Christmas is coming…

We’re getting our glitter ON this Friday in Manchester – with only 5 days to go until my Festive Modern Calligraphy Workshop the last few tickets are just £55!

You get to take home your calligraphy pen and nib, all the worksheets from the class, and some festive goodies… bauble gift tags, personalised cloche baubles which you will MAKE, and your very own, very special Christmas card!

Come and join us – last-minute tickets do tend to sell quickly and we have just four left!!

Calligraphy workshop tickets & info here

Calligraphy workshops SALE extended!! Save on my Manchester classes if you book by Friday!

What a week it’s been! So many lovely things to make and plan; so little time! As a thank you for all of your wonderful comments and for supporting my little calligraphy business, I am extending the sale of my 2019 calligraphy workshops until Friday!

SAVE 10% on any of these Manchester calligraphy workshops if you book BY FRIDAY*

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 30th November 2018 and is subject to availability – only 16 students per class in February and June, and 12 per class in April and August.

Gift vouchers are now available – if your order is a gift for someone, just let me know by including a note with their name when you order!

How to buy a calligraphy workshop as a GIFT EXPERIENCE!

Do you know someone who would love to do a modern calligraphy class? Have you been searching high and low for the perfect present for that creative person you love? Maybe they’ve already got a calligraphy set, but they’re not quite confident enough yet to really start writing….

A modern calligraphy experience makes the most wonderful gift. Spending a couple of hours in a lovely environment with likeminded people will be a treat – and 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.

It’s so easy to order a calligraphy workshop as a gift this Christmas.

  1. First of all, browse my list of calligraphy workshops for a date which suits you best.
  2. Then follow the link (or click from the list below) to find all the details for the workshop you’ve chosen.
  3. Please include a note when ordering to let me know the name of the person attending the workshop, as kits on the day will be personalised (I write everyone’s names by hand on their kits, so they have a little ‘present’ to open when they arrive!)
  4. Please also include the attendee’s name as a note when you order, and just ask me for a gift voucher in the post!
  5. Rather than sending you an e-ticket, I’ll print out a little information pack and gift voucher, pop them in a handwritten envelope and send your little package in the post to you! 

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 tickets

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

Friday 21st June
Brush lettering workshop
Book tickets

Saturday 17th August
Intermediate modern calligraphy workshop
Book tickets

Friday 11th October
Modern calligraphy workshop
Book tickets

Saturday 30th November
Christmas calligraphy workshop
Book tickets

Happy Cyber Monday! Our sale is STILL ON!! 30% off family trees and more…

How was your weekend? We’ve been super busy with family tree orders so I’m delighted to say our sale has been extended for another day! This is your last chance to grab a beautiful gift for a reduced price in our Not On The High Street shop!

Save 30% with our Black Friday offer!

To order your modern calligraphy family tree and save 30% TODAY, simply follow this link:

We always thought traditional family tree diagrams were a little… uninspiring. So one day Amy painted this gorgeous spring tree – wonderfully detailed and with a pair of birds amongst the branches! We found a printer who could supply a lovely Italian textured paper. I sourced a new calligraphy ink and added names for our very first customer back in 2015… and the family tree’s success grew from there!

Writing these personalised family tree prints is a dream job. Every one is special – they’re often given as gifts for grandparents and distant relatives. They make gorgeous anniversary presents and of course, when families come together at Christmas they’re a hit with everyone!

NEW! – If you’re in the mood for something a little more festive, then our Christmas family tree is PERFECT! Painted by Amy and with handwritten names by me, the festive family tree is brand new on Not On The High Street and starts at £49. There’s space for up to 12 names on the Festive Family tree, or up to 24 names on our traditional family tree.

Simply click to buy –

Modern calligraphy family tree (save 30% TODAY only!)

Festive calligraphy family tree

Calligraphy cheat sheets and beautifully cheeky swears – 50% OFF!

Cheating at calligraphy is absolutely fine while you get to know your pens and begin to feel the rhythm of lettering. I even teach a section of my modern calligraphy workshops with cheat sheets – it really helps some students go on to make beautiful, shapely letters.

So earlier this year I designed some little cheat sheets which you can download and print from my Etsy shop, to help you practice.

And because I believe that calligraphy practice should be fun, there’s a selection of everything from modern calligraphy alphabets to creative swearing for you to write!

Today you can save 50% OFF all of my calligraphy cheat sheets when you order online. They’re NOW ONLY £1.34 PER SET!!!

Here’s a full list of my calligraphy cheat sheets for you to collect –

  1. Lower case letters a – m
  2. Lower case letters n – z
  3. Lower case words a – m
  4. Lower case words n – z
  5. Upper case letters A – M
  6. Upper case letters N – Z
  7. Joining letters
  8. Quotes and layouts
  9. Beautiful calligraphy swears

Each set includes a cover sheet, introduction, 2 cheat sheets, + 2 additional (darker) copies of cheat sheets for you to copy out freehand.

Click on the numbered links above to order – it’s that simple!

If you don’t have a calligraphy pen, ink or nib yet, take a look at my modern calligraphy set, which is perfect for beginners.

Save 20% on all my digital prints! Etsy sale extended until Friday 30th November

Creative types, we have something special for you today! Download your very own inspirational quote and print them at home for a daily reminder to live life to the full and feel amazing doing it!

I have a selection of digital downloadable calligraphy quotes in my Etsy shop, which are on sale until Friday 30th November.

You can save 20% on any of these calligraphy printables if you order today –

Happy girls are the prettiest – Audrey Hepburn quote – was £2 – now only £1.60

Find yourself and be that – was £4.90 – now only £3.92

Enjoy the little things – was £4.90 – now only £3.92

Do no harm but take no shit – was £2 – now only £1.60

Chase those dreams – was £4.90 – now only £3.92

Love where you live – was £4.90 – now only £3.92

You only fail when you stop trying – was £3 – now only £2.40

What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly? – Erin Hanson quote – was £3 – now only £2.40

Kindness changes everything – was £4.90 – now only £3.92

Be silly, be honest, be kind – was £4.90 – now only £3.92

Looking for something more personal? I can write a short quote and send it as a digital file especially for you – prices from £15

Hire me to write your favourite poem in calligraphy – prices from £30 depending on word count

Email me for custom order enquiries –

Not On The High Street shoppers – save 30% on a classic poem gift!

Perhaps you’ve hit the high street this week but you’re still looking for a special gift for a son, dad or grandad. We all have that one person who’s a little tricky to buy for… I know I do!

Not On The High Street is a brilliant place to find unique Christmas gifts for everyone – and their selection for men is growing every year. Kipling’s classic poem ‘If’ is one of our favourites, and makes a perfect gift for the man in your life.

The words are inspiring and motivational – they teach courtesy, humility and strength. This is the famous poem which ends with the words ‘You’ll be a man, my son!’ – a phrase I must have written a hundred times in my days as a calligrapher!

This decorative calligraphy poem is printed from a handwritten calligraphy original. It’s hand finished with a modern decorative letter in 22 carat gold leaf.

Now you can buy this poem at a very reduced price in our Not On The High Street shop. The usual price is £85, but for this weekend ONLY it’s reduced by a whopping 30%, bringing the price you’ll pay down to just £59.50!

To buy this poem print in the sale click here!

Offer available until Monday 26th November

The full wording of the poem 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

If ‘If’ isn’t for you, you might like our modern calligraphy family tree – now with a special Christmas family tree option! Or if you’d like to have a go at modern calligraphy yourself, our personalised modern calligraphy kit is a lovely treat and contains everything you need to get started on your lettering adventures!

Black Friday sale – part 2

The second part of our Black Friday sale update is about Family Tree prints – and I’m delighted to say you can save a lovely 30% OFF FAMILY TREES today.

The modern family tree print with handwritten calligraphy is our most popular item on Not On The High Street. Prices start from £49 depending on how many names you have – but especially for Black Friday we’ve reduced the price of every family tree by 30%!!!

This means for larger family trees, you’ll save more than £20 if you buy between now and Monday. 

Family trees are printed from an original illustration by designer and illustrator Amy Swann, with your names written by hand in a quirky modern calligraphy style. Your tree will be printed on high quality textured white paper, and is sent ready to frame (please note: frame not included).

The magical family 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 modern calligraphy lettering amongst the leaves and between the branches of the tree.

Save 30% with our Black Friday offer!

To order your modern family tree and save 30% TODAY, simply follow this link: