Meet the maker Clare M McCrory

I am a trained Heraldic Artist and Calligrapher who studied at Reigate School of Art and Design in Reigate, Surrey and work as a freelance artist on my own and as one of the team of artists in the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh.

I design and paint a variety of handpainted illuminated initial letters using floral and heraldic motifs and after first giving them to family and friends, began selling them at a local crafts' co-operative in Edinburgh before moving into selling them at Craft and Design Fairs around Scotland.

All of the initials and calligraphy pieces in my shop are painted and written by me. Any letters may be ordered - singles, doubles or more - and painted in colour or gilded using real, burnished 24c gold leaf (or in Palladium leaf for silver gilding).

My basic range of floral letters is Strawberries, White Clover, Thistles, Snowdrops, Bluebells, Raspberries, Heraldic Roses, Poppies, Fuchsia and Grapevines but I have painted lots of different ones over the years so please get in touch before orderingif you have a special preference.

The same is true for heraldic animals - I will be listing examples of lions rampant, dragons and eagles but again if you have a favourite beastie and would like that one instead then just me know and I'll paint whatever you'd like.

Single initials make lovely personal gifts for new babies or to give to family and friends (which is what started me off!) for birthdays or Christmas, and double initials make wonderfully unique Wedding or Anniversary Gifts - especially if I can add a handwritten date beneath the two initial letters to make it mean even more.

Please get in touch if you have any questions before ordering and I'm sure I'll can help you decide what you'd like me to paint for you.

Many thanks.