Layoutlines Lettering Workshops

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Introducing The Layoutlines Workshops

I'm opening the doors of my studio and inviting you to a series of casual, creative workshops from my home studio here in central Reykjavik. These workshops will be a great way to learn a new skill, with old or new friends, and take home your finished artwork. Self taught, I have developed my calligraphy and brush lettering style over the last 3 years and have created beautiful lettering for private clients for VIP events, wedding invites, commissions and print. 

Scroll down to click the link and book yourself on the workshops. All workshop include the essential materials to take away and practice until you’re a pro. Plus, there's tea and coffee, and often a scone too!! 


Learn Calligraphy and Brush Lettering in Reykjavik

Previously working as a Senior Lecturer, I have over 7 years experience teaching Design in higher education. I understand how to break down the learning process so you can easily pick up the skills and I can support you in developing your own style. On my workshops you'll quickly pick up hand lettering skills and confidence in calligraphy and brush lettering, and will have great fun doing it. 


So if you're in Reykjavik, come along, I can't wait to meet you.


    Wedding Hair + Make Up

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    Get The Look

    I wanted to have my hair up and out of my face, I knew I was now wearing a veil and so we kept the hair simple with a classic but chic loose knot style bun. I love this look, its all over Pinterest and I felt that it worked perfectly with my Mums, now re-styled, veil. Here's some other examples from my Pinterest board.


    I went with local hair and make up artists and was so happy with the final look. I've not really had my hair or make up done by anyone since prom so I was excited. Kirstie sat me down, with a glass of bubbly, and started on my hair. She was so professional and we had a really good laugh. I made sure to not wash my hair the day before so it wasn't completely clean, this makes it easier to work with and your hair will hold the style better. 

    Separating my hair into sections, Kirstie curled them with a hot curling wand and then back combed them slighted. We kept a small section of my fringe out so I had a side fringe framing my face. She then started to create the bun, pinning each curled section, working from the bottom up. It felt very secure and comfortable. She created some height at the crown of my head so this helped add shape and height for when the veil was added. The final touch was to spray with hair spray.

    Wedding Hair
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    bridal make up


    I love the loose, classic style of this bun, it stayed in all day, even with all that dancing. 

    bride up do


    Once my make up was done, Kirstie then pinned my Mums veil in place and I was ready to step into my dress and heals. I felt so calm and ready for this, it was wonderful knowing that I was about to get married to the love of my life - everything felt so right. 


    Make Up

    Having never really had my make up done by anyone before, I wanted to do a trial to see how it felt and make sure I was happy with the look before the big day. I am not someone who wears a lot of make up on a daily basis, certainly not foundation, so it was important that I felt and looked myself. Danni did my make up and she was fantastic. After the trial we only made a few changes to lighten the look but I was really happy with it. I loved my eye make up and wearing the false eye lashes, which I have not done for at least a decade!! At the trail she made a note of the make up she was using so I could look it up and buy it if I wanted. I got the MAC lipstick at duty free on the way home. 

    Before she started on my make up, she treated my skin to a mini Neals Yards facial to moisturise and make sure the make up lasted all day. The smell of Frankincense was so calming and really hydrating. She then opened her treasure-chest kit and put on her brushes belt - I was a little jealous of all the MAC products.

    This is the make up I wore:

    • Prolong Wear NC25 Foundation, MAC
    • Prolong Wear NC20 Concealer, MAC
    • Virgin, Naked, Buck, Dark Horse, Urban Decay Naked Eye Palette
    • Black Track gel liner, MAC
    • 3D Black Lash, MAC
    • Pinch Me blusher, MAC
    • Soft & Gentle Highlighter, MAC
    • Soar Lip Liner, MAC
    • Twai Lip Stick, MAC
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    The Final Look

    I absolutely loved the final look and so did Ingimar. I felt comfortable and confident, relaxed and I really enjoyed the morning getting ready with my sister and best friend as bridesmaids. It was really fun having my Mum and sister-in-law pop in and share the morning with us too. And impressively we were actually ready a little early so had a little dance party before leaving the room to walk downstairs and down the aisle become a Mrs. 


    photos: Maksym Gryshchenko + Robert Hoerenz


    Sonia Nicolson

    Hi, I'm Sonia from Edinburgh, Scotland. I relocated to Reykjavik, Iceland back in February 2016 to live life with my Viking, Ingimar (marrying summer 2017). I blog about Design, Travel and Lifestyle and upload a weekly 'Living in Iceland' vlog every Thursday on my YouTube channel