Modern Calligraphy and Watercolours Workshop at London Local Etsy Market


For those of you new to the blog, hello! I'm Shoshy! (Or Shoshana Bratton, if you fancy getting formal!) I'm an illustrator with a love of watercolours and modern calligraphy, On 4th December I hosted two workshops at the Etsy Made Local 2016 Christmas market with the London Local Etsy Team. It was a pop up event, though lots of market goers asked if it would be a regular weekly event, which I took as a sign that it went down pretty well with the locals.

The modern calligraphy and watercolours workshop also went down a treat. The classes sold out completely months in advance with a waiting list for both sessions. My students all had brilliant ideas and produced some beautiful work! I really enjoyed seeing everyone's different approaches to the same task, especially seeing the students work out different compositions in modern calligraphy with their names, inspirational quotes or phrases. The watercolour section of the class also yielded some very interesting results, with some students opting for very controlled detailed work, and others taking a freer, looser, wilder approach. My modern calligraphy with watercolours workshops are really about encouraging each individual to find their own style and way of working so that the calligraphy and watercolours has your own personality in it.

To help the students with inspiration, I used books, such as Modern Calligraphy by Molly Super Thorpe and examples of my own work, e.g. two different examples of modern calligraphy alphabets and set out a display of wedding stationery examples I've designed where I've paired modern calligraphy with watercolour painting.

My students used brush pens for the first part of the modern calligraphy section, then went on to use paintbrushes to work in watercolours, learning the basic techniques, and discovering how the paintbrushes could also be used in a similar way to the brush pens, creating that lovely hand lettering, modern calligraphy style with colour.

This Save The Date piece of bespoke wedding stationery that I designed for a couple getting married earlier this year shows an example of how you can mix watercolours and modern calligraphy. This was one of the examples I had included for inspiration. The hand lettering of the modern calligraphy was done in watercolours, as was the delicate botanical illustrations surrounding the modern calligraphy.

If you'd like to find out more about Shoshy Cadoodle® wedding stationery, bespoke or ready designed, you can look at the wedding page of this website, or contact me through the wedding enquiry page. I'm always excited to hear about wedding plans, so tell me as much detail as possible about your upcoming wedding and about any ideas you have!

This cheeky snap was taken with the other leaders and captains of the London Local Team at our instagram wall with our handmade Christmas wreath decorations. We each run our own small creative businesses as well as helping to organise events like the Etsy Made Local market and social meet ups for the creatives in our team. L - R top: Rachel from Rachel Emma Studio, Melodie from Slinky Links, Emma from Wild Fawn Jewellery; L - R bottom: Aiza from Made by Aiza, Jinny from Jinny N'gui Design, me (Shoshana) from Shoshy Cadoodle®, Saffie from Pluck'd Designs.

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the modern calligraphy and watercolours workshops at Etsy Made Local 2016, for the London Local Team. If you'd like to be informed of future classes, you can subscribe to our mailing list on the contact page of the Shoshy Cadoodle® website, to stay up to date about more London modern calligraphy and watercolour classes.

I will be busy planning my next classes in 2017, but if you'd like to get in touch about anything before then, please feel free to send me a message or email. Classes I'm thinking of doing next year include: repeating the beginners brush pen modern calligraphy and watercolours workshops; watercolour flower and botanical workshops; brush lettering workshops; modern calligraphy envelope workshops and mummy/daddy and me workshops. If you have any ideas for a specific type of workshop or class you'd be interested in learning, do get in touch. I'm always open to ideas and would love to hear more about the types of things people are interested in learning about, surrounding illustration, watercolours, modern calligraphy and art.

- Shoshy

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