Black Friday sale – part 1

This is the first year I’ve really done anything for Black Friday – and I’m excited to say my modern calligraphy sets are now ON SALE in my Etsy shop.

If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone creative, then this is the perfect Christmas present idea. And today you can SAVE 10% – while stocks last!

modern calligraphy set

We’ve included everything you could possibly need in this beautiful quality beginners calligraphy kit. As soon as it arrives, you’ll be able to dive straight in!
It includes a gorgeous book full of advice, letters to copy and practice, alphabets and examples.

This kit gives you so much more than most: it includes personalised journal, dip pen and ink, high quality nib, gift tags, gridline paper sheets and modern calligraphy guide book.

The kit is beautifully and securely packaged, and includes a lovely NEW gold foil printed presentation box so you can keep all of your calligraphy bits and pieces inside.


Click here to order! The 10% discount will be applied automatically while stocks last or until 26th November


– A4 presentation box

– Personalised journal with your name on

– Introduction to Modern Calligraphy book (32 pages)
– first shapes and strokes
– alphabets to study and copy
– first words and notes on joining letters
– quotes to copy and practice
– mirror & chalkboard lettering tips
– tips for buying calligraphy supplies

– 1 jar of black calligraphy ink

– Black oblique penholder*
– High quality calligraphy nib

– 10 gift tags (blank)

– Brush lettering pen

– Starter pack of paper with printed gridlines




There’s still time to buy your 2019 calendar – the next batch will ship early December!

If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone special, then Amy Swann and I have something very special for you. If you haven’t spotted it yet,  our wall calendar for 2019 is available to buy on Not On The High Street – we’re getting the last batch in from our printers very soon and they’ll ship out to customers the first week in December!


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.

Black Friday offers – calligraphy workshop discount and gift voucher

For those of you who’d like to try a little calligraphy of your own, I am running a Black Friday offer on selected modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester.

You can save 10% on FOUR of my Manchester calligraphy classes if you book TODAY*

Click on the links below to find out more and book your places!


Friday 22nd February 2019
Click for details – Absolute beginners’ introduction to modern calligraphy
Book your places

Saturday 27th April
Click for details – Wedding calligraphy workshop
Book your places

Friday 21st June
Brush lettering workshop
Book your places

Saturday 17th August
Intermediate modern calligraphy workshop
Book your places

*offer ends 26th November 2018 and is subject to availability – only 16 students per class at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, and 12 per class in the Secret Study at Ziferblat in Manchester Media City

I’m happy to say you can now book a modern calligraphy workshop with a GIFT VOUCHER so you actually have something to give on Christmas day. Just ask me when you book!

Our Etsy sale starts today! Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ poem 30% discount

Save 30% on our beautiful calligraphy print of Rudyard Kipling‘s most popular poem – the classic ‘If’.

This is one of our favourite classic poems on Etsy, and is hand finished with 22 carat gold leaf.

We love this as a gift for a student or graduate, or a father or grandfather. It’s inspirational, motivational – and a lovely way to show how proud you are of someone you love!

It’s also a fabulous retirement gift – and truly unique as a Christmas gift for someone special.

Rudyard Kipling If poem gift

The calligraphy is scanned and reproduced from a handwritten original piece. Paper is lightly textured, quality Italian stock. The print measures 45cm x 32cm – it’s perfect for trimming to an A3 or 12 x 16″ frame.

To buy your Rudyard Kipling calligraphy print and save 30% visit my Etsy shop at

This offer is strictly limited and ends on 30th November 2018

The full wording for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ is –

If you can keep your head when all about you
⁠Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
⁠But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
⁠Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
⁠And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
⁠If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
⁠And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
⁠Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
⁠And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
⁠And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
⁠And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
⁠To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
⁠Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
⁠Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
⁠If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
⁠With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
⁠And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Source – Wikisource

Coming soon… our Black Friday discount for calligraphy family tree prints

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? With black Friday rapidly approaching, I’m preparing a few very special discounts for all of your Christmas presents – so keep an eye on my blog and social media this week!

Starting this Friday – save 30% on a family tree print on Not On The High Street!

Our popular family tree prints are top sellers at Christmas. They’re unique, different, and celebrate family in the most beautiful way!

The calligraphy family tree prints are perfect for young families. They’re ideal for new grandparents – most of the orders we get through the year are for family trees for 70th or 80th birthday gifts.

You’ll find more details on our calligraphy family tree prints here –

Calligraphy family tree print on Not On The High Street
Calligraphy family tree (frame not included)

Remember to bookmark the site and come back on Friday to order your very own family tree print… or keep an eye on my blog and social channels for more news and special offers throughout the week!

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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.