New calligraphy starter kit with book!

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Learning calligraphy has never been so easily accessible. Through my workshops at The Handmade Fair and in teaching at Manchester Craft & Design Centre I’ve learned just how quickly some of you take to beautiful lettering – and you’ve inspired me to update my calligraphy starter kit with a new version for 2016. This calligraphy kit has EVERYTHING you’ll need to get started. We think it’s the best you can buy.

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Order your calligraphy starter kit today and you will receive a dip pen, brush lettering pen, jar of ink, paper, gridlines and 36 page instruction book. The book is the pièce de résistance of the calligraphy kit: with 36 pages of step by step instructions, guides, letters and alphabets alongside beautifully styled calligraphy photos it will make learning your new craft a glorious journey.

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Many calligraphy kits on the market only include a dip pen and metal nib with some examples and alphabets. Others – the cheaper versions – only include a brush lettering pen and a booklet. Ours gives you both, with a colour printed book and guidelines to follow. Experimenting with modern lettering and playing with brush pens are both so much fun – so explore both!

You can order your copy of the calligraphy starter kit NOW on Etsy or via my Not on the High Street store:

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Buy now: Etsy | Not on the High Street

Calligraphy workshops in Manchester: see our new film from the classroom!

Friday the 15th of January was our first calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. 13 lovely students came along, and we learned – as we always do – how to get to grips with a dip pen and pointed nib, working our way through some simple exercises and learning a basic calligraphy alphabet. For the first time ever, the day was captured on film by lovely Paul Kyte Wedding Photography for the pkprophoto.uk blog.

26th February: modern calligraphy – full details & online booking here
18th March: brush pen lettering – full details & online booking here
29th April: modern calligraphy – full details & online booking here
27th May: modern calligraphy – full details & online booking here

It was a great day – I remember lots of giggles and as everyone mastered their pens it was just fantastic to see all of your different lettering styles emerge.

Huge thanks to everyone who came along: Fiona (thanks for the interview!), Kay, Emma and Jessie; Sue and Emma, Amy and Kerry, Vanessa and Gemma, Louise and Nicki – you were fabulous. Oh, and you’re film stars!

I can thoroughly recommend Paul Kyte to any wedding business owners who are looking to collaborate on a ‘how to’ style film to use online; and especially to brides and grooms looking for really good photography and an unobtrusive, super friendly photographer with something different to offer! Check out the pkprophoto.uk blog for more info.

I’d like to credit those of my fellow film stars whose websites I know:

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New! From £1.60 each: place names in calligraphy

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Much of my work in 2015 was creating bespoke lettering sample for photographers and wedding stylists. I love designing for a new brief, and knowing my calligraphy will be heading out for an adventure – and today was my first piece of calligraphy to head off to a photoshoot. These place names are of course available to buy for weddings too: and the matching accessories for couples who like to do things differently can be purchased as bespoke items.

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Luxe hand written calligraphy place cards in red ink on a super soft watercolour card. These place names are strokeable… their super soft finish is pure luxury. Choose these little cards for an informal celebration in an intimate or rustic wedding venue.

 

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Every card is handwritten for you in modern calligraphy lettering, with a traditional metal dip pen and red calligraphy ink. Cards are hand torn, English milled paper with depth and a smooth texture – the essence of quality.

Ordering is really simple: buy the listing, and send your list of names in the ‘notes to seller’ when you place your order. Your cards will be written and despatched within 14 days.

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I also write calligraphy love letters, perfect for Valentine’s Day. They’re priced from £30 for up to 60 words and are a lovely gift which your other half will treasure forever. Email to check my availability, and include your wording for a price. hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

New calligraphy workshops in Manchester: 26th February 2016

FOR LATEST WORKSHOP DATES SEE Manchester Calligraphy Workshops

I’m thrilled to be able to announce another calligraphy workshop in Manchester on the 26th of February and I’d love you to come!

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Workshops in 2015 were fantastic: everyone got to grips with their calligraphy pens quickly and there were some amazing scripts taking shape… we even played with flourishing and different lettering styles, which was so much fun to teach! There’ll be more of the same in 2016, and this is your chance to come and see what it’s all about!

To book, visit Etsy.com/shop/calligraphystore or email me: hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

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The February workshop will be for absolute beginners once again. It’s going to be lots of fun and I’d LOVE for you to come and join me for a day playing with pens and learning gorgeous contemporary scripts. We’ll be at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre in the Northern Quarter from 11am until 3pm and there are 14 spaces available – booking starts today!

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You’ll learn:

How to hold, wiggle and write with a traditional dip pen
The basics of contemporary lettering
It’s a hands-on day so I’ll be demonstrating a little, but most of the time you’ll be writing and I’ll be giving pointers and helping you

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I’ll provide:

Calligraphy pens, paper, inks
Practice sheets and examples

You’ll need:

Just your lovely self
Lunch won’t be provided, but there’s a fabulous cafe on site – full details will be provided on booking.

You’ll take home:

Your pen and nib set, paper and practice sheets
Guidelines for practicing at home
The beautifully lettered goodies you’ve written on the day!

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The price is £59 payable on booking. To book either visit my Etsy shop Etsy.com/shop/calligraphystore or email me: hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com. I can accept payments by bank transfer or PayPal, whichever is easiest for you.

The class will begin at 11am and finish at 3pm. The location is very easily accessible in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – details and directions will be provided on booking.

There is space for 14 students so please book early!

I’ll be teaching the class myself and will be there all day to help you learn your calligraphy skills 🙂

Book your place today! click here to reserve your place

 

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A modern version of ‘Bless This House’ – and the perfect Christmas gift available now

Christmas brings families closer, and is the perfect time of year to give a sentimental gift to your loved ones. The words from a Muppets’ Christmas Carol are wonderful – I couldn’t resist writing them in calligraphy on this beautifully illustrated print by Amy Swann. We’re selling copies at an introductory price of only £18, and you can order yours today in time for Christmas.

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Bless us all,
who gather here
The loving family
I hold dear
No place
on earth compares with
home
and every path
will bring me back
from where I roam

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With beautiful images by the fabulous Melissa Beattie Photography
Illustration by the incredible Amy Swann

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Calligraphy Christmas Cards – just a few left!

Time is running out to buy Christmas cards for 2015, and we have a few of our lovely illustrated designs left to sell: if you’d like to buy yours you can find them sold in packs of 4 on Etsy.com or as individual cards at Not On The High Street. Browse here; choose your favourites; click on the links below to buy online. Thank you so very much for supporting an independent small business this Christmas!

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Set of 4 illustrated calligraphy Christmas cards available on Etsy.com. Includes 4 different designs, with white envelopes. Blank inside for your own message. Click to buy
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Where to buy

Each set of 4 Christmas cards includes 4 different designs, as shown below. To buy all 4, click ‘Illustrated calligraphy Christmas Cards Pk 4

To buy single cards, please click the links alongside the images shown below.

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Christmas card: Christmas waves a magic wand over the world and behold everything is softer and more beautiful – single card available exclusively on Not On The High Street. Click to buy
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Christmas card: Christmas waves a magic wand over the world and behold everything is softer and more beautiful – single card available exclusively on Not On The High Street. Click to buy
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Christmas card: These wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives – single card available exclusively on Not On The High Street. Click to buy
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Christmas card: These wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives – single card available exclusively on Not On The High Street. Click to buy
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Christmas card: leave a little sparkle wherever you go – single card available exclusively on Not On The High Street. Click to buy
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Christmas card: I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year ~ Charles Dickens – single card available exclusively on Not On The High Street. Click to buy
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Christmas card: I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year ~ Charles Dickens – single card available exclusively on Not On The High Street. Click to buy

With beautiful images by the fabulous Melissa Beattie Photography
Illustration by the incredible Amy Swann

Elegant Autumn Wedding Inspiration featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs Blog

It’s been an incredible year for calligraphy and for this little business – I love collaborating with new people, and Melissa Beattie is one of the most amazing wedding photographers I’ve ever known. This wonderful shoot was styled by Louise from B.Loved and Styled by Louise, and featured on top wedding blog Elizabeth Anne Designs.

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Stationery was 100% handwritten, with Saunders watercolour card and an apricot ink. I tied the invitations with delicate metallic gold thread, matching the fine hairlines in the lettering.

 

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Melissa and Louise asked me to write a muslin backdrop in apricot ink, with the quote “The leaves are falling like they’re falling in love with the ground” – perfectly autumnal.

 

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A simple welcome board was written in brush calligraphy – one of my favourite pieces!

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The entire shoot was beautiful, and this is all because of the amazing team chosen by Melissa and Louise. The magical location, Healey Barn, is a perfect setting for an autumn wedding and I love how it was styled for the day. The gorgeous bride with her boho dress and fabulous bouquet makes this shoot one of the loveliest I’ve ever been involved in. Thank you so much, Louise and Melissa!

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Louise Beaukes Styling
Healey Barn
Instagram: https://instagram.com/crippsbarn/ (Also hashtag #crippshealeybarn)
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Dresses: Luellas Boudoir
Bridal Accessories:
Stationery and Calligraphy:
Silk Ribbons and Table Runner:
Makeup: Dani MUA
Hair Stylist: Steph O’Neill
Master Cakesmith:
Model: Emily Barnes from Tyne Tees Models

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Calligraphy prints for Christmas! Special introductory prices only until 18th December…

I’ve been ever so quiet over on Facebook this last couple of weeks as I worked on something beautiful with talented illustrator Amy Swann. We’ve had our heads together designing a collection of beautiful illustrated calligraphy prints, which are now available for you to buy online from my Etsy shop and at Not On The High Street!

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Bless us all, who gather here…

A beautiful illustrated calligraphy print to grace the walls of your home.

Click here to buy: Bless us all – calligraphy print

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Buy this beautiful print from just £18 for a limited time only – be one of the first to own this lovely piece of artwork and it’s yours for our special introductory price!

Introductory pricing from £18 is valid until December 19th

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Your very own personalised family tree for Christmas 2015

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Celebrate your family this Christmas with a beautifully illustrated and personalised family tree, or give as a wonderful and unique gift!

You’ll find this item EXCLUSIVELY in my shop at Not On The High Street: Calligraphy by Claire Gould

Printed from an original illustration by Amy Swann, with your names handwritten in modern calligraphy. Your tree will be printed on luxury textured white paper, and is sent ready to frame (please note: frame is not included)

The magical tree is painted in a timeless style with fabulous attention to detail: there are even birds in the tree!

Your names will be handwritten in calligraphy amongst the leaves and between the branches of the tree.

Buy now: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/calligraphyforweddings/product/personalised-handwritten-calligraphy-family-tree-print
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Roald Dahl nature quote

Buy now to claim your introductory price! Roald Dahl calligraphy quote

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Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who do’t believe in magic will never find it.
~ Roald Dahl

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Buy this beautiful print from just £18 for a limited time only – be one of the first to own this lovely piece of artwork and it’s yours for our special introductory price!

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Print size: Select from 12 x 16″ or 11 x 14″
Printed on quality white textured paper
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Personalised name print with handwritten calligraphy and real gold leaf

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Buy now: Personalised name print with gold leaf

A wonderful gift for a little girl, sister or friend – this personalised name print combines beautiful illustration with modern handwritten calligraphy, and is finished with real gold!

The first letter of your name will be written in 22 carat gold leaf – all by hand. The letters of your name will be in black ‘Moon Palace’ ink, which makes a fabulous contrast with the pretty floral wreath illustration in shades of blue and pink with lush foliage.

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