Read my article about making practice fun, where I explain a little more about all of these – and don’t be afraid to experiment!
Modern calligraphy isn’t about making the perfect shapes on your page. It’s about exploring an art form, trying something new and finding your own personality through your writing.
So if you’re a rose-gold on black kind of person, this is how you should practise… be a little flamboyant, spoil yourself, and pop to the shops with gold ink all over your hands and face! You’re a calligrapher now…
This last week has been fairly light on calligraphy orders as I booked 3 days off for my birthday and to spend some time with my mum visiting my sister, her husband and our adorable little nephew. The in-between times were spent replying to email enquiries, writing family trees and posting calligraphy supplies to customers from my Etsy shop.
Not every calligraphy order is bespoke or handwritten – I enjoy mixing my own inks and began selling them in 2017. Wednesday was spent mixing shades of grey and metallic inks for new customers and preparing calligraphy kits for more lovely Etsy shoppers.
I was super happy to sell two sets of my modern wedding invitations on Not On The High Street this week – Adam ordered a bespoke version of ‘Modern Scribe‘ and Anna chose ‘Fashionista‘ – both lovely suites designed and launched back in January. Invitations are really competitive – so many wedding stationers struggle to get their businesses off the ground so I’m thrilled to see sales picking up for our new collections.
I’m looking forward to developing my lettering in the coming months – basic ‘modern calligraphy’ is slowly fading in popularity and brides and grooms are looking for unique and elegant lettering, so I plan to spend some time studying more elaborate lettering, flourishes and romantic calligraphy forms. Watch this space!
We’re almost fully booked for the modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester on the 26th of May (Saturday) – but there are still a couple of places left, and they’re only £52 now. To find out more and book your place, visit my Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/byMoonandTide
This breathtaking shoot has just been featured on the wonderful Magnolia Rouge wedding blog. An organic and natural beach bridal look, designed around the location itself and curated by the fabulous Kathryn Hopkins Photography. “The colour palette of black, sand, sage green and slate blue derived from the seaweed, mussel shells, and the overall location.” The hand torn edges of the calligraphy suite mimic the wildness of the landscape, shaped entirely by nature. Organic, flowing modern calligraphy lettering in an almost windswept style. With handmade papers, gold #finetec inks and a scattering of gold powder.
Calligraphy can be so affordable… in the grand scheme of your wedding budget, a little detail like place names can provide such a lovely personal touch and for a fraction of your overall spend. My prices are crystal clear, published online and in my Etsy shop so you know just what you’re getting! You can also email me for a quote for bespoke items (signage, calligraphy menus and other stationery)
Place name calligraphy starts at just £1.10 per name for first names only if you provide the cards. For full names the price is £1.60, and if you’d like me to provide cards for you I will be happy to – they start at just 10p per card.
Calligraphy is more than just writing: it’s art, craftsmanship and creativity – and as such it lends real elegance to place settings and wedding tables. Most of my work over the summer months is writing place names for weddings, and I’m already taking bookings for weddings all the way through to December.
I have some slots available over the summer but they are running out fast, so do get in touch as soon as you can if you’d like me to write your place names in calligraphy! firstname.lastname@example.org
I designed these pieces for lovely Katie and Nancy at www.katiejulia.com and www.lilyandsageevents.co.uk. The grey tones work wonderfully in a long, modern and elegant script which uses the whole place name card to play with the lettering.