Allocco Design

Calligraphy & Handmade Design

Hi there, I’m Christen, owner of Allocco Design. I’m a calligrapher and designer in Norfolk, Va. I create everything from calligraphy envelopes and wedding suites to posters for churches and small businesses. Even with digital pieces, almost every project starts with paper, ink and graphite.

I work with clients who value the quality, handmade process–including brides, museums, bloggers, ministries and small businesses. I take the responsibility of your big day or brand very seriously. It matters to you, so it matters to me. You’ve written the lines of your love story, brand history, latest novel or business venture. I’m here to translate your words or vision to art and design so that it speaks in paint and ink and pixels.

You’ll likely find me in my studio in Downtown Norfolk, dipping a blue pumpkin nib in my favorite Moon Palace ink and armed with my bright and brushy calligraphy pen holder.

I am a member of IAMPETH (The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting), the Washington Calligrapher’s Guild andAIGA (the professional association for design). I have studied an array of calligraphy hands and techniques including Copperplate (hands down my favorite!), Italic, Uncial, Blackletter, floral flourishing, engrossing, Italian Hand, Spencerian, Ornamental Penmanship, Foundational Hand, modern calligraphy and Carolingian.

My favorite part of my job is getting knee deep in the messy creative process–wet brushes and pens sprawled across the table, a toppled stack of washi tape beside my splattered ink well, open scissors next to scraps and slivers of colored paper. I look up from my paper and I’m surrounded by the beautiful creative chaos that is making.


  • Calligraphy
  • Design
  • Branding
  • Weddings
  • Addressed envelopes
  • Quotes, Bible verses, song lyrics, etc.
  • Lettering on wood
  • Commissioned artwork
  • Brochures
  • Posters
  • Social Media and Web Graphics
  • Meeting your company’s every day design needs
  • Digitally designed or hand lettered and illustrated logo design in black and white and color (if applicable)
  • Personalized branding guidelines
  • Business cards
  • Stationery
  • Social media cover photos and postings
  • Handmade or digitally designed wedding invitations
  • Save the Dates
  • Escort cards
  • Calligraphy envelopes
  • Event signage (chalkboards, directional signs, etc.)
  • Programs
  • Thank You cards
  • Wedding suite packaging

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