Journal: Christmas Calligraphy Workshops

POST 29 // CHRISTMAS CALLIGRAPHY

Christmas Calligraphy Workshops

NEW VENUES

by Lucy Mellor

18/08/2020

Mellor & Rose Christmas Calligraphy workshop

It's Christmas! Well, not exactly but we are most definitely thinking about Christmas Calligraphy. We are thrilled to announce a number of new and exciting venues we are working with this festive season - all to reach more calligraphers in the North West of England!

Our Special 3 hour Christmas Calligraphy Workshops will be commencing from October 18th till December 13th - hosted at venues across the North West in Lytham, Preston, Liverpool, Birkdale, Milnthorpe and Ormskirk. Please see our full list below of upcoming Workshop Dates and what we will be getting up in this festive Calligraphy Workshop.

NEW VENUES

BEETHAM NURSERIES + THE GOLDEN BALL + 1842

TO SEE MORE FROM THESE VENUES, SIMLPY TAP ON THE IMAGE

Christmas Calligraphy Workshops

WORKSHOP DATES 2020

October 2020

Longton • The Golden Ball // Sunday October 18th

Milnthorpe • Beetham Nurseries // Sunday October 25th

St Annes • Vintage Sewing Bunny // Thursday October 29th

November 2020

Lytham • Lytham Hall // Wednesday November 4th

Birkdale • Vintage Home // Saturday November 7th

Mawdesley • Cedar Farm // Thursday November 12th

Milnthorpe • Beetham Nurseries // Sunday November 15th

Lancaster • The Sun Hotel // Wednesday November 18th

TO BOOK YOUR SPOT, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH

CALLIGRAPHY

by POLLY MELLOR + BEVERLEY MELLOR

WORDS + PHOTOS

by LUCY MELLOR

Journal: Back to ‘School’ Mindful Calligraphy

POST 15 // MINDFUL CALLIGRAPHY

Back to 'school' mindful calligraphy

BOOKS, REVISION & WELLBEING

by Lucy Mellor

04/09/2019

Back to 'School' Mindful Calligraphy for School, College or University students with Mellor and Rose // Mellor & Rose Lancashire

With summer officially over, the sun seekers reluctantly retire to hiding - everyone returns to their daily study lives. We know because all the shops keep pointing it out every way we turn - yes, because we need more pens to add to our third pencil case! A new year, could be a easy transition or one with big changes - new people, important exams etc. Sometimes, we can get hung up on every detail of our lives

If you're starting a new year at College or driving down to your University and unpacking for your first year - change is be on the horizon - we may need something to take our mind off things with a spot of mindful calligraphy. Things start swirling around - taking up our capacity, we need to take a step back and get a fresh perspective. Taking in a nice delicious deep breathe and find a comfy place - perhaps putting on your favourite artist in the background - sitting down with your phone far away, picking up a pen and some paper then letting your creativity flow! We sometimes bottle it up and don’t allow ourselves to have those creative moments because we’re too busy revising or scrolling. This is where the practise of mindfulness and mindful calligraphy may come into some use!

What is mindfulness all about?

After 4 years of University in 2 different cities - having a hobby was kind of essential - mine at the time was sports; playing or organising it for others. Hockey and Golf were my main sports of choice as I’d played them from an early age at school which took hockey very seriously... so, ultimately it’s hard to ever get away from it! Having another activity other than solely studying was a brilliant outlet - the idea of mindfulness was at it’s very beginning when I was at University with mediation and yoga very much at the forefront of mind and body wellbeing - mindful calligraphy is now joining the wellbeing party. For a bit more info on the practise of mindfulness and the reasons for introducing into your daily life; mindfulness is the practise of self-appreciation, slowing down and being in the now. We don't have to cross our legs and seek inner peace looking for something we can’t seem to find - we can practise mindfulness whenever and wherever - it’s brilliant. 

Back to 'School' Mindful Calligraphy for School, College or University students with Mellor and Rose // Mellor & Rose Lancashire

Calligraphy and mindfulness work in fluid harmony - one compliments the other effortlessly. For example, mindfulness practises slowing down your mind and body - to appreciate the now. With calligraphy, the basic act of sitting down lettering, gives you permission to purposefully slow down - we have to take the pace off in calligraphy otherwise the pen will most likely scratch the paper and the stroke will ‘break’. The slower the better when we’re getting started with calligraphy.

What is mindful calligraphy?

Practicing a bit of mindful calligraphy doesn't only focus on beautiful lettering. Mindful calligraphy is also about setting aside some time for ourselves - appreciating where we are now and taking a step back. Plus, if we’re feeling particularly anxious or nervous, slowing down our mind and body will help us press that reset button giving us a fresh perspective. As we all know, we very rarely have control over a situation, but we do have an influence over our perspective; the way we view the situation. As you deliberately begin to sit down and take time for yourself - your actions start to happen without the need to prompt this behaviour - which means it’s gradually integrating itself into our routine.

Now, let's have a go!

1. get a pen and a clean sheet of paper.

2. find a comfortable spot; bit of music on in the background.

3. take notice of our breathe - if we’re feeling on the edge, we may fancy slowing our breathe and taking in a much deeper breathe each time. Something so simple has such an immediate impact on our whole body - we begin to relax.

4. now, lets have a go! Get your pen out! The key to calligraphy is rhythm and pressure strokes. Once we feel comfortable applying pressures and then taking it off - we can get a fluid motion and bring personality to the lettering. We’re not necessarily looking for completely uniform lettering (as thats what a computer is for!). We’re looking for italic style and smooth curves in this characteristic brush script style.

5. now we’re going to follow the design Pol has laid out below. We’ll start top left (if we're right handed) as to avoid smudging! Adding the lovely decoratives and banner brings some personality to the rather minimalist design - have a go and let us know how you get on!

Back to 'School' Mindful Calligraphy for School, College or University students with Mellor and Rose // Mellor & Rose Lancashire

Check out our YT Channel for calligraphy + lettering videos

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

If you fancy trying your hand at brush lettering + joining us on a workshop, please drop us a message!

We currently host workshops in Lytham, Southport, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Ormskirk, Clitheroe & Fleetwood

SEE WHERE WE'RE HEADING NEXT

Journal: A Day in Birkdale

A Day in Birkdale

Vintage Home Southport / Birkdale / Upholstery & Annie Sloan Workshops

We're big fans of Birkdale and Southport. We've visited nearly every other weekend for years - just a short drive from us here in Lytham, we began to visit Birkdale Village after watching the golf a couple of years back (when it was at Royal Birkdale) and realised how lovely it truly was; with independent shops dotted along the high street plus this rather cool store called Vintage Home. 

Jill and Rachel from Vintage Home in Birkdale came to one of earlier workshops in Southport and from here we kept in contact and one day organised to host a workshop in their space! We hosted our first workshop before Christmas and now have hosted a fair few with Jill and her family. We've been lucky to have lovely groups of new calligraphers at every workshop and we look forward to hosting more workshops along with a couple of new themed sessions to get your hand flowing. 

NEXT... BEGINNERS MODERN CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN BIRKDALE

SATURDAY JULY 6TH AT 11AM

Vintage Home Southport / Birkdale / Upholstery & Annie Sloan Workshops
Vintage Home Southport / Birkdale / Upholstery & Annie Sloan Workshops
Vintage Home Southport / Birkdale / Upholstery & Annie Sloan Workshops

Weekend away at Rose Cottage Floristry

Weekend away at Rose Cottage Floristry

WHAT WE GOT UP TO

On the morning of Saturday April 6th we set off to Leicestershire to host our first Modern Wedding Calligraphy workshop of 2019 at Rose Cottage Floristry and Flower School. 

On our sold out workshop, we designed refreshed themed Wedding layout designs using those commonly known phrases and stationery pieces - we designed coloured sheets with floral decoration accompanied by lovely wedding lettering which were all ready to go for the big day. 

By the end of the hours, we'd covered all the fundamentals of dip pen calligraphy looking at upper and lower case alphabets and then moving onto forming words and connection each letter effortlessly. After our tea and scone break (who knew vegan scones were so delicious!) we delved straight into styling up our lettering giving it a bit of character than your usual prescriptive lettering. As we became more confident with pen in hand, we developed onto the wedding themed pieces each with a couple of phrases and layouts to look at lettering up your calligraphy in varying styles and using spacing to your advantage! As we all know, calligraphy isn't only about mastering that one letter:)

NEXT... BEGINNERS MODERN CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

SATURDAY JUNE 29TH