Journal: Calligraphy at Mitton Hall

POST 08 // MITTON HALL

Calligraphy at Mitton Hall

WEDDING CALLIGRAPHY EVENING

by Lucy Mellor

19 / 05 / 2019

Wedding Calligraphy & Modern Calligraphy at Mitton Hall // James Places with Mellor and Rose in Clitheroe // Mellor&Rose

We were incredibly excited during our drive up to Clitheroe earlier this week to host our first Modern Calligraphy workshop at Mitton Hall; one of Ribble Valley's finest and most beautiful wedding venues. 

We had all our gear, chalkboards, picture frames and perhaps just under 100 pieces of paper (seriously. no joke.) for our upcoming Modern Wedding Calligraphy workshop at Mitton Hall in Clitheroe, Ribble Valley. We were very much looking forward to our workshop as we'd been at Holmes Mill the previous week hosting mini calligraphy and lettering demo's for everyone and anyone passing by during the Wedding Showcase - so this really got us in the Wedding spirit! This was our second workshop in Clitheroe as we hosted our Christmas Calligraphy workshop at Holmes Mill last year in the stunning Food Hall.

Whilst at Mitton Hall - I had a wander around the grounds at it was a lovely evening with glorious light - which made the evening's session even that more ambient and only slow dimming later on in the evening when we were finishing up. 

Scroll to see what we got up to...

Wedding Calligraphy & Modern Calligraphy at Mitton Hall // James Places with Mellor and Rose in Clitheroe // Mellor&Rose
Wedding Calligraphy & Modern Calligraphy at Mitton Hall // James Places with Mellor and Rose in Clitheroe // Mellor&Rose
Wedding Calligraphy & Modern Calligraphy at Mitton Hall // James Places with Mellor and Rose in Clitheroe // Mellor&Rose
Wedding Calligraphy & Modern Calligraphy at Mitton Hall // James Places with Mellor and Rose in Clitheroe // Mellor&Rose
Wedding Calligraphy & Modern Calligraphy workshops at Mitton Hall // James Places with Mellor and Rose in Clitheroe // Mellor&Rose

In our 3 hour Modern Calligraphy workshop at Mitton Hall, we covered all the basics of handletttering; learning the fundamentals and understanding the varying pressures and pace to achieve this characteristic lettering style we see on so much beautiful wedding stationery. We started with the upper and lower alphabet to learn the shapes of the letter which prides us with the base for you to put your own spin on the designs. From here, once we got the hang of things and our confidence grew from first picking up the dip pen - we gradually processed onto the wedding themed lettering, designs and stationery items which focused on joining up the individual letters and introducing layout to lettering - as lettering and calligraphy isn't only perfecting that same letter over and over again. 

We then looked at bigger designs on A4 sheers which are great for signs and boards can the basis of larger lettering can lead to more scaled up designs which can be accompanied by a table plan or order of the day. 

There really is no limit to what you can get up to with lettering - we're never limited to paper; chalkboards are booming in popularity - we've been lettering on chalkboards for a while as we're big fans of white ink on dark card/ board (that contrast!) and unpainted wood is making a surge too! If you're planning on writing your own wedding stationery we have a number Modern Wedding Calligraphy workshops coming up across the North West. 

Wedding Calligraphy & Modern Calligraphy workshops at Mitton Hall // James Places with Mellor and Rose in Clitheroe // Mellor&Rose

NEXT... BEGINNERS MODERN CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

TUESDAY JUNE 18TH AT 6:30PM - 9PM

£42 // 2 and a half hours // Includes Starter Kit (to keep and practice with) & Refreshments

PHOTOGRAPHS & WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

Pop over for a visit

Mitton Rd, Clitheroe BB7 9PQ

Journal: Calligraphy at Cedar Farm

POST 07 // CEDAR FARM GALLERIES

Calligraphy at Cedar Farm

ARTS, CRAFTS, CALLIGRAPHY & CAKE

by Lucy Mellor

19 / 05 / 2019

Modern Calligraphy Workshops at Cedar Farm with Mellor & Rose in Mawdesley
Modern Calligraphy & Brush Lettering workshops at Cedar Farm Galleries with Mellor and Rose in Mawdesley
Modern Calligraphy & Brush Lettering workshops at Cedar Farm Galleries with Mellor and Rose in Mawdesley
Modern Calligraphy & Brush Lettering workshops at Cedar Farm Galleries with Mellor and Rose in Mawdesley
Modern Calligraphy & Brush Lettering workshops at Cedar Farm Galleries with Mellor and Rose in Mawdesley

Cedar Farm has been a hub for artisans and creatives for both locals and people travelling to Mawdesley near Ormskirk since 1987. 

Cedar Farm Gallery and Frame Shop sells soaps, cards, jewellery, crockery, toys and a big selection of art materials which are all useful for our workshops. These include Winsor and Newton calligraphy and drawing ink, posca liquid chalk pens along with pads of black and white paper. 

Cedar Farm Galleries is where all the local artisan and independent shops are located. Whether looking for a gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself! Along with the various shops, there are lots of crafts and art based workshops on offer to get your creative juicing going in both the courses room and the gallery.

But if you're more in the mood for food, the monthly Farmers Markets may be more down your street - can't get much better than local produce!

Modern Calligraphy & Brush Lettering workshops at Cedar Farm Galleries with Mellor and Rose in Mawdesley

On our latest workshop, we hosted our Introductory Brush Lettering in a new room for us; the courses room in the Pig Barn! A brill space with plenty of soothing natural light and not to mention plenty of elbow room. The Pig Barn is also home to a hairdressers, glass makers and beautician which gives a nice vibe throughout.

In our Brush Lettering workshops with Beverley Mellor and Polly Mellor of Mellor and Rose at Cedar Farm, we learn all the basics of this stylish on-trend lettering style; how to use a Tombow ABT Brush Pen, form strokes and letters from our full upper and lower alphabets sheets.

During the workshop, we'll learn in detail the fundamental technique by understanding the pressure techniques used to produce the characteristic contrasting lettering style.

Alongside learning the basics of this modern lettering style, we'll delve into the design and layout elements of lettering - spacing and sizing of lettering and words to make a truly aseptically pleasing piece of art.

With full modern calligraphy alphabet from trace to letters - by the end of the workshop you will be well on your way to creating your own great brush lettering.

We had a lovely full workshop on Thursday evening at Cedar Farm - a couple of familiar faces along with plenty of new calligraphers! A brill start for everyone, especially with no lettering experience before coming to the workshop.

We're already looking forward to seeing your designs and putting your own twist on the pieces! 

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY, BRUSH LETTERING & CHALK LETTERING WORKSHOPS

PHOTOGRAPHS & WORDS

by Lucy Mellor

Pop over for a visit

Back Lane, Mawdesley, Lancashire, L40 3SY

Journal: Calligraphy & National Garden Scheme

POST 06 // NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

Calligraphy & National Garden Scheme

OPEN GARDENS, GALLERY & CAKE

by Lucy Mellor

07 / 05 / 2019

Warton Hall in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire as part of National Garden Scheme
Warton Hall in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire as part of National Garden Scheme

Every year for the past 4 years, Warton Hall in Lytham St Annes has opened their family garden to the public for National Garden Scheme which “raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake” each and every year. 

100’s of gardens across the country spruce up their bluebells and open their gardens to raise money for various charities. During their time, craft and arts workshops are hosted in the grounds to add to the schedule of what’s on offer. 

For the past 3 years, we’ve hosted our Beginners Modern Calligraphy workshop in Warton Hall’s arts studio where personal projects and a variety of workshops take place during the 4 days. 

With floristry workshops with local florists Bond and Bloom, yoga, candle making along with water colour painting sessions - there is plenty to do and get stuck in with! 

With another year done and dusted, we thoroughly enjoyed being part of the week and also what it represents.

 

Check out all the open gardens for next year and have a slice of cake while you’re there!

A COUPLE OF SNAPS FOR THE WORKSHOP

Warton Hall in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire as part of National Garden Scheme // Modern Calligraphy workshops with Mellor&Rose
Warton Hall in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire as part of National Garden Scheme // Modern Calligraphy workshops with Mellor&Rose
Warton Hall in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire as part of National Garden Scheme // Modern Calligraphy workshops with Mellor&Rose
Warton Hall in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire as part of National Garden Scheme // Modern Calligraphy workshops with Mellor&Rose

Journal: Mindful Calligraphy

POST 05 // MINDFULNESS

Mindful Calligraphy with Mellor & Rose

ONE WAY TO SLOW DOWN

by Lucy Mellor

01 / 05 / 2019

Mindful Calligraphy & Lettering workshops with Mellor & Rose in Lancashire/ Yorkshire/ Merseyside

At our workshops we start from the very beginning - covering the basic fundamentals of this modern yet versatile lettering style. We learn the entire upper and lower alphabets then move onto forming words and onto stylised phrases in a variety of design layouts. Which all demonstrate the possibilities with your lettering!

During our relaxed workshops, we have been told people find learning calligraphy relaxing and begin to slow down, clearing their mind of the mundane - calligraphy is a form of practising mindfulness without consciously acknowledging it!

Practising mindfulness comes in a whole variety of forms but with calligraphy, the main areas are naturally encouraged making a pretty good duo. Taking 10, 15 minutes or 2 hours a day here and there - to sit down with a pen in hand lettering up a design or tag can actually be your way of practising mindful calligraphy. Practising needn't be for hours on end seeking this inner peace everyone is after. Take and make time for well-being and see how you can learn something new and actually rather aesthetically pleasing. 

As a general overview, mindfulness focuses on being in the present moment more often, taking it steady and self-appreciation, no need to worry about the laundry - all about the now and what you’re doing in this present moment. 

This works great with calligraphy as learning to letter requires a fair bit of concentration to get the hang of this new skill and if you’ve ever tried your hand at calligraphy you’ll know that you physically have to slow down your pace or the pen will be too scratchy on the paper - so it has a great dual purpose. Also, as this is something new and calligraphy can’t be mastered in afternoon, we take a laid back approach to this art form - nice and easy is a good way to be when we're lettering.

Take pleasure in seeing your development and your own style come through in your designs - no need to be 100% precise with exact repetition and mirroring of each and every letter as that’s what a computer is for! Enjoy your mindful calligraphy and you'll start to unwind. 

Mindful Calligraphy & Lettering workshops with Mellor & Rose in Lancashire/ Yorkshire/ Merseyside

MINDFUL CALLIGRAPHY QUICK TIP

When sitting down and getting your pen and ink out - have something in mind, doesn't have to be drawn out exact in your mind but a glimpse of something you’re keen to get down on the paper - lay out your spacing and then simply have a go. Focus on the pen gliding on the paper (this gives a great indicator of your pace and how you’re angling the pen too).

• get comfortable 

• both feet on the floor

• steady your breathing

• cup of tea nearby