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Calligraphy with Sneha Narayan

With all this spare time we have on our hands right now, it's the perfect time to learn a new skill or take up a hobby you have always wanted to try. Our good friend Sneha Narayan and founder of Paint Pots & Quills has been practising her calligraphy skills for years and is here to give you all her insight and tips and tricks for the this artistic hobby.

Calligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols and letters by hand. It’s a set of skills and techniques for positioning and inscribing words so they show integrity, harmony, some sort of ancestry, rhythm and creative fire.

#postcardsfromlockdown

Join us on April 25th, 12:30pm for a quick intro to faux calligraphy with @paintpotsandquills and learn to create your very own postcards filled with lovely messages to your friends and family! 

What you’ll need :

• Any pen, pencil, felt tip you have lying around! 

We have used black, pink felt tips and a gold marker pen in these examples, but any colour combination would work. 

• Any paper or card! 

• Optional: Download the templates for these designs below, if you don’t have a printer simply turn up your screen brightness and place your card over the screen to form a pencil trace.

Stay connected whilst staying safe!

If you miss it this time around, don't worry! This will be featured on our instagram highlights, so you can check back at any time.

Templates

We have three templates to start with that are perfect to send to a friend or loved one. You can click to enlarge the template and print out or just turn up your screen brightness and copy or trace.

Sneha Narayan

How did you get into calligraphy?

I first started learning calligraphy in 2018, it started out as a hobby to help design some wedding invites and write out envelopes for one of my best friends. I created my own Instagram account to post my creations, and before I knew it I started getting requests for wedding calligraphy, live events, brand collaborations and even Cannes Film Festival!

What do you love most about calligraphy?

What amazes me about calligraphy is that you don’t need any direction to get started. You can can simply start by writing your name, write out some lyrics, quotes etc. The thing I probably love about it the most is how much concentration it requires, when your brain is engaged, the hand eye coordination required, the world stops still. You can’t think of anything else and that is what they call mindfulness!

Tell us about your role on the frontline?

I work as a Senior House Officer (SHO) in intensive care and anaesthetics. My day to day job involves assisting with theatre based anaesthesia, but with the current situation we are seeing and influx of patients with coronavirus, I have been redeployed to help manage patients in intensive care.