hey bernadette houston calligrapher
She is the best! So easy to work with, and quick. Really, the product is fantastic and so is the shop owner. Very, very pleased with the customer service.
— Casey W.
I’m obsessed with these place cards!! I did a little double-take when I opened (the) package! Thank you so much for your beautiful work.
— Kate L.
Absolutely wonderful work!! Cannot thank Bernadette enough for this great work!!! Highly recommend.
— Julia S.
Wow! I cried with excitement when I opened the package today. It is a gift for a close family member and I know that she will cherish it. Bernadette was easy to work with, answered all my questions, and shipped very quickly. In addition, her workmanship is just lovely. Thanks, Bernadette. I really appreciate you!
— Vicki C.

Selected Features & Clients include Wayfair.com, Love Wins Texas Magazine,
Houstonia Magazine Online, and Catalyst Wedding Magazine.


What makes my calligraphy unique to me?

I pride myself on an organic, brushy style of watercolor calligraphy. I love texture and the warmth of hand lettering, and to me a bit of melody in a line adds character and charm. There are artists who pride themselves on their perfect copperplate, and rightfully so. But I am happiest when my letters dance across the page to a an upbeat rhythm.

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I have always loved lettering.

When I was a little girl my grandmother had a copy of J. Albert Cavanagh’s book, Lettering and Alphabets: 85 Complete Alphabets. I would take it down from where it was nestled between old Hollywood biographies and 1960's comic books and lay on the carpet with it, flipping through its pages like it was Teen Magazine. I studied those letters for long hours, completely fascinated. (But you can bet I went back later for the comics.) 

I opened my Etsy shop, HeyBernadette.etsy.com in 2013, and started with custom painted cake toppers and clay jewelry. But lettering was always at the back of my mind calling to me, asking me when I would be ready. But calligraphy is a skill as much as a talent and I needed to learn and be trained before I could step confidently into that world. 

Hand Painted Galaxy Typography on End Wood

Hand Painted Galaxy Typography on End Wood

Shimmering Gold on Charcoal Watercolor for a Chocolatier

Shimmering Gold on Charcoal Watercolor for a Chocolatier

After shipping hundreds of pieces of handmade jewelry to fourteen different countries, I took a step back and realized that even on my busiest days I was never fully satisfied with that pursuit. So in my down time I returned to my truest artistic obsession, hand lettering and illustration. I practiced calligraphy day in and day out, studying letters, drilling curves, hunting down and curating the perfect materials until I had everything just right. One terrifying, exhilarating day I packed up my clays for good, brought my inks and watercolors front and center on my work desk and switched to calligraphy and illustration exclusively. I haven't looked back.

Now I create custom pieces for weddings, parties, brick & mortar shops as well as individuals. Every order feels to me like a firm handshake, and I return that trust in my work.

Drop me a line if you're interested in working with me or if you'd just like to say hello!

Thanks! -B

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All work is © Hey Bernadette

I LOVE my custom calligraphy sign. Last year, I had to write a personal mission statement for a leadership program. I thought it would be nice to have it framed, so I could see it every morning. She did such a nice job!! ...Love seeing it every morning to help get me started!
— Tina, Cincinnati, OH
I thought the pieces in the shop were beautiful, but the photos don’t do justice to just how gorgeous the actual piece is.
— Michelle R.

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