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This is my FOURTH collaboration with F. Phyllis Macaluso of @fpmmac.  WINTER SOLSTICE is inspired by the colors of winter marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.  It is the time for traditions, the glitter and sparkle of the season, a time to celebrate gratitude, rebirth and hope for the coming year.

The collection is divided into three groups:

TWILIGHT - ebony hues with accents of the colors of the season: White Glaze, Purple Plum, Christmas Red, Holly Green, Frosty Blue and Sparkling Gold.

HOPE - porcelain white hues celebrating the aspirations of the season: Dream (gold), Love (red), Joy (blue), Hope (green), Delight (purple), and Faith (gray).  

CHRISTMAS JEWELS - depicting the rich colors of the season: Poinsettia Red, Evergreen, Purple Star.


Phyllis is a seasoned calligrapher and watercolor artist known for her hand-drawn and flourished mail envelopes.  I have partnered with Phyllis so we can offer holders painted with Phyllis's signature watercolor florals.  Each pen also comes with a personalized beautiful flourished envelope done by Phyllis in her calligraphy and watercolor style.

A graduate of McMaster University, Phyllis is a retired elementary school teacher and a professional freelance calligrapher and watercolour artist working from her home studio in Hamilton and as an in-house calligrapher for Quills Invitations in Hamilton. Most of her work is the graceful lettering and embellishing of envelopes for weddings and other special occasions, elegant place cards for formal events, and hand lettered documents and certificates for all occasions. Phyllis’ love of calligraphy and watercolour design comes to life in her work with hand lettering, flourishing and painting of envelopes. She is a Certified Cursive Handwriting Coach, past member of The Spencerian Study Group of England, a member of Iampeth in the U.S., Washington Calligraphy Guild, The Copperplate Interest Group of England, and the H.C.G. and R.C.C.G. in Ontario. Her work has been published and featured in Dasherie, in Bound & Lettered, The Penman’s Journal, The Spencerian Review,The Copperplate Interest Group of England Annual 2014 & 2015 Calendar. Phyllis’ creative lettering and pointed pen flourishing has also been featured at The Art Gallery of Hamilton / Annex, together with wedding planner/floral designer Sue Gallo of Sue Gallo Designs. Phyllis is also the 2013 winner of The Graceful Envelope contest sponsored by The Washington Calligraphy Guild. She has been featured on P.B.S., Sakura of America, CHTV and CHML Radio. As a lover of all flourished lines and tangles, Phyllis is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher in Ontario. Phyllis does freelance work in her studio and teaches in the Hamilton Ontario area.