Modern Calligraphy & Lettering Christmas 2020

"Modern Calligraphy & Lettering magazine is a brand-new luxury magazine that will inspire and equip you to create beautiful artwork and handmade stationery, as well as fabulously creative upcycling projects. As well as helpful step-by-steps and gorgeous craft projects for nib and brush calligraphy, there are some fab makes for different types of lettering, including stitching and cake icing. Each of the craft projects comes with a traceable template for you to follow or use as a guide. IN THIS ISSUE: FREE GIFT – a 32-page Calming Calligraphy supplement PULL-OUT ART CARDS – 8 beautiful pieces of calligraphy for you to recreate and frame NEXT LEVEL – Leading modern calligraphy Kirsten Burke shows us how to create a large-scale piece with metallic detailing TRADITION – We look back at the beautiful technique of Copperplate with step-by-step guides to trying it at home"

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

in this issue

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calligraphy consultant

KIRSTEN BURKE @themoderncalligraphyco Kirsten Burke is one of the UK’s leading modern calligraphers and a co-founder of The Modern Calligraphy Company. She shares her expertise throughout the magazine with a range of in-depth tutorials for both nib and brush, as well as ideas for simple projects to show off your new skills. Check out her next level project on page 50 where she shares her technique for writing with an automatic pen. EDITOR’S LETTER While 2020 hasn’t turned out the way we would have hoped for back in January, calligraphy and lettering have emerged as the stars of lockdown. They’ve allowed us to be creative within the confines of our own home and been a source of comfort and inspiration for so many during these hard times. We look at this in our feature…

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more contributors

RICHARD WILKINS @just_lettering Richard has gone from amateur letterer to running his own pointed pen calligraphy business. We chat to him about his influences, favourite tools and more over on page 32. ILLYAHNA JOHNSON @illyboodesigns Illy has a background in fashion and found her love of lettering when creating her own wedding stationery. She now offers bespoke calligraphy and workshops. See her brush advent calendar on page 38. LUCIA LEYFIELD @wildinksketch Lucia is an artist, letterer and creative educator and is the calligrapher behind the stunning Christmas tree card on our cover. Turn to page 28 to find out how you can make your own version with a nib and gouache paint.…

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cover up

There’s nothing like the thrill of an unused journal or notebook, and with 2021 rapidly approaching, we’ve been coveting this Pocket Folio from Cambridge Imprint ( to get the new year off to a fine start. Made from vegetable-tanned leather that will just improve with age and available in cherry red, petrol blue and olive green, this stylish cover is refillable with any inserts up to 10x14cm, meaning you’ll be able to use it for years to come. It’s the perfect size for keeping on you for when calligraphy inspiration strikes, or for journalling your plans and activities. Get yours for £39.…

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festive flourishes

Want to get a head start on your Christmas decorations? Check out the new POSCA Mono Tones pen set, featuring bullet tip pens in white, gold, black and silver. These are ideal for writing on a range of surfaces including card, paper, glass, fabric and plastic, so they’ll be great for all your festive calligraphy, whether you’re designing your own Christmas cards or upcycling baubles. The ink can be removed from shiny surfaces, but can also be made permanent in a variety of ways. Buy your set for £8.45 from…

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writing history

After having to close its doors during lockdown, Birmingham’s Pen Museum is planning to open again for visitors in November 2020. Housed in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter, this tiny gem tells the story of the steel pen industry that formed an important part of Birmingham’s industry in the 19th century. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, pen lovers can enjoy exploring the museum’s unique collection of pens, nibs, machinery and artefacts. You can get more details about the reopening at…

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countdown to christmas

Treat yourself or a fellow stationery lover with this absolutely gorgeous advent calendar from Martha Brook (£89, The 24 Days of Stationery comprises a stationery delight for each of the days leading up to Christmas, all beautifully packaged in luxe foil embossed boxes that look like a row of books on a shelf. From personalised notepads and cards to pens and paperclips, there’s plenty of delights to enjoy throughout 2021. The best bit? All the packaging is reusable or recyclable with no plastic, and parts of the boxes started life as disposable coffee cups! Last year’s calendar sold out quickly, so if you want to make your December even more special, make sure you bag yours as soon as possible.…