Journal: Christmas Calligraphy in Liverpool

POST 29 // CHRISTMAS CALLIGRAPHY

Christmas Calligraphy in Liverpool

WORKSHOP AT MERSEYMADE

by Lucy Mellor

22/09/2020

Christmas Calligraphy in Liverpool with Mellor & Rose

We are thrilled to be heading to Merseymade this festive season for a spot of Christmas Calligraphy in Liverpool.

This festive season from late October 2020 till early December, we are thrilled to host our mindful and creative Christmas Calligraphy Workshops. Join us on our Special 3 Hour Modern Calligraphy Workshop at Merseymade in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday October 24th from 11am till 2pm. All with a focus on making your Christmas stationery extra special! Our special 3 hour Workshop includes all materials used in our Beginners Workshop PLUS Festive designs and templates for your Cards, Envelopes and Gift Tags to use over and over again. We learn how to write your own greetings cards, envelopes, gift tags all in this lovely and versatile style of calligraphy with festive decorative touches! By the end of of our Workshop, you'll be lettering up all the festive sayings and dare we say enjoy writing out your Christmas cards!

WHEN + WHERE

Saturday October 24th from 11am at Merseymade

Unit 2, Chancery House 98 Paradise Street Liverpool L1 3HJ

WHAT'S INCLUDED

£55 // 3 hour workshop // Includes Full Starter Kit of dip pen + nib // Entire Upper and Lower Alphabet // Festive Words // Festive Design Layout templates // Banners + Ornaments // Stationery items // Refreshments // 2 Workshop Tutors

BOOK YOUR SPOT

Booking wise, we secure bookings with a £15 deposit sent via PayPal invoice to your email before the workshop with the remaining balance of £40 paid on the day. Deposits are non-refundable but are transferrable if notice is given 48 hours before the workshop. To book your spot, simply email Lucy Mellor at mellorandrose@icloud.com. We look forward to seeing you v soon!

Christmas Calligraphy in Liverpool

TO BOOK YOUR SPOT, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH

This will be our second Calligraphy Workshop at Merseymade on Paradise Street, opposite John Lewis, and we would love to see you there! The creative space houses a whole hosts of artists, working on various projects and all open for people to browse before grabbing a cup of coffee or slice of something in the luscious cafe on the ground floor. See more of what Merseymade are all about here.

Browse all of our upcoming Christmas Calligraphy Workshops across the North West of England here! 

CALLIGRAPHY

by POLLY MELLOR + BEVERLEY MELLOR

WORDS + PHOTOS

by LUCY MELLOR

Journal: CASS ART Calligraphy

POST 27 // CALLIGRAPHY

CASS ART Calligraphy

FOR CALLIGRAPHERS + LETTERING ARTISTS

by Lucy Mellor

22/07/2020

CASS ART Calligraphy

We're big fans of calligraphy, art shops, travelling and meeting fellow artists. Here we find our fondness for the CASS ART Calligraphy selection in store + online!

We are regulars of the CASS ART Liverpool store, hosting our Calligraphy + Lettering workshops in the Art Space at 18 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT. With a cool vibe throughout the store and music to match, you are free to roam all the materials and utensils on offer - easing into the relaxing atmosphere of a lovely and organised art shop. We began hosting our Workshops focusing predominantly on Modern Calligraphy as this was perhaps the most 'well known' style of hand lettering at the time. Now, we teach everything and with constantly progressing into new style of hand lettering to quench your thirst for more! Did somebody say Blackletter? We're thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our own CASS ART Calligraphy Exhibition in Liverpool next month from August 10th till August 31st!

Now, that's enough of me talking - let's take a look at the different styles of hand lettering and how you can get started with only a pen and good quality pad of paper. We currently teach 3 style of hand lettering; Dip, Brush + Chalk - all require different pens to bring the desired effect to life but also share their own similarities, lending to one another is one effortless swoop!

CASS ART Calligraphy with Mellor & Rose

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

The mindful and slow art of Calligraphy has had some what of a renaissance over the past couple of years with more and more people intrigued as to what it's all about and how they themselves can have a bit of the action everyone's talking about! In our Calligraphy Workshops, we learn Modern Calligraphy - clean contrasting strokes. In our CASS ART Calligraphy Workshops - we use a dip pen and pot of ink, dipping every few letters to keep the flow. We begin with learning the differing pressures to create those characteristic thick and thin contrasting strokes so striking within the world of hand lettering. We'll learn the entire alphabet; upper and lower case alphabets then we'll progress onto joining up those individual letters to create words and phrases - we work on different papers to see how the ink reacts to glossier paper plus black ink on brown paper looks pretty lovely! From here, we delve into the layout elements of hand lettering - looking into varying ways to put your designs on paper (not only on a straight line!) along with the use of ornaments to shape our designs and bring some pop!

BRUSH LETTERING

As we delve into the world of hand lettering, new and exciting elements begin to appear and we see that there is always space to learn and grow your own lettering style. This is where Brush Lettering comes in! It's a really exciting style of hand lettering; it's big, it's bold and can be crazy colourful if you fancy. There is a whole range of Brush Pens out there, all with their own merits and price points. For us, after trying lots of different ones all from different shops and types of art shops, we have found that the TOMBOW ABT Dual Brush Pen works wonders. It's durable and lasts such a long time, considering the pressure applied to the nib, whilst keeping a gorgeous dense colour. With the TOMBOW pens there is a huge choice of colours if you're keen to create a bright and beautiful design piece. We tend to stick with black and any darker shades as they work so well.

WE RECOMMEND

CHALK LETTERING

There's little we love more than getting the green light to letter up a humungous chalkboard! From drafting out the design to altering shapes and sizes of lettering and ornaments - chalkboards focus on the whole design and as the lettering is on such a large scale there is so much freedom to try varying styles. We are scheduled to host our first Chalk Lettering Workshop at CASS ART Liverpool just before Christmas.

The choice of CASS ART Calligraphy materials is extensive, suiting many types of calligraphers

LETTERING EXHIBITION

We are super excited to announce our upcoming CASS ART Calligraphy Exhibition! All focused on the world of Lettering, Design and the Mindful qualities. It's going to be exciting and we'd love to see you there!

August 10th - August 31st!

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS + PHOTOS

by Lucy Mellor

Journal: Calligraphy workbooks

POST 25 // CALLIGRAPHY

Calligraphy workbooks

LEARN CALLIGRAPHY AT HOME

by Lucy Mellor

12/04/2020

Mellor & Rose Calligraphy workbooks

Comprehensive Calligraphy Workbooks brought to you by us; Beverley, Polly and Lucy Mellor!

Our calligraphy workbooks starts at the very beginning, similar to our physical workshops, covering the fundamentals of this incredibly stylish and super on-rend hand lettering style.

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

With the world of calligraphy becoming more and more well-known across all the regions and professions; from designers, typographers to crafters and people looking for their mindful activity. With so many lovely people delving into the world of hand lettering and specifically calligraphy, there really has never been more choice for resources to learn and improve. It truly is a wonderful time to get started with your calligraphy journey, especially as the therapeutic qualities of the art are being recognised for their genuine worth - simply brilliant.

We were planning on introducing this very workbook in the summertime, June July time, as we tend to find people are more interested in being in the sunshine! We have brought the date forward partially due to these uncertain times and we would like to offer what we can to do our part to get you're creative juices flowing and keeping creative. Plus, it's rather a lovely way to spend our days.

Calligraphy workbooks

Photos by Lucy Mellor

"It truly is a wonderful time to get started with your calligraphy journey"

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

In this workbook, we include all the kit you need to get started. With all the gear in one place, you're ready to go straight out of the box. The materials included in this workbook are:

dip pen, nib, small pot of ink, description and illustration of how to hold the pen along with how to use the use the nib and ink together, alphabets (the essentials), joining up the letters, catchy and useful words and phrases, first lettering quote, design templates. Never forgetting, stationery items of various sizes! Plus, access to our YouTube tutorial providing visual prompts along the way.

HOW TO BUY

To purchase one of our workbooks, it the same as booking onto one of our workshops; we will send over a Paypal invoice, pop your workbook in the post and pass on the link to the Youtube tutorial. If any of this sounds like a bit of you, please so get in touch and I (Lucy) will start getting your workbook together.

£40 // INCLUDES FULL STARTER KIT // DESIGN TEMPLATES // YOUTUBE TUTORIAL

PLEASE SIMPLY GET IN TOUCH TO BUY

BUY YOUR WORKBOOK

WE WILL SEND OUT YOUR WORKBOOK + PASS ON THE LINK FOR OUR YOUTUBE TUTORIAL

Lucy and Polly Mellor

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS + PHOTOS

by Lucy Mellor

Journal: Happy Birthday!

POST 24 // CALLIGRAPHY

Happy Birthday - in 3 lettering styles!

DIP PEN, BRUSH PEN + CHALK PEN

by Lucy Mellor

04/04/2020

We are excited to bring to you our new mini series! In our mini series, we’re looking at different themes and celebrations - all which we can join in the fun. For each theme, we’ll be lettering up cards or wall art or posters in a dip pen, brush pen and chalk pen. The exciting part is seeing the different styles and letterforms of each type of pen - how they share some similarities alongside how they vary on paper.

There is so much we can do with lettering (not just with a dip pen) - the world of typography awaits and we’re here to get you started. Join us and letter along with our videos - grab your pen and a warm cuppa as we delve deeper into hand lettering.

Modern

Calligraphy

Brush

Lettering

Chalk

Lettering

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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Journal: New workshop in Coniston!

POST 23 // WORKSHOPS

New venue in Coniston!

BRANTWOOD CALLIGRAPHY MASTERCLASS

by Lucy Mellor

16/03/2020

Brantwood Coniston Calligraphy workshop

Sunday May 17th

AT 10:30AM TILL 4:30PM

Exciting news! We will be hosting our Full Day Modern Calligraphy Masterclass in Coniston at Brantwood in May for the first time at our new workshop venue.

Our 6 hour Masterclass will include our Starter Kit along with Refreshments to keep our hands going! This workshop will delve into the world of calligraphy and lettering in greater detail (as we have so much time!). So, if you are looking to up your game then this is most definitely up your street.

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor & Beverley Mellor

WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

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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
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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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