luxury Paperie, a stationery store on Phillips Avenue. Her October class was a sell-out, and her next two-hour workshop is Nov. 19. She teaches a handful of lettering styles to participants and then shows how to add variations….
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