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.
Denise

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 www.ByMoonAndTide.com 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.

www.notonthehighstreet.com/calligraphyforweddings/product/2019-floral-wall-calendar

Christmas preparations at By Moon & Tide Calligraphy

With less than nine weeks until Christmas, we’re busy making plans and stocking up (pun not intended!) on gift tags and calligraphy kits for the festive season!

I’ve been working on some exercises for those of you learning calligraphy, and shared this Christmas card design on my social media. I love it because it’s deceptively easy to write, and teaches 3 important aspects of modern calligraphy:

1 – the technique of moving smoothly from a thin to a thick stroke

2 – the trick of seeing through the window* when your ink is about to run out

3 – the importance of not rushing! (this video is a time lapse – it actually takes over 3 minutes to create this card design)

It’s also wonderfully Christmassy!

I’ll be teaching this as a practice technique AND a Christmas card design in my calligraphy class on 7th December in Manchester. There are still tickets available and I’d love to see you there!

Link for info & tickets – www.eventbrite.co.uk
Facebook group for updates on this event – facebook.com/events/2242810669287323

Modern calligraphy – a way to relax and slow down

In every calligraphy course I teach, someone will say ‘It’s so therapeutic’ – with a little note of happy surprise. I wait for the moment, I guess who’ll say it first, and I love it when they do.

Modern calligraphy is the loveliest hobby, and accessible for almost everyone. Watching the graceful movements of your pen, seeing the calligraphy nib bend and the ink flow – it’s almost hypnotic.

The key to modern calligraphy, whether you’re writing with a pointed pen or a brush lettering pen, is slowness.

Photography credit: Verona Lain

We rarely write these days. When we do, it’s either fast notes on the phone or in a meeting, or perhaps an exam where the challenge is basically to get as many words onto some sheets of paper as is humanly possible within 90 minutes.

That’s no fun!

Writing calligraphy as an art is different. Every shape can be carefully considered, every stroke of the pen should be planned – even if that becomes a subconscious process.

Modern lettering artists write slowly. The play between hand (pen) and eye is a rhythmic one. And as you learn calligraphy you come to appreciate the difference between everyday writing and lettering arts.

Calligraphy practice at home in the evenings can be a beautiful escape from the past paced lives we lead. After a busy day at work, treat yourself to half an hour in a quiet room, with a little music and a glass of wine. Find some lovely smooth paper to write on, and use your favourite coloured ink. Then take your time, relax your breathing and practice your letters – slowly.

Learning calligraphy really is therapeutic – and it’s not just about the letters but about consciously focusing on your creativity, away from the rest of the world.


Join me for a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester on December 7th, or check out these dates for 2019 –

6th February – Coniston – Modern calligraphy workshop
6th February – Coniston – Brush lettering workshop
(Combined tickets for both sessions here)

22nd February – Manchester – Absolute beginners’ introduction to modern calligraphy

27th April – Manchester – Wedding calligraphy workshop

21st June – Manchester – Brush lettering workshop

17th August – Manchester – Intermediate modern calligraphy workshop

11th October – Manchester – Modern calligraphy workshop

30th November – Manchester – Christmas calligraphy workshop

Let’s get festive! Modern calligraphy class – Manchester 7th December

This year is rushing by so quickly: I can’t believe it’s less than 9 weeks until Christmas! We were chatting about calligraphy practice in my workshop last week, and everyone agreed we’d be practising our lettering skills on gift tags and envelopes… it’s the PERFECT time of year to play with your pens!

I’ll be running a Christmas calligraphy class on the 7th of December in Manchester. It’s going to be all lovely and festive… I’m hoping the guys at Flourish will have appropriate flowers and sparkly bits so I can decorate appropriately and really get in the Christmas spirit!

We’ll be writing the obvious ‘Merry Christmas’ and practising for cards and gift tags – we’ll also look at little projects and ways to use calligraphy creatively over the Christmas party season.

We’ll also play with colourful inks and papers, and generally get in the mood for the festive season with some Christmassy calligraphy lettering!

Suitable for absolute beginners and those of you who’ve learned a little calligraphy, this is a relaxed modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Buy your ticket for the Christmas calligraphy workshop here

Date: Friday 7th December
Time: 1pm – 3:30
Location: Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Price £65

View this calligraphy class as a Facebook event (click ‘interested’ to follow and see occasional updates!)

Thank you – our October calligraphy workshop was a lovely success!

My feet are finally touching the ground after Saturday’s lovely calligraphy class in Manchester. Thank you to everyone who came along – you were such a nice group of students to teach – and SO talented! I really enjoyed spending the day with everyone, and wish you all well on your modern calligraphy journey.

For anyone reading who couldn’t make it on Saturday, this was a calligraphy workshop where we explored both pointed pen calligraphy and brush lettering. In the first hour we learned about the pointed pen and nib, working with Sumi ink to create flowing, swirling shapes and the thin hairlines and thick swells which define modern lettering.

Then we moved on to brush pen calligraphy, which is a very different technique, although the same principle of thick and thin lines does apply. It was really interesting to see how some students found brush lettering easier, while most actually enjoyed and had more success with the metal nibs.

If anyone would like to refresh their calligraphy skills in 2019 I’m running an intermediate modern calligraphy class in Manchester in August. This will be a friendly catchup session for those of you who’ve been to one of my previous workshops, or who have a little modern calligraphy experience under your belts. We’ll skip all the ‘how to hold your pen’ stuff, and focus on creating beautifully smooth, flowing lettering. We’ll compare penholders and talk about any projects you’re working on, and I’ll demonstrate things like laying out quotes and creating different lettering styles.

I’ll be back in Manchester on the 7th of December for a Christmas calligraphy workshop – I can’t wait!! The last modern calligraphy class of the year will be festive and FUN! We’ll write gift tags and cards, play with colourful inks and papers, and generally get in the mood for the festive season with some Christmassy calligraphy lettering!

You can book places now by following this link: Christmas calligraphy workshop. The full details (location and time) are below.

Date: Friday 7th December 2018
Time: 1 – 3.30
Place:  Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Price: £65

 


Buy your ticket for the Christmas calligraphy workshop here

Join the Event group on Facebook for this workshop

Tickets also available on Eventbrite