Journal: 5 Steps to Mindful Calligraphy

POST 22 // MINDFUL CALLIGRAPHY

5 Steps to Mindful Calligraphy

CREATIVE + CALMING

by Lucy Mellor

15/01/2020

5 Steps to Mindful Calligraphy

1. Comfort

Sitting comfortably? Good lighting and plenty of elbow space is a great starting point - possibly a warming drink close by and some music playing melodically in the background. When getting starting, have a good vantage point of the paper - making it all the more easier on yourself:) Begin to steady our breathe, gradually slowing us down to a consistent and calming rhythm. We always letter better when we’re calmer, no winner for finishing first here!

2. Plan your goals

It sounds incredibly zen and mindful to begin with nothing; a blank piece of paper and inspiriting plucked from the sky. However, all in reality it can be a little difficult - so we simply have a couple of phrases or ideas already noted down. No need to load any pressure on ourselves - especially if you’ve seen something online which you’re fond of! With some ideas already whirling around, we’ll start with a plank clean piece of paper, pen in hand and a rough sketch of the layout so then we only need to concentrate on the lettering itself rather than the whole design all at once:)

3. In the now

Be in the now - take in your surroundings and simply enjoy the simple act of taking time for you. Taking yourself out of your usual routine and making time for you then doing something rather pleasant. If you find your mind wandering - bring yourself back to the now. A small nudge to bring you back. When we’re in this calm mindset, we can plan ahead - plan what we we’re thinking of lettering up next, how we can incorporate different styles - simply feeling happily engrossed in the activity.

4. Confidence + challenges

Begin to create your own designs - pushing the boat out. If you have elements you’re interested in - just go for it. Introduce colour, illustration - don’t be afraid of it looking different to what you may have imagined - calligraphy is completely hand rendered, it’s all personal. As with most things, practice brings confidence and this open mindset brings the willingness to try new techniques and styles. Picking up your dip pen more often in the week, you’re accuracy and precision will organically improve without worrying about that shaky hand on those light upstrokes. As one of the ways of practicing mindfulness; challenging oneself. Seeing yourself achieve a challenge you’ve set yourself - that self-satisfaction.

5. Core technique

Whilst relishing in the present moment - if you find the pen ‘not working’, simply keep a check on your technique - angle of the pen, paper etc. Then in itself, perhaps the more tedious act of learning something new and checking our technique can become part of the process and mindful practice. Simply draw light upstrokes gradually curving and applying more pressure to visibly see the tynes open.

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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Journal: New venue in Lancaster!

POST 21 // WORKSHOPS

New venue in Lancaster!

THE SUN HOTEL & BAR • LANCASTER BREWERY

by Lucy Mellor

08/01/2020

Lancaster Brewery

Wednesday February 12th

AT 6:30PM TILL 9PM

We are incredibly excited to be heading back to Lancaster next month for our very first Calligraphy workshop at The Sun Hotel & Bar (part of Lancaster Brewery) at 63-65 Church St, Lancaster LA1 1ET.

Join us for an evening of Calligraphy and a tipple on Wednesday February 12th! We'll be getting started just before 6:30pm - delving straight in with learning the shapes of the letters along with pressure strokes all in pencil to ease us into the world of lettering. From here, we pick up our dip pens - we start with lettering out more letters of the all-important script style alphabet which leads us nicely onto joining up then onto design templates incorporating decorative ornaments plus some Valentines Day stationery ideas. Midway through, we'll have a short break to give our minds a rest, a tipple of something (or tea/ coffee of course) and then we're back at it till 9pm!

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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House of GHOST

POST 20 // CALLIGRAPHY

House of GHOST

PERSONALISED GIFTS

by Lucy Mellor

05/12/2019

GHOST Fragrances

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Manchester last month, personalising gift boxes with a spot of calligraphy.

GHOST Fragrances
GHOST Fragrances
GHOST Fragrances
GHOST Fragrances
GHOST Fragrances
GHOST Fragrances

WATCH!

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE GOT UP IN MANCHESTER AT THE HOUSE OF GHOST FRAGRANCES

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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NEW YEAR CALLIGRAPHY

NEW YEAR CALLIGRAPHY

2020

WORKSHOP DATES

We are planning our New Year Calligraphy workshop dates for 2020!

January

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

Scorton • Wyresdale Park // Sun Jan 12th at 11am (with Floristry Demo by Bluebells & Daisies at £65)

Mawdesley • Cedar Farm // Thurs Jan 16th at 6:30pm

Barton • Barton Grange Garden Centre // Sun Jan 19th at 11am (sold out)

Liverpool • CASS ART // Sat Jan 25th at 2:30pm (sold out)

St Annes • Vintage Sewing Bunny // Sun Jan 26th at 11am (sold out)

BRUSH LETTERING

Liverpool • CASS ART // Sat Jan 25th at 11am

February

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

Birkdale • Vintage Home // Saturday Feb 1st at 11am

St Annes • Vintage Sewing Bunny // Sun Feb 16th at 11am

Mawdesley • Cedar Farm // Thurs Feb 20th at 6:30pm

Barton • Barton Grange // Sun Feb 23rd at 11am (sold out)

Liverpool • CASS ART // Sat Feb 29th 2:30pm

BRUSH LETTERING

Liverpool • CASS ART // Sat Feb 29th at 11am

March

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

St Annes • Vintage Sewing Bunny // Sunday March 8th at 11am

Barton • Barton Grange // Sunday March 29th at 11am

BRUSH LETTERING

Mawdesley • Cedar Farm // Thursday March 12th at 6:30pm

To book your spot, simply message Lucy via the 'Book' button or email at mellorandrose@icloud.com.

We'll see you there!

New Year Calligraphy
New Year Calligraphy

Journal: New venues coming your way!

POST 18 // CALLIGRAPHY

New venues coming your way!

NEW VENUES. NEW PEOPLE. LOVE IT

by Lucy Mellor

18.10.2019

New venues // Mellor & Rose Calligraphy

We are incredibly excited to be hosting our workshops at 3 new venues in the North West - all in time for Christmas!

We have 3 new venues for you, all in different locations all to reach more and more new calligraphers. All 3 new venues will host our Christmas Beginners Modern Calligraphy workshop - our festive themed dip pen workshop. In our Christmassy workshop, we’ll cover all the fundamentals just like our regular 2 and a half hour workshops - entire upper and lower alphabet, then joining words and phrases (but now, all Christmas themed!). For decorative ornaments, think baubles and festive wreaths:) Please have a browse at where we're heading!

THE TURNPIKE, LEIGH

OCT EVE. WEDNESDAY 30TH AT 6:30PM

First off, we’re venturing to Leigh later this month, a 40-minute drive from Manchester, for our first Christmas Beginners Modern Calligraphy workshop of 2019 at The Turnpike! An independent Art Gallery - hosting new exhibitions and workshops. We’ll be bringing all our gear to Leigh on Wednesday October 30th at 6:30pm till 9pm - we’ll be getting started just before 6:30pm with a break for refreshments halfway through and then back to it until 9pm. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own festive stationery; whether gift tags, envelopes or larger pieces such as wall art to share with the family.

HAWKSHEAD BREWERY, STAVELEY

NOV AFT. SUNDAY 24TH AT 2:30PM

Next on the list, is a venue further up North - heading into The Lakes! We’ll be hosting our first ever workshop in Cumbria at the end of next month at Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley - a 15 minute drive North from the centre of Kendal. We’re very excited for this one as we’re regular visitors of The Lakes - a place which has a completely different vibe to leafy Lytham but really not that far away from us! We also now have family based that way on, so we’re driving up there more and more - it only felt fitting to see if we can find a new venue here! We’ll be at Hawkshead Brewery on Sunday November 24th at 2:30pm till 5pm - our usual set up, getting started just before 2:30pm - a tea/ coffee break halfway through and then carrying on with design templates and ornaments till 5pm!

THE DEVONSHIRE ARMS, SKIPTON

DEC MORN. SUNDAY 15TH AT 11AM

For our final new venue announcement of 2019 (so far), we have a special offering. A 2 course Brasserie Lunch and workshop at a venue which is rather divine; The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa in Skipton. Situated on the Bolton Abbey Estate and a 32-minute drive from Clitheroe - we’re thrilled to be hosting our workshop with a special addition. Come hungry on Sunday December 8th! We will be starting our Christmas Beginners Modern Calligraphy workshop at 11am till 1:30pm and lunch with begin from 1:30pm. Bookings for this particular event are through the venue - events@devoshirehotels.co.uk.

The Turnpike Leigh

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CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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

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Journal: Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering. So, what’s the difference?

POST 17 // LETTERING

So, what's the difference?

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY AND BRUSH LETTERING

by Lucy Mellor

29/09/2019

Journal: Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering. So, what's the difference? Mellor & Rose Lancashire

We are often asked the difference between Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering. It’s a question we’re usually asked before people book onto a workshop, see which one they prefer or visually see a specific use for; wedding stationery, wall art, bullet journals + planners etc. If this sounds familiar and something you’re thinking right now, then please read on and we’ll lay down a couple of the big differences between the two, hopefully making it all the more clear.

In this post, we’ll be comparing the two main styles (of course there are a couple more!) of Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering! The main differences and benefits of lovely lettering - we’ll be looking specifically at; the equipment we use, technique and the finished product.

1.

EQUIPMENT

Let’s start with the fundamentals of the two; the equipment we use. Firstly, with Modern Calligraphy; we use a metallic dip pen and a pot of ink. Old school. With Brush Lettering, we use well… a brush pen - typically a Tombow ABT Brush Pen - no dipping involved!

In our Modern Calligraphy workshops, we begin to acknowledge that we need to keep dipping as we’re quite rightly so used to a ballpoint or fountain pen with a continuous flow of ink - so when we’re lettering a couple of letters, we will inevitably run out of ink, so we dip and carry on. However, with Brush Lettering it’s rather the opposite. No dipping needed as the ink in the pen barrel, more like what we’re used to, so we can create large scale lettering all in one go!

The snap on the right was taken at our Beginners Modern Calligraphy workshop at Cedar Farm - here we've covered all the letters of the alphabet; the shapes and sizes both upper case + lower case. We're now onto the design layout elements of calligraphy, looking into ways of adding some pop to our hand lettered designs with banners etc. Top top - dip pens are fabulous for illustrations - something we're keen to emphasise in our workshops!

Journal: Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering. So, what's the difference? Mellor & Rose Lancashire

2.

TECHNIQUE

Both pens share similarities in their technique but completely different in how we hold the pen - there is a specific way to hold the barrel of the pen which makes getting those ultra thin and dense downstrokes all the more easier and also consistent each time we sit down to letter. We look closely at this in our Beginners and Introductory workshops:)

With both pens, the same application of applying alternating ‘pressure’ applies. With hand lettering, we’re looking to achieve a thick/thin letter stroke to give us that characteristics of lovely modern lettering. However, the way the pens work both from the way we hold and use the pen, the ‘nib’ or tip of the pen itself , the way the ink is delivered is quite different - but the lettering ‘style’ itself shares a lot of similarities! The key to all style of hand lettering… upstrokes are always a light stroke on the way up creating a lovely fine line and in contrast on the downstroke pressure is applied allowing a lovely rich broader flow of ink to flow through.

Journal: Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering. So, what's the difference? Mellor & Rose Lancashire

Give Brush Lettering a go, all you need is a pen - CASS ART has A LOT of colour options!

3.

OUTCOME

Both styles of lettering share the thick and thin stroke characteristic - but we can achieve pretty varied things with both pens!

Typically, with a dip pen the scale of lettering is smaller than that with a brush pen - designs and letters and much more delicate, perhaps why it is so popular on wedding stationery! With Brush Lettering, designs can go pretty big - large wall art in a whole variety of colours - simplistic to change up the colours whenever you feel like it.

As evenings are closing in early and we're heading into the Winter months, Christmas is peering its head around the corner. We have our Christmas Calligraphy workshops coming up in November + December both in Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering if you fancy trying you hand at calligraphy!

Journal: Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering. So, what's the difference? Mellor & Rose Lancashire

We recommend starting with the dip pen Modern Calligraphy workshop before the Brush Lettering simply because of the equipment we use. It’s a harder technique of the two and a fantastic way of understanding the pressure strokes - actually seeing the tines open and close back up with the varying pressure helps to understand how to get the right angle of the pen!

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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

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Journal: What’s Chalk Lettering?

POST 17 // CHALK LETTERING

What's Chalk Lettering?

POSCA PENS AT THE READY

by Lucy Mellor

24/09/2019

Chalk Lettering workshop with Mellor & Rose

Hand lettering is essentially drawing artistic letters - either in a calligraphy style or any of the huge range of hand lettering styles. These are generally created firstly through sketching out letter shapes, particularly when we’re starting out - then when we’re happy with the letters we start inking or chalking them in.

Hand lettering and chalk lettering is a fabulous ‘display’ style of lettering which has so many varieties. You can create ‘one off’ pieces like quotations, signage with illustrations such as lovely leaves and foliage for weddings. Plus, designing good looking menus for parties and embellishments along with inspirational words for the home. Sizing and scale is something as we become more experienced - we can switch up to larger letters as well as how to manipulate your lettering - working on how to layout and plan your chalkboard design.

Chalk Lettering workshop with Mellor & Rose Lancashire

Introductory Chalk Lettering workshop

Our Mellor & Rose Chalk Lettering workshops begin by learning how to form the three basic letterforms; calligraphy script, a cool straight upper alphabet contrast style (sans serif) and serif style with a fantastic drop shadow effect. In our 2 and a half hour Introductory workshop, we firstly learn from lettering templates on A3 sheets of paper before moving onto a chalkboard - to get started using chalk and then onto chalk pens which have a semi permanent effect.

Learning hand lettering is amazingly versatile and simply put, great fun to do! Like modern calligraphy, chalk lettering is a ‘slow’ art form and very therapeutic as it gives us permission to slow down and focus. During our workshops, the art of mindful and lovely calligraphy energises us whilst also creating some pretty cool looking chalk boards!

Chalk Lettering workshop with Mellor & Rose

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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

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

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Journal: Plan with me – September Bullet Journal

POST 14 // BRUSH LETTERING

Plan with me - September

BULLET JOURNALS & PLANNERS

by Lucy Mellor

26/08/2019

Plan with me - September // Mellor and Rose / Mellor & Rose

As we’re nearing the end of August - we thought we’d brainstorm some ideas for next month’s spread in our notebook. Here’s a look at what we’re thinking.

We usually start off our month on the left page, as our eyes move from left to right, and this also keeps a loose structure for each month. This also helps us when jumping through the months. Plus, it’s a full double spread which gives us a distinctive starting point! The second page, on our right, is usually our overview page of big calendar space where we can jot down a few events and have a quick look at where we’re heading - it also eases us into the full month of varying tasks and goals.

Then, we move onto the more segmented pages - which have a lot of varying and rather crucial content for us. This page is usually fairly full - with short term and long term goals along with a couple of areas to look at/ keep an eye on for the month. We usually include more brush lettering to break up the rhythm of ‘the to do lists’ bringing a lighter feel. We’ll add more display pages with full page lettering (as it’s what we love to do!). Usually a motivational quote here and there keeps us all going and is always a relaxing one to letter.

The theme for September is autumnal - our first ages says September in big lettering just to make it super obvious which month we’re in - which is useful when flicking through the pages. For this month, we’re using a lot of browns, light browns - more like a burnt orange along with the trusty black Tombow!

For the first page of the month (see snap below), we’ve aligned the design in the centre of the page with our illustration positioned underneath the lettering. We can also place the illustration (sprig etc.) at the left or right of the lettering with our lettering slighting off centre but the overall design layout with be central. We’ve complimented the brush script style of ‘September’ with sans serif as to keep the emphasis on ‘September’.

Plan with me - September // Mellor and Rose / Mellor & Rose

Our first calendar of the month is big - it catches the eye simply because of the scale. We usually don’t add too much colour as to not distract us from the more important and functional elements of our notebook; such as keeping track of our deadlines/ appointments.

Putting things in boxes automatically separates things in our mind. This helps us focus on specific tasks in hand - ones which require our attention. A good one for goals! Plus, we have a bit more lettering to both fill the space and also if we have just a load of boxes on the page, it can become a little repetitive.

Plan with me - September // Mellor and Rose / Mellor & Rose

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

Journal: Our PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop

POST 13 // BRUSH LETTERING

Our PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop

PLANNERS & LETTERING

by Lucy Mellor

09/08/2019

PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

We had an awesome day in Manchester last month hosting our PlannerFest Brush Lettering Taster workshop! This first PlannerFest event for lovers of all things stationery and journalling was a great success - the venue was the iconic Uppercampfield market on Deansgate Manchester - a perfect setting with a lovely touch of vintage quirkiness - just the best vibe!

We were kindly invited to host the PlannerFest Brush Lettering Taster workshop with Tombow to an inspiring audience of planners and journalers (the loveliest friendly bunch!). As the session developed, we witnessed some truly awesome 'hands' and saw some really great Brush Lettering! Keep going now guys!

From the truly creatively crafted journals and notebooks we saw, to the the fabulous range of stationery sellers throughout along with the interesting and inspiring speakers - it was a extraordinary event showcasing how to organise daily life and goals into things of function and beauty with a lot of fun and revelling in all things stationery. We at Mellor & Rose Modern Lettering were delighted to be part of this first PlannerFest event with Becki and her team - we enjoyed a fabulous full day doing our hand lettering / Calligraphy spot and hope the lovely folks lettering with us enjoyed it too.

PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

It was perfect timing also for the launch of 'Simply Lettering' magazine who supplied a free copy for everyone who attended - looks a fantastic mag for letterers and highly informative. A simply fabulous and well organised event - thank you Becki and your fab team, Jill, Helen, Jessie as well as those great guys on the sound and visuals. Thank you for asking us and here's to the next PlannerFest x

Ps. To all who attended the PlannerFest Brush Lettering Taster workshop, we would like to thank you for coming and we hope you enjoyed it! Please let us know how you get on with your lettering - if at anytime you fancy coming along to one of our regular workshops to learn little more about lettering; whether dip pen, brush pen, or chalk. Our sessions friendly relaxed and slightly more cosy affairs with 8-12 people per session. We hope to see you again v soon!

PlannerFest Brush Lettering workshop at in Manchester 2019 Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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Journal: How Calligraphy combats Stress – let’s take a look

POST 12 // MINDFUL CALLIGRAPHY

How mindful calligraphy combats stress - let's take a look

CALLGRAPHY VS. STRESS

by Lucy Mellor

30/07/2019

How Mindful Calligraphy combats Stress with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

Today, we’re talking about stress. Stress, mindfulness and calligraphy - how can mindful calligraphy combats stress.

Mindfulness has to the capability and research evidence to ‘combat’ stress - whether to reduce your levels of distress or to switch up your negative emotions (distress) into eustress; our more positive form of stress. In the world of mindfulness, there are practises we use to feel balanced - there are activities we can do; either in a more formal setting (legs crossed) or on-the-go/ more relaxed environments.

Today, we’re talking about stress. Stress, mindfulness and calligraphy - how can mindful calligraphy combats stress.

This is where calligraphy comes in - the art of calligraphy possess naturally mindful qualities, ones we needn't consciously acknowledge when sitting down with our pen in hand as the core elements of mindfulness occur organically; such as slowing our breathe, appreciating ourselves and self-satisfaction in what we accomplish, allowing us time for ourselves, focusing on one thing at a time to give us space from the everyday.

For a little more context; in calligraphy, we slow down to achieve those dense, consistent and SUPER satisfying strokes on the page, our hand needs to take the pace off and get into the rhythm of things. Calligraphy gives us all permission to take it down a notch - we gradually let go of whatever we have whirling around and begin to focus on one thing at a time. If our pressure strokes are too quick, the nib scratches along the page resulting in a broken stroke - if we start to slow down, the ink flows naturally without us forces anything.

This slows our whole body down - our breathe begins to slow and our body loosens as we delve into all the letters of the alphabet. We don’t make a concentrated effort to achieve this ‘relaxed’ state - it all happens rather organically. And when we smash that “coffee” (eek, double letters!) we feel self-satisfaction in doing something new and also something pretty good looking!

What is stress?

“You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense, and you start to sweat. This is sometimes known as the fight or flight response.” (NHS, webpage). Stress is both psychological and physical - we can feel the effects. These effects may dampen our mood or heighten our senses.

Is stress always bad?

Not always. Stress usually has a negative connotation attached to it and something we may identity easily however stress can always be this unknown thing we can’t see nor feel. The magnitude varies from person and person along with the way we ‘deal’ with it. We experience both distress and eustress - eustress is the more ‘positive’ form of stress - the type of stress where we feel challenged - challenged in a way where we feel relatively confident of the outcome (school exam), or a task at hand of value (job promotion). Our even one where we’re more anxious but excited but also nervous - a total mixture of emotions! (your wedding day!).

How to combat stress: Make more time for your interests and hobbies

Things which may help (according to the NHS, link down below): • share your problems with family or friends • make more time for your interests and hobbies • take a break or holiday. Hobbies, interests and generally things which bring you joy - all lead to reduced stress, according to studies. They all provide us with perspective - looking in from the outside - giving us space to think. Taking time from your day - or maybe making time to enjoy those things can bring you some perspective and in a nutshell - take you mind off things or allow you to come at it from another angle. That one thing (or even multiple things) bothering you, may not be as big as we first thought. We find there genuinely is a way around it, you’re not stuck, there’s a way out and you can figure it out.

What is calligraphy?

Calligraphy is much more than having traditional ‘neat’ handwriting. Instead being more like drawing in the sense that there is an element of movement and precision in each letter. There are 2 main pen styles we teach; the modern calligraphy style with a metallic dip pen and a pot of ink which creates delicate but incredibly versatile hand lettering. A second style is a looser and bolder style with brush pens which can go much larger (a great one for wall art) where we use Tombow ABT pens in our workshops to get that brilliant characteristic thick and thin dense stroke.

How Mindful Calligraphy combats Stress with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice is acknowledging yourself; slowing down, showing kindness to yourself and others whilst passing no judgment. We can practice mindfulness in a more formal setting; on the go, as a group or in own space. There isn't necessarily a rulebook - there’s a core goal and with a few suggestions, one or even a couple of activities could be your own way of practising mindfulness. All without fully acknowledging or focusing too much attention of getting to *that* place of solitude. This article could give you a couple of ideas and calligraphy may be your casual and relaxed version of mindfulness - so let’s dive in!

What does it do?

Mindfulness aims to give us perspective - acknowledge ourselves; both physical (our breathe), emotional and psychological. Being in the present moment, can sometimes bring us back from the things distracting us/ pushing us too far ahead so we don't appreciate whats happening right now - taking a step back to get that perspective back can be the only thing we do to feel in the moment.

How does it work?

Whether in a formal setting (crossed legged, sat on the floor - more like mediation we all know of) or in a casual setting/ on the go type practice, which is what we’ll be talking about. One way of combatting stress is by practising mindfulness and our more specific activity is calligraphy. Practicing more frequently is suggested by multiple sources as this develops our everyday routine, integrating new activities more easily, to include some more time for ourselves - heck, that’s not a bad thing.

How Mindful Calligraphy combats Stress with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

MINFUL CALLIGRAPHY VS. STRESS

Mindfulness has been shown to have an effect on our levels of stress and we've started to delve into how mindful calligraphy combats stress. One way of practising mindfulness can be calligraphy - quite literally practising your calligraphy skills every once in a while. Getting out your materials and dedicating some time out of your day to take care of yourself. Even if you feel you’re having an absolutely brilliant day, consistency and greater frequency all lead to new routines being developed much more seamlessly.

Here's a scenario...

We’ve had a big day - lots of things going on, some thing’s have gone our way and others… not so much. It’s been ‘one of those days’ - yep, they come around a lot but they never have to get the better of us. Find a space your comfortable in; home, coffee shop, pals house, wherever - grab a drink (of your choice) and pick up a pen. Dedicate an amount of time and keep that time for calligraphy - bring back our wandering mind if we notice if drifting off to the laundry etc.

We start from the very beginning; choosing our pen, sitting comfortably, plant both feet on the floor, feel the ground pushing against you - you’re stable. Sit up straight keep a good posture, don't let our head sag forwards, get a good perspective of the page - nice birds eye view, elbow on the table, keep that lower arm stable. Stable. Start steady with a couple of light upstrokes and thicker downstrokes - aim to get each the same width to give a relaxed goal - a little challenge keeps us motivated and mind focused. Now, go wild. Have a go with a couple of letters if you please then delve into words - try scaling them up or down - stretch each letter or condense - mix up lettering styles, bring some colour to the page - try a block shadow or blending to get a gorgeous flow of colour.

Now, go wild. Have a go with a couple of letters if you please then delve into words - try scaling them up or down - stretch each letter or condense - mix up lettering styles, bring some colour to the page - try a block shadow or blending to get a gorgeous flow of colour.

How Mindful Calligraphy combats Stress with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

The sole idea of simply sitting down, dedicating some time for our wellbeing in a comfortable setting and doing something nice to do is what this short post is all about.

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor