Ideas for Christmas Cards

Stuck for ideas for making Christmas cards? Perhaps you’d like to create a batch of hand made cards, but you don’t want it to become a chore. Choose just one of your calligraphy tools – one edged pen, a brush or (as here) a pointed pen. Working just in black and white, cover a piece…

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Calligraphy at Christmas

As Christmas approaches, all sorts of opportunities arise for making use of your calligraphy skills. It’s great to enjoy the freedom of creating things that perhaps only have a short life: table names, menus, envelopes for cards, gift tags. They are all opportunities to try out new and adventurous ideas, safe in the knowledge that…

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The Finishing Touches

So you’ve finished a piece of work, and you’re pleased (or at least not displeased – we’re rather good at the self criticism, us calligraphers!) Getting the finishing touches right can elevate a piece of work into something special, so these last stages are really worthwhile. Rubbing out the lines Often we will have ruled…

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Creative block : I don’t know what to write!

Calligraphy is likely to be better if we’re writing words that matter to us.  The fact that the words are meaningful to us somehow translates into better rhythm as we create the piece on the page. While alphabet sentences have their place as we learn letter shapes, it’s not that inspiring to write “How quickly…

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Are you sitting comfortably?

Professional calligrapher Janet Smith shares some of her favourite tips from sitting comfortably to having a break from your calligraphy! If you’re of a certain age, you may recognise that phrase, from the start of Listen With Mother, a 15 minute radio show filled with children’s stories and songs. Even if you don’t remember the programme, the…

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Birmingham Calligraphy Society

Founded in 1987 the Birmingham Calligraphy Society is open to both amateurs and professionals alike and meets roughly every 6 weeks at the Pen Museum, Unit 3, The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS. We have a long association with the Pen Museum. For further details contact: Linda Winnett Telephone: 0121 744…

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Copperplate Facebook Cover Photo

A Copperplate Facebook cover photo was designed for us by Rachel Yallop. This time ‘Scribblers Calligraphy’ has been written in a wonderfully flourished Copperplate style. Here, Rachel describes how she developed her ideas and fine-tuned the design to produce a very elegant and flourished final piece. I am passionate about copperplate. It is, for me,…

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