North West Calligraphy

past workshops 2018


Pattern... continued - Jilly Hazeldine

Port Sunlight:              Saturday 10th February 2018

Lower Withington:        Sunday 11 February 2018

Not suitable for complete beginners.

exampleThis is a follow-on from the workshop in November 2016 where we played with letters, mixing forms from different scripts, capitals and minuscules, tweaking them and moulding them into patterns, using coloured pencils to fill in the spaces we had created. We will play some more, creating new patterns and designs. Come with two words that are linked, preferably no more than six letters either synonyms or words linked in a phrase, for instance ghost/spectre. I will provide a short piece of text for the afternoon.

Materials and Equipment:

Usual tool kit (see list), plus:
Cartridge paper, preferably with a slight surface texture. A Goldline Drawing pad is recommended, there will be some for sale at 20p per sheet.
Tracing paper
Ink, preferably Higgins Eternal
A Brause 2mm Ornament nib. This is essential
A black waterproof fine-liner
A good range of coloured pencils, water soluble or not
Ruler, pencils & eraser.

MARCH 2018Letter A

Exploring letter decoration with watercolour
David Price

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 10th March 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 11th March 2018

This watercolour workshop explores lots of different decorative techniques suitable for both letters and backgrounds. The workshop will include a brief introduction to materials and equipment and simple colour theory, followed by decorative techniques.  Neuland style letters will be used for demonstration purposes, but the techniques can be applied to other styles such as Roman capitals or Versals. The workshop is suitable for all levels of ability. 

Calligraphic Christmas

Materials and Equipment

In addition to your usual calligraphy materials and equipment please bring:

Not essential, but bring if you have them:

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Past Workshops

Reviews of some past workshops

APRIL 2018

Design for Calligraphers - Josie Brown

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 14th April 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 15th April 2018

‘Design’ tends to be either side-lined or taken for granted in calligraphy yet no piece of work can exist without a sense of it.  This workshop will introduce basic elements of design and how we might successfully break the rules, then build upon those to help us see what works and what doesn’t.  There will be a lot of constructive discussion and analytical reviewing with short, snappy practical activities in between.  You will come away with an understanding of how to interpret texts appropriately and the ability to confidently bring contrast and dynamics into your work.


Equipment needed:

Usual calligraphy equipment to include:

MAY 2018

Italic and Variations - Jilly Hazeldine

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 12th May 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 13th May 2018

The great script of the Renaissance, Italic, is an essential in the repertoire of any calligrapher. This workshop will be an opportunity to learn, re-learn or improve the formal script, or, if you are confident that you fully understand formal Italic, to begin working on a couple of the almost infinite variations that are possible: changing the weight and pointed Italic. We will also consider the interpretative possibilities of these variations.


Usual tool kit (see list), plus:
•Good quality A3 cartridge paper
•Ink, preferably Higgins Eternal or you may prefer gouache
•Mitchell or Leonardt nibs, sizes 2 and 4 (formal Italic)
•Mitchell or Leonardt nibs, sizes 1 ½ to 5 (variations)

JUNE 2018

Project Day

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 9th June 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 10th June 2018

Project Day has been very successful in giving members an opportunity to catch up on workshop material and also to socialise and eat cake. If you've not been before then please give it a try as we would love to see you. We thought we would add an extra dimension this time and try our hand at using slate and stone.
Further information and materials will be available nearer the time.

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JULY 2018

The Lettering of David Jones - Janet Smith

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 14th July 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 15th July 2018

David Jones was a 20th Century British artist (and writer and poet). Among his works are pieces of lettering which he called “painted inscriptions”. These will be our starting point as we create our own personal versions of lively capital letters. The class will be suitable for all, but it will be helpful to have
had some experience of writing with edged pens.


Usual tool kit (see list p25), plus:
•Smaller nibs (such as Mitchell 4 or 5, Brause 1 or 0.5)
•Practice paper including one sheet of layout or tracing paper
•A few small pieces of good paper - coloured and textured papers will work nicely
•Some short quotes to write out.


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The Lettering of Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Clare Whittaker

Charles Rennie Macintosh RosePort Sunlight:                    Saturday 8th September 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 9th September 2018

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is principally known as an architect but he was also an artist and designer. At the heart of the ‘arts and crafts movement’ he is hailed as a fore-runner of the ‘modern movement’. We shall look at his distinctive style, his use of lettering, his drawing and painting especially those of his roses. We shall combine both painting and lettering and design our own images.

Usual tool kit and practice paper, plus:
•               watercolour paper
•               some dark paper
•               tracing paper
•               pencils and coloured aquarelles
•               fineliner and thicker felt-tips, preferably waterproof
•               pointed and/or monoline nibs
•               small paintbrush
•               watercolour paints
•               black ink
•               white gouache

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Calligraphic Christmas Cards - Viven Lunniss

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 13th October 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 14th October 2018

Our focus will be to make a smaller version of Sally’s ‘Thank You Card’ (as seen at the AGM) and, depending on available time, we will also use lettering to make unique greetings cards in a variety of designs and structures with a festive theme, although the designs and skills used here are useful for other celebrations.
Christmas Cards
Beginners are welcome (especially from Andrew Cowley’s class) and more experienced students.

There will be various materials available for purchase on the day.

Usual calligraphy kit, plus
•               Bone folder (sometimes called a paper creaser)
•               Tracing paper
•               Smooth cartridge paper, approx. 130 gsm
•               Any cards, decorative paper and festive bling that you may have
•               Colouring media of choice: Gouache (& palette, brushes, etc), watercolour/watercolour pencils, gel pens or coloured pencils etc.
•               Exemplars of your favourite scripts, or a good book as reference.

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How to Create a Unique Script - Cherrell Avery

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 10th November 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 11th November 2018

Suitable for all levels of ability
This experimental workshop will enable you to create a whole new range of letters with your edged pen and develop them into a distinct alphabet of your own. Although based on historical scripts the results will have a very different, contemporary feel.

Script example
There will be group exercises to help you take a close look at letter characteristics and through individual guided practise learn how to modify and adapt these letters. By adding elements from existing scripts and possibly designing your own 'extras', new and exciting forms begin to emerge. See how the letters work together and use them in a small project. Once you understand the process and have the confidence, the possibilities are endless!

Usual tool kit, plus:
•               various sizes of Mitchell or Brause nibs (whichever you prefer to use)
•               Black ink
•               Practice paper
•               2 or 3 sheets of good quality paper (A4 size)
•               Short one line quotation


8th DECEMBER 2018

Members’ Day and AGM

To be held at the Lyceum in Port Sunlight

10.30 am for refreshments.

AGM beginning at 11 am.

There will be a buffet lunch followed by an illustrated talk by Helen Hayman.