Christmas Calligraphy Workshop in Manchester!

It’s fair to say I’ve had some an interesting year with venues for my calligraphy workshops in 2019.

If you’ve been following my blog you will know this was my last year teaching at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

I found a wonderful new venue for calligraphy classes at Ziferblat in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. I love how friendly and informal this place is! The lounge is huge and full of armchairs and little coffee tables so visitors to the café can chill and help themselves to cakes and drinks as if they were at home with friends.

The workshop space is The Dining Room at Ziferblat, and this is where I will be teaching another Christmas calligraphy workshop on the 30th of November.

Come and join me for an afternoon of ridiculously festive, sparkly and fun modern calligraphy.

The class is suitable as always for absolute beginners. We’ll learn how to do a basic modern calligraphy alphabet and then between us – and with my help if you need it – we will make our very own modern calligraphy glitter bauble (using eco-friendly biodegradable glitter of course)!

I LOVE the friendliness and quirky vibe of Ziferblat in Manchester – this is a co-working and chill out kind of space where food and drink is FREE: you just pay a few pence per minute to hang out on their comfy armchairs. What’s not to love? Tucked away in a corner is The Dining Room at Ziferblat – a 6 metre long table (I think!) with chintzy lampshades and floral wallpaper… the perfect, relaxing space for a spot of Christmas calligraphy! Join me here on the 30th of November for festive calligraphy fun!

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TICKETS

“A great workshop to start you off on your calligraphy journey! I really enjoyed it and Claire was so lovely and is an amazing calligrapher! Would highly recommend!!” – Leanne, June 2019

At the end of your modern calligraphy workshop you’ll have an opportunity to buy colourful inks, alternative nibs and fancy penholders to make your future calligraphy adventures even more exciting!

What’s included in the price?

You get to keep your calligraphy pen and nib, pot of ink and full set of worksheets based on my ‘Introduction to Modern Calligraphy’ exercise book.

You’ll take home your very own personalised bauble, card and gift tag!

There’ll be a little pop-up 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!

How to book:

Either email me directly at calligrapherclaire@gmail.com to book your place(s), or book online at www.bymoonandtide.com

Modern Calligraphy Workshops – autumn 2019

calligraphy workshop in progress with Claire Gould at Swallows and Artisans

Would you love to have a little go at modern calligraphy? With Christmas on the horizon (I know!) there is so much opportunity to practice – and your folks and friends are going to LOVE their gorgeous gift tags when you strut your calligraphy stuff!

I’d love to teach you modern calligraphy this autumn. I have four of my own workshops coming up around the UK, as well as a few extra dates I’ve been booked as a host for (exciting!!!!)

Upcoming dates for my beginners calligraphy workshops are –

7th September – Nantwich, Cheshire
6th October – Smithills Hall (Bolton)
11th October – Manchester
19th October – Arnside, Cumbria
27th November – Coniston, Cumbria
30th November – Manchester

If you fancy getting your craft on, come and join me! You’ll learn a wonderful skill (which you can use for your wedding!) and have a lovely relaxing day out. And every workshop is perfect for absolute beginners!

In each calligraphy class we’ll start with assembling a pen and spooning up ink. We’ll make flowy, swirly shapes and then letters and words. I’ll show you how, with demonstrations at every stage of the process. Best of all, you get to keep your modern calligraphy set at the end of the class! Included are your pen + nib, ink and worksheets.

There’ll be a little pop-up 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!

The November calligraphy workshops will be Christmassy – we’ll write cards, gift tags and make a gorgeous glitter bauble to decorate your tree!

I can’t wait to see you there!

Book your modern calligraphy workshop here:

7th September – Nantwich – Tickets
6th October – Bolton – Tickets
11th October – Manchester – Tickets
19th October – Arnside – Tickets
27th November – Coniston – Tickets
30th November – Manchester – Tickets


Header image credit Nicole Colwell Photography, styled by Lily & Sage, featured on Wedding Sparrow

Learning to slow it down

I can feel my calligraphy style beginning to change – my influences are evolving and so is my lettering.

The thing is, you always learn. With calligraphy there’s never a ‘perfect’. Fashions and styles change, and there are so many styles out there, there’s always another which tempts me.

So I’ve been watching videos by master calligrapher Paul Antonio, by Suzanne Cunningham and by Ashok Giri. These guys write slowly and beautifully, and in more traditional styles.

And even as I write modern letters, I’m slowing down and thinking more while I write. The temptation with modern calligraphy is to rush things. And while a wayward stroke or two doesn’t matter so much in this style, a carefully planned, uncrushed wayward stroke can make all the difference.

Come and learn modern calligraphy with me!

Upcoming calligraphy workshop dates:

21st June – brush pen lettering in Manchester https://etsy.me/2WMzqAQ

5th July – modern calligraphy in Manchester https://etsy.me/2FfwXUG 

6th August – modern calligraphy and brush pen lettering in Cumbria https://bit.ly/2KZFuP6

17th August – intermediate modern calligraphy in Manchester https://etsy.me/2N5niqe

7th September – modern calligraphy and brush pen lettering in Cheshire https://bit.ly/2WYm1Vm

11th October – absolute beginners modern calligraphy in Manchester https://etsy.me/2Fu2MJF

30th November – Christmas calligraphy workshop in Manchester https://etsy.me/2MVkR9A

How to write your name in 22 carat gold calligraphy

Almost a year ago I had an email from another calligrapher who’d seen my gold leaf name on Etsy. She asked how it was done – it’s tricky to add gilding to anything so fine.

I’ll be teaching a calligraphy workshop in Coniston (in the Lake District) on the 21st of March and I decided this would be a lovely project to share with people. It’s deceptively easy with the right tools, and only takes a little patience to master!

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen this in my Stories – applying gold leaf is really satisfying to do – and to watch! I wanted to share a more detailed tutorial for you to follow if you’d like to try this at home.

You will need:

Kölner Miniatum Ink is basically a glue with an inky consistency so it flows relatively easily through a calligraphy nib. It doesn’t sink into paper so it gives a raised effect to your finished gilded letters.

Practice a couple of times with the ink on ordinary paper to get a feel for its consistency, as it is thicker than normal ink. You’ll need good light to see it on dark card, so sit near a window or have a table lamp to the side of you.

Write your name on the card and then quickly clean any glue / ink residue from your nib. Too slow and your nib will get all stuck together!

TIP: Clean your nib very, very regularly when writing with Kölner Miniatum Ink – at least every minute, but preferably every 30 seconds or so. It dries and sticks FAST!

Leave your calligraphy to dry for approximately 20 minutes, until all the pink bits have disappeared and the ‘ink’ is transparent. Don’t leave it too long though, as the ink should still be tacky for the gold leaf to adhere to it. As a general rule, apply the gold as soon as the ink is clear.

Take a piece of transfer gold leaf and place it onto the name you’ve written. Hold it still while you rub slowly, pressing with your finger around the edges of every letter and stroke so the gold covers even the thin hairlines of your calligraphy. You can do this twice to get a more thorough coverage of gold leaf.

Remove the transfer sheet and ‘tidy up’ all the loose bits of gold around the letters. Poke the edges and corners within each letter with the tip of your brush to remove the rough bits around the sides, and give your name a little polish with the brush so it shines!

There are still a handful of places left for the modern calligraphy workshop on the 21st of March. Click here for information and to book your (full day) ticket.

For morning (beginners) or afternoon session tickets visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/swallows-amp-artisans-16890265992

BRIDES magazine feature | Spring 2019

“… this stunning shoot, styled by events planners For The Love Of Weddings, is a floral fairytale brought to life. Petals in a palette of soft peaches and pinks – offset by foliage and pops of purple – set the tone, complemented by tables adorned with yet more flowers, sumptuous silks and opulent gold touches. Add luxe bespoke stationery, a beautifully ethereal cake and an exquisite gown and you have the key to unlock the Secret Garden wedding of your dreams…”

~ BRIDES magazine, March / April 2019 edition

Photography – Jessica Reeve Photography – www.jessicareeve-photography.com
Venue – Dorfold Hall http://www.dorfoldhall.com
Stylist – For the Love of Weddings www.fortheloveofweddings.me
Cake and illustration – Amy Swann https://amyswann.co.uk
Stationery – By Moon and Tide
Florist – Lucy the Flower Hunter
Hair/makeup – Jodie A Smith
Hair Accessories – Clare Lloyd Accessories – www.clarelloyd.co.uk
Dress – Emma Beaumont Atelier – www.emmabeaumont.com
Tablescape linen and bridal bouquet ribbon – Kate Cullen – www.katecullen.co.uk
Linen for styling stationery, shoes and cake – Lancaster and Cornish – www.lancasterandcornish.co.uk
Shoes – Emmy London
Suit – Whitfield and Ward – www.whitfieldandward.co.uk
Chairs – Chairman Hire – www.chairmanhire.com
Models – Catherine Barrett & George Palmer
Tableware – Vintage Gold China – www.vintagegoldchina.com

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

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!

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