Bowcliffe Hall, Calligraphy Workshop & Afternoon Tea – Thursday 3 October 2019

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Are you looking for a new hobby or challenge, have a special event, wedding or – dare we say –  already thinking ahead to Christmas?  Then join us on Thursday 3rd October at the inspirational and creative setting of Bowcliffe Hall and learn how to write beautifully and unlock your creativity. Modern calligraphy is a beautiful skill to learn and a relaxing one too. You will enjoy the sensational Bowcliffe hospitality, with the course held in our uniquely creative setting of The Blackburn Wing and delicious afternoon tea served in the elegant Bowcliffe Room.

What: The Art of Calligraphy Workshop

When: Thursday 3rd October, 10 am to 1 pm course followed by Afternoon Tea

Where: The Blackburn Wing followed by Afternoon Tea in the Bowcliffe Room

Cost: £65 per person

Perfect for beginners, this is a relaxing, informative and inspiring look into the art of Modern Calligraphy.  With plenty of time to practice and seek guidance, you will work through alphabets and phrases and go home armed with the correct techniques to keep practicing – and put into use – your new found skill.  There will be Calligraphy sets to buy on the day if you’d like to take home your own pen, nib & ink.

AFTERNOON TEA
Sandwiches

Rare roast beef
horseradish mayonnaise

Poached chicken
tarragon mayonnaise

Smoked salmon
citrus crème fraiche

Cucumber
cream cheese

Cakes

Lemon tartlet
white chocolate and raspberries

Buttermilk scones
clotted cream and jam

Dark chocolate brownies
salted caramel

Mini Pavlova
seasonal fruit, vanilla cream

A selection of teas

HOW TO BOOK

We have limited numbers for this event to provide a personal experience. To book your place and make a pre-payment please contact the events team by emailing events@bowcliffehall.co.uk or calling 01937 541111.

Summer Modern Calligraphy Workshops

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Join us this summer for an Introduction to Modern Calligraphy workshop.

We’re heading back to Ripponden & Holmfirth to two fabulous tea rooms for what always turns out to be such a lovely, relaxed, fun few hours learning to write beautifully!

Class details are as follows:

  • Stanley’s Kitchen, Ripponden - Saturday 20th July, 14.00 - 17.00

  • Ribbles of Holmfirth - Friday 30th August, 10.00 - 13.00

I’d love to see you there; follow the link below to book your spot or drop me an email at sallyjanecalligraphy@outlook.com with any questions you may have.

Yorkshire Modern Calligraphy Workshop - Gift Vouchers Available

Treat someone to learning the art of beautiful lettering this Christmas.

*Vouchers are on sale for a limited amount of time until Thursday 20th Dec and can be personalised & posted*

These gift vouchers entitle the recipient to book a place on any of Sally Jane Calligraphy’s Introduction to Modern Calligraphy workshops (subject to availability). Workshops are in various locations throughout West Yorkshire - a list of dates, times & locations can be found below.

They will join one of our 3 hour introductory workshops, which is a relaxing, informative & inspiring look into the art of Modern Calligraphy.

With a calligraphy kit included, this is the perfect gift for calligraphy beginners.

During the workshop, we will be going through the basic elements of calligraphy; learning strokes, shapes & joining letters and working through alphabets and phrases with plenty of 1:1 guidance.

2019 Calligraphy Workshop dates:

Saturday 26th Jan, 14.00 - 17.00 @ Stanley’s Kitchen, Ripponden

Thursday 7th Feb, 10.00 - 13.00 @ Stanley’s Kitchen, Ripponden

Friday 8th Feb, 10.30 - 13.30 @ Northern Tea House, Huddersfield

Sunday 24th March, 10.30 - 13.30 @ Northern Tea House, Huddersfield

Friday 5th April, 10.00 - 13.00 @ Ribbles of Holmfirth, Holmfirth

[More classes will be added throughout the year]

Any questions regarding any of the classes drop me an email at sallyjanecalligraphy@outlook.com or a call on 07843005212.

Vouchers can be ordered via the link below

https://www.sallyjanecalligraphy.com/shop/calligraphyworkshopgiftvoucher

Many thanks,

Sally x

5 Tips To Jazz Up Your Christmas cards

Christmas is the perfect time to embrace taking things slow & spending time creating something beautiful to send to your friends & family to let them know you’re thinking of them.

1.            Use colour

Ditch the biro!  Golds & silvers are perfect for Christmas & there are many calligraphy inks available to try. If a nib and ink is not your thing, get creative with your favourite fountain pen or coloured gel pens.

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2.            Add illustrations

An excuse to get out your watercolour palette & create a Christmas wreath design on the front of a handmade card or some doodles inside. A little bit of illustration adds a lovely hand painted element to your cards.

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3.            Faux calligraphy

If you’re not confident with a nib and ink to write or address your Christmas cards; faux calligraphy is the next best thing. Create the effect of calligraphy by using any pen & filling in your downstrokes.

1. Write your word. 2. Create an extra line for downstrokes. 3. Fill in those downstrokes.

1. Write your word. 2. Create an extra line for downstrokes. 3. Fill in those downstrokes.

4.            Envelope designs

There are endless possibilities in which to address your envelopes – either using nib & ink calligraphy or faux – mix it up & see what designs you can come up with.

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5.            Flourishing

There is something traditionally ‘Christmas’ about flourished lettering – add this to the names on your envelopes or card lettering to give a real festive feel.

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Lastly, enjoy creating something beautifully handmade this Christmas. Amongst all the chaos, sit down with a cuppa or mulled wine & take a relaxing hour out getting your squiggle on!

Merry Christmas!

Sally x

My Favourite Calligraphy Tools

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I'm often asked, both on my calligraphy workshops, which are held throughout Yorkshire & on Instagram messages, which my favourite & most used calligraphy tools are.

Once you've got the calligraphy bug there is an abundance of pens, nibs, inks and papers to try.  It's pretty important not to get too carried away in the beginning though as you need to nail the basics with the right tools. The kit I provide my students at the workshops is perfect for beginners (and tbh, I still use all of them when working even now) & includes:

A Speadball Oblique Holder

A Zebra G Nib

A pot of Sumi Ink

Rhodia Practice paper

The Zebra G nib is perfect for a beginner - its very sturdy & long-lasting, meaning you can put a lot of pressure on the nib when practicing those downstrokes & it won't break or leave you as frustrated as many other more flexible nibs can do when you're first starting out.

I like an oblique pen over a straight; its personal preference but I also tend to find students respond better to an oblique pen & are less likely to grip the pen like they would a 'normal' pen, which I think is what people try to do with a straight holder. Pointed pen calligraphy needs a lighter, more delicate hold than with your usual handwriting style - which also forces students to slow down, an important part of learning calligraphy! 

Sumi Ink is my all time favourite calligraphy ink to use. It dries a little slower than others but I love the way it dries still with a bit of a sheen. Higgins Eternal Ink is also a good one. A little pot goes a long way & if you feel it begins to become a little too thick you can always add a little water to it. Having knocked a whole pot off my dining room table once, I can unfortunately confirm that it is pretty difficult to fully get out of a cream carpet!

Not all paper is created equal! Especially where calligraphy practice is concerned. You can't just whip out the printer paper as it's just not up to the job & will leave you frustrated as the ink spreads. Rhodia paper is a dream to write on - so smooth so no getting your nib caught on any pesky fibres & it won't cause your ink to bleed.  Daler Rowney Layout paper is also good, although I find it a little thinner than Rhodia. With some testing you may find a premium printer paper that will take the ink but the Rhodia paper has the added bonus of being light enough that you can use a guideline sheet underneath - super helpful for keeping your lines straight & spacing parallel.

If you'd like to come along to one of my next Yorkshire Introduction to Modern Calligraphy course, you'll find the links to book your space below.

Friday 8th June, 10:30 - 13:30 at Jervaulx Abbey nr Ripon. Click here to book.

Sunday 24th June, 10:30 - 13:30 at Northern Tea House, Huddersfield. Click Here to book.

Any questions about any of the above tools just give me a shout...

Thanks,

Sally x

Into The Woods : A Romantic Yorkshire Woodland wedding shoot at Escrick Park

This dreamy woodland-inspired wedding shoot captured perfectly by Lianne Gray, portrayed beautifully how the intimacy of a small wedding can be achieved in the most romantic of settings.  The venue was the fabulous Escrick Park Estate in York; set in an ancient oak clearing, this outdoor open space provides rustic benching with an archway crafted from dried oak branches to create a special space for your 'I do's'.

This dreamy woodland-inspired wedding shoot captured perfectly by Lianne Gray, portrayed beautifully how the intimacy of a small wedding can be achieved in the most romantic of settings.

The venue was the fabulous Escrick Park Estate in York; set in an ancient oak clearing, this outdoor open space provides rustic benching with an archway crafted from dried oak branches to create a special space for your 'I do's'.

Lianne had a vision of capturing the shoot in the golden hour - just as the sun was fading - which provided the most beautiful lighting for the shoot.

To suit the natural surroundings the team used rich red tones shot through with gold to create drama & to tie in with the Shakesperian element the shoot had.

I adored creating the wedding calligraphy for this shoot; Sally Jane Calligraphy supplied the hanging table/seating plan in the picture above, a table runner - complete with Sonnet 18 handlettered on, place cards, table name & menu's - all with a nod towards the Shakespeare theme. 

I adored creating the wedding calligraphy for this shoot; Sally Jane Calligraphy supplied the hanging table/seating plan in the picture above, a table runner - complete with Sonnet 18 handlettered on, place cards, table name & menu's - all with a nod towards the Shakespeare theme. 

There was a line up of truly fabulous Yorkshire wedding suppliers & we had such a lovely afternoon/evening pulling this shoot together. The images are beautiful & it was great to seeing it featured in You & Your Wedding magazine earlier this year.

Photography - Lianne Gray Photography

Florals - Erica Berry Flowers

Styling - Shindig

Dresses - The White Yard

Suits - Tweed & Groom

Calligraphy - Sally Jane Calligraphy

Planning / Coordination - Sian Chaplin Events

Cake - White Rose Cake Design

Lighting - York Wedding Co

Models; Daniel Bakken, 

 

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy @ Northern Tea House, Huddersfield

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My last couple of workshops have been held at the fabulous Northern Tea House in Huddersfield. They have a really great upstairs room available to hire, which is lovely & light so perfect for teaching plus they make a mean cup of tea (& coffee...& cake come to it!) - my favourite, after sampling a few, was the almond & cherry. Sound weird in a tea? Go with it, it's pretty fantastic!

We also had Jo Coates, from Jo Coates Photography, join us & agreed to take some pics of the class for me. Jo also wrote a blog post about the day, which you can read here.

We had 2 great mornings at the tea house with a really lovely bunch of like-minded creatives who all did such brilliant calligraphy in such a short space of time.

I always get asked if people can learn calligraphy with terrible handwriting & I absolutely believe you can! Learning calligraphy is a slow art; holding the calligraphy pen - especially an oblique pen - is different to our everyday writing. It does take practice & patience but the rewards are instant & with a little bit of practice you'll be amazed how quickly you improve.

As Jo said in her blog post: "I was blown away by how relaxing it was, it is a very therapeutic art form."

We are hoping to get back to the Northern Tea House for more sessions in the near future & we also have our next Introduction to Modern Calligraphy workshop booked in at Modo Creative - on the beautiful high street in Haworth on Saturday 21st April, 10.00 - 13.00.

Follow the link to book your place.  I'd love to see you there...

Sally x

Nordic Nuptials - A Winter Inspired Wedding Shoot

I knew when Charlotte & Jess asked me to be part of their winter-inspired wedding shoot at the end of 2017 my answer would be yes. These Yorkshire based photographers are fabulous at creating beautiful, inspiring shoots which stand out from the crowd. And this aptly names, Nordic Nuptials shoot was no different.

This husky dog made the shoot for me - how beautiful!

This husky dog made the shoot for me - how beautiful!

It was lovey to think of ideas for calligraphy to go alongside all the other elements of the shoot; I went with muted tones of greys, kraft & white card with grey & white ink in the forms of hand written menus, place cards & a table name. They blended into the natural environment beautifully.

Below is a list of fabulous Yorkshire wedding suppliers who all did such an incredible job...

Photographer: Charlotte White Weddings

Photographer & Stylist: Jessica J Photography

Jewellery & Stylist: Alice Clark Jewellery

Dresses: Luna Bride

Cake & Desserts: Blush Cake Co

Hair & Make Up: Brittany J MUA

Calligraphy: Sally Jane Calligraphy

 

Learn the beautiful art of Modern Calligraphy

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My last modern calligraphy workshop of 2017 took me to Harrogate Garden & Flower School. Owned by Jo Banks, the school runs lots of gardening & floral workshops as well as other creative courses such as watercolour painting. Jo was a wonderful host & looked after us all terrifically well - keeping us fed & watered with lovely Christmas treats.

I try to keep the workshops' numbers fairly small to enable to me give each student the individual attention they need so with a workshop of 8 we got started. The 3 hour workshop is a laid back, relaxing & inspirational look into the Introduction of Modern Calligraphy to give students the basics to enable them to leave with an ignited interest in calligraphy, in the hope that they continue to practice at home. A message from one of the lovely ladies who attended said:

"Loved it Sally, thank you. One of the most mindful things I've done in ages!"

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We start off with learning the basic strokes & letter forms - the main aim is to keep your upstrokes light & downstrokes heavier thus creating the beautiful script that is calligraphy. Like any new skill to be learned; it does take some practice & guidance but you'll have a great time while you're at it!

The class was full of a huge mix of people, across all ages groups & they all did brilliantly well - it's lovely to see the different styles emerge over a few hours of playing with their nib & ink.

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After some practice strokes, shapes & drills we move on to look at alphabets & joining words - as it was near to Christmas we each had a gift tag & envelope to practice on too! 

 

As we move into 2018 - I've booked 2 more calligraphy workshops at The Northern Tea House in the centre of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. A fabulous café & relaxed environment for teaching - calligraphy & coffee, two of my favourite things!

I'm heading to the Northern Tea House on:

Sunday 11th February - 10.30 - 13.30

Friday 16th February - 10.30 - 13.30

Follow the link here to book yourself a spot on one of the two workshops available.

Would be lovely to see you there.

Personalised Christmas Calligraphy Gifts

Personalised Christmas Calligraphy Plaque

It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year!

I love Christmas & I love filling my home with natural, often wooden, decorations - this year I wanted to create something personalised for our own home & have set up listing in my Etsy shop for you to purchase too.

These beautiful hand lettered wooden plaques & stars come in either a stained oak finish or black chalkboard paint and can be personalised with your family name as well as individual names.  The oak stained stars come with white writing & the black chalkboard stars can be written in either gold, silver or white ink.  They are finished with twine for you to hang in your home.

These beautiful hand lettered wooden plaques & stars come in either a stained oak finish or black chalkboard paint and can be personalised with your family name as well as individual names.

The oak stained stars come with white writing & the black chalkboard stars can be written in either gold, silver or white ink.

They are finished with twine for you to hang in your home.

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The stars measure 25 cm wide x 25 cm high (to the points) & are 4 mm in depth.  Individual names can be in the points of the star or underneath your family name.

The plaques measure 20 cm wide x 13 cm high & are 4 mm in depth.

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Orders can be fulfilled within 3 working days & sent 1st class Royal Mail delivery - shop here to order your family's personalised calligraphy Christmas gift or a great gift for family & friends.