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.

2017 / 2018 Workshops

March 1-4, 2018, by Julian Waters.

At Our Spring 2018 Workshop we will spend four days with Julian Waters studying Beautiful Blackletter: From Textura to Fraktur. Julian describes this workshop as, “A very good grounding, not only in specific styles, but how things work together for consistency and to create style variations, with a lot of emphasis on spacing, and that helps with all other calligraphy.

We are so fortunate to be able to bring this renowned teacher to our area and work with him on these great classic hands. Whether you already love them or are just introducing them to your repertoire, this is a great opportunity! Look online for much more information about Julian and many examples of his beautiful work.

Contact to register for workshops.

Program Line-Up For

2017 / 2018 Program Year

September 9, 2017  –  Lettering with Watercolors: Jessica Yee and Amber Share

October 14, 2017  –  Noodling with Neuland:  Mary Lou Young

—–November 11, 2017  –  Practice with Layout and Design: Ann Erickson and Patty Roemer

December 9, 2017  –   Social

January 13, 2018  –  Funky Lettering: Kerr Pelto

February 10, 2018  –  Mark-Making (with an optional extended afternoon workshop):  Anne Cowie

March 10, 2018  –  Creative Envelopes, including Tips for The Graceful Envelope Contest: Ann Erickson

April 14, 2018  –  Lettering for Others

May 12,  2018  –  Creating a  Practice Journal:  Adrianne Proctor and Deb Averitt

September 8, 2018 – Conquering Copperplate – Jessica Yee

October 13, 2018 – Tools and Materials Tryouts – Presented by TCG

November 10, 201 – Practice with Layout and Design: Ann Erickson and Patty Roemer



Program Details for 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!

 Saturday, May 12, 2018 
Deb Averitt and Adrianne Proctor: “Your Summer Journal”

at the May TCG meeting we’re going to build a wonderful summer journal. Deb Averitt, TCG’s journal maven extraordinaire, and TCG President Adrianne Proctor will help you build a journal to record your summer inspirations. Along with making your journal, you will learn some creative ways to record your own experiences and thoughts as you practice your lettering.

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:

First, raid your paper stocks, as well as anything else you want to write or draw on. This is a chance to use some of your random sheets and intriguing extras! Having several different kinds of paper in your journal will make it more engaging. Bring paper to share if you like: we’ll have some, too. Please bring:

  •         About 25 pieces of paper
    • 8.5 x 11” (Cut to size before you come if possible.)
    • Mixed surfaces in white or a neutral tone. It’s important that your pages NOT BE all the same kind of paper. Put some sturdy ones in there, grids are fine, avoid really thin “tissue”.
    • Some calligraphic practice you’ve done on sturdy paper, or anything else you want to give a second life by writing or drawing on it.
  • A mat board or cutting mat if you have one (we will have some, too)
  • An awl or piercing tool, if you have one. Don’t need to buy one.
  • A tapestry needle or other large needle, if you have one. Don’t need to buy one.

Update from April Meeting
Thank you to all who created calligraphy on canvases to share with others.  SAFEchild was very happy to receive them. To learn more about SAFEchild visit


Previous Meetings:

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Harriet Davis: Lettering for Others

Come to this month’s meeting and share in an opportunity to help people in our community. Lettering for Others is our group’s way of reaching out to those in need with our talents as lettering artists. We have focused on our learning, we have practiced, and we have gotten better and better. Now it is time to give of our hearts and use our skills to help someone who could use a smile and a little message of hope they can hold in their hand.

The images below are samples of what our end product might look like. Using a small canvas, we will brush on a background of acrylic paint with an old flat brush. Once the paint is dry we will letter our message. You can design one or more canvases with a quote of your choice. Generally, the quotes should be encouraging, positive, hopeful words, but non-religious. It’s not required, but if you have your layout before the meeting, it will help you accomplish your finished piece. Just mark out a 5″ x 7″ space on any ordinary paper and start creating layout ideas – landscape or portrait. At the meeting, we will use craft acrylics for the backgrounds and letter with broad edged or brush markers. Supplies for the meeting are listed below.

Last year, Kerr Pelto led this program and she says, “Even if you think you are not good at lettering, don’t worry, printing or your cursive lettering will do just fine.”
We have several organizations that are interested in sharing our lettering art with those they serve. Come and experience the joy of giving!

TCG will supply the canvases and paper for layouts.
Please bring:
1 flat edged brush (can be super old and grungy)
2 acrylic colors of your choice – cheap ones will work (Members – thanks for bringing acrylic paints to share.)
Any writing utensil you are comfortable using – a Pentel Sign Pen works well, but other broad edged or brush markers will work.
Saral paper if you already have it, to help with transferring your design to the canvas.
Pencil and eraser

Show and Tell and A Sale!
While our canvases are drying, we’ll have time for some Show and Tell, so bring any work you’d like to share.  We also have some supplies that have been donated to our guild that we will sell to members for a good price!

Samples from 2017 meeting:



Saturday, March 10, 2018
Ann Erickson: Creative Envelopes, including Tips for The Graceful Envelope Contest

Our program for March, by Ann Erickson, will be about envelopes.

Come have fun embellishing extraordinary envelopes. Ann Erickson will share ideas, tips and lots of examples to get your mind and pens flowing on some creative envelopes. We’ll brainstorm and have time to try out ideas and designs. You can try ideas for The Graceful Envelope Contest or for anything you like. We’ll have some fun stamps you can purchase and envelopes to share, and also learn how to make a DIY envelope.

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:  
-Any pens and ink you would like to work and play with, i.e. broad edge, pointed, folded, felt tip, brush,etc. Also Gelli pens and microns – any colors you like.
Envelopes to play with if you have some.  We will have envelopes to share.
-Any layout paper you already have.
-Pencil, eraser, ruler.
— Scissors
— Glue Stick
— $1 bills and quarters for the beautiful stamps she will have available, in case you would like to purchase them.
GRACEFUL ENVELOPE: The deadline for an entry to the Graceful Envelope is March
26. For all details go to the Washington Calligraphers Guild and click on the 2018 Graceful Envelope Contest square (or see the blog post on our TCG website).  Hopefully this program will encourage some of our members to submit entries!

About Ann:

Ann was a winner in the Graceful Envelope Contest in 1997 and 2002. This was in the early days, when it still came under the auspices of the National Postal Museum in the Smithsonian. Solo shows of Ann’s work have graced the Altama Gallery of History in Vidalia, GA the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, GA, and the Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken, SC.

Ann will be featured in a show at the Cary Arts Center from April 27 through June 24, and at Bond Park in September and October, 2018.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Loosening Up – Make Your Mark with Anne Cowie

Put on your adventurous hat and learn some new ways to use calligraphic and non-traditional tools to create some unexpected beauty. Creative marks can enhance your calligraphy, become letters and words on paper, or stand on their own. We will look at what is involved in becoming tuned into and developing your own marks and your own language. We will focus on using dry materials in the morning and wet materials in the extended workshop.
Anne will teach the workshop extension in the afternoon from 2 until 5pm. The cost for this session is $30 and it is limited to 16 participants. To reserve your place, send a check made out to Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild
Tools and materials for this program:
Supplies for the Morning Session:

6 – 8 sheets of drawing paper, 14″x17″ (This can come from a sketch pad or anything similar.)
Your favorite pencil
Any erasers you like
Anne will bring some compressed graphite for you to try

Supplies for the Afternoon Session

6 – 8 sheets of drawing paper, 14″x17″ (This can come from a sketch pad or anything similar.)
Your favorite writing nib and holder
Folded or ruling pen
Black ink or gouache
One or two small containers (1 cup or so size)
Cloth or paper towels

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Kerr Pelto: Funky Lettering

Kerr Pelto will teach the playful Funky Minuscules developed by calligrapher and teacher, Lisa Englebrecht featured in her book, Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering.
What to bring:
1) tracing paper
2) broad-edged pen with ink OR broad-edged marker OR pilot parallel pen – any sizes, but larger is better
3) pencil
That’s it!!  Isn’t that easy?!

Don King to Teach Free Prep Class for Julian Waters Workshop:

After the regular meeting on January 13, Don King will teach a bonus class on basic blackletter for participants in the Julian Waters workshop. If you are registered for the workshop or are on the waiting list, you may stay for this class in our regular meeting space from 2 pm until 5 pm.

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Dara Linn and Harriet Davis: Fun with Folded Pens


Our members are wonderful about sharing. If you are new and have questions about the materials, call Harriet Davis, TCG vice-president, at 919-624-2868.

What to bring:

  • Ink – any relatively thin ink such as walnut, Higgins Eternal, Pelikan 4001 or Pelikan Drawing Ink (any color). Ecoline inks should work, too.
  • Paper – several sheets each of smooth and rough paper. It doesn’t have to be your best paper.
  • Pencil, Scissors, Masking Tape
  • A heat gun if you have one and are willing to share it for a few minutes.
  • Any folded or ruling pens you already have and would like to play with.

We will supply the materials needed to make your own folded pen.

Previous Years’ Meetings

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