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About Me
Erin Laughing

Bonjour | Hi!

I'm Erin and I'm the 30-something full-time calligrapher and engraver behind Neilson Letters Calligraphy. I’m incredibly passionate about my calligraphy, engraving and personalisation business because I believe that beauty is found in the details.


My professional calligraphy journey in Montreal began  in 2019, but I started learning in 2015 (Read more about my start here).


Since going full-time, I have worked with amazing brands and incredible clients that have showcased my love of the written word, and have been recently published in the book Handstyle Lettering: 20th Anniversary Edition ! (See my portfolio here)

I'm also the former president of La Société des calligraphes do Montréal! Je suis bilingue! mais ma langue maternelle est l'anglais. Si vous voulez communiquer avec moi en français, n'hésitez pas. :)

I promise to bring my calligraphy expertise and professionalism to your special event and make your details just right. 

I Love to Learn

Like I mentioned, I started studying calligraphy in 2015 and once I caught the calligraphy bug, I couldn't stop taking workshops and classes! 
Because of this, I'm able to offer many different script options for my clients

These are the workshops and teachers I've been lucky enough to have learned from over the years.


Callgraphy Teachers

Joy Deneen | Winter 2015/16

An Introduction to Copperplate with Imagine Joy

Joy Deneen | 2017

Private Lessons

Barbara Close | 2017

Pointed Pen Variations

Joy Deneen | 2018

Level 2 - Continuation with the Pointed Pen

Rachel Yallop | 2018

Copperplate Variations
The Ruling Pen

Rick Paulus | 2019

The Calligrapher's Process - From Conception to Completion

The Truly Flexible Pointed Pen

Marco Chioini | 2020


Christopher Haanes | 2020

Italics Correspondence Course

Yves Leterme | 2020

Built-Up Caps Online

Pat Blair | 2020

Copperplate Calligraphy - Lowercase & Uppercase

Carol DuBosch | 2020

Hand Embossing

Martha Laurens | 2020

Spencerian Script - Lowercase & Uppercase

Maria Helena | 2020

Seastones - The Smooth Journey to Flourishing

Claudio Gil | 2020

Bruta LaGrafia, Calligraphy Beyond Styles

Skyler Chubak | 2021

Acanthus Leaves

An Vanhentenrijik | 2021

Adventures with the Pointed Pen

Carol DuBosch | 2021


Lorna Mulligan | 2021

Watercolour Flowers

Paul Antonio | 2021

Copperplate Catchup

Schin Loong | 2021

Madarasz Script 

John Stevens | 2022

Brush Roman Capitals ​

Kalo Chu | 2022

Refine Your Script - Engrosser's 4 Week Workshop

Michael Sull | 2022

Scribes Spencerian Saga - Hosted by Martha Laurens 

Doris Wai | 2022

Lettering Lifestyle

Michelle Clemen | 2023

Fundamentals of Bottle Painting

Erin Sitting and Smiling

How This Works

... a bit about my process for on-site activations


Reach out HERE to tell me about your vision! Within 24-48 hours we'll talk though your vision in detail, either through video chat or a phone call


Within 24 hours of our chat, you'll be getting an email with a brief overview of our discussion, which will also include a detailed Quote & Contract for you to look over and then book me


Once booked, I will require samples to test. I will email photos of these tests for your approval to ensure brand standards are adhered to during the event


On event day, I will arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the official start time to prepare my table/area. Once the event starts, I'll be ready to create those special memories for your guests!


One the on-site event is complete, I will send you the final invoice within 24 hours, along with a feedback survey so you can give me any feedback to help me improve my services

(For more information about in-studio contracts please reach out directly here for a custom quote)



Custom Orders

Je suis tellement contente d’avoir choisi les services de Erin Neilson pour mon projet «  Mehdi 50 » , le résultat dépassaient de loin toutes mes espérances! Je recommande vivement ses services pour vos projets. En attendant d’avoir à faire de nouveau avec Erin , je lui souhaite de magnifiques projets à venir.

Audacieuse Vanille, Chalkboard Signage

Erin did a phenomenal job! Our menu boards are now beautiful, fancy and fit the atmosphere of our store.  It’s a game changer : we can see clients paying a lot more attention to our menu now! Thank you!! 

- Paulina | Owner

Jess & Olivier,

Erin personalized my wedding invitations and they were AMAZING. The hand made touch added so much flair and made them very distinguished. 10/10.

Erin a personnaliser mes invitations de mariages et elles étaient GÉNIALES. La petite touche faite à la main les a rendu tellement plus chiques et distinguées! 10/10

Maison Birks, 
Brand Activation

Working with Erin was easy from start to finish! So professional and the calligraphy was perfectly done

- Melinda Bishara | Digital Graphic Designer

Chris & Phil,

It was a pleasure to work with Erin and her calligraphy services. From the moment of initial inquiry to the completion of the work, Erin was great at communicating how the process flows and answered all of our questions. I would certain recommend her services - 5 stars! 

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