Places left for my calligraphy workshop in Coniston on 21st of March

I’m really looking forward to another modern calligraphy workshop at Swallows & Artisans next week – there are just a handful of places still available, for both the morning and afternoon sessions (or the full day).

We’re calling it “Beginners to Winners” modern calligraphy – if you’ve never tried your hand at calligraphy before it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a new craft. I’ll show you how to use a modern calligraphy pen, and we’ll learn a simple alphabet first of all. The morning session includes a little quote / greeting card for you to take home.

The afternoon session will be a chance to explore what you can achieve with your new found calligraphy skills! We’ll write our names in 22 carat gold leaf; we’ll have a go at beautiful flourishing, writing with colourful inks and more.

Image credit: Zehra Photography

Morning session tickets (& info) – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-to-winners-modern-calligraphy-am-session-tickets-55649287517

Afternoon session tickets (& info) – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-to-winners-modern-calligraphy-pm-session-tickets-55649511186

Full day tickets (& info) – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-to-winners-modern-calligraphy-full-day-tickets-55650086908

Images by lovely Zehra Photography

Mother’s Day modern calligraphy workshop – Kendal

I’m thrilled to be planning a Mother’s Day calligraphy workshop in Kendal the day before Mother’s Day – a relaxed and fun craft session and a chance for you to make memories with your Mum!

This is going to be a real treat – lovely Ashley & Michelle from Green House Floristry are holding the workshop at their studio at The Factory, Kendal. So we put our heads together and planned a workshop where we could combine modern calligraphy with florals and foliage.

For my part, I’ll be teaching you and your mum the basics of a modern calligraphy alphabet. The workshop will be suitable for absolute beginners, and we’ll be writing with a dip pen and nib – old school style! Don’t worry – I’ll show you how!

We’ll go on to make some pretty gift tags and a decorated box with the help of the Green House Floristry girls. It’s up to you how you fill the box you make… with a gift for your mum, grandma or daughter, perhaps? We’ll leave that up to you!

30th March, time tbc

at Green House Floristry, The Factory, Kendal
Mother’s Day Calligraphy Workshop
Enquire here for tickets & info

For more details visit https://www.greenhousefloristry.co.uk

You can follow Green House Floristry on Instagram at @greenhousefloristry and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Green-House-Floristry-Lake-District-209894803100216/

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!

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!

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.

Christmas preparations at By Moon & Tide Calligraphy

With less than nine weeks until Christmas, we’re busy making plans and stocking up (pun not intended!) on gift tags and calligraphy kits for the festive season!

I’ve been working on some exercises for those of you learning calligraphy, and shared this Christmas card design on my social media. I love it because it’s deceptively easy to write, and teaches 3 important aspects of modern calligraphy:

1 – the technique of moving smoothly from a thin to a thick stroke

2 – the trick of seeing through the window* when your ink is about to run out

3 – the importance of not rushing! (this video is a time lapse – it actually takes over 3 minutes to create this card design)

It’s also wonderfully Christmassy!

I’ll be teaching this as a practice technique AND a Christmas card design in my calligraphy class on 7th December in Manchester. There are still tickets available and I’d love to see you there!

Link for info & tickets – www.eventbrite.co.uk
Facebook group for updates on this event – facebook.com/events/2242810669287323

Modern calligraphy – a way to relax and slow down

In every calligraphy course I teach, someone will say ‘It’s so therapeutic’ – with a little note of happy surprise. I wait for the moment, I guess who’ll say it first, and I love it when they do.

Modern calligraphy is the loveliest hobby, and accessible for almost everyone. Watching the graceful movements of your pen, seeing the calligraphy nib bend and the ink flow – it’s almost hypnotic.

The key to modern calligraphy, whether you’re writing with a pointed pen or a brush lettering pen, is slowness.

Photography credit: Verona Lain

We rarely write these days. When we do, it’s either fast notes on the phone or in a meeting, or perhaps an exam where the challenge is basically to get as many words onto some sheets of paper as is humanly possible within 90 minutes.

That’s no fun!

Writing calligraphy as an art is different. Every shape can be carefully considered, every stroke of the pen should be planned – even if that becomes a subconscious process.

Modern lettering artists write slowly. The play between hand (pen) and eye is a rhythmic one. And as you learn calligraphy you come to appreciate the difference between everyday writing and lettering arts.

Calligraphy practice at home in the evenings can be a beautiful escape from the past paced lives we lead. After a busy day at work, treat yourself to half an hour in a quiet room, with a little music and a glass of wine. Find some lovely smooth paper to write on, and use your favourite coloured ink. Then take your time, relax your breathing and practice your letters – slowly.

Learning calligraphy really is therapeutic – and it’s not just about the letters but about consciously focusing on your creativity, away from the rest of the world.


Join me for a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester on December 7th, or check out these dates for 2019 –

6th February – Coniston – Modern calligraphy workshop
6th February – Coniston – Brush lettering workshop
(Combined tickets for both sessions here)

22nd February – Manchester – Absolute beginners’ introduction to modern calligraphy

27th April – Manchester – Wedding calligraphy workshop

21st June – Manchester – Brush lettering workshop

17th August – Manchester – Intermediate modern calligraphy workshop

11th October – Manchester – Modern calligraphy workshop

30th November – Manchester – Christmas calligraphy workshop

Let’s get festive! Modern calligraphy class – Manchester 7th December

This year is rushing by so quickly: I can’t believe it’s less than 9 weeks until Christmas! We were chatting about calligraphy practice in my workshop last week, and everyone agreed we’d be practising our lettering skills on gift tags and envelopes… it’s the PERFECT time of year to play with your pens!

I’ll be running a Christmas calligraphy class on the 7th of December in Manchester. It’s going to be all lovely and festive… I’m hoping the guys at Flourish will have appropriate flowers and sparkly bits so I can decorate appropriately and really get in the Christmas spirit!

We’ll be writing the obvious ‘Merry Christmas’ and practising for cards and gift tags – we’ll also look at little projects and ways to use calligraphy creatively over the Christmas party season.

We’ll also play with colourful inks and papers, and generally get in the mood for the festive season with some Christmassy calligraphy lettering!

Suitable for absolute beginners and those of you who’ve learned a little calligraphy, this is a relaxed modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Buy your ticket for the Christmas calligraphy workshop here

Date: Friday 7th December
Time: 1pm – 3:30
Location: Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Price £65

View this calligraphy class as a Facebook event (click ‘interested’ to follow and see occasional updates!)