New dates for modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester!


I’m delighted to announce some new modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester for 2016. I LOVE these days: they’re an adventure for me, away from my little studio and a chance to meet brilliant, creative and friendly people. I do hope to see you at one of these dates! More info & online booking here

Friday 29th April
Friday 27th May
Friday 22nd July
Friday 19th August
Friday 7th October
Friday 18th November

All workshops run from 1pm until 4pm and are held in Space2, the lovely little classroom space at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre.

Handwritten invitations and envelopes are making a huge comeback for UK weddings this year – and they look amazing. The beauty of modern calligraphy is its freedom: there are no rules to how you form your letters, and once you’ve learned the basics at one of my workshops you’ll go on to develop your own lettering style which you can use for your wedding stationery, or simply as a wonderfully therapeutic hobby!


If you’d like a taster of what’s in store, back in February my lovely friend Paul from joined us to film part of a workshop – I’m thrilled with this little film which shows just what happens in a modern calligraphy workshop – and I wanted to share it with you! If you’re interested in learning a little lettering and calligraphy for your wedding day, join me in Manchester for one of our dates this year – it’ll be fun!

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February’s modern calligraphy workshop was filmed by Paul Kyte Wedding Photography for the blog. Paul is a Cheshire photographer whose style I love – we featured James & Sarah’s gorgeous sunflower wedding on the blog a few months ago.

Even though I wasn’t actually taking part in the class I was struck by the welcoming, warm atmosphere of the workshop and in no time at all the participants were busy learning their craft while chatting, laughing and listening to Claire’s tuition which was delivered with a friendly smile and easy going nature. I really hope that my film captures the fun of the session as well as demonstrating how the class is set up.” ~ Paul Kyte Photography


Subtle, delicate calligraphy for a styled bridal shoot in Kent

I was thrilled to be asked to take part in a styled shoot with wedding creatives in Kent recently. The concept was exciting: a bridal shoot with a haunting story of timeless romance – and the plan for the day meant lots of wonderfully soft colours and gently flowing calligraphy.


I designed and lettered an invitation suite on the palest grey stationery: a glorious dove grey with ink a shade or two lighter to give the perfect contrast and create a soft look.


Table stationery was simple: place names written in a delicate and modern script, using only first names and allowing the letters to be drawn out for effect – my favourite calligraphy style for 2016.


The star of the show as far as my lettering goes was the love letter – a romantic quote from Wuthering Heights. Again the pale grey stationery is perfect for evoking a romance which lasts for eternity; the letters have a characterful slant and the ink is barely there, as if our love letter had been read a thousand, thousand times.


Photography: Kent wedding photographer Susan Arnold | Frou Frou Bride | Louise Large Hair & Makeup | Hire Love | Vintage Rose Cupcakes | My Fayre Favourite | Model Alejandra (Mrs Robinson Management) | Floral Design by Joanne Truby and location organised by Michael Meekhams at ODAS.

Emerald and gold wedding stationery collection


Lush emerald green coupled with glinting metallic gold ink… elegant calligraphy for a sophisticated wedding and the loveliest of details to set the scene for the most romantic of days. This calligraphy suite was created for couples looking to embrace nature’s most glorious of green hues in the styling of their day. The lettering is slanted, with long ascenders and understated curves – a style I adore writing at the moment.


To order your own bespoke wedding calligraphy sample set visit my Etsy calligraphy shop: CalligraphyStore on Etsy – bespoke sample set

To ask about calligraphy for your wedding please email me:

To join me at an upcoming calligraphy workshops check here for dates and availability: Modern calligraphy workshops for beginners



The fabulous Lake District wedding suppliers involved in this shoot:

Images by Lake District wedding photographer Jenny Heyworth
Calligraphy wedding stationery by Calligraphy for Weddings
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Wedding Cakes –  Suzanne at The Frostery, Manchester –
Flowers – Made In Flowers –
Hair and Makeup – Lucy Pearson –
Gowns – Julia Tasker –
Models – Steph and Martin, Ellie and Matt

Photos from our Manchester calligraphy workshop in February (and an invitation to join us in March!)

February was fantastic – with one of the best calligraphy workshops yet and a lovely bunch of students in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. I always take a few pictures of the day to remember it by… and looking back this time I really loved some of the progress everyone made on the day. So if you’d care for a peek at what happens in the workshops, scroll through the images and enjoy!

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There are still places available on my March calligraphy workshop where we’ll be focusing on gorgeous brush lettering and I would LOVE to see you there. You can book online at or contact me directly at to book your place.

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Everyone was a star on the day – by the end of the session I was fascinated by everyone’s lettering and really impressed with the progress all of the girls had made in just a few hours.

If you’d like to try your hand at calligraphy please join us on Friday the 18th of March for another Manchester workshop. All of your pens and paper will be provided along with alphabets, examples and practice sheets – and you get to take everything home with you to keep practicing!

Book online: or email to book your place.Claire

Brush lettering calligraphy and a colourful and alternative wedding suite!

Subtle, pastel, barely there calligraphy and type has been a huge wedding trend and looks set to continue well into 2016… but there are always couples looking for something different. I was asked to create a sample calligraphy set using bright colours which would be really unique and eye-catching… and brush lettering was absolutely perfect for the occasion!

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All images are by lovely Emma B Photography

Learn brush lettering like this!

The larger lettering is done with a brush pen, and I’ll be teaching this style at my brush lettering workshop in Manchester on the 18th of March. Do come along: we still have a few places left on the day (which runs from 1pm until 4pm and is in the wonderful Northern Quarter).

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The smaller lettering is written with a Nikko G nib, in gouache. It’s a more delicate technique, but still a playful and casual style – perfect for a festival or tipi wedding, a summer celebration or a barn or outdoor reception.

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They say you should be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons. While I think pigeons are pretty cute, there’s something to be said for that flamingo… and I suspect any flamingo couple would choose colours for their wedding stationery. The most important thing? Don’t be shy: be YOU. Choose bright, and be bold!

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I love working with other wedding creatives, and this shoot was an absolute treat to be a part of. Credit where credit is due to an amazing bunch of north west wedding suppliers:

Venue: The amazing Hoghton Tower
Emma B Photography
Betsy’s Living Vintage
Big Chief Tipis
Felicity Farm Flowers
The One Who Bakes
Areles Bridal
Kerry Baker Make-up
Victoria Shoesmith (Hair)
Beautiful model Kerri

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Sneak peek: brush calligraphy in a rainbow palette – and learn to write like this!

How would you like to learn to write wedding invitations just like these? Because I can teach you! There are still a handful of spots left at my brush lettering workshop in Manchester on Friday the 18th of March… and one of them could (literally!) have your name on.

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To book your place at the workshop click here – the link will take you to my Etsy shop where you can see full details of the workshop and buy online.


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I’ve been sharing brush lettering demos on my Instagram these last few days, and writing tons of examples for the workshop next Friday. However you find your way around the brush lettering pens, I know we’ll have a super fun session and you’ll leave at the end of the day feeling inspired, excited to practice and keen to perfect your newfound brush lettering skills! You’ll soon be able to write gorgeous envelopes and stationery pieces just like these, if you want to!


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Huge thanks to lovely Lancashire wedding photographer Emma B Photography for taking such gorgeous images and allowing me to share them with you. They’re from a rainbow coloured styled wedding shoot which I will share some more from very soon! The place cards are vibrant and colourful, the table styling is out of this world.

The shoot involved an amazing bunch of north west wedding suppliers:

Hoghton Tower, Emma B Photography, Betsy’s Living Vintage, Big Chief Tipis, Felicity Farm Flowers, The One Who Bakes, Areles Bridal, Kerry Baker Make-up, Victoria Shoesmith (Hair), Beautiful model Kerri

How to use brush calligraphy in your wedding invitations

As I’ve been practising a little brush lettering ready for next Friday’s calligraphy workshop, I wanted to share an idea with you: if you’re learning calligraphy and want to incorporate it into your day, there’s plenty of choice of projects to inspire your creative fingers… but one of my favourites is designing your own invitations.

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I have a bit of a paper fetish… I think it’s acceptable; it comes with my work! I adore designer invitations, I love crafts, and I have a lot of admiration for anyone who jumps in and designs their own invitations. Incorporating your own style into the design of your wedding stationery will personalise those wonderful little details of the day, and possibly save you money as well. The trick? Keep it simple!

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These little invitations took me half an hour to make. They’re super simple… all you need is a computer with a word processing or design programme (Microsoft Word will do; I used Photoshop because I happened to have it open!), a printer, card, a brush pen, and a guillotine.

Printed lettering for your invitations and save the dates can be super simple. I quickly chose a sans serif font, typed up the main wording for my invitations and save the dates, aligned it centrally and printed as many copies as I needed onto A4 card.

I trimmed the cards, leaving PLENTY of space at the top. This is key: calligraphy looks fab if it fills the page, but I think it looks better with a little empty space around… it adds elegance.

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Then I practised… first with a pencil to work out the layout for the calligraphy words and then with a Pentel Color brush to get used to how the pen would work on the cards. Kraft card has a wonderfully rough surface and so the brush pen lettering has a dry finish which I love – but you might find you prefer using a little more ink to get smoother letters.

When you’re happy with your calligraphy – off you go with the invitations and save the dates. Have fun! And remember – the beauty of handwritten calligraphy is that no one invitation is the same as another. There’ll be minor differences when your brush pen takes a flourish in an unexpected direction… but that’s creativity for you. You’ll have a batch of wonderfully characterful, unique wedding invitations – and your guests will adore them!

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Would you like to join me for a brush lettering workshop in Manchester on Friday the 18th of March?

Book your place at the brush calligraphy workshop now!

Booking online is easy: simply pay for your place in my Etsy shop. Full details are here:

Brush calligraphy workshop in Manchester, 18th March

The next calligraphy workshop is going to be a little different – I’m going to be teaching the most popular calligraphy style for beginners, which is brush pen lettering. It’s so easy to get started: the brush pen technique is easier than writing with a metal nib and for this reason you see it everywhere on instagram etc. these days.

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Brush lettering workshop: on the day

We’ll be learning the basics: how to hold and move a brush lettering pen, and how to shape letters in a pattern to form a pretty lettering style.

There are many different brush calligraphy styles so you will learn a couple of these on the day.

We’ll also experiment with different pens: a basic brush pen to begin with, and then my favourite: the Pentel colour brush is all kinds of fun to write with!

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The workshop will start at 1pm and end at 4pm in Space 2 at the Manchester Craft & Design centre.

You get to take home your brush pens, alphabet samples and instructions and I am confident every student to have learned all of the tricks and tips you’ll need to write a pretty brush pen alphabet by the end of the day.

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Book your place at the brush calligraphy workshop now!

Booking online is easy: simply pay for your place in my Etsy shop.

Once you’ve booked, your spot on the workshop is guaranteed!

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