Color Matching Systems III: On-Screen Comparisons

June 13, 2016

Figure5-Lagnaippe-Fall2015Artcmyk-IIIViewing colors on the screen of your device, any device—be it a TV set, computer monitor, or smart phone, is a very different experience than interacting with daylight or lamp light reflecting onto paper.

In this final article of three about color and color managing ink colors on printed paper, this author enumerates best practices for printing one color (referred to in the trade as ‘spot’ color) on paper.


Archived Articles

May 22, 2016


In a recent blog post on her eponymous website, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer—purveyor of bespoke hand engraved stationery—continues a long history of magazine and popular media attention.

Not only does she remind us of current magazine articles about her amazing work in Town & Country, Garden & Gun, Martha Stewart Wedding, and Veranda, she conjures archival articles from Travel and Leisure.

Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer

May 22, 2016
Bespoke hand engraved press proof.

Extensive press proofing of bespoke cipher in various engraving techniques and custom ink colors.

Nancy Sharon Collins, stationer extraordinaire, creates exquisite bespoke hand engraved social stationery.

Custom is Mrs. Collins’s point of difference as every piece in her bespoke service is from scratch, literally. She will even commission paper made exclusively by hand for you. Typography, monograms and ciphers are all hand engraved on half-inch thick steel dies which can last a life time and be used over and over again.

Contact Mrs. Collins for inquiries.

7/16/15 Nancy Sharon Collins on NPR @ 1pm

July 15, 2015

Hand engraved stationery on Peter Ricchuiti's Out to Lunch, 89.9 on your radio dial.

Your friendly, neighborhood stationer on WWNO | NPR this Thursday @ 1:00pm & Friday @ 6:30pm, 89.9 FM on your radio dial!

•    Navigate to top right blue “Listen Live” button.
•    Go to “WWNO”, the top selection (not “Classical” or “Jazz”).
•    Go to “Streams” tab, upper left hand corner below the big black banner. (There are two tabs, “Latest Stories” and “Streams”.)
You can also listen to a recording on the interviewer, Peter Richuitti’s, Out to Lunch website. Peter is Tulane University professor of economics and his show focuses on New Orleans entrepreneurs, of which Mrs. Collins is one.

A Little New Year’s Font Obsession

January 17, 2015

For font nerds everywhere…MVB Fonts creates web safe homage to engravers lettering style, Sweet Sans by Mark van Bronkhorst, used extensively throughout Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer new websitePantograph-BlockGothicMyWorkNancySweetSans380!

Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Old State Capital Museum

September 11, 2014

9:00am-12:00pm, October 4, 2014
Monograms: Your Very Own Custom, Hand Drawn Personal Logo
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol Museum of Political History
100 North Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Toll Free: 800.488.2968

Register here.

Experience the classic process of creating a custom monogram through an emersion in vintage lettering styles, monograms, crests, seals, calling cards, and more. In this hands-on class (with as many breaks as we want) examples of vintage monograms, lettering styles and engraving will be on display–students will learn to make new symbols, traditional monograms, and letterforms using these historic pieces as inspiration. By tracing, combining then retracing existing forms, new, totally original designs, monograms and letterforms will be created.

For anyone tech-curious or savvy: The hand-drawn designs will be scanned, hand-traced in Adobe Illustrator and a special, “Ah Ha!” moment trick will be revealed whereby an actual monogram can be digitally rendered in 10-15 minutes (no kidding!).* And for uber-type and engraving nerds, the opportunity to geek-out on perfecting monograms and letterforms will be offered.

Don’t have Illustrator? No worry, This workshop will also show you where and how to download a FREE vector application that’s quicker and easier than Adobe Illustrator.* Tools for hand engraving social stationery monograms will also be shown and anyone brave enough can try their hand with a real “graver” (or “burin”). In addition to walking away with your very own, custom, monogram, everyone will learn how-to download two FREE digital fonts directly from Monotype (the largest, oldest font development company in the world) that were created from old engraver’s lettering styles. So bring your laptop! Or come without one, either way it will be engaging, educational, and fun.

Fundamental Letter Series

December 23, 2013

FundamentalLettersVisualFUNDAMENTAL LETTERS: A series of two-hour classes at the Hermann-Grima historic house in the French Quarter is a mash-up of arcane and popular social media technologies. From monograms you draw yourself to freeware workshops and tutorials, The Fundamental Letters Series combines startling, enchanting, and compelling historic graphic models with the way we all get along today.

Engraved Calling Cards, the App

December 23, 2013

Hello-graph, the first ever engraved calling card app…


…“To the unrefined or underbred, the visiting [or calling] card is but a trifling and insignificant bit of paper; but to the cultured disciple of social law, it conveys a subtle and unmistakable intelligence. Its texture, style of engraving, and even the hour of leaving it combine to place the stranger, whose name it bears, in a pleasant or a disagreeable attitude, even before his manners, conversation and face have been able to explain his social position. The higher the civilization of a community, the more careful it is to preserve the elegance of its social forms. It is quite as easy to express a perfect breeding in the fashionable formalities of cards, as by any other method, and perhaps, indeed, it is the safest herald of an introduction for a stranger. Its texture should be fine, its engraving a plain script, its size neither too small, so that its recipients shall say to themselves, ‘A whimsical person,’ nor too large to suggest [Pg 76] ostentation. Refinement seldom touches extremes in anything.” —Our Deportment. Or the Manners, Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined Society by John H. Young (F. B. DICKERSON & CO., DETROIT, MICH. 1881). 

The Complete Engraver: Time & Backstory

July 4, 2012

Time & Backstory.

Engraving for Nerds, the Book Tour

June 30, 2012

The Complete Engraver, and its author Nancy Sharon Collins, published by Princeton Architectural Press, is touring soon to an East Coast city near you. (If not, its okay for you to travel a bit for this amazing opportunity.)