Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Absolute Beginner's Guide To Modern Calligraphy: YouTube Resources

Let's kick of this li'l series on The Absolute Beginner's Guide To Modern Calligraphy by looking at some of my most-used teaching resources. There are lots of books and videos floating out there at the moment, so I've scoured through LOTS on of the information out there on your behalf and picked out for the very best, that I've found invaluable along the way to help me learn.

There's also a couple of YouTube videos that I want to show you. Please bear in mind that some of the best YouTube videos are sometimes overlooked because they're not professionally presented....so look past the background noise and the lack of gimmicks or finesse and focus on the content! 

This first video was the one that made me start to think that Modern Calligraphy was something I could get the hang of, and certainly taught me that you could learn to fake it till you make it (for the record, not nearly as satisfying as the real thing but a lot less effort)! It really gets going from about the four minute mark.... 



The second video is the one that really gave me the kick to start for myself. It made me think, not only this is something I can actually do, but also that Modern Calligraphy would be a hobby that I'd LOVE!

Take a look....



So, now we've established that Modern Calligraphy is a totally achievable skill, let me give a little caution. This is not a skill that you can just magic up with a couple of glances at Pinterest. IT does take time, and learning from people who've trod the path before you is the best, and most enjoyable way to learn, as they beckon you happily forward.

With that in mind, I'll be shortly sharing some of my favourite books and tools that I hope will completely inspire you to get cracking with Modern Calligraphy!....


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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

I have a new obsession. I say that as though it's a recent fad but I've been crazy about it for months now. What is it?

Modern Calligraphy...
{swoon}

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

If you haven't heard the name itself, you will most definitely have seen Modern Calligraphy at a wedding near you. This gorgeousness gets everywhere! Just take a look at some of these examples and tell me that you're resisting falling in love....

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

And the very best news of all? It's totally doable! This isn't a craft that you have to stand back and watch the experts at work. 

Yes, it takes time, yes, it takes a little equipment but you and I can do it!
{And, anyway, since when was buying stationary a bad thing?!!}

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

In December, I decided I was going to set to it and learn Modern Calligraphy for myself. Then, unexpectedly, for Christmas, I got lots of beautiful bits and pieces to help me on my way, which I've added to over the past two months. Some bits were UH-maaaazing, others not so much.

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

Modern Calligraphy: The Modern Country Craft You'll LOVE!!

So over the next few posts, I'm going to be here sharing my journey so far in learning Modern Calligraphy, and how you can come along with me too...



Images via: etsy, etsy, style me pretty, the lane, umkmown, buzzfeed, etsy, a fabulous fete, elli, unknown

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Modern Country Favourites: Picture Britain

I came across a new company recently that I love, Picture Britain....I adore both the concept and the products themselves. I'm very proud of being British and, particularly at the moment, I think any opportunity to remind ourselves what a beautiful country we live in is not to be overlooked.

The first thing you'll see when you go to Picture Britain's website is the following words: Beautifully Photographed, Beautifully Framed. I love the idea of turning the stunning views of around Britain, that many of us are so lucky to experience, into works of art. 


Picture Britain pride themselves on their production process, using only the very best materials: high pigment inks, thick mounts, solid hardwood frames, heavy papers.


Drawing from a group of exceptional photographers from accross the country, Picture Britain is able to offer an astonishing variety of photos, from the urban....

The Dome of St Pauls

to the rural....

Photography Print of Fields of Lavender, Hitchin by Matt Freestone  - Picture Britain

to the wild.....

Photography Print of Ingleborough by Matt Smith  - Picture Britain

You may recognise some of the scenes....

Photography Print of West Pier Brighton by Matt Freestone  - Picture Britain

....but others will be new visual treats...

I chose Dark Hedges in the largest size:

Photography Print of The Dark Hedges by Chris Humphreys  - Picture Britain

I've always had a secret thrill passing under tunnels made by trees.....we call them Fairy Tunnels in our family. I can't imagine a better image of such a tunnel. It looks somehow enchanted, eerie and inviting all at once. This is definitely to be treasured.


Every part of the picture oozes quality. Take a look and see which you'd choose...

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Leggings: Modern Country Winter Fashion Must-Have

Leggings are an essential Modern Country Fashion Winter staple. What's not to love?! Really and truly.

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Chose the right pair, and they cover up and enhance all the right bits.

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

They let you wear shorter skirts stylishly - no more tugging down to cover up goose-pimpled legs!

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Leggings allow you to have a streamlined lower half when coupled with over-sized jumpers.

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

So useful for adding another, warmer layer in cold weather...

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

And don't just stick to black....

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

Modern Country Fashion for Winter: Leggings

It's a done deal. 
Leggings are a Modern Country Winter Fashion staple.
There's a whole world waiting for you out there!




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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion!


Shall we take a look at someone who I think embodies 
Modern Country Style Fashion for Winter?
Come on down, Miss Jennifer Aniston.

Jennifer Anoston totally rocks this look, dontcha think?
And all in a perfect capsule wardrobe....

See the leather jacket?

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

See the grey over-sized scarves?

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

See the grey pompom hat?

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

See the neutral gorgeous boots?
This Modern Country Fashion for Winter look would suit any age and any shape - that's what I love! 

Enjoy being yourself at your very best, 
as often as you can!

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

See the woolly jumpers?

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion

Jennifer Aniston: Modern Country Winter Fashion


Jennifer Aniston absolutely nails 
Modern Country Winter Fashion...
There's just one thing missing...leggings! 
More on that to come!!


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