Quill London Calligraphy @ the LTM

So recently I’ve been trying to embrace those old creative juices I left behind at my Art AS, and also start to plan bits of a wedding. After looking at invites (and the prices…) I thought I may as well combine the two and take a calligraphy course!

This on reflection was naive in many many ways:

a) I would never actually have time to complete 180 invites…

b) One class wouldn’t quite leave me in that skills bracket

c) Apparently Calligraphy lessons are very popular & therefore hard to get into…

Yup, thats right. Quill London, home of the modern Calligraphy (and making all things Calligraphy related just look pretty damn cool) runs beginners work shops, but they are sold out until the end of May (it’s currently March & they’re putting on a lot of classes). I was lucky enough however to stumble across one being held at the London Transport Museum, and having had my first fix of Calligraphy, I can see why its become so popular…ย ย 17457281_10154361477252409_4689511310961440728_n

We arrived to a welcome cocktail (always welcomed in my book), at tables laid out with flowers, pens & pencils, and a handy ‘refer to’ guide.

17498872_10154361477242409_4317963045681521159_n After watching some examples and being taught some insider tips, we started to practice our own.

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Wedding on the brain?

There are two things to remember when calligraphing (if that isn’t a word it is now). The first is ‘light on the upwards stroke, heavy on the down’. This means that when you follow the rhythm, the down strokes naturally end up being the ‘thicker’ strokes. As we were practising for creating chalk board calligraphy (think gastropub style), we ‘faked’ these heavier lines by adding in thicker lines. Secondly, you need to loosen up- easy to say, harder to do. Instead of being perfect we had to embrace the swirls and flow…

After much practice we planned our ‘final piece’, to be drawn onto black paper, and then filled with chalk pen. The real skill was in composition and I really struggled.. placing the words together in a way that ‘fitted’ and then adding decoration.

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The final piece

It was amazing how relaxing the experience was- I know ‘mindful’ colouring is one thing, but I think mindful calligraphy works too. I’d been concentrating so hard (and yet thinking so little) that my eyes hurt by the end.

While I won’t be penning my wedding invites anytime soon, I will be sitting when I have some free time and practising…

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Find out more @ Quill London:ย https://quilllondon.com

 

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