First Thursdays: Coffee and Calligraphy – Neuland

In this short 1 hour session we’ll show you how to write Neuland with coffee ink and a coffee stirrer.


Coffee and Calligraphy is an informal calligraphy get together where there is no pressure of a formal lesson, and people without calligraphy experience can come kuier, write, try out, bring your pens ask questions and learn the basics of a calligraphy script. In this class we will try Neuland.

This is a great script for headings in your notes and journals, it makes the best wrapping paper and quick cards.  A quick win if you are wanting to start calligraphy.


Duration:1 hour

Min. age:12 years

Dress code

Please wear comfortable clothes that don’t mind a coffee or ink stain or two!

Materials / What must I bring with?

We will provide coffee ink, coffee stirrers and a few sheets of paper to work on. Please bring some additional A4 paper if you would like. If you have a journal, fountain pen, or any broad pen (or anything else) you would like to try, you are welcome to bring these along. I will have some pens for you to try and some you can purchase after the workshop if you would like.

What you will learn, and what’s included:

In this short 1 hour session we’ll show you how to write Neuland with coffee ink and a coffee stirrer.

Snacks and refreshments

You can purchase your sustenance at Against the Grain – pre-order your koeksister!

Minimum age requirement

12 years

General Workshop FAQs

What equipment I need to buy to start calligraphy?2022-12-01T13:41:10+02:00

In all my classes, I will show you exactly what you need and why.  Each class gives a list of the supplies or materials which may be needed or recommended. Don’t fall into the trap of buying lots of equipment you don’t need or will never use.  It’s expensive.  In lots of my beginners classes, I supply all the equipment so that you can try out without having to buy anything.  I also try and curate exactly what you need to help you through this.

How long does it take to learn calligraphy?2022-12-01T13:41:10+02:00

Calligraphy is a life-long learning journey.  You can get going pretty quickly, and then just keep practicing by making things and giving them away.  You do need to practice, but I don’t believe in repeating letters over and over.  You learn much faster by actually doing. I will help you to make Calligraphy part of your life and not a time frame!

Minimum numbers2022-12-01T13:41:11+02:00

I always put a minimum number on my workshops.  If the bookings do not exceed the number, then we reserve the right to move the workshop forward to a suitable date.

What is your cancellation policy?2022-12-01T13:41:11+02:00

If due, to unforeseen circumstances, we have to cancel a class you will be refunded or given the option to move the booking to a future class of your choice.  If you need to cancel a class it works as follows: if you cancel 48 hours in advance – 100% refund; 24 hours in advance – 50% refund, on the day of the workshop – no refund.

When is my booking confirmed?2022-12-01T13:41:11+02:00

Your spot is booked when it is paid for.

Refund Policy2022-12-01T13:41:11+02:00

No-shows are non refundable.

Can I purchase a workshop as a gift?2022-12-01T13:41:11+02:00

Gift a calligraphy experience!  The perfect gift idea for a friend or colleague!

If you’d like to purchase a calligraphy workshop as a gift, email Leesette ( with the recipient’s name and email address, as well as your details and we will be in touch to arrange your gift.


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