The Art of Gifting: Modern Calligraphy at Quill London

To celebrate the art of gifting, we invited some of our favourite influencers – Alice and Hannah from Belle & Bunty, Beth Elstone, Brittany Bathgate, Camilla Carril, Stephanie Peers, Ada Oguntodu and Patricia Batatas – to join us for an evening of modern calligraphy and more at Quill London. Discover what happened next and find out how you can win a calligraphy book and kit by entering our exclusive online competition below.




1. Choosing the Gifts


It’s no secret that gift-giving is one of our favourite things about Christmas. That’s why we asked each influencer to create the perfect gift box for a loved one, filling them with a beautiful selection of accessories and homeware treasures.


2. Writing the Gift Tags


Next, it was time to write out the gift tags. Under the expert guidance of a Quill London calligrapher, we sat down for a hand-lettering workshop which focused on essential skills such as making basic shapes and strokes, before moving onto perfecting letter forms.


3. Decorating the Gift Boxes


Once the gifts were carefully packaged and the tags attached, each gift box was the decorated by a live painter. From flowers to phoenixes, the intricate designs took inspiration from signature Monsoon prints, and gave each gift a truly personalised touch.  


Win! One of 5 Copies of ‘Modern Calligraphy’ Plus an Essential Calligraphy Kit

For your chance to win a copy of Modern Calligraphy by Lucy Edmonds of Quill London plus an essential calligraphy kit, tell us how you’ll be getting creative this Christmas in the comments below. Competition ends 9am on 27th November 2017. Good luck!


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30 Replies to “The Art of Gifting: Modern Calligraphy at Quill London”

  1. Caroline Jones says:

    I am making Christmas cards, by hand printing a hand cut Lino print, embellishing with sparkles and snow glitter. Later I will scribe personalised messages inside, made with love for all of the special people in my life, the whole process will be with lots of help from Thomas my adorable 3 year old grandson and Sapphire my daughter. It will be messy but memorable.

  2. I will be making watercolour paintings of the beloved pets of my family and friends and framing them into up cycled frames which I have got from local charity shops and markets. Can’t wait to see their faces unwrapping the packaging and finding their furry friends on paper!

  3. Heather Nixon says:

    I’ve already started by making a Nordic inspired winter wreath and I think I’ll be making a couple more as gifts!

  4. I’ll be making my own Christmas wreath this year as well as trying my hand at homemade table decorations.

  5. Xenia Knight says:

    Making my own wrapping paper. Each presents paper is personalised with their name all over it. Also putting quotes in frames as presents.

  6. Rebecca Hall says:

    Making wrapping paper from littles ones footprints using metallic paint and glitter!

  7. Claire Coleman says:

    My Christmas cards to loved ones are mini drawings of something fab we have done through the previous year, the quiz would be a perfect compliment x

  8. I will be making recycled Christmas decorations and wall plaques with my family this year as well as our usual traditions, making our Christmas cake, personal advent calenders and Christmas jumpers.

  9. I will be making Christmas hampers with some home made goodies, fudge and truffles and picture frames 🙂

  10. Verity Thornhill says:

    This Christmas I’m planning on making some dog paw balm to give to the dogs of our family and friends! Found a great recipe and can’t wait to give it a go.

  11. Making up personalised hampers with some edible goodies in them for family x

  12. Xenia Knight says:

    Making personalised wrapping paper. Started in October as I’ve got a lot to make! And also making framed quotes for gifts. ???

  13. Emma Marshall says:

    I’m making advent calendars for my family members and decopatch baubles, as well as all the usual baking and chocolate making! We love a handmade Christmas!

  14. Making my own gift tags

  15. Alison Buchanan says:

    Every year I have a day with my niece to bake Christmas treats and have done this since she was 3 years old.
    This year she turned 16 and we are planning to make edible baubles but it would be lovely to try our hand at some beautiful personalised place cards while our treats are in the oven!

  16. I am creative with my theme of decorations with colour co ordination of white, with the tree decorations on my blue spruce with matching tinsel and sparkling LED lights and a special candle for my dearest Mum & Dad who are no longer here to share it with us sadly. I have co-ordinating wrapping paper with hand written gift tags containing individual messages of peace and hope for the New Year too.

  17. I make my own Christmas cards every year for close friends and family, it’s a bit time consuming but they love receiving them as much as I love to making them. I would love to up my game by learning the art of modern calligraphy.

  18. Adrienne Torrance says:

    I will be doing a Star Wars christmas with mini lightsabers on the tree, and a “Death Star” as the tree topper. I will make cupcakes and stack them on a cupcake display that looks like R2D2, and throw a party with party food and decorations on a Star Wars theme!

  19. By making tree decorations and Christmas biscuits with my grandchildren. The results may be a bit wonky and the house may be in a mess, but we will have a great time.

  20. This year I’ll be making my own Christmas cards with the children as well as our own decorations for the home. Lots of glitter expected!

  21. I am excited to be handmaking our Christmas wreaths this year (using materials collected from our garden and local areas), and for the first time making my own Christmas cards to share with friends and family. It would be fantastic to enhance our festive greeting cards with beautiful calligraphy inside.

  22. Lin Hickling says:

    I will be making garlands from natural greenery, using pinecones, acorns and twigs from my local area to bring my beautiful surroundings into my home. I am making decorations from music sheets and recycled paper.

  23. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Hand made Christmas Gift tags and cards -started makinģ some but have a long way to go
    Makes a great way to thank those who have been so kind during the year
    Worth the time and effort

  24. Kate Allcock says:

    Wrapping gifts, I like to have a different theme each year!

  25. This Christmas I’ll be doing home baking for sweet treats 🙂 lots of fun wrapping of gifts and card making!

  26. I’m going to be making baubles for the tree & putting green & red feathers inside clear balloons filled with helium on Christmas Day. First year trying something different.

  27. Camilla Elizabeth says:

    This Christmas I’ll be welcoming in the season with the aroma of my favourite homemade vanilla and cinammon candle.

  28. I like to use brown parcel paper and decorate each gift with paints and coloured pens. CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVE

  29. Isabella Lopez says:

    I’ll be making homemade Christmas jams and soaps to give as gifts this year.

  30. Alice Flanders says:

    Christmas baking with the family

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