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

Wedding Calligraphy workshops

Wedding Calligraphy workshops

Join us and learn how to write in this lovely (and versatile) lettering style. Wedding’s today are becoming much more personalised to the bride and groom - adding your very own calligraphy will make your stationery truly yours. Not only does Modern Calligraphy look rather gorgeous on your Wedding stationery, it’s also great fun to do! Whether you love all things stationery, a bride-to-be or just need a little break from all the tech that surrounds us - Modern Calligraphy is relaxing to learn and gives us a chance to focus on creating some lovely lettering.

We'll begin the 3 hour workshop with our usual introduction to Calligraphy similar to our Beginners workshop and whilst we work through the upper and lower alphabets and as our confidence grows we'll start to look at Wedding themed designs and pieces.  We'll ensure plenty of one to one time as with anything new, a skill can't be fully mastered in an afternoon, but you'll have learnt all solid technique in the workshop and with practice here and there plus putting your own spin on your designs you'll be producing lovely lettering for any occasion. 

By the end of the Wedding workshop; we'll have covered all the fundamentals of this modern lettering style with a dip pen for you to then letter up your very own stationery pieces using the techniques we've covered and not forgetting perhaps one of the most important aspects of lettering; spacing and layout. 

As the first section of the session is a Beginners workshop - no previous experience with lettering is needed as we'll be starting from the very beginning to get our eye in and if you've been to one of our Beginners workshops we'll be getting back into the swing of things plus an alternative alphabet for you. 

Our usual calligraphy Starter Kit of dip pen, nib, upper and lower alphabet, practice design layout sheets is included to work our lettering to varying scales and not only only a straight line to bring in more design elements!

Modern Wedding Calligraphy workshop with Mellor&Rose in Lancashire // Lytham, Preston, Blackpool, Liverpool, Lancaster, Clitheroe, Manchester, Harrogate, Southport
Modern Wedding Calligraphy workshop with Mellor&Rose in Lancashire // Lytham, Preston, Blackpool, Liverpool, Lancaster, Clitheroe, Manchester, Harrogate, Southport

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Mawdesley • Cedar Farm // Thursday May 10th at 6:30pm

Clitheroe • Mitton Hall // Tuesday May 14th at 6:30pm

Barton • Barton Grange // Sunday May 26th at 11am

Liverpool • CASS Art // Saturday June 8th at 11am

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

• dip pen & nib

• letterform guides

• full upper and lower alphabet templates

• decorative accents

• wedding lettering templates

• stationery items such as place cards

• along with personalised wedding monogram.

HOW TO BOOK

Step 1. Get in touch via link below or email at mellorandrose@icloud.com letting us know the date, place and time of the workshop you fancy.

Step 2. Deposit invoice of £12pp is sent to your email before the workshop to confirm your spot.

Step 3. An email is sent to you 48 hours before the workshop confirming your spot, the venue and time.

Step 4. Workshop time! Remaining balance of £40 is paid on the day.

Deposits are non-refundable but are transferrable to a different workshop if 48 hours notice given.