Tuesday, 27 December 2011


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Its that time in-between Christmas and new year where we all have that hazy feeling in our heads, wether it be from over indulgence, way way too may episodes of Dr Who or Only Fools and Horses ( UK only) or simply being around the whole family for too long... lets focus again. This could be a really good time when you are at your most relaxed to write your thank your cards! Give your brain a little stimulation, go on... no matter how hard it is to sign your own name, you can do it!

If you need a little help why not visit your local John Lewis, who are holding Calligraphy classes just to smarten up ones pen and ink, to make those cards something super special. JL aim to bring back the delight of traditions by teaching simple calligraphy techniques and providing a workshop space for customers to define their own personal handwriting style.

Led by John Lewis experts from each store, classes will cover principal handwriting techniques and letter writing dos and don’ts – from learning how to hold a calligraphy pen, practise ink control and perfect a signature style, to writing etiquette and content inspiration.

Jan Short, Partner at Peter Jones, says, “There’s nothing quite so special as receiving a handwritten letter; this year we’re encouraging customers to put pen to paper and, with British nostalgia an on-going trend for 2011, the Calligraphy Classes will demonstrate how the art of decorative lettering can be used in today’s tech friendly world, giving a sentimental twist to modern correspondence.”


1. Invest in the right pen: Sometimes it is worth investing in a calligraphy marker as these are cleaner to use than calligraphy pens with ink cartridges. However, calligraphy pens offer more choice in terms of the style of the nib and you can see the ink flow, which adds to the charm of calligraphy writing.

2. Opt for an oblique nib: If you’re left handed, it is best to opt for oblique nibs as they are cut on a slant. As left-handed people write from left to right, a slanted nib will make it easier to write.

3. Get your surface right: It is more comfortable to work on a sloping surface at 45ยบ than to work flat on a table. This way, you approach your work from a more comfortable angle.

4. Light it right: Work preferably in daylight with sunlight coming from different directions. If you are using a lamp, position it so that the shadow falls away from your working hand. If you are right-handed the lamp should be positioned to the left and if you are left-handed it should be positioned to your right.

5. Protect your handiwork: It is a good idea to protect your work with a sheet of paper as you write as the warmth from your skin can stop the ink from settling properly on the paper and can result in smudging.

Calligraphy Classes will be running from 27th December in John Lewis Kingston and Peter Jones. To book an appointment, please contact

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