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

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.

New calligraphy workshops in Manchester – sign up for our July class!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. Why not spice up your July with something special – come and join me for a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester’s brilliantly creative Northern Quarter? The next workshop will be on the afternoon of the 22nd of July (a Friday). I’d love to see you there!

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You’ll learn how to write with a traditional dip pen, using lightness and pressure to create beautiful thin and thick strokes. I’ll teach the basics of a modern calligraphy alphabet and introduce you to brush pen calligraphy too!

Book your place (or book two, and bring a friend!) here: Manchester Calligraphy Workshop 22nd July 2016

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The price is £59 payable on booking and places are limited so please book early! I teach every workshop myself and will be there all day to help you learn your calligraphy skills.

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Calligraphy pens, paper, inks, practice sheets and examples will be provided.

At the end of the calligraphy workshop you’ll take home your pen and nib set, paper and practice sheets and guidelines for practicing at home. I’ll also bring a handful of my own calligraphy books which you can buy on the day at a reduced rate of just £15 – perfect if you want to keep practising modern calligraphy at home.

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Full details and easy online booking: Manchester Calligraphy Workshop 22nd July 2016

See you there! Claire

Image credits:

Calligraphy by me (Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com)
Photography – Jenny Heyworth Photography
Styling – Yasmin Joughin
Make-up and hair – Lucy Pearson
Cakes – Catherine at Bird Bakes
Flowers – Katie at Made In Flowers
Venue – Aspire Photography Training HQ