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!

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