Christmas Calligraphy with Angela Reed

We have been collaborating with professional Calligrapher Angela Reed over the past few months to help customers learn more about the traditional handwriting art of Calligraphy. The latest guest post from Angela brings us a Christmas theme to help get us in the festive spirit.

Christmas is a great time to get your calligraphy pens out. Whether it’s writing a card, adding a name to a gift tag or addressing an envelope, there are plenty of opportunities to get fancy with your handwriting.


You can also get pretty creative with your lettering and make your own Christmas stationery, turn your envelopes into works of art and make hand-written gifts for your loved ones.

Christmas is probably one of the few times of the year that people still make the effort to write – and calligraphy can add that extra special touch. It has always been one of my busiest times of the year as a calligrapher.


This is my third Christmas in business and my calligraphy skills have been called upon for a range of projects over the festive season.

I have been asked to create bespoke gifts, such as hand-written poems, written messages in cards and personalise gift tags and baubles. I’ve even been involved in a Christmas proposal!


I’ve made and swapped cards with fellow calligraphers and this year I have been involved in a ‘Secret Santa’ lettering project with a group of calligraphers on Instagram.

I had a lot of fun creating a card for the calligrapher I was matched with and adding a few gifts to the envelope, which I also took great delight in decorating. It’s that personal touch that people appreciate and brings such joy at this time of year.


You can use calligraphy pens to design your own simple cards – like these snowman and Christmas tree ones – or add festive greetings to store-bought cards and tags. Or you could use broad-edged pens to give a bit of texture to your ordinary handwriting.

Calligraphy pens also make great gifts for the creative people in your life. Check out the range from The Pen Shop in my previous blog here.


If you’d like to get to grips with calligraphy in time for your Christmas projects, I can help!

I’m holding a Christmas calligraphy workshop at Dappers Tea Rooms in North Shields on Wednesday, December 14, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. The cost is £20 per person, including materials and refreshments. A £5 non-refundable deposit will secure your place. E-mail to book.

We have been collaborating very closely with Angela over the past few months, you may recall her Question and Answer session where we took the opportunity to learn more about Angela and her passion for Calligraphy. In another guest post, Angela explored the different Calligraphy Pens and Sets we offer. In one blog Angela looked at How to get started in Calligraphy and the latest featured Popular Calligraphy Styles.

If you want to learn more about Angela and the services she can provide then head over to her website at Creative Calligraphy and socially you can connect with Angela on Twitter or Facebook. If you are inspired by Angela’s story and you too want to get started with Calligraphy then we have a curated selection of pens to help you.

The Pen Shop Gift Guide: For Her

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When it comes to spoiling the special lady in your life on Christmas day, we at The Pen Shop think we’ve got some must have items that will make 2015 one of wonder.

We come up with our top 5 items that we think every woman should wake up to on Christmas Day – and you can just sit back and relax knowing she’ll love it.

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Trust in the perfect partnership between pen and paper. This gorgeous buffalo leather Filofax organiser1 is the perfect handbag size for the modern on-the-go lady. Pair it with an elegant, sophisticated and timeless, chrome trimmed, fountain pen and ball Waterman pen set2 in its own luxury gift box.

Want something a bit more distinctive that adds instant glamour? Check out the Ted Baker rose gold set3 – with a hidden secret, the twist-ball pen features a stylus nibbed end so your lovely lady can write or tap till her hearts content.

One for a woman who always wants to look her best. Maranda Ti is  one our favourite brands and her compact mirror & lipstick case4 is an essential for ‘little extra’ this Christmas.

Still a bit stuck? A classic with a twist never goes amiss. Treat your beloved to a chic, floral affect Cross Botanica5 fountain pen with subtle metallic tones and 23ct Gold Pale trims.

The Pen Shop Gift Guide: For Him


Men can traditionally be very difficult to buy for, they seem to own everything already! So to save you the hard work we’ve come up with a selection of gifts. You’re bound to find something among them for the man in your life.


If your man likes the designer high end pieces in his life, why not invest in a very special Montblanc pen1? He will love you forever!

Or if you’re looking for a writing instrument a little lower down in the price scale, but no less luxurious, opt for a Ferrari Fountain pen2.

What to give the man who has everything? A hip flask and cufflink set3 of course! The minimal and sleek design will appeal to everyone from your brother to your grandad.

Perfect for travelling as well as a stylish home accessory, the Grants of Dalvey Cavesson Clock4 is the perfect timepiece for the man who likes to keep one eye on the time.

For the man who likes gadgets, this is one wallet with a difference, the Secrid Miniwallet5 will safely secure all of your cards and cash in a compact size.

Save up to 60% on Christmas Pen Sets


Kingsley Chequer – clKingsleyassic twist-action Ball Pen and Fountain Pen with chequer engraving for easy grip.

  • Classic twist-action Ball Pen.
  • Chequer engraving for easy grip.
  • Kingsley engraved logo on cap and clip.
  • Ball Pen comes fitted with a black ink refill, Fountain Pen comes with ink cartridgeSheaffer.

Sheaffer Prelude set revered for its high level of comfort. Its mid-size profile and smooth finish make it a favourite for those desiring an easy and pleasurable writing experience.

    • Ball Pen comes fitted with medium ball pen refill, Fountain Pen comes with ink cartridge.
    • Sheaffer limited lifetime warranty.
    • Packaged in a luxury Sheaffer gift box.


Sonnet is one of Parker’s signature collections and is characterised by beautifully balanced, contemporary styled pens.

  • Stainless Steel with Gold Trim.
  • Ball Pen comes fitted with one ink refill, Fountain Pen comes with ink cartridges.
  • Packaged in a luxury Parker Gift Box.
  • 2 years international warranty.



Created with a keen appreciation for modernist design and lasting value, Century II offers a bolder look and wider girth than the original Classic Century.

  • Century II chrome with herringbone engraved pattern.
  • Fountain Pen stainless steel nib.
  • Ball Pen is fitted with a ball pen refill, Fountain Pen comes with blue ink cartridge.
  • Lifetime mechanical guarantee.
  • Premium Gift Box.

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