3rd November 2017
This Christmas, if you’re either hosting a tea party or even dinner on the day itself, make your guests feel extra special by creating eye-catching place cards. We asked our friends at Quill London to share their hints and tips about the art of calligraphy – plus how to use the art of calligraphy to make those fancy festive place cards.
Lucy is the founder of Quill and heads up its modern calligraphy and stationery studio. In 2014, Quill hosted London’s first modern calligraphy workshops and has been at the forefront of the trend ever since, having seen thousands of students through its classes. Lucy’s contemporary lettering style has also been sought after by fashionistas and lifestyle brands everywhere.
This Christmas, we’ve invited Quill to our stores to run modern calligraphy workshops. Be quick if you want to attend.
We asked Lucy a few questions (to get us in the mood…)
Modern Calligraphy is a wonderful life skill and actually a relaxing hobby. You don’t need much in terms of materials to get started and with practice and perseverance you see amazing results. It’s also a lovely excuse to step away from our screens once in a while and enjoy getting creative.
You actually don’t need many materials to get started. All you need are four easy items: a nib, a pen holder, ink and paper to practice on. You can also find all these items in our Essentials Modern Calligraphy Kit, which also provides you with an alphabet guide and the handy getting started instructions.
Did you know that we can calligraphy on almost any surface? Over the years, a variety of objects and materials have come into our studio for us to write on for weddings and events. These have included cricket bats, pebbles, denim, candles, agate and marble to name a few. Especially in the lead up to Christmas as we have had clients coming to us asking us to calligraphy on objects to jazz up their Christmas dining table.
1. Form your pen by inserting the nib into the pen holder. Make sure the gold pigment is fully shaken up before use, and dip your pen into the shimmery ink to coat your nib. Apply pressure to the downward strokes as you write and keep your upward strokes feather light. Aim to achieve a lovely ribbon effect of thin and thick lines in your writing.
2. Using a small paintbrush, edge the tips of the pinecone with the same gold ink.
3. Style your table by placing the pinecone on the edge of the name card. The pinecone adds height, texture and a natural edge to an otherwise slick and minimalist table settings.
4. You could mix it up by using different coloured inks and and card too.