A modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester: Friday 11th August 2017 at 1pm

It’s 6 weeks until my next modern calligraphy class in Manchester’s fabulous Northern Quarter. I’d love for you to join me – classes are small and relaxed, with around 10 – 14 students learning how to write beautiful modern letters.

Image credit Inbetween Days Photography

Classes are aimed at absolute beginners. We start with how to prepare your nib and make simple marks on the page – within 2 hours you’ll be writing a gorgeous script in your very own style.

Photo credit Inbetween Days Photography Brighton

You even get to take home your personalised calligraphy kit and buy extra goodies from my little pop-up shop on the day!


These lovely pics are from fabulous photographer Laura at Inbetween Days Photography.

British Flowers Week – a glorious summer photoshoot and a fabulously floral Wild & Painterly wedding invitation

I’m always thrilled when Annabel from Love My Dress features photoshoots with my calligraphy. This time, doubly excited because the invitation suite featured is a collaboration with my fave illustrator, lovely Amy Swann. Captured by amazing photographer Jo Bradbury, this shoot sings of blissful summer days filled with colour, birdsong and laughter.

Flowers are by the amazing Claire at Wharfedale Grange. Dresses are  ‘Gardenia’ by Claire Pettibone and ‘Berangere’ by Cymbeline.

“I spotted the hand-written talent of wedding calligrapher Claire Gould, of By Moon and Tide a mile off…” ~ Annabel Beeforth, Love My Dress

Amy Swann’s statement wedding cake is out of this world – a creation of pure beauty which perfectly captures the essence of a summer meadow. You can almost see the poppies swaying in the breeze…

The invitation is a bespoke version of the Classic Peony design, which is available for purchase here. The torn edge version with handwritten calligraphy starts at £7 per invitation – please get in touch for a quote.



Rose gold bespoke wedding calligraphy invitation on BLOVED blog

It’s always so exciting to see my calligraphy on a major wedding blog, and last week was the turn of one of my favourites – lovely BLOVED blogger Catharine featured a bespoke illustrated invitation with hand lettering in a rose gold inspiration feature.

This richly illustrated invite suite has such a pretty aesthetic for a summer wedding, with illustrated florals by my wonderful friend Amy Swann. Protea and tumbling foliage create depth and texture in the design – in this case we added a touch of rose gold leaf from Hanover for extra sparkle and shine!

The lettering was handwritten in Finetec rose gold ink – with everything from place names and menus lettered by hand in the same colour.

To see the full shoot on BLOVED blog, please click: http://blovedblog.com/weddings/rose-gold


Photography: Brightside Photography
Stylist: Elizabeth Hall Event Design
Venue: Turvey House
Hair: Hair Hostess
Makeup: Adele Faye Make Up
Campervan photobooth: The Boho Booth
Flowers: The Flower Story
Wedding Dress: Truvelle
Groomswear: Hugh Harris Formal by Design
Accessories: Miss Clemmie
Stationery: Amy Swann Cakes and Stationery with Calligraphy for Weddings

Inside my modern calligraphy workshop – a photo diary with Zen Photo, Manchester

All this year I’m inviting photographers along to my modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester, to help me share them with you and show you what happens during the class! I was so pleased to have lovely Zenna Barry from Zen Photo in Manchester coming to the calligraphy class in May – we had such a great day and I’m excited for June’s class already!

Zenna took such beautiful pictures during the workshop – I hope they’ll give you a taster of what the calligraphy workshops involve, and encourage you to come and join us soon!

She also had plenty of time to get to grips with a dip pen and nib, and to create her own beautiful letters. And she was so good at lettering!!


My workshops are held at Space2 in Manchester’s fabulous Craft & Design Centre. I love the place – the artisan shops are full of incredibly beautiful ceramics, papercrafts, jewellery and more.

Every student at the modern calligraphy workshop takes home a simplified version of my calligraphy starter kit complete with pen and nib, ink, brush lettering pen and worksheets. Every kit is personalised too!

Some of my favourite examples from the day – I love Carole’s beautiful quote written with a dip pen and then brush lettering pen – after just over 2 hours of learning modern calligraphy!

Calligraphy kits include alphabet samplers to copy, and cheat sheets to trace for a little extra confidence!

Each class has a lovely mix of attendees – crafty folks, wedding creatives, brides-to-be and their friends. Corrie’s business The Soirée Stylists hires out wedding props and styling touches – so calligraphy is a natural skill to add to her repertoire!

Reviews & recommendations

a wonderful afternoon learning the art of modern calligraphy with the amazing Claire Gould @bymoonandtide thank you so much you are a brilliant teacher.” Nicola Williams (learning calligraphy is one of her 40 things to do before she turns 40 – she completed a half marathon this week too!)

Fantastic workshop. I’ve learnt so much! Now for the practice!… Thanks Claire for your patient guidance and tuition, it was great fun” Clare Love

Best workshop ever! Loved every minute. Thank you so much” Kathryn Mitchelhill

Thank you Claire, it was a lovely afternoon, would definitely recommend it!!” Sarah Cooper

Had the most amazing day with @bymoonandtide at a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester’s Craft & Design centre. Thanks so much for a fantastic day – I loved every minute & can’t wait to get practicing!Sally Jane 

If you’d like to come along this month there are a handful of places left and you can book online here: Modern calligraphy workshop, 23rd June

I’m running workshops in August, October and November too – to find out more and book your places, please visit By Moon & Tide: Workshops


Thank you Zenna!

Huge thanks for the images of May’s calligraphy class to lovely wedding photographer Zenna Barry from Zen Photo in Manchester. She’s an absolute star and comes highly recommended by me!