I’ve been wanting to write about my evening learning brush lettering at Quill London since I got back and unstuck all my ink scrawled masterpieces but life has taken over so let me cast you back 3 weeks.
Between the boxes of panda biscuits that has unfortunately become a running joke between my sister and I, and the re-stock of my make-up essentials in my stocking, Father Christmas (my parents) bought me a voucher for an evening of brush lettering at Quill London learning how to do free-hand caligraphy. I’ve been wanting to learn something like this or certainly calligraphy for a long time. It was just being pro-active about it. Lucky for me, Quill London came forward with their awesome brush lettering workshop and I was excited to try my hand at it (no pun intended)
Lucky for me friend and fellow Nottingham Trent alumni (not that we like to shout that from the roof tops too much!) Natalie bundled up against the early January chill and headed to Angel to the newly located Quill London for our brush lettering beginners workshop. Once seated and introduced to the concept of the evening, brush lettering expert Emma Block.
Emma confidently and carefully showed us the first step to becoming brush lettering pro’s: lines! From various brush techniques to how to control the ink, Emma went over waves, zigzags and other thicknesses.
I have to be honest at this point; I struggled even with lines! Emma did mentioned in her first demonstration that lefties may find brush lettering difficult, what with the whole’ using the side of our hands to smudge every creation you make as you work left to right’ thing. Annoying as hell. However, it was really relaxing! I concentrated and practiced until the wet papers were building up behind us.
After a bit of practicing and lots of giggling between Natalie and I we moved onto the letters themselves. This is where Natalie excelled and I just laughed more at my poor attempts and being gentle with the brush. It comes at no surprise to friends and family that I think I’m too heavy handed for the delicate craft of brush lettering. Being left-handed meant I had different technique to learn and the thickness of my letters were falling into the bottom of the letters unlike the guidance Emma gave us. Emma was incredibly supportive though and I felt like I was back at Art School and the teacher had to keep an eye on me. Don’t get me started on the giggling at the back of class feeling I also had!
I don’t want to give the secret of brush lettering away as I want you to book your own workshop at Quill London, but I can absolutely see that with practice you can create your own beautiful brush lettering handwriting style. Between capitals and lowercase letters, you can create something very individual and beautiful. At the end of the class, the girls let us keep our individual brushes and ink pots, and we bundled back up with ink, brush and instructions ready to carry on practicing.