When it comes to handwriting, Courtney Youmans of Courtligraphy certainly makes the grade with her beautifully elaborate calligraphy and hand-lettering skills that add a unique touch to any invitation or announcement.
“I’ve always been artistic, and it comes from my dad, Jeff Youmans, who passed down his creativity to me,” she said. “I made a New Year’s resolution in 2016 that I would learn how to do calligraphy, and over two years, I honed my skills.”
A former teacher and Milledgeville native, Youmans is currently attending nursing school and started Courtligraphy to earn an income between careers. Along with calligraphy, she offers chalkboard art, digital artwork, T-shirt art and wooden signs.
The custom digital artwork she creates is drawn on her iPad, then watercolor is added by hand. She has been commissioned by several impressive clients (University of Georgia, Georgia College, University of West Georgia) to create one-of-a-kind renderings of historic buildings.
“Recently, I’ve been commissioned by a local sorority to draw their house,” she said. “I can create nearly anything that someone wants to commemorate through art.”
Youmans stays on top of popular cultural trends such as pictorial baby announcements and pregnancy gender reveal parties. The most fashionable announcements always include personalized message boards created by an artist.
She has created dozens of chalkboard and digital boards for such occasions as well as birthdays, church events, weddings and holidays.
Another popular trend is taking a picture of a child on his or her first day of school while holding a board with personalized information such as age, grade and favorite things. Of course, most parents want their child’s board to be visually appealing, but not all are so talented at creating it themselves. Youmans is the go-to artist to craft the board of your dreams with special touches showcasing the child’s personality.
“I would love to show my work to local businesses who utilize chalkboard menus and artwork,” she said. “Also, if there is a special event at a restaurant, I can come in specifically for that affair and make it extraordinary with personalized artwork.”
Courtligraphy is also a company with a conscious. Youmans is a committed mental health advocate and makes each Monday a day to create positivity through her art. She posts inspirational quotes on her Facebook page to help those that find themselves depressed or anxious. She generously donates a portion of each purchase to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — a cause that is very close to her heart.
“These funds go toward providing resources in the schools and communities to help prevent suicide, as well as help with postventions after a suicide loss. Suicide awareness and prevention is something I am extremely passionate about, so when you support my small business, you are helping to save lives, too,” she said.
Although Youmans will soon move to Augusta for school, she said she will return home to Milledgeville frequently and can meet with clients during those visits. Her business is mainly online orders through Instagram and Facebook.