Mindful Calligraphy with Lucy Mellor

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Mindful Calligraphy with Lucy Mellor

MINDFULNESS

by Lucy Mellor

23.02.2021

Mindful Calligraphy with Mellor & Rose

Today we're talking about Mindful Calligraphy.

Today we’re talking about Calligraphy and the world of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is something of a buzz word and has been for the past few years, it's something which may have seemed fluffy and intangible a while ago - something a little like meditation but not exactly… 

Self care and self worth have massively been at the forefront of recent social change - taking time for ourselves and acknowledging our feelings. Mindfulness has been part of all of this from the very beginning. Mindfulness can come in a huge variety of forms, some are formal and the type of meditation we image with legs crossed and looking for that inner zen. Mindfulness can also be in any form we fancy, it can be simply putting on our  favourite music and going for a stroll with the dog - far from the ancient meditation we see on films with monks. I kind of think this is why, mindfulness is so popular. We may even be doing it and not even realise, it’s nice in that sense because it all happens organically. 

For us, as Calligraphers and a family who enjoys living in the moment, Mindfulness works well. Over the past few years, we have been looking into the world of Mindfulness, not only for our own personal use and benefit but also understanding how it all works, what it’s all about and if it may just be some sort of fad - which it most definitely isn’t. Living in a world of kale salad and fad diets, we’re all a little sceptic of things like this. However, when we take a look and have a go ourselves, we learn something new and something which can do us some good - I’m all for that!

We may even be practising Mindfulness and not even realise, it’s nice in that sense because it all happens organically. 

Mindful Calligraphy with Lucy Mellor

To provide a this a little context… we host Calligraphy and Lettering Workshops and up until the Coronavirus, we hosted in-person Workshops with groups of people all looking do something rather lovely and creative with a group of like minded people - that in itself is wonderful when you think about it and something we’re incredibly excited to get back to. 

During our Workshops, we were kept being told how therapeutic and relaxing our Workshops were - being in the Workshop gave us permission to slow down and take us down a notch or 2. Mindful Calligraphy is certainly something we want to promote and continue to share with everyone.

If there was something which was bothering us or something lingering in the back of our minds, it gradually faded away for an hour or so as we fully immersed ourselves in the world of calligraphy and creativity. When you think about it, whenever we concentrate on something, we gain focus and other things drift away in our minds. Having a hobby or learning a new skill is wonderful for make sure we have enough me time and also gives a bit of perspective. Mindful Calligraphy may be your practice of Mindfulness and if it is, that's wonderful. For me personally, practising Mindful Calligraphy here and there does me a world of good and if this has a chance of doing the same for you, then we're smiling!

During our Workshops, we were kept being told how therapeutic and relaxing our Workshops were - being in the Workshop gave us permission to slow down and take us down a notch or 2

Mindful Calligraphy with Lucy Mellor

For more information + to book your spot on an upcoming Online Calligraphy Workshop, simply get in touch with Lucy Mellor. 

BOOK YOUR SPOT

MELLORANDROSE@ICLOUD.COM

CALLIGRAPHY

by POLLY MELLOR + BEVERLEY MELLOR

Lucy Mellor

COPY + PHOTOGRAPHY

by LUCY MELLOR

Online Modern Calligraphy Workshop

POST 29 // CALLIGRAPHY

Online Modern Calligraphy Workshop

ZOOM WORKSHOPS!

by Lucy Mellor

21/01/2021

Online Modern Calligraphy Workshop Mellor & Rose

Welcome to our Online Modern Calligraphy Workshop!

As we continue to live in this ever-changing environment, we all adapt and our everyday becomes slightly different to what it may have been. For us, all 3 of us are adapting to new ways of sharing this gorgeous art form with all Calligraphers out there - we began by creating At Home Workbooks, so to enable everyone to continue their Calligraphy journey all in the comfort of their homes. Now, in January 2021, we are looking to Online Modern Calligraphy Workshops!

Over the past year, we have been thrilled to host Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering Workshops with brands and businesses to their clients and work colleagues - we're now bringing these Workshops to everyone who fancies learning Calligraphy!

Date wise, we have 3 Online Modern Calligraphy Workshops coming up within the next couple of weeks and we thought we would share all the info on what we'll be getting up to and what's included in our new Online Modern Calligraphy Workshop!

What's on in...

2021

ONLINE MODERN CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

£55

January 28th from 7pm till 9pm

February 11th from 7pm till 9pm

February 18th from 7pm till 9pm

PERSONALISED WORKBOOK + ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED + 2 HOUR WORKSHOP + 2 TUTORS

Online Modern Calligraphy Workshop Mellor & Rose

What's included?

Included in our £55 Online Modern Calligraphy Workshop is a Personalised Calligraphy Workbook with Full Starter Kit including ALL MATERIALS with Free P&P + 2 Hour Zoom Workshop with Polly Mellor, Beverley Mellor & Lucy Mellor.

How to book

To book your spot on any Online Workshop, simply click 'Book' or email Lucy Mellor at mellorandrose@icloud.com

Send a Gift

If you're looking to send a gift to a loved one - our Workshops are the easiest gift to send! Please simply get in touch with Lucy Mellor and we will sort the rest:)

BOOK YOUR SPOT

MELLORANDROSE@ICLOUD.COM

CALLIGRAPHY

by POLLY MELLOR + BEVERLEY MELLOR

Lucy Mellor

COPY + PHOTOGRAPHY

by LUCY MELLOR

Journal: What’s on in 2021

POST 30 // CALLIGRAPHY

What's on in 2021

NEW YEAR CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

by Lucy Mellor

13/11/2020

Mellor & Rose Calligraphy Workshops in 2021

As we slowly arrive into December 2020 (yes, already!) we begin to look at our 2021 Calendar.

It is always a joy organising new events, with both familier faces and also a couple of new ones too. We are thrilled to be announcing a new Workshop venue for 2021, with you this afternoon (or morning/ evening or whenever you come across this post). As a small business, we are always on the look-out for businesses, who share similar qualities to us, to work with in some way. Whether this may be a Calligraphy Workshop or Live Calligraphy event. 

This year may have turned out slightly different to the way we and so many had planned, but we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing you and sharing the joys of the gorgeous art form and we hope to keep on doing so for 2021. Please keep on scrolling down to see a couple of our upcoming New Year Calligraphy Workshops, with more dates and venues being added. 

Take a look at...

2021

BEGINNERS MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

£55

Lytham • Lytham Hall // January 7th from 11am

St Annes • Vintage Sewing Bunny // January 14th from 6:30pm

Birkdale • Vintage Home // January 16th from 11am

Milnthorpe • Beetham Nurseries // January 17th from 11am (£65)

Mawdesley • Cedar Farm // January 21st from 6:30pm

New Venue

MOOR HALL, ORMSKIRK

CALLIGRAPHY

by POLLY MELLOR + BEVERLEY MELLOR

Lucy Mellor

COPY + PHOTOGRAPHY

by LUCY MELLOR

New Workshop! Calligraphy for Florists

POST 30 // CALLIGRAPHY

New Workshop! Calligraphy for Florists

NEW WORKSHOP FOR 2021

by Lucy Mellor

15/10/2020

Calligraphy for Florists with Mellor & Rose

We have incredibly exciting news! We are launching a brand new Workshop for 2021. From January 2021, we will be hosting our Calligraphy for Florists Workshop across the North West.

More information on our new Workshop will be coming during the festive season, for you to browse. We are thrilled to be launching something brand new, always exciting! Calligraphy and Floristry are perfect for one another. With more and more people interested in Floristry and training to be a Florist, we wanted to create a Workshop solely based around them and their needs for their business. If you are a Florist or training to be, this may be something right up your street.

Calligraphy for Florists with Mellor & Rose

WHAT WILL WE COVER

• WEDDINGS

• FLORISTS DISPLAY WORK

• ADVERTISING

• GIFT CARDS

• NAME CARDS

• NUMBERS + SYMBOLS

Calligraphy for Florists with Mellor & Rose

CALLIGRAPHY

by POLLY MELLOR + BEVERLEY MELLOR

WORDS + PHOTOS

by LUCY MELLOR

Journal: Christmas Calligraphy in Liverpool

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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

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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

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Calligraphy Workbooks 2021

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.

£55 // 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!

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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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