Once again, I’m super excited to be hosting a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester’s brilliantly creative Northern Quarter – come and join me?
It’s all happening on the afternoon of the 7th of October (a Friday) and I’d love to see you there!
You’ll join a group of a dozen or so, all absolute beginners in calligraphy, and learn how to write with a traditional dip pen.
We start with the very basics – holding your pen, loading it with ink, making lines and shapes… and swirls, and basic letters, and eventually writing quotes and names and more!
I’ll show you how to use lightness and pressure to create beautiful thin and thick strokes. You won’t be an expert by the end of the day – but you’ll have your own calligraphy style to take home and refine… and you’ll know just how to turn your lettering into gorgeous modern calligraphy.
Towards the end of the workshop I’ll introduce you to brush pen calligraphy too!
Calligraphy can be so affordable… in the grand scheme of your wedding budget, a little detail like place names can provide such a lovely personal touch and for a fraction of your overall spend. My prices are crystal clear, published online and in my Etsy shop so you know just what you’re getting! You can also email me for a quote for bespoke items (signage, calligraphy menus and other stationery)
Place name calligraphy starts at just £1.10 per name for first names only if you provide the cards. For full names the price is £1.60, and if you’d like me to provide cards for you I will be happy to – they start at just 10p per card.
Calligraphy is more than just writing: it’s art, craftsmanship and creativity – and as such it lends real elegance to place settings and wedding tables. Most of my work over the summer months is writing place names for weddings, and I’m already taking bookings for weddings all the way through to December.
I have some slots available over the summer but they are running out fast, so do get in touch as soon as you can if you’d like me to write your place names in calligraphy! email@example.com
I designed these pieces for lovely Katie and Nancy at www.katiejulia.com and www.lilyandsageevents.co.uk. The grey tones work wonderfully in a long, modern and elegant script which uses the whole place name card to play with the lettering.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. Why not spice up your July with something special – come and join me for a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester’s brilliantly creative Northern Quarter? The next workshop will be on the afternoon of the 22nd of July (a Friday). I’d love to see you there!
You’ll learn how to write with a traditional dip pen, using lightness and pressure to create beautiful thin and thick strokes. I’ll teach the basics of a modern calligraphy alphabet and introduce you to brush pen calligraphy too!
The price is £59 payable on booking and places are limited so please book early! I teach every workshop myself and will be there all day to help you learn your calligraphy skills.
Calligraphy pens, paper, inks, practice sheets and examples will be provided.
At the end of the calligraphy workshop you’ll take home your pen and nib set, paper and practice sheets and guidelines for practicing at home. I’ll also bring a handful of my own calligraphy books which you can buy on the day at a reduced rate of just £15 – perfect if you want to keep practising modern calligraphy at home.
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 pkprophoto.uk 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!
February’s modern calligraphy workshop was filmed by Paul Kyte Wedding Photography for the pkprophoto.uk 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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!
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: