Hey, I’m Polly Mellor - I'm one of the hand lettering artists here at Mellor and Rose. We're based in Lytham St Annes on the coast - we host lettering and calligraphy workshops across the North West of England and always looking for new venues to reach more calligraphers!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH HAND LETTERING?
Mum has been hand lettering for a long time, working with brands to create branding identities such as logo’s incorporating hand lettering. I started with a dip pen but gradually drifted over to the brush pen in which we had a lot of different types in our cabinet - I tried out a couple of pens and gravitated towards the Tombow as it felt the most dense on the page and gave a great thick and thin.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO GET STARTED WITH LETTERING?
Not at all - all you really need is a brush pen and paper as this will get you started with understanding pressure strokes and how the pen itself works - from here you can delve into modern calligraphy using a dip pen and nib.
AFTER PICKING UP A BRUSH PEN, PERHAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHAT’S NEXT?
Come to one of our brush lettering workshops! Or purchase one of our workbooks to give you more structure to your practice whilst also letting your own style come through.
CAN I USE MY LETTERING FOR BULLET JOURNALLING?
A big yes! With lettering playing a large part of bullet journalling, putting your own lettering on the pages will look great. On each page, you can do anything you like - either a big banner header in the centre or an illustration to represent the season. We’ve lettered up a couple of ideas on our Instagram if you fancy having a browse.
WHAT'S YOUR MOST PROUD PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON?
During the Summer of 2018 and just before the opening of The Florist restaurant in Liverpool, we travelled to Hardman Street to hand letter the walls of the once then Old Blind School. Before arriving, we had a run down of what the guys at New World Trading visualised - upon arrival we had a game plan and schedule to get the work done in time for the soft opening. To create a semi-permanent result, we used a mixture of paint and POSCA chalk pens which created the thick and thin style we were looking for (thank you CASS Art Liverpool for being only down the road!).
WHAT PROJECT(S) ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I’m currently working on creating a brush lettering workbook to go alongside our Introductory Brush Lettering Workshops we run throughout the North West of England. Along with, producing video content like lettering tutorials and videos as well as teaching both Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering at our workshops.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BRUSH PEN TO USE?
After testing and going through a fair few, myself and Beverley (the other hand lettering artist at Mellor and Rose) prefer the feel of the Tombow and enjoy the results on the page, that’s why we only use ABT Tombow Brush pens in our Brush Lettering Workshops.
WITH THE ABT TOMBOW BRUSH PEN, WHAT'S YOUR TECHNIQUE?
I like to use both ends as I like to mix up the styles of lettering, for example; block lettering with the characteristic flourish to show the variability of lettering and to also put your own twist on the design - design and layout is key in lettering, perfecting each individual letter is only one of the parts.