The Art of Calligraphy
My New Year’s resolution was to learn modern calligraphy. I made that resolution in 2011, so this year I decided it was about time I actually picked up a calligraphy set and start writing beautifully.
Working at notonthehighstreet.com means I am in the amazing position of seeing all of the wonderful products our partners add to our marketplace every day. So when Quill London added a Modern Calligraphy Experience to the website, I raced to book it and kick off my resolution.
The class was held in Islington, London, with the fantastic Imogen Owen – a master in modern calligraphy. Not only did we receive a starter kit of calligraphy materials, there was also cake.
My interest in calligraphy stemmed from my obsession with all things stationery. Having gotten engaged last year, my main aim in learning calligraphy was to master writing my Save the Dates.
We started off learning basic strokes and how to hold the pen. Imogen writes calligraphy as if it’s her natural handwriting, she is my hero! Once you get used to guiding your pen to make thin and thick strokes, you are ready to practice the alphabet. It really was like being back at school but with posh paper and ink. And cake.
After the course I became obsessed with buying calligraphy equipment. All the gear and no idea. Lisa Angel’s Calligraphy Starter Kit added to my growing collection.
And then I went ink shopping.
And notebook shopping. Everyone needs a black notebook and a pot of white ink in their life.
A calligrapher’s work station isn’t complete without a mug of water to wash your nib between writing. I started out by using my Rowen & Wren Moscow Mule Mug and it hasn’t had a cocktail in it since…
My top tip for anyone starting to learn calligraphy is practice. Lots of practice. There are great YouTube tutorials to assist you in learning new techniques. I have a long way to go, however I learnt enough basics to write the addresses on our Save the Date envelopes. New Year’s Resolution ticked.
All Things Calligraphy
If you’re not quite ready to start using your own nibs just yet, notonthehighstreet.com has plenty of calligraphy inspired gifts and stationery sets to keep your love of inky pen strokes satisfied.