Marian Riddell Calligraphy

Lettering Artist

Woodlands Pioneer Day 6, 7, 8 October 2020

It was great meeting so many people this last week at the Woodlands Pioneer Day.  I wrote out in Pointed Pen over 250 names.  Lots of people got to try out Pointed Pen for themselves using a dip pen and walnut ink.  I am so impressed how the kids really got into this activity.  Such concentration on the kids faces (see photo's).

Here's a list of names I wrote out.  Is your name here?

Abigail, Abir, Adeline, Ahjin, Aimee, Aleah, Alexandra, Alice, Alicia, Alison, Alyssa, Amalita, Amelia,  Amy, Andrew, Angelus, Angus, Anneliese, Annie, Archer, Archie, Armani, Arthur, Audrey, Avril, Barbara, Bella, Ben, Benalla, Bianca, Blake, Boaz, Bre, Bruce, Caitlyn, Caleb, Cameron, Capri, Caspian, Catherine, Cecilia, Celine, Chanara, Charlie, Charmaine, Chelsea, Chloe, Clara, Clemantine, Cloe, Clotilde, Connor, Darcy, Dewald, Dion, Ebenezer, Eden, Elise, Elizabeth, Ella, Ellie, Elliott, Emilia,  Emma, Esther, Ethan, Etta, Evie, Ezra, Fareeha, Fauzan, Fergus, Fiona, Florence, Flynn, Foster,  Gabi, Gabriella, Gemma, George, Gianna, Grace, Hammad, Hannah, Hansel, Harlem, Harper,  Hayden, Hibba, Holly, Hope, Hunter, Idika, Indi, Indie, Isabelle, Isaiah, Isla, Isobelle, Jacen, Jack, Jaden, James, James, Jeome, Jerramy, Jiu Jisu, Jordan, Judy, Juno, Kahlia, Kathleen, Kayla, Keziah, Khloe, Kora, Kyla, Labeeqa, Labisha, Lace, Lars, Laura, Leyton, Liam, Lila, Lilah Rose, Lilly, Lishan, Logan, Loralie, Louis, Lucy, Lydia, Lyra
Madeline, Madison, Maisey, Marcus, Margot, Maria, Marie-Claire, Mckenzie, Melody, Mia, Mikayla, Mila, Millie, Miranda, Miriam, Natalie, Nathan, Noah, Nora, Oiver, Olivia, Oscar, Otis, Owen, Paisley, Paul, Payton, Pearl, Peyton, Phoebe, Pierce, Piper, Pyper
Ramsey, Rayan, Reggie, Rein, Robert, Robyn, Rosie, Ruby, Russell, Ruth, Ryan, Rylan, Sammy, Samut, Sarah, Scott, Sebastian, Sharon, Sienna, Sofia, Sophia, Sophie, Stella-Grace, Struan, Summer, Suzanne, Tanner, Tasha, Theodore, Thomas, Tian, Tobias, Tyler, Typhany, Vanshika, Wenjing, Xanthe, Youna, Yuil, Yujeong, Yvette

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2020 Workshops

Italic, Brush Lettering, Pointed Pen and Gothic Lettering workshops 

Sorry, due to Covid-19 I have had to cancel some workshops.  Please check back.  Planning is underway for 2021 workshops/classes.  Please email me to go on the wait list.

Marian lives in a rural setting close to Hamilton City, New Zealand where she runs her calligraphy business from home.
With over 30 years experience, she has completed a calligraphy course via the Society of Scribes & Illuminators UK (formerly run by the Roehampton University, London).  She has also attended a number of calligraphy workshops tutored by International Calligraphers both here in NZ and in Melbourne. 

Types of work completed:
Names on certificates, wedding stationery/signs, poems, matt boards, name plaques, family trees, presentations, menus, and one off calligraphy pieces.
Enjoy checking out the website and feel free to contact Marian if you have any queries or questions.

Price Guide (in NZ$)

Certificates name & date written in black waterproof ink onto pre-printed certificates.
Cost : 1-4 certificates $10 each   

          5-20 certificates $7 each.       

           Colour ink will be an additional cost  

Send me certificates with details to be added, please remember to include extra blank certificates.
Wedding Stationery guide:
Invitations can be designed at a one off cost. Artwork will be ready to take to a printer or print yourself.  
Guest names onto invites - $1.50 per line in black ink, $2.00 per line in gold or coloured ink.
Envelopes Addressed - $4 per envelope in black waterproof ink, $6 per envelope in gold or coloured ink.
Placename cards -
First name e.g. "Marian" $1 per name in black. $1.50 per name in gold or coloured ink.
First & surname e.g. "Marian Riddell" $2 per name in black or $3 in gold or coloured ink.
Please allow at least 2 weeks for completion and provide a few spares
Calligraphy commission - please contact me for a quote.

Please contact Marian for more information on pricing or to book an appointment.   New Zealand clients only.

Prices subject to change.

For more information

Contact Marian and provide the following information in your email:

  • Wording and any additional artwork information that is to be used
  • Your completion date
  • Pickup and delivery options (you can collect from Gordonton, or Marian can courier)
  • Quantities necessary for the job
  • Materials you would like used, (ie; paper, ink etc) (Marian will be able to guide you in this choice if you are unsure)
  • Email any images to Marian of what you are after
  • A 50% deposit will be required before proceeding with final calligraphy piece.

The more information the better. 


Planning is underway for 2021 workshops.  Email me if you would like to go on the wait list.

Please complete the registration form below.  

I would love to have you come along to one of these Saturday courses.

Aimed at Beginners... to Intermediate level.

Held at Gordonton (either local Hall or Oaks Church on Garfield St)

BYO lunch or pick up from a local cafe.

2020 Saturday (10am - 3.30pm) Workshops:

Cost: $100 includes a comprehensive kit

April 18th - Brush Lettering  (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

May 16th - Gothic/Old English  (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

June 13th - Italic (sorry this one got cancelled as well!)

Feedback from previous workshops...

"This workshop was value for money - thanks so much".

"Great beginners course that covered what I wanted to know".

"Fantastic course - enjoyed it all!"

“I found this workshop amazing.  So much theory and materials to read.  Big, big, BIG thank you for the tools & materials.  I have never been to a workshop like yours.  Amazing.”   (Italic workshop)

Workshop Registration Form

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Message Sent. Marian will be in touch once payment has been received. Thanks so much for registering - it will be great to have you at the workshop.

Learn Calligraphy options:

1.  Private Lessons These are held on a Thursday or Friday at a time suitable to both parties.  Cost for a 2 hr lesson is $100 per person.  Worksheets are provided and pens also if required.  Come along with a friend for a great 2 hrs intro to Calligraphy.   Italic is a great style to learn if you are a beginner.

2.  Attend one of the workshops above.

3.  Get a group of 5-10 friends together and I can put together a workshop for 2 hours in the day/evening.  You will need to provide a suitable sized room e.g. church hall etc.  I can provide the kits and teaching. Contact me for more info.  Prices from $80 per person.

Email me if interested

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