Standard Meeting Dates/Time:

Dates: Meetings are on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from September through May.

Time: 10 am to 1 pm.

Programs: We will always have someone teaching us and sometimes we will also have Show & Tell.

See meeting dates for program description and list of supplies you’ll need to bring. Coffee and tea are not provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Some of the afternoon workshops require advance registration. See individual program descriptions on this page and in the blog section.


Meeting Location:
Resurrection Lutheran Church
100 Lochmere Drive West
Cary, N.C. 27518

Google maps:

On Kildaire Farm Road, traveling south (away from downtown Cary), pass Walmart on the right. If you come in on Tryon Road, Cary Parkway, or Maynard Road, you’ll turn south onto Kildaire Farm Road. Continue past Crescent Commons and Crescent Green and turn right onto Lochmere Dr.

Program Line-Up For

2018 / 2019 Program Year

9/8/18 – Conquering Copperplate – Jessica Yee
10/13/18 – Tools and Materials Tryouts – Presented by TCG
11/10/18 – Practice with Layout and Design: Ann Erickson and Patty Roemer
1/2019 – Preparing and Writing on Vellum – Jessica Yee
2/2019 – Hints and Helps for Roman Letters – Carol Fountain Nix
3/2019 – Drawing and Watercolor to Enhance Your Calligraphy – Linda Starr and Deb Averitt
4/2019 – Monoline Alphabets – Kerr Pelto
5/2019 – Lettering for Others with Fun Background Techniques – Nell Hall

Program Details for Meetings

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Presented by Jessica Yee – Introduction to Parchment and Gilding

Writing on REAL parchment (specially prepared animal skin) and working with REAL gold … is it worth the attempt? The short answer is “YES!”, as you’ll discover at our January meeting.  Jessica Yee will introduce you to these wonderful materials, answer questions and help you get started on (and maybe finish!) a rewarding project.
First, Jessica will discuss why you should invest in doing a piece on real parchment, actual cost compared to implied costs, gilding, painting and lettering on this surface.
Next she will show you how to prepare untreated parchment, the tools to use and why we use specific paints, gilding and lettering. She will do one example with step by step instructions.
Then, you will get to practice sanding, gilding, lettering and painting on a small piece of parchment. Jessica will have various examples of versals for those who want to be adventurous.
This class is geared for beginners, with elements for intermediate students intertwined.  Whether you are a beginner, experienced or somewhere in between, come and have a great time working with these classic calligraphic materials.



This is a more extensive list than usual, but if you don’t have all or any of these supplies PLEASE COME ANYWAY!! We will have some to share! If you have any questions about the supplies, call Harriet Davis, TCG vice-president at 919-624-2868.

TCG will supply a small piece of parchment for everyone, along with sandpaper, glassine, lint- free paper towels and one sheet of patent gold each. If you can, a $5 materials fee would be appreciated.
What to bring: 
– Instacoll, Jerry Tresser’s Pink Stuff or any tacky glue for gilding that you have. (We will have some to share.)
– Gum Sandarac or pounce or ground pumice already in a muslin bag. (We will have some to share.)
– Feather or soft brush (not a painting brush), optional

– Low tack tape at least 1/2 in wide.  (No skinny tapes)
– A board to tape the parchment to — at least 8×10.  A slant board you use to write on will work.
– Pencil
– Gouache or watercolor that you already have.  Tubes are preferred, but whatever you have is fine.
– 2 Brushes — one with a point and one to use as a mixing/scrubbing brush.
– Water containers for clean and dirty water and a jar to put soapy water in.  (We’ll supply the soap)
– Burnisher if you have one.
– Two pipettes or droppers (exactly the same size). One we will throw away after use and one is for water.
– Saral transfer paper if you have it (optional)
– Whatever tools for writing you like to use — pen holder, nib(s), inks (non-dye-based is best), gum arabic.
– Notebook for notes.
– Any gold for gilding you already have and would like to use.

Hearts for Kids
Remember to bring the valentines that you made for hospitalized children to give to Ann Smith.  Thank you!

About Jessica
Jessica began studying the lettering arts thirty years ago, learning from some of the world’s premier calligraphers and letter artists. The founder of The Oblique Pen, she finds beauty in letters and how they are created.  Jessica is heavily involved in serving the arts locally: she’s a member of the Arts Council as well as a Wake Tech instructor, and more!

Previous Meetings:

Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Presented by Ann Erickson and Patty Roemer – Practice with Layout and Design

You’ve practiced your letters, you’ve experimented with some pens and inks, you have a quote in mind, now you’re faced with the blank paper. Where do you put the words? We’ve all wrestled with that question. This program will help you with the process and give you an opportunity to work out a design during the meeting.

Patty and Ann have much experience with creating finished work and have culled through loads of excellent information on this process. Beginners and experienced calligraphers can benefit from the ideas, tips and hands-on time to work out a small project. It could be a favorite quote, some words for someone else, or maybe even a holiday card. You will get to see how a few words can be expressed in a variety of ways, know how to get started with that blank paper, benefit from ideas from our presenters and from other members, and be on your way toward (or maybe even complete) a small finished piece.



Our members are wonderful about sharing. If you are new and have questions about the materials, call Harriet Davis, TCG vice-president.

What to bring:

A short quote or a few words for your design.
Pencil and eraser.
Layout paper and some good paper (your choice of size) if you want to finish a piece.
Your favorite pen and ink.
Water container and paper towels.
Optional – Colored pencils, pastels, watercolors and brush, an illustration to include in your design.If you want to just bring pencil and paper and accomplish a design, that’s fine! 

About Ann
As a professional calligrapher for more than 35 years, Ann has used her gifts to produce illuminated manuscripts, resolutions, poems, quotes, and scripture verses.

About Patty
Patty has been a member of the South Florida Calligraphy Guild, Scribes of Central Florida and the Fort Worth Calligraphy Guild in Texas. She has designed and made many cards over the years and will create the holiday cards for our members this year.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 

Presented by TCG – Tools and Materials Tryouts

Have you ever looked at the John Neal Bookseller or Paper and Ink Arts
catalog and pondered which of these wonderful items you would actually
like … or wanted to try them all? Or maybe you are like I was some years
ago and wondering “just exactly what is gouache?” Though we don’t promise
everything in the catalogs, this month’s program is your chance to play,
try, ask questions, share tips and explore a variety of basic and
not-so-basic calligraphy tools and materials.

We will have four stations set up for our program where you can try out many
different items. One or two of our members will be at each station to guide
and answer questions. The four stations will be :

  • Paper and writing surfaces, with Adrianne Proctor
  • Inks, gouache and other writing fluids, with Ann Erickson
  • Broad-edge and folded pens, with Kerr Pelto and Robin Gunter
  • Felt-tip and brush markers, with Dara Linn

You will have about 25 minutes at each station with a little time at the end
to revisit a station or two.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 

Jessica Yee – Conquering Copperplate

Here is your chance to ask all the questions you ever wanted about the copperplate hand and pointed pens. What is a flange and why is it important? What is viscosity and why does it matter? Are all pointed pen nibs equal? Are vintage nibs better than modern? And yes, it IS all about the oval! We will also go over foundation strokes and exercises that will help you with warm ups and letter formation.

This will be a great time for both beginners and experienced calligraphers to improve their lettering. So bring your pointed pen, layout bond paper, ink and a notebook. And don’t forget your best tool in calligraphy — a sharpened pencil. Left handers, don’t be afraid … remember, you’re the only ones in your right mind! Full disclosure — Jessica is a lefty.



Our members are wonderful about sharing. If you are new and have questions about the materials, contact Harriet Davis, TCG vice-president.

What to bring:
Ink — Any ink you like to use, (Japanese sumi, Higgins Eternal, Ziller, to name a few) along with some dinky dips if you have them.
Paper — some good, smooth layout bond paper
Pen — any pointed pen holder and nibs you like to use — we will also have a few for you to try
Pencil  and a sharpener if you have itBooks for Sale
TCG has received donations of more books than our library can accommodate, so this is your opportunity to purchase some good books for a good price. We will have the books for sale before and after our meeting program. Bring a little cash and snag a bargain!Sunflowers
Our TCG exhibit at Sunflowers Cafe will be up through the month of August, so if you haven’t been by to see it, there’s still time. Invite a friend to enjoy lunch and our exhibit.Workshop with Barbara Close
Pointed Pen Possibilities and Variations, our fall workshop with California calligrapher Barbara Close, will take place the weekend of October 27 and 28, 2018. There are still a few (but only a few) spaces left. If you haven’t registered, you can send $100 deposit to:
Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild
Attn: Workshop
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We’ve been exploring a one-day advanced workshop with Barbara for Monday, October 29and will be moving ahead with that, too! If you are interested in the advanced workshop please email Adrianne Proctor at yourpaladrianne at program this month will be great preparation for the workshop — see you in September!

Previous Years’ Meetings

See previous meetings page for information on programs and instructors in previous years.