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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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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Creating a Facebook Cover Photo

Whilst designing a Facebook cover photo, Rachel Yallop. kindly agreed to make notes, to give us a better understanding of how a professional lettering artist approaches and creates such a lively and eye-catching piece of work. I’ve recently rediscovered the Zig Art & Graphic Twin felt pen and have been experimenting quite a bit with it.…

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Royal Line of Succession

To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60th year on the throne, heraldic artist Neil Bromley created an ornate family tree, detailing the royal line of succession since 1066. Set down in elegant calligraphy and decorated with intricate heraldic artwork, we can see the Royal Line unfold through history, from William the Conqueror in 1066 to Her Majesty…

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