“Calligraphy can combat anxiety, improve well being and boost self esteem”
— RESEARCH FROM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Many of us long to find a way to switch off from our busy lives and find a moment of peace and relaxation. New research from University College London has revealed the positive effects of calligraphy and other creative hobbies on our emotional health and well-being. Being creative can help relieve stress, free up “mind space” and improve self-development, which helps build self-esteem.
So whether you are looking for a creative hobby to try at home or to join one of our friendly and relaxing calligraphy workshops, The Modern Calligraphy Co invites you to take the first step on your calligraphy journey. So why not pick up a pen and let your worries wash away, as you immerse yourself in the wonderful world of calligraphy.
Book a workshop at our studio on the South Coast today or our nationwide Modern Calligraphy Co. workshops will be launching in September. We look forward to meeting you and to sharing our passion and expertise with new calligraphers all over the country. To enquire about a course near you, please register your interest with us.
World-renowned calligrapher Kirsten Burke has pioneered an inspiring and enjoyable new way to learn the basics of modern calligraphy. Relax and have fun while you discover new skills at a Modern Calligraphy Co. workshop near you. Soon you’ll be creating greeting cards, party invitations and artwork for your home and for your loved ones.
Secrets of Modern Calligraphy
An inspirational workbook for complete beginners to discover and master the art of the nib. Kirsten Burke's Secrets of Modern Calligraphy is a uniquely creative and interactive book for anyone wishing to learn how to create stylish and decorative hand-lettered works of art using modern calligraphy styles. This book brings together the methods and practices taught in Kirsten's workshops through easy-to-follow, enjoyable projects that will build your calligraphy confidence. Includes: Tips, tricks and techniques for writing with a pointed nib pen. Calligraphy projects to build your skills. Blank pages for practise & 7 removable art cards, hand-lettered by Kirsten Burke to pull out, complete and treasure. Part how-to, part project book, Secrets of Modern Calligraphy will inspire you to develop your love of lettering.
If you're looking to develop your calligraphy skills, then Kirsten Burke's Secrets of Modern Calligraphy from Bonnier Publishing is the ideal place to start. Featuring tips, tricks and techniques, Kirsten's easy-to-follow projects are sure to build your calligraphy confidence. The book, which comes with pull-out notecards to practise your skills on, costs GBP12.99 and is available from
Quick Cards Made Easy
Kirsten Burke's practical calligraphy workbook is great for beginners. Incorporating links to helpful online video tutorials, you'll also find pages for practice and pull-out postcards, handwritten by Kirsten.
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Little Book of Calming Calligraphy
Kirsten Burke's Little Book of Calming Calligraphy is full of beautiful quotes and patterns to trace, alongside inspirational examples from Kirsten herself. This book is designed to give you a break from the stresses of your busy day, even if it's only for 5 minutes, to lose yourself in the rhythmic strokes of your lettering. Focus on her favourite uplifting words as you practise your calligraphy skills, with short exercises from 5 to 30 minutes, so no matter how little time you have, you are sure to be able to fit some calming calligraphy into your day. Packed with helpful reminders and tips from Kirsten, this book is aimed at those who have learnt the basics in calligraphy and are looking for a relaxing opportunity to practise.
Calligraphy is the perfect escape. You become completely absorbed in what you're doing, forgetting about everything else. Embrace the craft of the moment with Kirsten Burke's book, Little Book of Calming Calligraphy. It gives you a break from the stresses of your busy day, even if only for a few minutes, this book allows you to lose yourself in the rhythmic strokes of calligraphy.
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Secrets of Brush Calligraphy
A workbook for complete beginners to discover and master the art of the brush. Kirsten Burke's Secrets of Brush Calligraphy is a uniquely creative and interactive book for anyone wishing to learn how to create stylish and decorative hand-lettered works of art using brush calligraphy. This book brings together the methods and practices taught in Kirsten's workshops, through easy-to-follow, enjoyable projects that will build your brush calligraphy confidence. Includes: - Tips, tricks and techniques for writing with a brush pen or paintbrush. - Calligraphy projects to build your skills. - Removable art cards, hand-lettered by Kirsten Burke to pull out, complete and treasure.
Kirsten's branding and style is immediately identifiable which we are very drawn to in lettering artists as it highlights real creativity. Kirsten's books have clever spines that allow you to open the book flat to work directly into it if you so choose. If you'd rather keep the book looking new then you can also put layout paper over the top and work that way. A massive bonus to Kirsten's books is the use of scannable QR codes. People learn in lots of different ways and the addition of accessible video tutorials only strengthens your learning; such a good feature! Kirsten is a sharer of knowledge and we learned tons when reviewing this book; if you'd like to give brush calligraphy a go or develop your skills further we wouldn't hesitate in pointing you in the direction of this gem.
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A Year in
Each month, learn a new calligraphy technique and apply it to tote bags, pumpkins, baubles, wrapping paper, flower paper and more. Then, use the journal pages to assess what worked, what didn't work, and how you can use your new-found skills in the future. With inspiration cards to pull out and keep, practice spaces and projects to follow, Kirsten Burke and her team will guide you through the seasons.
Pre order - released 3rd October 2019 - the perfect Christmas present for all calligraphers!
As this book is coming out later on this year, we don’t have any reviews for it yet. But trust us - this is an awesome book. Our best yet!