There are a handful of things we here at Mollie Makes HQ can’t help acquiring when we pop into town for crafty supplies. These are fabric, yarn and stationery. Same? We collect beautifully covered notebooks, obsess over cleverly designed sticky notes, and can spend a whole lunch hour deciding which colour combo of washi tape will help us be more organised. Since stationery designs are becoming more beautiful we think our handwriting deserves an upgrade too. With modern calligraphy workshops becoming increasingly popular it’s easy to sign up for a real-life workshop or a digital tutorial where you can pause and play to your heart’s content. Here’s a look at some calligraphy workshops, Instagrammers, kits and gorgeous stationery that’ll inspire you to practise your intricate penmanship.
‘An enjoyable afternoon learning modern calligraphy, finished with an exceptional lunch in the design lover’s haven Corner Room, East London. You’ll get a personalised modern calligraphy kit, ideal for beginners, including inks, nib, paper and other stationery treats, 2.5 hours of calligraphy instruction, loads of tips, ideas and insider info from a practising calligrapher, plus loads of inspiration to bring handwritten notes back into your life!’
Brighton and London
‘Whether you’re an avid stationery fan, a bride-to-be with invitations to scribe, or you simply want to try something new, we’d love you to join us. This beginners class starts right from the beginning and focuses on modern calligraphy techniques. The class cost includes a kit of calligraphy materials to use in class and take away with you, and light refreshments.’
‘Not only will you learn the basics in Calligraphy, but you’ll leave with your very own pot of Meticulous Ink, dip pen & copperplate nib, a Hand Lettering Guide Sheet and some sheets of beautiful paper to practice on.’
Eat. Sleep. Write. Repeat.
‘Sophisticated and stylish afternoon of calligraphy! Throughout the afternoon, you can expect to cover the basic skills and techniques of pointed pen calligraphy. You will learn how to use all the traditional supplies, basic calligraphy strokes, and a full alphabet. Featuring a mini-styling session with The Darling Event, highlighting how to style your newly acquired talent with fun party essentials, calligraphy signs and décor!’
‘The workshop is a no-pressure way of beginning your journey into learning calligraphy – it’s not about perfection, it’s about starting! Everything you need to begin learning the art of modern calligraphy is included and you will be provided (calligraphy nibs, storage envelope, black calligraphy ink, alphabet templates and more!) with information on where to buy supplies and recommendations for further study.’
San Francisco, USA
‘If hand-written letters are more your style, check out our new Calligraphy Class, taught by Bri Connelly of Brown Fox Calligraphy. This two-hour workshop teaches you all the basics and includes a full kit containing your pen, ink, paper and 12 cards and envelopes for you to take home and practice your new skills.’
Online Calligraphy Workshops
‘Learn the art of modern calligraphy from a modern master – Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. This four-week course is perfect for beginners, including ample warm up exercises that will help you understand how to hold the pen and control the flow of ink onto the page. From there, you’ll learn how to form upper and lowercase letters in a modern style, and how to join them to create beautiful words and phrases. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply calligraphy to anything imaginable – from a simple address on an envelope to stunning wedding invitations. Learn and be inspired by Maybelle’s distinctly modern approach to an ancient art form.’
‘Create an original, chalk lettered piece for your home. In the class lessons, I create a large-scale mural, but you’re welcome to letter your piece in any size using chalk. Chalk isn’t permanent, so have fun with it! You can always easily erase. Choose funny, playful, or inspiring words that match the vibe of your space. Happy lettering!’
Download free handwritten calligraphy fonts from The Wonder Forest
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