Modern Calligraphy Inspiration! (Blog Hop Round-Up)

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HUGE Thank you to everyone who took part in our blog hop and everyone who has been hopping and commenting all week! In this post we have a roundup of all the amazing projects that were shared over the week in our blog hop to celebrate the launch of Simply Lettering.

Our inspiring new magazine is on sale from July 18th in the UK or buy the first Issue from CraftStash, the UK’s top craft supplies and craft magazines shop! It comes with a set of Brush Lettering Pens.

There’s still time to enter the hop and add your comments to all the posts – you’ll be so inspired by some of the fabulous projects everyone has shared and if that’s not incentive enough to hop through all of the posts you can also win goodies from our EPIC prize pot (see all the goodies you can win at the end of this post!)

Day 1 started with our launch post, with a video from Lou Collins showing you the basics of brush lettering. Such a useful video!

Next on the hop was Leanne Cork, her Instagram account is just stunning. If you want inspiration to show you the kind of beautiful things you could achieve with hand lettering it’s definitely a good account to follow.

All of our 4 lovely sister magazines also joined in (it would be rude of them not to) and they shared some more of the fantastic video archives we’ve been building on our YouTube Channel.

Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine 

Papercraft Magazines 

Annie from A Journal by Annie inspired us with her advice on getting started with journaling “I often hear individuals describe themselves as feeling overwhelmed or nervous to begin a new creative project” find out more about how she conquers these feelings.


What a dream Ada Dream Letters  was with her posts this week – so many beautiful projects!

Janette Lane created a great video tutorial for CraftStash – such useful tips for blending different colour pens! Find the post and don’t forget to add your comments here – blended calligraphy

Helen Colebrook shares a brilliant video showing you how to embellish your lettering and make it really pop.


On Monday it was the turn of Edding, they shared some wonderful inspiration on creating your own travel journal.


Our lovely commissioning Editor Lou Collins  made this gorgeous image and share a tip for creating this watercolour effect. We love the quote, it’s definitely one to share! Find her posts here – Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering Blog

We were pleased to have Instagrammer The Preposterous Pigeon on the hop! Even with just a pencil you can start your journey!


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Out next blog hopper is perhaps one of the most famous Modern Calligraphers! Kirsten shared a great post with step by step tips for creating your own monograms, really useful for adding to your personal stationery.

making your own monograms

The team at Staedtler had a fabulous blogger take part, Emma shared this beautiful post showing how she is starting on her hand lettering journey, it will be brilliant to see more modern calligraphy posts from her!

Find her post here and be sure to add your comments as part of the blog hop – A Cornish Geek

learn the art of modern calligraphy

Sue Smith really bowled us over with her project featuring the name of the magazine – what a gorgeous blue sky, so inspiring to get going! Head over to her Facebook now to see more gorgeous projects and add your blog hop comments! – Sue Smith Creative Design

We were also so pleased to see how Milly from Blink Lettering shared some of her early projects on her journey (she’s amaaaaziiing now!) we really hope this inspires you to get started. Find out more about her journey here – Blink Lettering

The team at Chameleon pens, our very last stop on the hop have some really gorgeous inspiration from their designer Camille – you could achieve something like this with stamps and a combination of hand lettering, it’s amazing to see how talented some modern calligraphers are!

Be sure to visit each post and add a comment on their blog or social post, then come back and add a comment on ours too!

We will pick a winner at random from all of the comments received on Monday 22nd July.

The prize pot!

  • 3 Annual Subscriptions to Simply Lettering Magazine worth over £50 each
  • Luxury Calligraphy Kit from Kirsten Burkeworth £35 (as shown above!)
  • 2 sets of TomBow pens from CraftStash worth over £40
  • 3 sets of Nuvo Aquaflow pens worth £11.99 each
  • 1 Subscription to Simply Cards & Papercraft worth over £60
  • A set of Karin Markers from Lou Collins worth over £20
  • 2 x small colour happy boxes rrp £25 each and 1 x colour happy big box rrp £79 from EDDING
  • A selection of Papercraft Magazines from Die-cutting Essentials, Papercraft Essentials and Creative Stamping – worth over £20
  • 2 packs of Double-ended Calligraphy Pens from STAEDTLER worth over £23
  • Lamy Safari and a 30ml bottle of Diamine ink from Leanne Cork  worth over £20
  • A set of four Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens – For the Love of Letters from Sue Smith!
  • A set of 5 pens from Chameleon pens worth over £20!


Find out more about issue 1!

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67 Comments on “Modern Calligraphy Inspiration! (Blog Hop Round-Up)

  1. Linda Sophie Ribe Sund

    July 17, 2019 at 11:20

    This journey in Hand Lettering has been plain awesome, and sooo inspiring! Can’t wait to get started on some projects!

  2. ashley.eatly

    July 17, 2019 at 11:45

    Still commenting like mad trying to follow blog hope.. great magazine great links and love the blogs

  3. Laura smith

    July 18, 2019 at 8:39

    Have loved finding new inspirational people from this blog hop so thank you

  4. Gill

    July 18, 2019 at 8:51


  5. Rebecca Ruff

    July 18, 2019 at 9:15

    This blog hop was so good. Picking up tips along the way 🙂
    Now to get my mag……………

  6. Sarah Bell

    July 18, 2019 at 9:29

    This blog hop has been fantastic, thanks for sharing all this lovely inspiration and good luck for the magazine launch! X

  7. Paddy

    July 18, 2019 at 9:41

    Really looking forward to getting my copy of the magazine – I’ll be making a special trip to the shops just to get it, as I don’t want to have to wait until next week!

  8. Althea Joseph

    July 18, 2019 at 10:32

    Love seeing all the inspiration shared. Look forward to finding the magazine out in the wild.

  9. Philippa

    July 18, 2019 at 10:34

    This blog hop was such a good and inspiring way to launch the magazine! I don’t know about everyone else but I’m so eager to get started!

  10. Sharon-Elaine

    July 18, 2019 at 10:46

    I’ve enjoyed the blog hop, it’s been like a treasure hunt each day! Hopefully I have managed to comment on all of the stops! Loving the magazine, so inspiring, I’m even making a list of my favourite little quotes to hand letter when I’ve had some more practice!

  11. Trish Kennedy

    July 18, 2019 at 11:12

    Thankyou to everyone for a fantastic blog hop. I’ve never done one before and I loved seeing all the new sites x

  12. Sally Hickling

    July 18, 2019 at 11:16

    Wow…..Now I have the magazine, and all the inspiration I could ask for from the blog hop. Just need to get my pen collection started now 🙂

  13. Fran

    July 18, 2019 at 1:07

    The blog hop has been great fun…. As has testing out the brush pen lettering!

  14. Hilary Gregory

    July 18, 2019 at 1:21

    Have loved the blog hop! Learned so much and reinforced that practice is essential. Thank you to everyone who has participated xx

  15. anasharli

    July 18, 2019 at 1:37

    I am so glad, thrilled and madly grateful that you guys have started a MAGAZINE for hand letterers😭(EEK!) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea and I’m definitely going to keep checking it up for more inspiration:) This blog hop is nothing short of excellent, and is a great deal of support for amateur hand letterers like me❤

  16. Pandy Grenville-Evans

    July 18, 2019 at 3:14

    I found the trail quite hard to follow – but the work is lovely

  17. Laura Anne

    July 18, 2019 at 3:37

    Loved the blog hop, though was frustrated a few times finding where to comment (and about to go through this roundup to check I got them all) received my subscription magazine today and it looks lovely. I’ve spent a fortune in new supplies in advance of this magazine, largely down to discovering Helen Colebroke and journalling in between subscribing and the magazine’s arrival. Loved seeing the other people and products along the way too, mentally spent my next few months of craft money before I’ve even earned it. Thank you so much for the brilliant magazine and all the inspiration and ideas too.

  18. Laura Avery

    July 18, 2019 at 3:58

    This looks so amazing, I think it would really help with my handwriting. It’s great to get a hand written letter in the post for a change!

  19. cpennyb

    July 18, 2019 at 5:02

    I got the first issue from WHSmiths today and subscribed for 3 months. Ahhh its so good! I love how the mag is laid out. The Blog Hop is a great feature and compliments the magazine. Even your facebook page is a bonus, everyone is so friendly (:

  20. Nic T

    July 18, 2019 at 6:01

    Fingers crossed… <3

  21. Angela O'Donoghue

    July 19, 2019 at 9:35

    WOW, this looks like a magazine that I would want to read. I have always loved creative writing and would love to do some. Hubby has ordered the 3 issue subscription but I will have to wait until issue 2 to see it. I can’t get out to buy issue 1 unfortunately so I will have to miss it 🙁

  22. Holly Brooke

    July 19, 2019 at 10:03

    Seriously guys as if you aren’t all working hard enough this blog hop was epic!
    Was stuck in hospital for last couple of days so been catching up this morning and I’m just so excited to be able to get out of bed and finally be able to sit down and do some stuff.
    I also now have a huge shopping list because I’m just so in love with everything you’ve shown us.
    Thanks so much for an incredible journey even before the first magazine got to us!

  23. Lou

    July 19, 2019 at 6:21

    So many inspirational to see. I can’t wait to get started.

  24. Michelle Smith

    July 19, 2019 at 6:22

    Looking forward to the new Simply Lettering.

  25. Samantha Bryan

    July 19, 2019 at 6:23

    Hope I covered all of the blogs, some I had to hop to the Facebook pages as I couldn’t find comment sections so hope I’ve done it right. Loved the blog hop it’s given me so many more ideas!

  26. Faridah Mcatamney

    July 19, 2019 at 6:26

    This is “The Place” to get ideas, like-minded friends and all around talented people. Very inspirational.

  27. Beth

    July 19, 2019 at 6:27

    Looking forward to lifting my journaling on my scrapbook pages 😊
    Some great ideas in this new mag 😊

  28. Linda Sheen

    July 19, 2019 at 6:29

    My interest in calligraphy has grown with the help from the magazine and all the fantastic blogs on here. The prizes are amazing and will benefit anyone who wins. Good luck to everyone

  29. Alexandra

    July 19, 2019 at 6:39

    Lovely competition!
    Looking forward to getting a copy of the first issue!

  30. Alexandra

    July 19, 2019 at 6:44

    Lovely competition!
    Looking forward to getting a copy of the first issue! Thank you

  31. Margaret smeltzer

    July 19, 2019 at 6:46

    Great news Simply Lettering is finally here. Love it.? Can’t wait too get started. Then I can put fancy lettering on my cards I make,


    July 19, 2019 at 6:46

    Loving the mag and all the projects!

  33. a_bhutchinson

    July 19, 2019 at 6:49

    I bought my copy this morning and have been reading it this afternoon. Tomorrow I hope to start practising. Hope I can do it as well as the creative authors in the magazine in time . Good Luck everyone,

  34. Sue Edes

    July 19, 2019 at 6:50

    Loving the new magazine projects, thank you!

  35. hsgold1

    July 19, 2019 at 6:54

    I’m looking forward to receiving my magazine which I ordered online since I’m in the US and couldn’t wait for bookstores here to stock! I’ve wanted to learn brush lettering for quite awhile and can’t wait to get started.

  36. Jo

    July 19, 2019 at 7:02

    Cant wait to have time this weekend to have a go at the lovely projects and ideas in the first magazine 🤩

  37. Lou and

    July 19, 2019 at 7:09

    What a great idea. I’ve always fancied getting into fancy lettering. It will work wonders for all my crafting projects and I can encourage my daughter to take it up too

  38. Denise Bloom

    July 19, 2019 at 7:19

    As soon as I saw the adverts for this magazine launch I knew I had to subscribe. I have always loved the thought of writing like this but didn’t know how.
    My mag arrived a few days ago and is so full of information and inspiration that I am excited to at last be able to start my journey into lettering . Many thanks to everyone who made this great mag 😃

  39. Nuala R

    July 19, 2019 at 7:29

    Loving this all, I have been wanting to learn and this is nicely timed for me. Just perfect in fact and having so much inspiration going on is brilliant x

  40. Lisa Vanner

    July 19, 2019 at 7:31

    Great magazine ,now i need more hours in the day.😁

  41. Leanne Soares

    July 19, 2019 at 7:55

    Congratulations on the launch of this amazing lettering magazine. Fabulous inspiration hop.

  42. Victoria George

    July 19, 2019 at 8:09

    Really living using the pens, the hints and tips are a great help as is all the advice. Loved reading about the experts too

  43. sheila.bubb

    July 19, 2019 at 8:30

    Congratulations on the launch, the magazine is awesome and so inspiring, I’m so glad I’ve got the subscription and love practicing the techniques.

  44. Joanne Talbot

    July 19, 2019 at 8:37

    Looking forward to grabbing a copy of the magazine and getting started 😊

  45. lynn

    July 19, 2019 at 8:53

    So inspiring!

  46. esther_hardy

    July 19, 2019 at 8:56

    Waiting on my copy that I have ordered from CraftStash! Can’t wait to get started 😀

  47. Marjorie Madon

    July 19, 2019 at 10:09

    Got my copy but busy with getting ready for our big family holiday. Have to wait till we get back to have a play. Love all that I have seen so far. Mx

  48. Anna Caley

    July 19, 2019 at 11:39

    Love this magazine so much already can’t wait to see what is in the next one x

  49. Angela Hoynes

    July 20, 2019 at 12:21

    Exciting blog hop!

  50. Elaine Vollett

    July 20, 2019 at 1:15

    Your information on your blog is so insightful. I have tried to get more information here in Canada to no avail. It is very frustrating as my two granddaughters, daughter all want to do journals and use calligraphy but we have not been able to purchase anything here except pens and journals. To get journaling info and calligraphy info is impossible. Hopefully we get some of your info and products here in Canada.

  51. M.Enser

    July 20, 2019 at 5:51

    I’m really enjoying the magazine and I have just put in my case for some night time reading on my holiday..

  52. Tracey West

    July 20, 2019 at 6:56

    My first copy was posted through the door. Simply amazing and the colours were inspiring!!

    • Tracey

      July 20, 2019 at 6:58

      …. And the blog hop was really very useful and informative. Such great ideas!

  53. Veronica Willbye

    July 20, 2019 at 7:10

    Got my WH Smith copy and now subscribed, well put together

  54. joanc598

    July 20, 2019 at 7:23

    Here’s hoping 🤞

  55. Louise Andrews

    July 20, 2019 at 7:43

    I love this blog hop, it’s such a great idea and introduces you to different bloggers. I feel so inspired. I love simply lettering thank you xx

  56. Louise Young

    July 20, 2019 at 7:47

    So glad I ordered my simply lettering magazine, the first one arrived yesterday and it’s fantastic, so inspiring and with the added bonus of this blog I can watch and then try to do the letters myself, although I’m still practicing at the moment! I did have a go, but I think I need more practice! Lol 😂
    Such a great magazine I can’t wait for the next issue and many more to come. Thank you for something so different and for doing the blog, I’m sure it will help many of us who are starting from scratch and some who are coming back to it after some years.

  57. Debby

    July 21, 2019 at 12:06

    Well worth blog hopping for some great ideas and inspiration – I can see this being a very useful resource for some of the projects I have in mind so I will no doubt be back on the site and checking out blogs and articles from the bloggers. Good ways to make a project pop, stand out, be easier to organise, label clearly etc.

  58. Krista Hong

    July 21, 2019 at 2:30

    Thank you for the inspiration! Many beautiful creations.

  59. Chris Rasmussen

    July 21, 2019 at 7:26

    Thank you for sharing. I’m so excited I can’t wait to try these techniques. I so appreciate you sharing these with all of us!!!

  60. maire-clare doran

    July 21, 2019 at 1:09

    I am so excited to get started with hand lettering, this has been such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing guys! 🙂 Would be amazing to win the supplies!

  61. andreahorabin1966

    July 21, 2019 at 3:21

    Wow wow and another WOW. What a fantastic blog hop. Some I wasn’t able to comment on as they just wouldn’t load, I tried a few times, but hey ho no Joy!. No problemo!!! I’m happy to of just seen all the inspiration and the things I’ve learnt already. Thank you for doing this amazing blog hop. Wishing you all the success in the world. Xx

  62. ddg_naz

    July 21, 2019 at 3:32

    Thankyou for putting up these posts. Really good ideas. Looking forward to cracking on!

  63. James England

    July 21, 2019 at 5:55

    This is so inspiring! As a left hander, calligraphy is that much harder as we tend to push the pen rather than pull it along. Sounds so simple, but makes for a difficult exercise. So I’ve been trying to use my right hand instead! The hardest bit is remembering to move my hand along as I go; second nature with my left hand, but needs a conscious effort when writing right handed! But it’s worth the effort, to see the lovely flow of the letters is almost miraculous to me. Right handers, I do envy you!

  64. Tracey

    July 21, 2019 at 10:52

    Have loved the blog hop. So many talented people. This journey is going to be amazing

  65. paulinehill123

    July 27, 2019 at 1:00

    very good inspirational

  66. Jill

    September 10, 2019 at 10:20

    Can not Wight for next simply lettering to go in whsmiths I loved the 1st one and now I am counting the days for the next one

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