How to use calligraphy at Christmas

Christmas is a great time to get your calligraphy pens out.

Whether it’s writing a card, adding a name to a gift tag or addressing an envelope, there are plenty of opportunities to get fancy with your handwriting.

You can also get pretty creative with your lettering and make your own Christmas stationery, turn your envelopes into works of art and make hand-written gifts for your loved ones.

xmas-2Christmas is probably one of the few times of the year that people still make the effort to write – and calligraphy can add that extra special touch.

It has always been one of my busiest times of the year as a calligrapher.

This is my third Christmas in business and my calligraphy skills have been called upon for a range of projects over the festive season.

I have been asked to create bespoke gifts, such as hand-written poems, written messages in cards and personalise gift tags and baubles.

I’ve even been involved in a Christmas proposal! That was quite nice, as I had a Christmas engagement myself – 10 years ago this year!

I’ve made and swapped cards with fellow calligraphers and this year I have been involved in a ‘Secret Santa’ lettering project with a group of calligraphers on Instagram.

christmas-1I had a lot of fun creating a card for the calligrapher I was matched with and adding a few gifts to the envelope, which I also took great delight in decorating.

It’s that personal touch that people appreciate and brings such joy at this time of year.

You can use calligraphy pens to design your own simple cards – like these snowman and Christmas tree ones – or add festive greetings to store-bought cards and tags.

Or you could use broad-edged pens to give a bit of texture to your ordinary handwriting. It’s a great way to disguise presents from Santa!

I’ve used my calligraphy this year to write a message to my children from the elves who come to keep an eye on them every year in the run-up to Christmas. I even wrote a poem!

Calligraphy pens also make great gifts for the creative people in your life. I’m certainly hoping to get a few items on my calligraphy wishlist from Santa husband this year.

If you’d like to get to grips with calligraphy in time for your Christmas projects, I can help!

I’m holding a Christmas calligraphy workshop at Dappers Tea Rooms in North Shields on Wednesday, December 14, from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

The cost is £20 per person, including materials and refreshments. A £5 non-refundable deposit will secure your place. E-mail to book.


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