Calligraphy is a great skill to have and relatively easy to pick up. And now’s a great time with World Calligraphy Day on the horizon. All you need is a nib, ink and paper and while you can spend loads on these things, entry level equipment is quite cheap and usually included in the price of a beginner workshop.
I learnt at Quill London, whose owner Lucy Edmonds recently published a book for all budding calligraphers. Quill’s workshops book up fast, usually within hours of the dates being posted. The shop is lovely, but I’d recommend learning at Good and Proper Tea, Waterstones or one of the other stores where Lucy teaches. Calligraphy is a natural partner for tea, books all sorts of things.
And once you get up and running, there are multiple calligraphy accounts you can follow on Insta.
Calligraphy’s close cousin brush lettering, which relies on a similar method is also growing in popularity.
If you’re interested in bettering your lettering you might want to check out my review of the Lovely Drawer’s brush lettering workshop. Or see my Pinterest Board where I’ve saved some great tutorials for letters, flourishes, and all sorts.
London’s Covent Garden is a stationery lover’s paradise. It is home to multiple stores: Paperchase and Kikki K in the main square. With London Graphic Centre just a stones throw away. If you’re planning a stationery crawl, there’s no better place to start. Or if you’re in the mood for something more mindful, you could try a modern notebook pilgrimage. Yes, it’s a thing. Tutorial to follow…
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