SUNDAY SWITCH-OFF: calligraphy practice

Monday, 4 August 2014
In July I attended a calligraphy workshop organised by Quill London. Imogen's work is so beautiful and she made it look so effortless, I half thought that calligraphy would come really easily to me. How wrong was I! This is definitely a skill that comes with practice, so on Sunday I sat down and put pen to paper.

I think I only wrote the word lovely for a good half an hour - it's quite easy to become obsessive about it (and a little bit cross-eyed) and then put down the pen and decide that actually you think the first time you wrote it looked the best. My issue is pressing down too hard - and the subsequent calligraphy claw hand that ensues - so I think I have a way to go before I can do elegantly whimsical swirls like Imogen.

If you're interested in taking a class - which I recommend you do, as there is actually so much technique involved - Quill London's next calligraphy class is on August 17th.


  1. It's looking really lovely Catherine, you've got a style emerging already. I totally know what you mean about writing the same thing 100 times and then preferring your first go! Keep it up, looking forward to seeing what you do with it x

  2. Looking great! Man I wish I had practised more!

  3. So excited!! I just signed up for the class in september! (august was already sold out!) x

  4. These are lovely- I would LOVE to master calligraphy, just not quite sure I have the patience though!