YOUniquely Uncial

With Catherine Mauney Langsdorf
TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
September 30 and October 1, 2017

YOUniquely Uncial:

“The reason for this workshop is YOU!” says calligrapher and teacher Catherine Mauney Langsdorf. Enjoy two full days with this talented, accomplished and engaging scribe, learning to strengthen your marks and create stronger letterforms by taking personalized steps to enrich your calligraphic technique.

Catherine will work with each student to discover what is unique about their personal calligraphic style, sharing gleanings from her 30 years of study with master scribes. As a basis for study, the class will use the historical Roman Uncial hand, with Catherine calling on her experience for the best ways to help each student apply principles to create their own signature hand.

“Our eyes will guide our hand to create personal interpretations of this classical alphabet,” Catherine says. “We’ll study the letterforms using a pencil and a broad edge tool, further exploring the hand in pencil, pointed pen and pointed brush.”

An active calligrapher and teacher, Catherine is an eight-time winner of the Graceful Envelope Contest, including one Best of Show. She also creates designs for Crane & Co. Stationery.

A very small number of spaces remain in this workshop, which will be held at the N.C. State University Club in Raleigh. Lunches and snacks are included. Members, $125; nonmembers, $160. There will be a $5 supplies fee for materials Catherine will bring for the class.

A Note from Catherine:
“I want to challenge you NOT to bring all your stuff. Bring what you own. Buy a few things if you do not have something of a similar nature. Pack light.

With that said, the list below is what I will be bringing with me. If you do not have the exact thing, please bring what you are comfortable with in that same category. Items marked with * – optional, are things that I enjoy and like having along. If you own them, bring them along. If you do not have them yet, then it is your choice to purchase before class OR wait to see their results and decide if they are of interest to you.”

Supply List
(The numbers after some items are John Neal Booksellers product codes. This list can also be found at We will do a combined order with John Neal the week before the workshop to save on shipping. Call John Neal at 800-369-9598 to participate.)


  • Walnut Drawing Ink – Tom Norton (I53) or JNB crystals (S449)
  • Moon Palace Sumi ink (green spout with gold label) – 6 oz (I70)
  • *Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White – optional (I38)
  • *Richtone Sepia Ink Series – optional (I127)


  • Palomino Blackwing & Palomino Blackwing Pearl (PL11)
  • Derwent Graphic HB or 2B
  • Derwent Sketching Medium Wash 4B (S858) and a round water brush size 6 or 8 (FP93)
  • *Pentel Graphgear 500, .3 lead, B or HB – optional (PL21)
  • *White General’s Charcoal 558 – optional (PL27)


PENS for Saturday

  • Pilot Parallel Pen 3.8, Green Cap (FP67)- we will NOT be using the cartridges. Instead, we will be using Walnut or Richtone in an empty cartridge or dipping – will need an empty cartridge and the Monoject syringe, (S382)
  • Straight holder or Dual Use Workshop Holder, (H129)
  • Mitchell Nib, size 2 and 3, N04 $.85 with slip on reservoir, (N07)
  • *Kuretake Zig markers 5.0mm or 3.5mm, various colors – optional (M60)

PENS for Sunday

  • Oblique pen holder that works with your nib
  • Favorite pointed pen nib (or two) – I am not a big fan of the Nikko G type nibs but if they work for you great, just please don’t ask me to use it.
    1. Hiro Crown 41, (N82)
    *2. L Tomme-Lepoint, No 53, vintage (personal stash)

In your supply packet each person will be getting around 6 sheets of the Gilbert Bond and 6 sheets of the Canson XL. This will give you an opportunity to try these papers if you are not familiar with them. With that said, you will probably need only a few more sheets of a plain practice paper.

  • John Neal Practice Graph Paper, 11″ x 17″, 50 sheets, 24 lb., (P21)

And one of these plain practice types:

  • Canson XL Marker, 9″ x 12″, 18 lb, 100 sheet pads with purple cover
  • Canson Pro-Layout Marker, (P32)
  • *Gilbert Bond 25% cotton practice, (P69) or (P70) – optional


  • cheap, just a few sheets (P43)

Two sheets pre-torn into 4 sections should give you enough to work upon.

  • Arches Text Wove (PS01)
  • 90lb Hot Press Watercolor paper (PS42)
  • *Black paper – optional (P81)


  • ruler (S271)
  • art eraser (E13)
  • low-tack tape (S412)
  • paper towels or rags (S817)
  • tiny water containers (S844)
  • pencil sharpening tool (PL13)
  • dinky dips for ink (S934)
  • cutting tool (S417, S130)
  • things you like to take to workshops, a long text to write out as practice


If you usually work with your slant board and wish to bring it, do so. If you are comfortable working flat, that will be fine. I will be bringing my clear acrylic kitchen cutting board that has the overhang lip. I like to work relatively flat with my incline of about two inches higher at the top. This acrylic board also doubles as my light table by slipping a small plant light under the board. We will not be using it as a light table.

“Other usual tools and materials”

by Adrianne Proctor, VP-Programs, Feb 2017

At times, we mention “other usual tools and materials” in the meeting supply lists, so I came up with the list below. As you read it, don’t be alarmed: kind and helpful fellow members can probably help you fill in the blanks.

* Clean-up cloths (I pre-fold 15 or so paper towels, which are easy to grab.)
* Small water container that won’t tip over.
* If you’re using a dip pen (alternative to the Pilot Parallel pen), bring nibs and a straight (not offset) penholder (H39 from John Neal is priced well at $1.70).
* Black ink, such as Higgins Eternal (good beginner ink). Cut a hole in a kitchen sponge to seat your ink container. Or use a dropper to transfer ink a little at a time to a dinky dip (both also available from John Neal), seated safely in a sponge or holder (also available …).

Continue reading “Other usual tools and materials”

Brush Duet: The Interplay of Edged & Pointed Brush


By Eliza Schulte Holliday
TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
February 24th & 25th, 2017

Duet: The Interplay of Edged & Pointed Brush:
It won’t be long before Eliza Schulte Holliday will be traveling here from Cholula, Mexico to teach our guild her 2-day workshop during the weekend of February 24th & 25th.

The La Quinta Inn here in Raleigh (2211 Summit Park Lane) has already been booked. Her flight has been paid for. So now all we need is you!

Eliza has written two books in collaboration with Marilyn Reaves, both on brush lettering. Her first book is “Brush Lettering: An Instructional Manual in Western Brush Calligraphy.” Her second is “The Lively Brush” and it comes with a DVD of 2 1/2 hours of pointed brush instruction. I have both books and will be studying them as well as watching the DVD to prepare myself.

Continue reading Brush Duet: The Interplay of Edged & Pointed Brush

Modern Storybook Script Workshop

Kathy Milici

Kathy Milici

By Kathy Milici
TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
November 5th and 6th, 2016

Modern Storybook Script:
This playful alphabet has FUN written all over it! This charming, casual, easy script gives a fresh, modern twist to the traditional alphabet. In this two-day workshop by Kathy Milici, you’ll first learn some of the tools of calligraphy and how to use them. Then you’ll learn a series of simple strokes that form this whimsical yet elegant alphabet; first lower case letters, then upper case capitals. We’ll also examine letter endings, connectors, ligatures, numbers and punctuation. Strokes into letters, letters to words, words to sentences…and voila! You have a brand new, useful and versatile alphabet style that is so easy to make uniquely your own!

More info on Kathy Milici: 24 Karat Designs

La Quinta Inn, 2211 Summit Park Lane, Raleigh, 27612

Continue reading Modern Storybook Script Workshop

A Show of Hands 2016: Art Posters

A fairytale experience of attending the “Art of the Poster” Workshop

At the A Show of Hands 2016, International Calligraphy Conference

It's the SPARK

It’s the SPARK

I should really write this article as a fairytale, for I felt like a little girl who became spellbound upon entering the magical world of my instructors, Randall Hasson and Mark Oatis.

If I had thoroughly googled them before I signed up for their class, I would have been terrified. As it stood, I just knew I’d be in the presence of two well-knowledged and well-known artists in their respective fields.

My list for choosing The Art of the Poster was clear. I wanted to take a class that would stretch me in every direction. I didn’t want something safe. I didn’t want to add to anything I already knew. I wanted to walk into the unknown and jump in head first.

Continue reading A Show of Hands 2016: Art Posters

Making Signs the Trader Joe’s Way

Tim Zerkel, sign painter at Trader Joe’s
TCG program: March 12, 2016

Tim Zerkel, sign painter at Trader Joe's

Tim Zerkel

Have you noticed the signs at Trader Joe’s? They’re engaging, colorful and creative! And they’re great for selling stuff! At the March 12 meeting, we’ll learn how Tim Zerkel and his fellow Trader Joe’s staff members create the bright and engaging signs that customers find so captivating.

Tim will bring us our own version of the art materials that he modifies for a brilliant look and flexible application. He will demonstrate both markers and brushes, and we will each use markers to create our own sign. He’ll talk about how he preps boards and will bring each of us a reusable, primed 12 x 18 board, along with markers to share.

Continue reading Making Signs the Trader Joe’s Way

Workshop by Amity Parks: A Sharp Pencil and Keen Eye

sharp pencil class name
drench - 1

TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
February 27 and 28, 2016, 9am – 5pm

Note: see below for Workshop Supply List

wolf at the door

In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly made drawings in our sketchbooks.
See more info in flyer: Sharp Pencil 2 day class: description

Amity Parks is an artist and calligrapher living in Missoula, Montana. She travels within the US and internationally, teaching workshops. For more information and artwork, Amity is on Facebook and has the website,

spiral - 1

Graphite Workshop:

Continue reading Workshop by Amity Parks: A Sharp Pencil and Keen Eye

Workshop by Anne Cowie: Paste Papers

TCG afternoon workshop:
February 20 2016, 1pm – 5pm

About Anne Cowie, Artist and Calligrapher:
Anne Cowie lives in Belmont, NC. Her professional training has been in painting and calligraphy. She teaches regionally in the Carolinas, has been on the faculty of Camp Cheerio, and will be teaching at the next international calligraphy conference, A Show of Hands 2016, in Asheville. She is an active member of the Carolina Lettering Arts Society. Her undergraduate degree was in painting and drawing, and during the last thirty years she has studied calligraphy with John Stevens, Thomas Ingmire, Sheila and Julian Waters, Peter Thornton, and several other calligraphic artists. Her studio work also includes drawing, printmaking, handmade books, and various projects using hand-decorated papers.

Meeting: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workshop: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (info on how to register, below)

Continue reading Workshop by Anne Cowie: Paste Papers

Dan Mooney: Gilding Workshop

The gilded letter 'C' from Dan Mooney's workshop

The gilded letter ‘C’ from Dan Mooney’s workshop

TCG 2-day Workshop Weekend:
September 26 and 27, 2015, 8am – 5pm

Dan Mooney of Boston will be coming to teach us a workshop on the illuminated and decorated letter. Dan is well known for his gold work and tooling of gold. Visit his website to see some of his beautiful illumination artwork, at
Dan Mooney resides in Quincy, Massachusetts; where he practices his passion as a calligrapher, cartographer and lettering artist.

Gilding Workshop:

Note: see below for Workshop Supply List
Playing with 24K gold… It doesn’t get any better than this!
This 2-day workshop will focus on some fun, hands-on, small projects and one finished piece to get you familiar with the joy of using gold leaf. You will have no more fear or uncertainties of how to use gold leaf effectively. You will walk away from this workshop with confidence and foolproof tips under your belt to always be ready to add a sparkle to your work.

Continue reading Dan Mooney: Gilding Workshop

Elizabeth Porcher Jones: Wedding Calligraphy

TCG Workshop: September 13, 2014

We’re excited that Elizabeth Porcher Jones is coming to our Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild meeting on September 13, 2014, to kick off our new meeting year of 2014-2015. She will share her experiences serving Charleston as one of their premiere Wedding Calligraphers. In our guild meeting, she will be giving a presentation about some of the weddings she has worked in Charleston, sharing the ins and outs of weird materials used, what she does onsite at events, etc. This will be from 10am-1pm.

After the meeting, from 2pm-5pm, Elizabeth is offering a workshop loosely titled “Wedding Calligraphy: Finding Your Own Style.” Those of you who have done wedding envelopes for family and friends probably have a lot of questions you’d like to ask Elizabeth! Now’s your chance. “How do I line envelopes?” “What inks are good?” “What do I charge?” etc. If you are thinking about doing wedding calligraphy as a business, or even just for fun, we have this wonderful opportunity to learn from someone who has worked at it for years and is very successful. I encourage you to take this fabulous opportunity to learn from her.

The supplies you will need for this workshop are minimal – a bag lunch (to make sure you eat after the regular meeting), your favorite pointed pen, ink (she loves McCaffery’s Indigo Blue and Ziller acrylics), an empty dinky dip with a dropper (to try her inks), white soapstone pencil (probably found at sewing stores), and a 1′ T-square. No slant boards needed.

The fee for this 3-hr workshop is $30.

.. 2014-08-18, by our VP, Kerr Pelto, of Kerrlligraphy