In the morning we made cards with owls and lovely quotes to give to mothers, daughters, friends and new granddaughters! And we wrote some fantastic framed motivational quotes.
The afternoon was filled with rainbow calligraphy, making friends and learning a lot about babies and toddlers (they wee in flower pots in banks! So funny!)
Huge thanks to everyone who came and made it such a fun day. You were all FANTASTIC!! And of course thank you lovely Cara, Aga and Camilla from The Little Paper Shop. Your little world is just wonderful.
I can’t wait to come back in September for more. Join me on 7th September for modern calligraphy in the morning and brush lettering in the afternoon!
As it’s June and officially summer this weekend I’m running a whirlwind kinda sale on my calligraphy workshop on July 5th.
It’s an absolute beginners modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester, and tickets are usually £55. (This includes a basic calligraphy set for you to take home)
SAVE 20% off the calligraphy workshop price – THIS WEEKEND ONLY!
For this weekend (now until Monday) you can SAVE 20% if you book directly at www.bymoonandtide.com (while places are still available). The price still includes a basic calligraphy set for you to take home too!
If you’ve never been to a modern calligraphy workshop before, then GOOD! You’re perfect for this! We start with the funny pens and nibs – I’ll show you how to potato them before you write (yeah, that’s a thing) and how to put the nib in and how to put ink on your nib and how to use the pen to put the ink on your paper.
And then I’ll show you how to do it beautifully.
You’ll have the loveliest time – AND you’ll actually learn brand new lettering skills!
By the end of the workshop you’ll have a sound understanding of the basics of modern calligraphy.
All in the space of a couple of hours! We start at 2:30 and finish at 4:30.
You’ll also have some little goodies to take home – something you’ve written, perhaps a little piece of beautiful modern calligraphy you’re proud of and ready to frame as a reminder of the fun we had in the workshop!
There’ll be a little pop-up calligraphy shop at the end so you can buy colourful inks, spare nibs and penholders, books and more worksheets if you like.
Class sizes are limited so everyone has some personal tuition – and no matter what your skill level (we all learn at different speeds) I will help you along the way!
If you’d like to join me for a modern calligraphy workshop over the summer, here are all the dates you need!
6th June – I’ll be in Coniston (south Cumbria – 45 mins from the M6) all day for a modern calligraphy workshop at Swallows & Artisans. In the morning we’ll learn the basics of modern calligraphy. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and is loads of fun! You will learn how to write your own gorgeous script with a dip pen and nib. Stay for the afternoon session where we’ll play with brush pen lettering, colour blending and more!
15th June – Join me in Nantwich at The Little Paper Shop for an intimate and fun modern calligraphy class. In the morning we’ll learn how to hold, load(!) and use a calligraphy pen and write our very own unique and beautiful alphabets. The afternoon session will be all about beautiful brush pen lettering, and we’ll blend colours and create beautiful wall art in modern calligraphy!
21st June – Beginners brush pen calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Northern Quarter. Join me to play with brush pens, colour blending and a relaxed and fun modern lettering workshop! The class starts at 2:30 and ends at 4:30 – why not take the afternoon off work and indulge in a little shopping trip while you’re there?
5th July – Absolute beginners modern calligraphy in Manchester at the Craft & Design Centre. My lovely home from home, the classroom at Manchester Craft & Design is spacious and perfect for learning the beautiful art of modern calligraphy! Every attendee will be given a personalised calligraphy set to take home – included in the price!
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.
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!
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!
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 –
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.