PlannerFest 2019 in Manchester

POST 10 // PLANNERFEST 2019

PlannerFest 2019 in Manchester

BRUSH LETTERING FOR PLANNERS

by Polly Mellor

26 / 07 / 2019

PlannerFest 2019 Manchester with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

A festival for planners? Count me in.

For us stationery lovers, a good planner is pretty much better than anything - our crème de la crème. Now, next month we're at PlannerFest in Manchester: a whole festival devoted to them and all things stationery!

WHAT, WHEN & WHERE

PlannerFest, founded by a keen planner herself, is a all-day festival for planners and stationery fans, involving presentations, workshops (Brush Lettering workshop from us!), 21 shops and even campfire sessions for more intimate brain storming discussions on creativity with likeminded people. 

PlannerFest is taking place in Manchester on the Saturday 27th July from 10am till 6pm, making it a go-to event for all self-proclaimed ‘planner fanatics’.

Upper Campfield Market Hall, Barton Street (off Deansgate), Manchester, England M3 4FH, United Kingdom

PlannerFest 2019 Manchester with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
PlannerFest 2019 Manchester with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

TASTER SESSION

The experience is from 10am-6pm and at 2pm, we will be hosting our very own 1 hour Brush Lettering Taster Workshop that will also include introductory practice sheets for you to delve into. Plus a ABT Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pen will be yours to take home and practise with (getting pen to paper in your planners).

Our 1-hour taster session will cover the basics of the stylish, on-trend brush lettering style. Learning the fundamentals of a light pressure upstroke and heavy pressure downstroke to get the characteristics of the ‘calligraphy’ style. Lettering is a great element to use within planners and journals, to give some flair and a touch of creativity into planning. Similarly, the use of lettering is also great for Bullet Journaling, to fill your journal with vibrancy with the wide range of coloured brush pens (now available on the market through brands like Tombow). Brush Lettering and calligraphy are also within the realm of ‘mindfulness’, acting a relaxing, de-stress activity that simultaneously allows a creative outlet.

Brush lettering is also a diverse skill that goes beyond being used for planners, allowing you to even create your own wall art (because everybody loves a good show-off). So, make sure to stop by at PlannerFest 2019 for our Brush Lettering Taster Workshop and pick up a free Tombow brush pen.

We also host regular full length Introductory Brush Lettering workshops across the North of England, so please have a browse at what we get up to!

UPCOMING INTRODUCTORY BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOPS

£39 // 2.5 hours // Includes Starter Kit & Refreshments

Liverpool • CASS Art // Saturday July 13th at 11am

St Annes • Vintage Sewing Bunny // Sunday July 14th at 11am

Mawdesley • Cedar Farm // Thursday August 15th at 6:30pm

PlannerFest 2019 Manchester with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor

WORDS

by Polly Mellor

PLANNERFEST 2019 TICKETS

Bullet Journal Calligraphy & Functionality

POST 09 // BULLET JOURNAL

Bullet Journal Calligraphy & Functionality

BEAUTIFUL & FUNCTIONAL

by Lucy Mellor

02 / 06 / 2019

Bullet Journal Calligraphy and Hand lettering with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

Whether you purchase the official journal/ planner or use your own notebook (lined, dotted, blank) use the same overall idea for this craze - we have a design layout for you to try along with journal calligraphy.

Bullet Journals & Planners; the old fashioned cousin of your iPhone notes is something I can't get away from - the purpose of the whole idea makes so much sense and when we get the things done it's a win win! Bullet journalling goes one up from the regular notebook - it brings aesthetics to the table. Well, this clearly appeals to us! Everyone’s Bu Ju (what the kids are calling it) are different and thats part of the main appeal - there’s literally no one laying down the rules, the do’s or dont’s - start with a page and see where you go with the creative element whilst keeping your focus on the jobs at hand. This is where our calligraphy and hand lettering comes into play!

The new craze is a new way of looking at note keeping - which I’m all for especially adding a splash of colour and design to the more mundane tasks of admin and alike. 

Bullet Journal Calligraphy and Hand lettering with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
Bullet Journal Calligraphy and Hand lettering with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
Bullet Journal Calligraphy and Hand lettering with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

As Bu Ju is a rather large community stretching from one country to the next - there’s plenty of inspiration out there and we’ll be adding our Bullet Journal Calligraphy ideas and layout designs to our socials more often as we’re actually big fans personally so thought we’d share how we incorporate calligraphy and hand lettering into the core functionality element of journalling.

Our eyes moves from left to right on a page, webpage, magazine, menu etc. and that's the way we work through our notebooks so if you’ve something exciting and spectacular in mind and want to promote this early on - get this on the left page to be the first thing you see in the month so if you're having a rough day you'll get a little pick me up.

For us, we’ll be incorporating hand lettering on every page, even those more dull pages for things like the weekly shopping list - but our main feature page of illustration and lettering will be on the left and we’ll use the full page to really give it a full effect - no need to squeeze everything in, there's plenty of room! And if you run out of pages in your notebook buy another and please don't compromise your creativity and enjoyment to fit in something so blurgh as a your weekly shopping list!

From here, once we’d got started and like where we’re heading - we’ll very loosely keep the theme throughout the month as this is rather helpful when flicking through the notebook looking for your current month. Of course, be more or less strict on your themes and consistency to your preference!

Usually, the first two pages aren't too functional - more of a relaxing time to experiment with different styles and colour pallets - then we’ll be getting down the functional elements, sorting our key (if you have one that is), prioritising tasks and basically getting everything from your mind on paper.

This combination of Bullet Journal Calligraphy and Illustration of varying scales compliment the more structured and mundane aspects of the notebook - making it a bit of fun too!

Bullet Journal Calligraphy and Hand lettering with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose
Bullet Journal Calligraphy and Hand lettering with Mellor and Rose // Mellor&Rose

Doesn't hurt to go all out and use your notebook as a creative outlet.

CALLIGRAPHY

by Polly Mellor

PHOTOGRAPHS & WORDS

by Lucy Mellor