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:

Back to TOP

Workshop Introduction

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.

Back to TOP