Beautiful – a bespoke calligraphy gift

I’m often asked to write bespoke calligraphy commissions for wedding presents, anniversary gifts and more. In October Denise got in touch with a very special request for a unique gift – a wedding reading she’d written for Sarah. 

It was a joy to write, in a romantic and flowing style which Denise found on my Instagram.

I have received the poem in the post today. Thank you so much, it truly is beautiful.
I am sure Sarah will be thrilled when she recives it next weekend.
You have a fabulous gift, your work is so fabulously presented and it has been a real pleasure doing business with you.
I will certainly come to you again for more bespoke pieces in the future and I will certainly recommend you to my friends.

To order a calligraphy poem as a gift for someone special, please email me – send me a copy of your poem and ask for a quote. Prices for calligraphy commissions start at £75.

Christmas family tree gift idea – NEW!

In these busy times of social media madness and posting every little piece of news online it’s easy to feel a little overwhelm, don’t you think?

With Christmas around the corner I’m busy writing family trees almost every day now, and I’ve decided to share the most important updates on my blog instead of simply dropping pics on Facebook or Instagram and rushing on to the next thing!

Today’s big news came from a chat with lovely Amy Swann (the wonderfully talented illustrator behind our beautiful new 2019 calendar and family tree print).

We’ve mentioned this from time to time over the last few weeks, and suddenly today it happened – we launched our Christmas family tree print! Amy’s illustration is wonderfully festive, wintry and with a kind of Scandinavian spirit which I adore.

Buy one of these over at and we’ll add your family’s names to it then send it as a digital file for you to print at home!

Of course, you can still buy our more summery family tree flavour over on Not On The High Street – it’s a beautiful print complete with birds and names are added in handwritten calligraphy.

I hope you love our new tree!

Click here to buy – Printable & Personalised Festive Family Tree

Free modern calligraphy online tutorial – for one month only!

Happy November! How are you? If you’re a calligraphy beginner then I have something rather unique I’d like to share with you today – my introduction to modern calligraphy ON FILM! This is the first time I’ve ever shared this calligraphy tutorial for free. It’s usually included in my online calligraphy course where you buy all 6 tutorials for a set price. But for one month only, I’m sharing this first video and worksheets with you FREE!

I filmed a series of 6 modern calligraphy workshops a couple of years ago. This is the first tutorial in the series, and introduces my modern calligraphy set – which now looks SO different to the original (I’ll do a little ‘unbox’ clip on the blog or my Instagram in a few days’ time).

If you’ve been to a calligraphy class with me in person, you’ll recognise the exercises and the advice I give about super thin, hairline strokes… and about not being too gentle with your nib on the downwards strokes.

The worksheets you’ll need to complete this workshop are here –

1. lines & pen pressure
2. loops and smooth pressure strokes

If you’d like to buy my calligraphy starter set you can – and do use the discount code in the video!

Modern calligraphy starter set

To watch a brief introduction to the full course see below.

Making Beautiful Letters – A Modern Calligraphy Workshop Online from Claire Gould on Vimeo.

If you enjoyed the video I would love for you to complete the full series of modern calligraphy workshops online. They cover alphabets and layouts, quotes and practice – and offer suggestions for exciting calligraphy projects in the last video.

Sign up for the full series of modern calligraphy tutorials here.

A beautifully illustrated wall calendar for 2019 – available now!

Every year, Amy Swann and I make plans for Christmas… and this year’s our best yet! We’ve had our heads together since the beginning of September to bring you a beautiful wall calendar for 2019. And it’s available to buy on Not On The High Street from TODAY!

We’re both absolutely thrilled with this. Amy’s illustrations really make it – each month has a floral design in the loveliest colours – my favourites are February (we chose vibrant reds for Valentines) and September (juicy blackberries). Amy loves April (blossom) and we both adore August, which became our cover image too.

The verse on the cover describes our 2019 calendar beautifully:

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden” ~ from The Secret Garden.

To order your copy of our calendar head over to Not On The High Street.