World Calligraphy Day 2017 – Win a Beginners Calligraphy Set

When we think of all the words we have available to us to read every day now, from letters on our computer screens, to books and magazines, it’s hard to believe that once everything was written by hand. Even the cursive handwriting with a fountain pen that I learned at school seems so old-fashioned now, with things I now need to write more often or not being scrawled down with a biro.

In Roman times, letters were carved into stone, then using a metal stylus on a wax tablet, then using pen onto bark. The books of the Bible, and all the Latin and Greek texts, were passed down to us in handwritten form.
old calligraphy

William Morris studied the medieval manuscripts towards the end of the eleventh century, and realised that the letter forms were not made with a pointed pen, but by a pen with a broad edge – and his studies marked the start of a revival of calligraphy which has recently been taken to new heights with the trends of modern calligraphy and hand lettering.

I’ve wanted to try my hand at calligraphy for ages, so I was excited to hear from Manuscript Pen Company about their first World Calligraphy Day, which takes place on 16th August 2017.

Manuscript Pen Company has been in the forefront of pen nib manufacturing and design in the UK since 1856, and are hosting World Calligraphy Day to celebrate the art of calligraphy and lettering. They are hosting an event at the Birmingham Pen Museum on 16th August where you can learn about the history of the trade, create your own steel pen nib and try out different workshops on different writing styles.

You can find out more details about the event here..


Manuscript Pen Company

Manuscript Pen Company kindly sent me a selection of their products to try out, and I couldn’t wait to have a go.

The Modern Calligraphy set contains three different pointed nibs, a turquoise pen holder and a bottle of black ink, and the all important instructions to get started.

I also tried out the amazing double tipped markers, for creative lettering and colouring.


I started off my downloading a template from their website to practice with – as you can see, I was a bit wobbly to start with, but we all have to start somewhere and it was such a relaxing activity to try! I’m looking forward to practicing some more, I think it would be lovely to make my own greetings cards using creative lettering. Or even writing entire letters on lovely stationery and sealing with a traditional wax seal! It felt a bit strange to go back to using a biro afterwards!

The Sparkle Nest Calligraphy

To help celebrate World Calligraphy Day, I’d also love to give a Beginners Calligraphy Set from Manuscript away to one of my readers.

The Beginner’s Calligraphy Set features Manuscript’s Dodec style pen with different combinations of nib widths fine, medium and 2B.

The set is ideal for the beginner as it contains just the right combination of nib widths for mastering the foundations of Calligraphy scripts.

Beginners Calligraphy Set

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter below. The competition ends at midnight on Sunday 20th August and is open to UK residents only. Good Luck!
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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Stevie | 18th Aug 17

    I think I’d introduce it to my niece while she’s young.

  2. Sarah Wilson | 18th Aug 17

    I would like to make postcards for framing.

  3. Ellen Stafford | 18th Aug 17

    I would like to teach my niece.

  4. Katy Malkin | 18th Aug 17

    Some great new designs for a new website I am working on

  5. Alison Johnson | 18th Aug 17

    It would be for my Hubby who only mentioned to be a few weeks ago that he used to do Calligraphy when he was younger. I’d like to be able to gift this to him.

  6. Cheryl G | 19th Aug 17

    I do a lot of card making & paper crafts, so learning calligraphy would complement this really well as I’d be able to write inside them prettily.

  7. | 19th Aug 17

    Doing some Christmas Cards

  8. Kim Styles | 19th Aug 17

    Writing invitations for my sons 18th party

  9. Victoria Easton | 19th Aug 17

    I would try a family tree for the living room

  10. amanda greensmith | 19th Aug 17

    i would it for my card making add an extra bit of pezazz

  11. Allan Fullarton | 19th Aug 17

    Designing Christmas Cards

  12. donna l jones | 19th Aug 17

    design some birthday cards

  13. Karen Dyson | 19th Aug 17

    I have always wanted to learn and would love to be able to do my son’s wedding place card in the future 😄

  14. Christopher Read | 19th Aug 17

    Designing logos

  15. Kelly Knowles | 19th Aug 17

    Beautiful page, thank you for this bonus chance x

  16. Patricia Avery | 19th Aug 17

    I’d like to use it in my card-making :)

  17. Sarah Ann | 19th Aug 17

    I’d love to make cards for my penpals.

  18. Monica Gilbert | 19th Aug 17

    I’d like to try to make a nice card.

  19. Robyn Clarke | 19th Aug 17

    I would love to write our wedding song out and frame it.
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  20. Jade Rogers | 19th Aug 17

    Im currently making Memory Books for my daughters, these would make the perfect addition.

  21. | 20th Aug 17

    Would like to try card writing!

  22. Jodie A Green | 20th Aug 17

    Ive always loved calligraphy, so pretty. i would use it for the memory/scrapbooks im making for my 7 children

  23. Lydia Graham | 20th Aug 17

    My eldest wants to try calligraphy so I’d let her try on the cards she makes
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  24. Sarah Fielding | 20th Aug 17

    I would love to make pretty cards with these!

  25. Olga carpenter | 20th Aug 17

    Designe some christmas cards

  26. Nikki Hunter-Pike | 20th Aug 17

    I used to do calligraphy in my early teens, I’d love to start using it for making my own personalised birthday and christmas cards

  27. Tamara Foster | 20th Aug 17

    My birthday party invites

  28. Hayley Todd | 20th Aug 17

    I would love to write my son & future daughter in laws wedding invitations with this set.

  29. Alisa Moore | 20th Aug 17

    I’d like to write my friend’s wedding invites

  30. Michelle Stewart | 20th Aug 17

    I’ve just started crafting and this sounds ideal

  31. Ben Robb | 20th Aug 17

    I would use it to make a family tree as part of my family history project

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