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Papineau Calligraphy

Oakland , CA
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5736 Thornhill Drive, Suite 103
Oakland, CA 94611 US (map)

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510-339-2301

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ABOUT US

Since 1981, the exquisite, hand-lettered art of calligrapher Michele Papineau has created memorable first impressions and elegant accents for weddings and corporate events, special... Read more
Since 1981, the exquisite, hand-lettered art of calligrapher Michele Papineau has created memorable first impressions and elegant accents for weddings and corporate events, special pieces for framing, and unforgettable business cards, brochures, product labels and more.

Her lettering for brides and wedding designers has appeared in multiple publications, including Martha Stewart, Town and Country Weddings, Elegant Bride and Brides Magazine. Papineau Calligraphy’s clients include film and sports celebrities, Fortune 500 companies, and many of the top event consultants and planners in the wedding industry.

Warm and approachable, Michele’s years of experience have enabled her to develop a broad client base and bring her art to a variety of projects. Her extensive repertoire of custom lettering styles ranges from whimsical to traditional, all done by hand with brass dip nibs and ink- or water-based pigments, such as gouache or watercolor.

Michele is well versed in bridal etiquette and protocol. She can mix custom colors to match a bride’s color palette or a florist’s focal piece. She has achieved an international reputation as an artist who puts her heart and soul into work that is renowned for its quality and skillful attention to detail.

From her bright, welcoming studio in Oakland’s Montclair District (just off Highway 13), Michele offers her clients a broad base of resources and contacts that all work together to achieve an unforgettable final product, completed in a timely and professional manner. Prices are competitive and based on the complexity of the individual project.

Michele can create full invitation packages, design your invitation and hand letter each one if the event is small, or simply address envelopes with your selection of lettering style. Table cards and menus become an integral part of beautiful table settings when graced with Michele’s fine hand. Time and time again, grateful clients have shared the amazement and joy their guests have expressed when receiving one of Michele’s artistically lettered pieces in the mail.

Let your imagination go -- and then let Michele Papineau add her special touch to your special occasion.

© 2009 Papineau Calligraphy
Papineau Calligraphy • 5736 Thornhill Drive, Suite 103 • Oakland, CA 94611 • Montclair District
telephone: 510.339.2301 • fax: 510.339.6759 • e-mail: papineaucalligraphy@mac.com Read less
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Seta
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Michele is fantastic! I dropped off the invitations to Michele in person and met with her--the work displayed in her showroom was amazing. And Michele was such a warm, professional, organized, and caring person--she offered great advice and had insight (both when I met with her and over email). Michele wrote our wedding invitation calligraphy (all delivered when promised) and SO many people have commented on the calligraphy and said it was the most beautiful writing they've seen. Her calligraphy really did take the invitations to the next level.

I also worked with Michele on place cards and table numbers. She was just wonderful and accommodated me and my requests (even though I hadn't made up my mind on what I had wanted, she made things easy for me and offered suggestions)

I would recommend Michele to even those who live outside the Bay Area (you can always send envelopes, escort cards, etc. via UPS and pick your font through her website). In fact, I asked Michele to send me the completed envelopes via UPS or messenger because I didn't want to cross the Bay Bridge traffic during rush hour, and she was great with accommodating me.
Michele is fantastic! I dropped off the invitations to Michele in person and met with her--the work displayed in her Read more...
Michele is fantastic! I dropped off the invitations to Michele in person and met with her--the work displayed in her showroom was amazing. And Michele was such a warm, professional, organized, and caring person--she offered great advice and had insight (both when I met with her and over email). Michele wrote our wedding invitation calligraphy (all delivered when promised) and SO many people have commented on the calligraphy and said it was the most beautiful writing they've seen. Her calligraphy really did take the invitations to the next level.

I also worked with Michele on place cards and table numbers. She was just wonderful and accommodated me and my requests (even though I hadn't made up my mind on what I had wanted, she made things easy for me and offered suggestions)

I would recommend Michele to even those who live outside the Bay Area (you can always send envelopes, escort cards, etc. via UPS and pick your font through her website). In fact, I asked Michele to send me the completed envelopes via UPS or messenger because I didn't want to cross the Bay Bridge traffic during rush hour, and she was great with accommodating me. Read less
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Azerbijoux
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
I love my invitations. I believe Michele made us one hundred little pieces of art that we were able to send to our friends and family. Thank you so much, Michele, for making my wedding day even more a work of art.
I love my invitations. I believe Michele made us one hundred little pieces of art that we were able to send to our friends Read more...
I love my invitations. I believe Michele made us one hundred little pieces of art that we were able to send to our friends and family. Thank you so much, Michele, for making my wedding day even more a work of art. Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
We happened to drive by Michele's shop and stopped in to ask her about her calligraphy services. It was our lucky day! She did our wedding invitations and we received MANY compliments on how beautiful they looked. We also had her do our escort cards and table cards. We were very pleased with how everything turned out and would absolutely use her services again. She was very prompt with responding to emails and was able to get things back to us very quickly. I would have no reservations about recommending Michele!
We happened to drive by Michele's shop and stopped in to ask her about her calligraphy services. It was our lucky day! She Read more...
We happened to drive by Michele's shop and stopped in to ask her about her calligraphy services. It was our lucky day! She did our wedding invitations and we received MANY compliments on how beautiful they looked. We also had her do our escort cards and table cards. We were very pleased with how everything turned out and would absolutely use her services again. She was very prompt with responding to emails and was able to get things back to us very quickly. I would have no reservations about recommending Michele! Read less
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DaveAndNatasha
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
Michele Papineau was excellent to work with on our wedding invitations. She has superb calligraphy skills, excellent design judgement, and a very efficient operation. We used her services for 3 wedding related mailings and all turned out great. She additionally helped prepare the stuffing/mailings which made the process very easy on us. The 20+ styles of calligraphy offered a wide range. The team's work style was very flexible and responsive to changes and additions that came up in the process. We would strongly recommend Papineau Calligraphy for your next event.
Michele Papineau was excellent to work with on our wedding invitations. She has superb calligraphy skills, excellent Read more...
Michele Papineau was excellent to work with on our wedding invitations. She has superb calligraphy skills, excellent design judgement, and a very efficient operation. We used her services for 3 wedding related mailings and all turned out great. She additionally helped prepare the stuffing/mailings which made the process very easy on us. The 20+ styles of calligraphy offered a wide range. The team's work style was very flexible and responsive to changes and additions that came up in the process. We would strongly recommend Papineau Calligraphy for your next event. Read less
Services Used: Invitations, Unique Services
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JBurke
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Not only is Michelle's hand like a work of art but she was extremely pleasant to work with and very professional. Michelle addressed all of our save-the-dates, invitations, escort and place cards. She did a tremedous job on everything and got it all done with plenty of time to spare. No stress. Michelle was beyond helpful and has beautiful, classic taste and a great eye.
Truly stunning work. Many if our guests commented on the calligraphy. We were thrilled with our choice in Michelle.
Not only is Michelle's hand like a work of art but she was extremely pleasant to work with and very professional. Michelle Read more...
Not only is Michelle's hand like a work of art but she was extremely pleasant to work with and very professional. Michelle addressed all of our save-the-dates, invitations, escort and place cards. She did a tremedous job on everything and got it all done with plenty of time to spare. No stress. Michelle was beyond helpful and has beautiful, classic taste and a great eye.
Truly stunning work. Many if our guests commented on the calligraphy. We were thrilled with our choice in Michelle. Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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t.marsay
Wedding:
5/9/2009
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michele did our envelopes and escort cards. she was very flexible, and was quick to respond when i accidentally gave the wrong spelling on one of the guest cards. she saved the day!! everything was beautiful, and i appreciated that she sent me 4 samples of navy ink to make sure the right color was chosen.
michele did our envelopes and escort cards. she was very flexible, and was quick to respond when i accidentally gave the Read more...
michele did our envelopes and escort cards. she was very flexible, and was quick to respond when i accidentally gave the wrong spelling on one of the guest cards. she saved the day!! everything was beautiful, and i appreciated that she sent me 4 samples of navy ink to make sure the right color was chosen. Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Alison
Wedding:
5/2/2009
5.0/5.0
Michele provided calligraphy services for the invitations and escort cards for my son's Bar Mitzvah. Michele's personal attention made me feel as though I was her only client. I was overjoyed with her attention to detail, the quality and artistry of her work, and the nice relationship that we had through the process. Even more impressive was that all the work was done long distance, since I live in PA and Michele in CA. The true testament to my delight with the calligraphy is that I hired Michele again for my daughters Bat Mitzvah. When it comes time for weddings, Michele will be my first call.
Michele provided calligraphy services for the invitations and escort cards for my son's Bar Mitzvah. Michele's personal Read more...
Michele provided calligraphy services for the invitations and escort cards for my son's Bar Mitzvah. Michele's personal attention made me feel as though I was her only client. I was overjoyed with her attention to detail, the quality and artistry of her work, and the nice relationship that we had through the process. Even more impressive was that all the work was done long distance, since I live in PA and Michele in CA. The true testament to my delight with the calligraphy is that I hired Michele again for my daughters Bat Mitzvah. When it comes time for weddings, Michele will be my first call. Read less
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Steph&Mark
Wedding:
2/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Michele was wonderful! She did our wedding invitations, escort cards, table numbers, and additional signage, and every bit was absolutely beautiful. Michele was knowledgeable, professional, and (as one step into her shop reveals) extremely talented and creative with great taste - I was completely charmed. I would absolutely go back to Papineau Calligraphy for any future events, and enthusiastically recommend Michele to any bride out there!
Michele was wonderful! She did our wedding invitations, escort cards, table numbers, and additional signage, and every bit Read more...
Michele was wonderful! She did our wedding invitations, escort cards, table numbers, and additional signage, and every bit was absolutely beautiful. Michele was knowledgeable, professional, and (as one step into her shop reveals) extremely talented and creative with great taste - I was completely charmed. I would absolutely go back to Papineau Calligraphy for any future events, and enthusiastically recommend Michele to any bride out there! Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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LiznJerry
Wedding:
2/6/2009
5.0/5.0
We came to Michele with a tight deadline and a limited budget. Without hesitation and with sincere interest and professionalism she began working with us to try and accommodate our needs. The quality of her work is superb, far beyond any other calligrapher we considered. She delivered on time and budget without sacrificing quality.

Her business is clean, well organized and professionally managed. Her style is unique and will appeal to those with discriminating taste, and an eye for design, detail and creativity. We applaud Michele and the work she does and wish her continued success.

Elizabeth and Jeremy
Feb. 2009
We came to Michele with a tight deadline and a limited budget. Without hesitation and with sincere interest and Read more...
We came to Michele with a tight deadline and a limited budget. Without hesitation and with sincere interest and professionalism she began working with us to try and accommodate our needs. The quality of her work is superb, far beyond any other calligrapher we considered. She delivered on time and budget without sacrificing quality.

Her business is clean, well organized and professionally managed. Her style is unique and will appeal to those with discriminating taste, and an eye for design, detail and creativity. We applaud Michele and the work she does and wish her continued success.

Elizabeth and Jeremy
Feb. 2009 Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Leah
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Michele was the best vendor we worked with while planning our wedding, HANDS DOWN. Professional, prompt and incredibly creative, our hand addressed wedding envelopes were stunning. I was so delighted with the quality of her work that I commissioned her to write a poem read during our wedding ceremony as a birthday gift for my husband a few months later.
Thanks so much Michele!

Best,
Leah & David Sakamoto
Michele was the best vendor we worked with while planning our wedding, HANDS DOWN. Professional, prompt and incredibly Read more...
Michele was the best vendor we worked with while planning our wedding, HANDS DOWN. Professional, prompt and incredibly creative, our hand addressed wedding envelopes were stunning. I was so delighted with the quality of her work that I commissioned her to write a poem read during our wedding ceremony as a birthday gift for my husband a few months later.
Thanks so much Michele!

Best,
Leah & David Sakamoto Read less
Services Used: Invitations

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