Absolute beginners modern calligraphy class – LEAF on Portland Street

Tucked away in a pile of papers on a shelf in my wonderfully chaotic mess of a calligraphy studio are some gift vouchers.

I had these vouchers printed last year just in time for Christmas, and I have spares!

So if you’re looking for a Christmas present that’s a little bit different, for a friend with crafty tendencies, then I’ll be more than thrilled to be sending you one of these gift vouchers  for my 2020 calligraphy classes very soon!

I have two modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester planned for 2020. Places are still available for both, and you can ask for a gift voucher when you book. They’re going to be at LEAF on Portland Street in March and in April.

Both calligraphy classes are on Sundays, so if you work full time during the week, you’ll be able to make these without having to book time off!

I think a calligraphy workshop experience makes the loveliest Christmas present, especially for someone who has everything or who you don’t know what to buy for. Having a gorgeous gift voucher so you actually have something to GIVE at Christmas is the cherry on the cake!

All of my calligraphy workshops are suitable for absolute beginners so anyone is welcome to come along and see what they can do with a calligraphy pen!

Calligraphy workshops are £55 per person, or with a gift voucher (which I promise to make absolutely beautiful and send to you in the post), they’re £65.

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How to book:

Either email me directly at calligrapherclaire@gmail.com to book your place(s) with a gift voucher, or book online at www.bymoonandtide.com/listing/719999598/

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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“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

Calligraphy workshop success!

Last weekend I taught two modern calligraphy workshops at The Little Paper Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire. They were so much fun!

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!

Tickets via The Little Paper Shop here 🙂 Workshops: The Little Paper Shop

Summer calligraphy workshop dates for your diary!

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!

Info & tickets – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

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!

Info & tickets – https://www.thelittlepapershop.com

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?

Info & tickets – www.etsy.com/uk/listing/645652407

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!

Info & tickets – www.etsy.com/uk/listing/698264199

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/

NEW! Beginners to Winners modern calligraphy workshops!

I’m happy to announce a brand new modern calligraphy experience to take you from absolute beginner to star-in-the-making! In just one day!

If you’ve never tried modern calligraphy before, join us in the morning to learn how to use a dip pen and nib to make beautiful flowing letters. We’ll learn how to hold the pen, how to join letters and make a pretty bookmark with a motivational quote for you to take home.

You get to keep your calligraphy kit – a pen holder and nib and a set of worksheets covering all the basic modern calligraphy techniques.

To really get ahead of the game, stick around for the afternoon to learn some trade secrets and develop your style with flourishing techniques and colour calligraphy.

I’ll even show you how to write your initials in 22 carat gold.

This workshop is in two parts, which naturally flow into one another. However if you only wish to learn the basics you can book the morning session only.

If you’re already confident with pointed pen calligraphy and the modern lettering style (perhaps you’ve been to one of our modern calligraphy classes before) then you’re welcome to join us for the afternoon session only.

This calligraphy workshop will be at Swallows & Artisans in Coniston, Cumbria on the 21st of March. For details visit http://www.swallowsandartisans.co.uk

Realistic expectations – what will you learn at a modern calligraphy workshop?

Modern calligraphy is harder than it looks.

But I’m confident at least 90% of people can do it – and I really do believe that you only need 2 hours of teaching before you can continue your calligraphy journey to success!

The secret is to practice – have your first practice session at home (if you drink, a bottle of wine is a lovely accompaniment and will help your lettering along beautifully!) within a week of doing a calligraphy workshop.

Calligraphy workshops are different for everyone. Imagine asking 15 of your friends to draw their very best picture of a lion. The results would be soooo varied, wouldn’t they?

My point is that we’re all creatively different. Some of us are arty; others are more careful with writing – but we can all learn lettering even if we’re starting from completely different places.

Most of my calligraphy classes have about 15 students. They’re of all ages, from all kinds of backgrounds and working in all kinds of jobs. Some are graphic designers; others are planning their weddings. Often people are crafty-creative – but that can be anything from felting to making tissue paper pom-poms or being a designer.

One constant is that my calligraphy workshops are a place where people learn.  You’ll genuinely go home with a new skill – you’ll have learned how to manipulate a brand new tool (the dip pen and nib) and I hope you’ll be excited and confident about practicing more at home and getting even better!

At the end of my modern calligraphy class, you’ll be happily using your calligraphy dip pen to create smooth and characterful swells and hairline strokes with your nib.

You’ll have learned the shapes of key letters – while we don’t concentrate too much on mastering every individual letter of the alphabet, you’ll have plenty of time to experiment with each one and discover your favourites!

By the end of the class you will:

  • be writing a pretty alphabet with thick and thin strokes, but you will need a little practice to perfect your curves and curls
  • be confident with the calligraphy pen and nib, and ready to experiment with different papers, nibs and colourful inks!
  • be ready to practice at home – and I hope you’ll be excited to keep writing!

 

My next calligraphy workshops are –
Ziferblat Edge st, Manchester – 18th August at 2pm
Tickets £35 (click to buy)

Manchester Craft & Design Centre – 7th September at 1pm
Tickets £59 (includes your own calligraphy kit to take home!)

 


Photography credits: Zen Photo