Brush Lettering At West Elm London

In my quest to do a few activities for ME before baby Rock Bakehouse is born I signed myself up for a Quill London Brush Lettering class at West Elm.  I’d already been to West Elm when I did the flower class earlier in the year so I was pretty sure it was going to another fun night.

Brush Lettering At West Elm London

On a chilly September evening I turned up eagerly at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road (if you’ve never been it’s worth just a visit to dream about all the lovely things you could buy for your house!).  The tables were set up and the teacher welcomed us – Emma Block an illustrator.  We all had a paintbrush, ink pot and paper and we were talked through brush lettering and the class.

We first started with simple lines and shapes keeping the golden rule of ‘Thick – Down / Thin – Up’ when using your paintbrush.  We then moved onto the alphabet before playing around with our own quote or phrase to go home with.  As always happens in these sessions, Emma made it look very easy but gave us lots of tips and tricks on achieving the best lettering.

Brush Lettering At West Elm London

I found the session very relaxed and I was concentrating so hard on my lettering work that I switched off from the world which was great!

Brush Lettering At West Elm London

At the end we took home our paintbrush, paper and ink home and I had great plans to do lots of lettering work and art work for our house….alas the items are still in the bag waiting to be used!  BUT hopefully once I’m on maternity leave I might get my creative juices going before I forget everything that I learnt!

Brush Lettering At West Elm London


Easy Blueberry Banana Pancakes

Sometimes cereal or toast won’t cut it for breakfast and this is when pancakes are the best idea!  Here’s a super quick recipe for pancakes which you can whip up for a breakfast treat.  I added blueberries and chopped banana to the batter but you can add whatever you like – strawberries, raspberries, chocolate chips or anything else that you may fancy.  I slathered mine with maple syrup!



150g Plain Flour

1tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbornate of soda

1/4 tsp salt

10g caster sugar

1 large egg

250ml milk

1 tbsp melted butter


Mix all your ingredients together until you get a smooth batter.  Add your fruit or additions of your choice.

Heat a pan and brush with butter

Drop a few tablespoons of batter in the pan and when little bubbles start to appear on the surface of the pancakes you can flip them over.  A couple of minutes on each side will do (depending on the size of your pancakes)

Enjoy hot with maple syrup!