The group had a very successful mix of those brand new to calligraphy and those with more skills.
I tried something new this time - instead of growing confidence by using pencils followed by felt tip or cartridge calligraphy pens, I gave everyone a good metal nib in a holder, and that was the tool everyone used from the start.
And because we were straight into using the best tools, we had lots of time to play with variations - of materials, letter shapes, tools - all sorts!
When people left, of course they took with them the pen that they knew had created their beautiful lettering, along with a mini portfolio of their notes and their best work.
I had delightful comments back from people:
"just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful calligraphy course last weekend"
"good to come home with a portfolio of work and pen & ink - no excuse!"
"I have wasted no time in getting the pens out again. It was just what I needed to get me going"
"thank you again for a very good weekend"
If you're thinking "maybe I'd like to give this a try" I am running courses in September and October. The September one is Calligraphy in books - we will have fun learning a calligraphic hand AND making some little books to write in - all guided step by step, I think you'll be amazed at what you can create.
The October course is Calligraphy for Christmas - think reds and greens and hopefully some real gold too.
There are more details for the courses HERE - do please contact me if there's anything you'd like to know.
I would be delighted to create a gift certificate (by hand of course) if you wanted to treat someone to a weekend of fun.