Regular Meetings for 2016/2017

Standard Meeting Dates/Time:

Dates: For the 2016/2017 Program Year we will meet the on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from September through May.

Time: We meet from 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
2016/2017 Meeting Year

This is going to be a great year for “putting pen to paper.” Many thanks to our members who have agreed to share their skills and inspiration.

9/10/16 Sharing A Show of Hands – TCG Members
10/8/16 Enhancing Your Calligraphy With Cartouches and Colors (Enhancing with Chalk) – Harriet Davis
11/12/16 Lettering for Journals – Deb Averitt
12/10/16 Social – Member’s Home TBA
1/14/17 Blackletter – Don King
2/11/17 Let’s Foliate! Creating Beautiful Capitals – Ann Erickson
3/11/17 Italic – Eunice Carwile
4/8/17 Lettering for Charity – Kerr Pelto
5/13/17 Zentangling In & Out of Your Letters – Sampada A.

2016-2017 Workshops

In November, Kathy Milici will teach Storybook Script.
In February, Eliza Schulte Holliday will teach Brush Duet: The Interplay of Edged & Pointed Brush.
Contact Kerr Pelto at the September meeting or by email to register for these workshops.

See Workshops page for more details.

Upcoming Dates and Programs for 2016/2017 Meetings

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sampada Agarwal : Zentangle In and Out of Your Letters
To Help Overcome Creative Blocks


If you missed our April meeting, you have another chance to enjoy the teaching of TCG member Sampada Agarwal, whose program was postponed! In this, the final TCG meeting until September, Sampada will teach us zentangling with letters of the alphabet, using the Zentangle Method. The simple tools you will need are listed below. The Zentangle Method is designed to open inner gates to creativity so that you can create beautiful art in an easy and relaxed manner without a long learning curve. As playfully simple as the steps in the Zentangle Method might appear, they overcome blocks to creative flow such as lack of inspiration, doubts about what to do next, or worrying about outcomes.

Sampada says: As you put pen to paper in a ceremonial way with no expectations, demands, or criticism, you may discover a refuge in your pocket, available anytime you want to enter a space of creativity and focus wherever you are … a store checkout line, a waiting room, a lecture. At any moment, you know you can shift your attention to a relaxed, creative focus.

Tools and Materials:

Please bring:

  • Pencil
  • Pigma Micron 01 pen in black
  • Two original white 3.5″ square Zentangle squares*
  • Bristol paper cut in a 4″ square, OR a blank greeting card
  • Tortillon (paper stub for shading)*

*Sampada will have original white 3.5″ Zentangle squares ($.50 each) and tortillons ($.40 each) available for purchase at the meeting. (Change for your purchase would be helpful.)

About Sampada Agarwal

Sampada Agarwal is a self-taught artist and has been studying various art forms (especially Indian folk art) actively for the past 15 years. She caught the Zentangle bug and became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2012. She has continued to teach this art form locally — and globally — while experimenting with various media. Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild has been a great influence, a place where she feels supported by all the members. Sampada owes her exploration in Sanskrit language calligraphy to the Guild as well. She taught at a CZT-only conference in Florida in April, attended by 130 participants! At this conference, she married Zentangle with Calligraphy by introducing a pointed pen with Finetec gold.

Saturday, Apr 8, 2017
Kerr Pelto: Lettering for Charity


Kerr says: If you think you are not good at lettering, don’t worry, printing or your cursive lettering will do just fine.

Lettering for Charity is our group’s way of reaching out to others 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 make someone else smile, to give someone else hope.

If you look at the image in the right-hand column, you will see what our end product will look like. It is a 4″ x 6″ canvas. We will be brushing-on a background of acrylic paint with an old flat brush. Once dry, we will then add our lettering.

You can practice this week before the meeting for what you want to letter on you canvas. Just take a 4″ x 6″ space and start practicing your layout. You can have your layout either landscape or portrait. You decide.

I use craft acrylics for the background with an old brush. And I use a Pentel Sign Brush for the lettering. I’m sure any writing utensil will work on top of acrylic. Markers are great, whether brush or broad edged.

Come and experience the joy of giving!

Tools and Materials:

TCG will be supplying the little canvases and stands.
Please bring:

  • 1 flat-edged brush (can be super old and grungy)
  • 2 acrylic colors of your choice, can be cheap (Members: Thanks for bringing acrylic paints to share)
  • Any writing utensil you are comfortable using
About Kerr Pelto

Kerr Pelto started her calligraphic journey in 1978 when her boyfriend forced her into a 1-hour demo. She fell in love with lettering as well as in love with that boyfriend. After practicing that one hand for 19 years, she started taking classes at Meredith and other locations under the tutelage of Don King for the next 13 years. Then her journey reached out into other venues, taking online classes, attending CLAS workshops, and participating in international calligraphy conferences both as a student as well as on committees. Kerr started teaching in 2010, first at Jerry’s Artarama and then in her home. She also produced three online classes that students from around the world have taken. Kerr loves TCG and has served as Treasurer, VP, and President. She hopes to continue serving in many ways.

Saturday, Mar 11, 2017
Eunice Carwile: An Introduction to Italic


“Italic is an artistic and expressive broad-edge style that originated in the Renaissance and is still used today,” says Eunice. “Studying Italic, one of the ‘traditional’ calligraphic hands, is a good place to begin a creative journey in calligraphy.”
Following a very brief history of the hand, Eunice will discuss the fundamentals, guidelines, and mechanics of forming Italic, and she’ll demonstrate the basic strokes and lowercase letter forms.
You can follow Eunice, using a practical and portable Pilot Parallel pen, the guidelines she provides, and a pad of paper. “Like the class I teach at the local studio, my presentation is designed for beginners,” she says, “but calligraphers at all levels might enjoy exploring these beautiful letter forms together — and the experts among us can lend their wisdom! I’ll also provide a list of resources for further research and study.”

Tools and Materials:

Borden & Riley Boris Marker Layout pad, 9X12, 50 sheets [John Neal item #P09-50] OR
Borden & Riley Cotton Comp Pad, 9X12, 50 sheets [John Neal item #P39]
Pilot Parallel Pen, SIZE 2.4, set (pen, cartridges, and syringe/cleaner) [John Neal item #FP67]
Fine-point red pen, any kind you like.
Other usual tools and materials for writing with ink. (blog post)

If you do not have, or wish to order, a Pilot Parallel Pen, dip-pen nibs that will work for Eunice’s guidelines are a Brause or Tape size 2.5 mm nib, or a Mitchell #1-1/2 nib.
TCG members may order by phone from John Neal Booksellers (and pay by credit card) for shipping in time to distribute at the meeting. (You can order anything, not just supplies for the meeting.) Your share of shipping costs will be determined by the weight of your order. Monday, March 6 at 3 p.m. is the deadline to order by phone. Call (800) 369-9598.

About Eunice Carwile

Eunice has been “playing” with calligraphy off-and-on since 1995. Formerly a member of the Washington Calligraphers’ Guild, she learned through workshops with such noted calligraphers as Sheila and Julian Waters. She now enjoys belonging to and learning through the Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild, and is a member of the Carolina Lettering Arts Society and IAMPETH. Eunice has given individual instruction, workshops, and demonstrations, and teaches beginner’s classes in Italic. Proficient but out of practice in Foundational, Uncial, and Blackletter, she is currently (still!) learning Copperplate and beginning to take up Modern and Brush lettering. Most of her creative work consists of presentation pieces and unique greeting cards, although she has been known to address a few envelopes.

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
Ann Erickson: Let’s Foliate! Creating Beautiful Capitals


The practice of foliating letters is an ancient one, but while specific formal teaching on the subject may exist, Ann says that she has not seen it. At the February meeting of Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild, she will share what she has learned about this skill from her own observation and experimentation.

We will begin by examining some classic examples, and then hone our powers of observation to determine sources of foliation on several capital letters. We will then foliate one or more of our own capitals. Ann will have some pre-lettered caps you can use for planning, or you may create your own letters to foliate. To stimulate your creativity, Ann’s handouts will include several complete alphabets of foliated letters.

Tools and Materials:

Bring to the workshop: A sharp pencil, an eraser, watercolors or colored pencils, a small Pigma Micron (.005), and your usual materials if you wish to letter your own caps to foliate.

About Ann Erickson:

Ann served as president of Birmingham Calligraphy Guild for six years. During that time, she also served for two years on the board of IAMPETH.

After moving to Georgia in 2000, she became a member of Atlanta’s Friends of the Alphabet. Happily, she now has added Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild to her list of professional organizations. An educator by profession, Ann has had a long list of calligraphy students over the course of 35 years.
As a professional calligrapher for more than 35 years, she has used her gifts to produce illuminated manuscripts, resolutions, poems, quotes and scripture verses, as well as all aspects of wedding work. Illuminating with 23k gold is her favorite.

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017
Don KingBlackletter: A Two-Hour Introduction to the Black Letter Hand and its Variants


Popularly referred to as “Old English”, after a type face of that name, the Black Letter hand came into being in northern Germany around the 12th and 13th centuries. It is speculated that the style came into being as a result of the scarcity of paper and vellum and a growing trend toward compressing letter forms in order to get more writing on a page. Another speculation is that it was the preferred hand of the educated elite, created to be as difficult as possible to read in order to keep knowledge away from the riff-raff, and many examples can be found of Black Letter documents which are, indeed, impossible to decipher without very close study and dependence upon context.

The workshop:

In this workshop, we will be studying the alphabet that I developed for my own use many years ago. It preserves the traditional “blackness” through the use of very heavy verticals and relatively narrow white spaces within and between the letters, but is much more legible through the use of a couple of subtle modifications. We will work with two historically-based versions of the hand – Quadrata, or “footed”, and Prescissus vel sine Pedibus, or “without feet.” Most of the time will be spent on the minuscule letters, but I’ll make a few meaningful remarks about the capitals, and will have some handouts of those also.

We will be working with handouts I’ll provide, over which you’ll tape a piece of paper upon which to do your writing. I’ll also provide several exemplars for your future study.

Tools and Materials:
  • A pen -The 4mm Brause nib is preferred, but these may be used with some compromise of the forms:
    • Mitchell 0;
    • Speedball C0 (slightly too large) or C1 (slightly too small);
    • Elegant Writer Broad (a little too small);
    • 3.5 Y&C Calligraphy Marker….
    • Or whatever broad-edged marking tool you have that comes as close as possible to 4mm wide.
  • Black ink, and a filling brush, if desired
  • Slanted writing board, if desired (It’s much easier to control the ink flow and to view your work.)
  • All the normal stuff – water can, paper towels, tape, pen-cleaning brush, pen rest, glove, note book
  • Practice paper – I prefer the 9”x12” Borden & Riley Marker Layout Bond, but anything that’s translucent and bleed-proof will do.
About Don King:

I started teaching calligraphy in about 1986 and taught fairly regularly until 2014. Many TCG members, past and present, took their first few classes from me. I’ve been asked to name my favorite hand to teach and write, and my standard answer is, “which ever one I’m teaching/writing at the time.” I’ve completed an extensive course in heraldry from the Heraldry Society in London which qualified me to emblazon, design and illustrate coats of arms, crests and other heraldic art.
At present, most of my commissions involve the creation of individual pieces using texts — poems, prose, citations, certificates, resolutions, etc. — chosen by my clients. I also provide archival framing services for most of these. I have no plans to stop doing what I love for as long as my right hand and two eyes continue to adequately function.

12/10/2016 Social

We had a great party, full of food, conversation and gifts; hosted by Ann!

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016
Deb Averitt –  Lettering for Journals

Journals are meant for an audience of one: you. That’s what makes them such a great place to try things out, make mistakes, mess around, experiment, practice, learn, think, vent, color, paste, and whatever else you can think of.
Lettering is one part of the process. In this program, we’ll explore ways of using letterforms to add visual interest, enhance meaning, and create texture. The first step is to build on your own handwriting, using a variety of tools and techniques. Next, you’ll learn a couple of casual “hands.”

Finally, you’ll put the lessons into action, creating a small book of quotations about art, creativity, writing, and self-knowledge.

Please bring a pad of layout paper or your journal, and some of your favorite pens and markers (no dip pens, please).
Deb will provide a range of mark-making tools for you to try and a sample of relevant quotes. TCG is providing the paper for making your books.
 About Deb Averitt:

Deb is a lifelong journaler who started with the verbal side of the equation (words) and expanded into the visual (images). She is fascinated by the intersection of the two and the way they reinforce meaning.Deb’s on a mission to inspire creative self-expression—that is, play—for grown-ups. She has learned from many teachers in workshops and classes over the last 10 years, and she teaches art journaling in her studio.

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016
Harriet Davis – Enhancing Your Calligraphy With Cartouches and Colors

In our October 8 meeting program, learn to dial up the vitality of your work as you Enhance Your Calligraphy With Cartouches and Color. TCG board member Harriet Davis will be the instructor for this program.
We’ll get off to a good start with some basic pointed pen flourishes, then create a few
combinations of our own by adding color with colored pencils and pastels. After that, we’ll use what we’ve developed to create a flourished word, name or design to further enhance with pastels. We’ll also explore the technique of writing with bleach on black paper, then enhancing with color.
It’s worth making a special effort to be with us for this great program! See you there!
Supply list for this program:
The supply list is below. Harriet will also bring black cardstock, bleach and containers for everyone, plus her colored pencils, Finetec colors, pastels, sponges and sandpaper to share.

  • Pointed pen holder and a few of your favorite metal nibs
  • Smooth practice paper that won’t bleed or feather
  • Your favorite black and/or walnut ink
  • A few pieces of smooth, good white or ivory paper, or card stock– approximately 8×10 or 8-1/2×11
  • Masking tape
  • Water container and paper towels
  • Bring what you already have of any or all of the following:
  • Colored pencils (especially soft pencils such as Derwent coloursoft)
  • Pastels, plus any extra make-up type sponges and fine grit sandpaper (helpful for applying pastels)
  • Stardust Gelly Roll pens, Finetec watercolors or metallic gouaches to add sparkle
About Harriet Davis:

Harriet Davis has studied with such widely-known teachers as Heather Held, Dan Mooney and Peter Thornton, as well as great local teachers including Jessica Yee, Kerr Pelto and Don King. She was a member of the year-long class with Reggie Ezell held in Cary. Last summer, at A Show of Hands –the International Calligraphy Convention, she studied pointed pen calligraphy with Pat Blair and folded pen calligraphy with Carol DuBosch.
Harriet loves flourishing and adding color with pastels and colored pencils. She also serves as the Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild librarian, so ask her about some good books to borrow from our extensive collection!

Saturday, Sept 10, 2016
A Show-n-Tell of ‘A Show of Hands’ International Conference, June 2016

Several TCG members who attended A Show of Hands 2016 in Asheville during the summer will present information about the classes they took, their teachers, what they gained, their views about the experience, how the week unfolded and more.This program could help you spot teachers you’d like to study with, subjects that might interest you, and other valuable information. If you’ve never been to a conference like this, it will be your opportunity to ask questions and get information to help you determine your approach to this type of learning experience.

A Show of Hands!: International Calligraphy Conference 2016, held in Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. The 35th international calligraphy conference, one week of classes: 06/25/2016 – 07/02/2016.

The yearly TCG membership dues are payable in September, so bring your $30 to the first meeting!

Previous Years’ Meetings

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