Meet the maker Clare M McCrory

I am a trained Heraldic Artist and Calligrapher and studied at Reigate School of Art and Design in Reigate, Surrey in the 80's. I work as a freelance heraldic artist and am 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 are 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 ordering if you have a special preference.

I also paint letters with dragons in any colour but again if you have a favourite beastie and would like that one instead then just me know and I'll paint it for you with a letter of your choice.

Single initials make lovely personal gifts for a new baby or for family and friends,, and double initials make wonderfully customised Wedding or Anniversary Gifts - with or without an handwritten date beneath the two initial letters to mark the occasion.

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.