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Hey lovely! I spent yesterday playing with my brush pens, as I’m heading to lovely Nantwich for a day of calligraphy fun at the weekend! I’ll be at The Little Paper Shop (in their gorgeous new home!) all day, and we still have a few places left for brush pen lettering in the afternoon. I’ve splashed out on a few water brush pens for the afternoon – and I just can’t stop playing with them! They’re the LOVELIEST thing!

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Tickets via The Little Paper Shop – https://www.thelittlepapershop.com

Brush pen lettering is fun, relaxed, playful and – my fave thing – has no rules. You learn a rhythm of lettering which is just such a joyful way to spend a day! I created these little bits this week and will pop them on my insta shortly. (I’m a huge fan of the upside-down timelapse calligraphy video – honestly, it’s giggles and phone rotation for everyone every time I post!)

Follow my other account on insta at @bymoonandtide (oh, and if you’re not already following me I’m @englishweddingblog too!

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I really hope you don’t mind, lovelies – I have a little announcement to make with my calligrapher hat on – and I know a few of you have seen my calligraphy workshops on English Wedding and come along – and it’s been fabulous to meet you all!

I’m actually a little bit sad to say that October’s modern calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft & Design centre is going to be my last one for the forseeable future at this venue. Join me one last time on Friday the 11th of October for a beginners calligraphy class – I promise you will have the loveliest time here – it’s a wonderful place and a fun, happy afternoon!

In 2020 almost all of my calligraphy workshops are going to be at weekends. This is to make them available to more people – so those of you who work all week can attend without having to book time off work. (And it means I get to play out on random Tuesdays, especially when it’s sunny.)

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Hey beautiful! I have real life news today… I’m really excited to be hosting a series of modern calligraphy workshops this summer – it’s going to be a whole whirlwind of fun and I’d LOVE for you to come and join me for an afternoon or full day of playing with pens and learning gorgeous contemporary scripts to style your wedding!

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Learn calligraphy – join my calligraphy class in Manchester / Cumbria / Cheshire

Modern hand lettering is one of the loveliest DIY projects you can do for your wedding – and it’s a skill you’ll never lose! I’ll teach you quirky styles in a one-day workshop and you get to take your dip pen and nib (and some goodies) home with you too!


Places are still available for the following dates. For workshops marked ** I’m offering a 50% discount to wedding photographers in return for images I can use to promote future calligraphy workshops. Email me if you’re interested! I’m CalligrapherClaire@gmail.com ?

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Hey lovelies! If you’re in Manchester this Friday come and join me…

We’re getting our glitter ON this Friday in Manchester – with only 3 days to go until my Festive Modern Calligraphy Workshop the last few tickets are just £55!

This promises to be a lovely, relaxing and fun calligraphy workshop and I’m really looking forward to it! Calligraphy kits for everyone will include some special goodies we’ve never used before – and I’ll show you how to make your very own calligraphy Christmas tree (it’s easier than it looks, I promise!)

You get to take home your calligraphy pen and nib, all the worksheets from the class, and some festive goodies… bauble gift tags, personalised cloche baubles which you will MAKE, and your very own, very special Christmas card!

Come and join us – last-minute tickets do tend to sell quickly and we have just four left!!

Calligraphy workshop tickets & info here

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Photos by lovely Zehra Jagani (starring Rima!)

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Hey lovelies! I would LOVE to know if you’d be interested in a wedding calligraphy workshop in 2019 – aimed at absolute beginners, and where I can teach you to design your own wedding invites and monograms for stamps, stickers and branding your wedding! I’ll be booking dates in the next week, so please add a little comment here if you’d be interested in coming along! I’d love to see you there.

I have a little news for you as well, especially crafty brides and grooms who would love to learn calligraphy before the end of 2018. I’ve a few lettering workshops with tickets left, and I’ll be thrilled if you can join me!

I’m going to brighten up my calligraphy workshops from now with a little more variation in the styles we learn and the tools we use on the day – so here’s our exciting schedule of modern calligraphy classes for the rest of the year!

September 15th – write your own gold ink greetings card

at Swallows & Artisans, Lanehead, Coniston, Cumbria from 2 o’clock until 5.

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Hey lovelies! I can’t believe it’s August already, can you?! I’m excited – it means we’re only 18 days away from Calligraphy Summer School in Manchester and I cannot wait!!

Tickets for this calligraphy workshop are only £35. It’s for absolute beginners, even if you’ve never held a calligraphy pen before. Book a ticket, bring a friend and try your hand at my favourite craft – I’ll show you how and we’ll have you writing beautiful letters in no time!

Calligraphy Summer School is on the afternoon of 18th August at Ziferblat Edge St in Manchester. You can find out more and buy tickets here

There’ll be a chance to buy calligraphy pens, nibs, workbooks, inks and more at the end of the class, so bring along a few spendybuttons (my pop-up shop is cash only)

I’ve also set up a Facebook group for the event, which you’re welcome to join here: www.facebook.com/events/1012988512198724

See you there?! Claire xx

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My pop-up shop and calligraphy books

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My face!!! Argh! hehe

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For any of you lovely people with a creative flair and a crafty inclination, I have news! I’ve announced a brand new calligraphy class – short & sweet, affordable and for absolute beginners – in Manchester this summer.

We’re calling it Calligraphy Summer School

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (2)

Tickets – www.bymoonandtide.com/listing/619076399

If you want to learn modern calligraphy for your wedding, come and join me for a fun and relaxed class at the fabulous Ziferblat Edge St, in the heart of the northern quarter, for 90 minutes of learning to write beautiful quirky lettering.

Designing, writing and addressing wedding invitations is what I do when I’m not being a wedding blogger. I have a beautiful poem to write today, actually – you can see what I do in my life as a calligrapher on my other instagram @bymoonandtide if you like.

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (3)

I also teach modern calligraphy, and I like to think I make it fun and relaxed, so you can go on and write confidently and beautifully when it comes to your wedding invitations, place names, even your table plan and venue signage. (At home, I even write on my windows, mirror and cupboard doors. It gets kind of addictive!)

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Hello there beautiful! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’d like to make it just that little bit more lovely by offering you an exclusive saving on my next modern calligraphy workshop, which will be happening in Manchester on Saturday the 26th of May.

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If you’re going to make your own invitations, place cards and table stationery for your wedding, attending a calligraphy workshop will be a massive help to you. You’ll learn how to make beautiful letter shapes, which will add so much personality to your wedding stationery. I’ve taught plenty of brides-to-be along with their mums, best friends and sisters… and the classes are a lovely way to spend a little relaxing time together too!

Workshops are usually £65 per person – this includes your own personalised calligraphy starter kit with pen & nib, ink and alphabet samplers.

Exclusively to English Wedding Blog readers, we’re offering a discount of £10 per person when you book 2 places together. 

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Will you be making your own wedding invitations, or buying them? Handcrafted can be a great cost-saving option if you can invest time into designing something beautiful! Making wedding stationery is also a lot of fun if you’re a crafty person, and learning how to write beautiful modern calligraphy is a skill you’ll keep and use for life!

Beautiful modern calligraphy from By Moon and Tide, image credit Eva Tarnok Photography (3)

Images by Eva Tarnok Photography, supplier list below

I’m holding six modern calligraphy workshops in 2018 in Manchester’s uber cool Northern Quarter. There are still places available for five of the dates from April onwards and I’d love to invite you along. They’re on Friday and Saturday afternoons, starting at one o’clock and finishing around half past three. The price is £65 and every attendee gets to keep their calligraphy ‘kit’ to take home and play with.

I teach all the basics you’ll need for writing calligraphy for your wedding: how to form letters and words with a looping, flowing script full of the thick and thin contrasts which really make modern lettering beautiful. With a little practice at home you’ll be able to write your invitations, place names, escort cards, menus, table plan and any paper signage for your day.

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This time next week I’ll be on my way to sunny Manchester, pens and inks in my little bag, ready to meet lovely creative folks and teach them the basics of modern calligraphy. It’s one of my favourite things, and I’m excited already (I’ve started packing. A week early. I know!!) February’s calligraphy workshop sold out super quick, so I wanted to let you know the details for April as soon as I could!

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Spring is the busiest time for my calligraphy classes – brides and grooms (and bridesmaids… and mums) choose this time of year to start practising their writing in readiness for designing wedding invitations to send before the summer kicks in. Handcrafted is still a great cost-saving option for crafty brides, and calligraphy is so on trend for 2018! Also, learning how to write beautiful modern calligraphy is a skill you’ll keep and use for life…

Learn calligraphy in Manchester - workshops throughout the year with By Moon & Tide Calligraphy - image credit Inbetween Days Photography (4)

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Every 6 weeks or so I go on a little road trip with my pens and inks, and spend a couple of hours with lovely brides-to-be and their best girls. My calligraphy workshops get me away from my desk and into the real world – and they’ve become the absolute highlight of my year! Last year I made gift vouchers for Christmas – this year I’ve had them gorgeously copper foiled and they’re the prettiest little things 🙂

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If you’d like to treat someone you know to a calligraphy workshop in 2018, you can get your hands on one of our pretty vouchers now. I’ll post one out to you in a couple of days – and you have a choice of dates to book your workshop.

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All of my modern calligraphy classes are held in Manchester, at the heart of the Northern Quarter, and close to the station. I love teaching small groups so we do tend to fill up quickly! The class is a relaxing, enjoyable day where everyone gets personal attention and help with their calligraphy pens… and everyone will leave with a new skill, excited to practice more at home!

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Hi lovelies! I’ve literally just got back from the most amazing holiday in Switzerland – which I totally recommend! – and I’m thinking about plans for the next few months. I’m so excited to be teaching another modern calligraphy workshop next Friday, which has completely sold out while I’ve been away! We’re going to have the best time, I can’t wait!

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For any of you who had your hearts set on coming but haven’t yet booked (we always get a few last minute enquiries but we really can’t squeeze any more in, I’m so sorry!) I thought I’d share next dates.

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I’ll be running beginners modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester on the 6th of October, and again on the 24th of November.

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Booking information (and a lot more info about what you’ll learn on the day) is here:

www.bymoonandtide.com/workshops

I’d love to see you there!

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(Please don’t leave it too late to book – we have half a dozen spaces left in October, and 10 in November at the minute, but they’ll go quickly!)