Previous Meetings

 


2016/2017 Meeting Year

This was a great year for “putting pen to paper.” Many thanks to our members who have shared 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: “Storybook Script.”
In February, Eliza Schulte Holliday: “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.

 

Program Details for 2016/2017 Meetings

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

Introduction:

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

Introduction:

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

Introduction:

“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

Introduction:

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

Introduction:

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.

Supplies:
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 Meetings: 2015-2016

June Events:

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.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Jessica Yee — Lettering Numbers: Can you Digit!!

Imagine you’re writing along … paper and ink are cooperating, the letters are behaving… and then… you encounter an address, a date, a meeting time! Yikes! You need NUMBERS!

At our May meeting, come and build your number skills with TCG board member Jessica Yee. “We are going to attempt to make a sampler of numbers like the needlepoint peeps do,” Jessica says.

Materials for this meeting:
Good quality paper, at least 8.5 x 11″
Also, layout paper or tracing paper
Pencil, sharpener, eraser,
Broad edge nib/pen
Pointed pen
Your finest-point Micron (or similar) marker
Ink (your favorite color — please just one color)
Paper towels
Cup for water
Ammonia to clean your nibs
Gum Arabic to prep your nibs (A good thing have in your “kit”; but if you don’t, fear not. It’s something people will share.)
Ruler to make sort of straight lines
Open heart and open mind. (“Very important!” says Jessica. “If you forget this, return home, pack them for travel, and head back.”)

See you soon for this, our final meeting of the year!

Member Show and Tell
Before we settle down to our wonderful program, help us wrap up the year by bringing a sample of your favorite things calligraphic for others to enjoy. Arrive a few minutes early to set up on the tables in the back.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Kerr Pelto — Come and Learn How to Letter in a Circle

Spring is a good time to try something new! At our April meeting, TCG President Kerr Pelto will teach us a technique for lettering in a circle. Of course, to letter in a circle, it’s probably a good idea to actually have a circle. Kerr will begin by teaching a technique for setting up a circle template using a compass, ruler, protractor, and pencil. Then we will letter a short phrase, or just words, or maybe as much of the alphabet as we can in that circle. You can use whatever calligraphic lettering tool you are most comfortable with as well as any Hand. (For you newcomers, a Hand is the term for any lettering style.) No need to worry about perfection here: If this is something new to you, get started with a solid good try!Supplies and Materials
Listed below is what you’ll need to bring for this meeting. If there’s a tool you don’t have, don’t worry: Come anyway. We’re big on sharing.

Compass
Ruler
Protractor
Pencil
Eraser
Tracing paper
Grid paper
Parallel pens or any type of pen you want to letter with (bring ink if you are using a metal nib)

Other April Events:

The Carolina Lettering Arts Society’s (CLAS) 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) CLAS AGM, held in Raleigh. This year the CLAS members of TCG are hosting the annual meeting, a weekend of workshops and meetings.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Visiting Calligrapher — Tim Zerkel: Making Signs the Trader Joe’s Way

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…

Saturday, February 20, 2016
(Third Saturday due to Valentine’s Day and President’s Day holidays.)

Anne Cowie — Paste Papers Program and Workshop

For February 20, we return to our regular location: Resurrection Lutheran Church, in Cary.
Meeting: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Workshop: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (for info on how to register, see link for blog post, below)Note: For free delivery from John Neal Booksellers to the meeting, order by Thursday, February 18 and tell them it’s for TCG.On Saturday, February 20, we will create beautiful paste papers with artist and calligrapher, Anne Cowie. If you find yourself longing for something more than plain paper to write on, you’ll find it here! In addition, paste papers have many other creative and functional uses.See our blog post for info on the meeting, registering for the workshop, as well as a short bio on Anne Cowie!

Saturday, January 9, 2016
Julia Silbermann — Drawing Fundamentals

“Drawing Fundamentals: Crosshatch, Stipple, Scribble — Come Draw with Julia and Enhance Your Calligraphy”

Click here for Julia’s Drawing Class handoutsTCG member Julia Silbermann to teach Drawing Fundamentals. Julia not only uses drawing skills to create her own calligraphic pieces, she is also a trained art teacher. Come to this month’s meeting and learn more techniques to help your work engage the eye, the mind and the spirit.

“Everyone can draw!”Julia said. “Come and get introduced to, or brush up on, different ink drawing techniques, such as crosshatching, stippling and scribbling, and how and when to use them in a drawing. We’ll also have step-by-step instructions for transforming a photo into a simple ink drawing.

They make for great accents in your calligraphic works, in travel journals or seasonal greeting cards, and they can be colored using your favorite technique.”

“For this class, it will be easiest to work with Microns or similar markers, as they are fast to use and no clean up is required,” Julia said. “But all the techniques shown can also be done with nib and ink. You decide whether you would like to use Microns or nib and ink, depending on your skill level.”

Julia was trained as an art teacher at the Art Academy of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. During her studies she focused on lettering, drawing and bookmaking. Last spring, she won the 2015 Purchase Prize awarded by the Newberry Library of Chicago in connection with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for her handwritten and illustrated book Dante’s Prayer.

WHAT TO BRING
– Pencil, 2H or harder
– Eraser
– Microns, 005, 01, 03 AND/OR pointed nib with a rounded ball tip (Don’t have one? Julia said she has plenty to share.)
– Black, WATERPROOF ink
– Cleaning materials for your ink equipment (paper towels, water container…)
– Your favorite drawing paper, letter size or bigger (bring whatever you have)
– Scissors
– Stylus (if you have one, or everyone shares)
– 12″ metal ruler

WANT TO ADD COLOR?
Bring colored pencils, watercolors, brushes, whatever your favorite technique.

Ordering Supplies for Delivery at the Meeting
To order supplies from John Neal Booksellers for free delivery at the meeting, call (336) 272-6139 by THURSDAY, January 7. You must mention Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild and tell them to include your order with the items that are being delivered for the TCG meeting on Saturday, January 9.

Meeting at Residence Inn Raleigh Crabtree
This month’s meeting is at Residence Inn Raleigh Crabtree, 2200 Summit Park Lane, near Crabtree Valley Mall. We are renting the room for 3-1/2 hours only, and if we go over we’ll be charged extra. Before and after the meeting, we can congregate in the lobby. If needed, ask for the room location at the desk.


NOTE:FOR JANUARY 2016 MEETING — DIFFERENT LOCATION:
Our JANUARY 9, 2016 meeting will be at the Residence Inn, Raleigh Crabtree.

MEETING AT RESIDENCE IN at RALEIGH CRABTREE:
This month’s meeting is at Residence Inn Raleigh Crabtree, 2200 Summit Park Lane, near Crabtree Valley Mall. We are renting the room for 3-1/2 hours only, and if we go over we’ll be charged extra. Before and after the meeting, we can congregate in the lobby. If needed, ask for the room location at the desk.

DIRECTIONS: How To Get There …
First, note that Crabtree Valley Avenue runs directly behind the mall.

From Edwards Mill/Creedmore Road (the name changes, but it’s the same road):
Turn onto Crabtree Valley Avenue, cross Blue Ridge Road, and the road you are on BECOMES Summit Park Lane. Go up the big hill and you will find the Residence Inn.

From Blue Ridge Road:
Approaching Crabtree Valley Avenue, turn onto Summit Park Lane. There is a MacDonald’s at the intersection. Go straight up the big hill and you will find the Residence Inn. If you turn onto Crabtree Valley Avenue, you are going the wrong way. Turn around, cross Blue Ridge and go up the hill.



Previous Meetings: 2014-2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Christmas Social at Harriet Davis’s house.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Accent with Watercolor Squares (as developed by Sherri Kiesel Thornton)
Mary Lou Young will teach us how to create watercolor squares and clothesline capitals.

“Watercolor squares are fun and easy, definitely not highbrow,” Mary Lou said. “I think of them as a way of doing watercolor without getting out a bunch of materials. It’s more like play … very informal.”During the approximately two-hour program, Mary Lou will share with us the lettering and decorating style she learned 15 years ago from Sherri (Kiesel) Thornton and has been using ever since. We will use a fine marker to create the letters, then apply watercolors and other materials to decorate them. While we pause to let the first steps of our squares dry, Mary Lou will teach Sherri’s clothesline caps lettering, a quick, easy and fun style to use with the decorative squares.

Watercolor squares are an updated and fun style based on Romans. They can be used plain or dressed up. To see many examples online, search “Sherri Kiesel Squares.”

WHAT TO BRING:
Here is Mary Lou’s list of tools and materials:
— Arches Text Wove or any watercolor paper (choices need to hold watercolor well). You’ll need only one or two pieces, and they should be about 10″ x 15″ (exact measure not critical).
— Watercolors. In Mary Lou’s words, “Bring whatever you want.” (If you don’t have any, don’t worry, others will have some to share.) Mary Lou will be also be sharing samples of Neocolor water-soluble pastels. “These work well, are not messy and last forever,” she said. “I’ve had mine 15 years.” She said Jerry’s Artarama has sets with 5, 10, 15 and more colors. “I haven’t found the need for large sets because the colors blend easily to make many shades.”
— A couple of short quotes or haikus
— Micron or other ultra-fine sharpie size 0.01 or 0.05
— 1/2″ or 3/4″ low-tack painter’s masking tape, blue or purple is best.
— Pencil
— Metal ruler
— X-acto knife
— Water container
— Paper towels
— A few brushes of various sizes, including smaller sizes (1/2″, 1/4″ or 1″), a couple of round ones, and maybe a tiny one for accents.
— OPTIONAL: “Texturing” materials, such as bits of stamps or old dictionary pages, small collage items, petals. She will bring some things to share, as well as examples she and others have created. “Be inspired and let your imagination go,” she said.

Remember to Place Your John Neal Order by Thurs., Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.

Do This Before the Meeting If Possible
On one piece of the watercolor paper, use the painter’s masking tape to make a grid of 1.5-inch squares. The tape should will create borders around each of the squares. (Alt: You can also come a little early and do it before the meeting.)

Saturday, October 17, 2015 (Third Saturday because of Columbus Day)
Visiting Calligrapher: Joyce Teta walks us through: “dot the walk”
Meeting Program and Afternoon Workshop

MEETING PROGRAM: “dot the walk”
… “A line is a dot going for a walk.” Paul Klee …
This class investigates a way of taking a line for that walk. It’s an easy way to access your design skills and learn to enjoy process.MATERIALS: Bring a pencil, colored pencils or water colors, and an 8×10 piece of Arches text wove.THE WORKSHOP: “a brush with sumi”
Creating a thread through mark making. This class stimulates a conversation with the page — responding to marks with remarks, then bonding and binding our story. (Bring a thesaurus.)MATERIALS: Half of a 20″ x 25″ sheet of Arches text wove and four 8″x10″ sheets of decorative paper for cover, a bookbinding needle, sumi ink (only if you already have it), a favorite brush (any brush), a metal ruler and a pair of scissors. Joyce says she will also bring favorite brushes to share and some sumi.WE KEEP SAYING THIS, AND IT’S TRUE: Come for the meeting, stay for the workshop. If you need a nudge, ask anyone who has studied with Joyce. She’s a great teacher, and you’ll be glad for the all the time you are able to spend with her.

THE COST: The meeting program is free to members. The afternoon workshop is a great bargain at $30 for members and $45 for non-members. In addition, there is a materials fee of $2.50.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Visiting Calligrapher Annie Cicale Teaches “The Brush, from Contemporary and Backwards to Classic”
Meeting Program and Afternoon Workshop

Starting with simpler, contemporary forms of brush lettering, Annie will move “backwards” in time toward elegant first-century letters. She says, “Our goal will be to understand the flow of the paint from the brush, giving you letterforms you can use on everything from garage sale signs to elegant calligraphic broadsides.” The approximately 2.5-hour monthly meeting program will be a useful and interesting hands-on session with great examples of brush lettering’s versatility and beauty. After a break for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m., our 3-hour workshop will continue the journey backwards in time toward the elegance of first-century letters. (Members will have received a supply list.)Learn more about Annie at http://www.cicaleletteringdesign.com/.

May 9, 2015
Hands-on practice with video: Learning Flat Brush Lettering with Fran Strom

This Saturday is yet another knowledge-filled TCG Meeting. We will be watching a DVD by a noted calligrapher, Fran Strom. It is called “Flat Brush Writing.”

If you have never used a flat artist’s brush to do lettering, this DVD is worth watching. Fran is an expert at this brush manipulation to form exquisite Roman capitals. I have watched this DVD 3 times and am still amazed at the ease with which she makes her letterforms.

Here is the Supply List:
1. The Classified Ad section of the newspaper – bring lots, to share
2. Pencil
3. 1/2″ Winsor Newton flat edge brush with golden nylon bristles
4. Paint – any color gouache or even Tempera Paints
5. A pallet for the paint to go in
6. Water, to dilute the paint
7. Paper Towels, to wipe off your brush after use

There is a lot to take in while watching this DVD. If you are just interested in watching and not actually trying to make brush Roman caps, that’s fine too. Do whatever you feel you can do.

This DVD will give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of flat brush lettering. You won’t be an expert when it is over, but you will have a greater appreciation for those who are!

– by Kerr Pelto

..Summer break – meetings resume in September…

April 11,2015
Martha Petty: Art book ~ pamphlet stitch on a concertina spine

I will be showing you all how to do a pamphlet stitch on a concertina spine. Reggie folks will have a little bit of an edge on this project since they have covered book boards before and have made a five hole pamphlet stitch book. Thanks to Dara, I will be supplying the already cut book boards. In addition, I will be providing colored file folders for the inside covers and for accordian/concertina spine (I’ve attached a picture to show you the file folder colors). You can bring a plain manilla envelope if you don’t want a colored file folder. The example book that I am showing you (attached) uses the purple file folder and unlined Japanese paper for the cover and Strathmore paper for the signatures. The book is 6″ long by 4 3/4″ high.** Please let me know if you will be attending this workshop. I have 20 sets of book boards covers cut, but I want to make sure that I have enough ready for everyone. Thanks!

You will need to bring:

– Decorative paper (can be Japanese or any other pretty paper for covering the book boards) we will not be lining any Japanese paper in class (for you Reggie Folks)
– PVA glue, ideally, but if you have White Elmer’s Glue that will do.
– linen thread, ideally, (approximately 36″) but other thicker thicker/decorative thread will do (I believe Ornamentea in Raleigh sells linen thread in smaller amounts – call first)
– Paper – Arches text wove (left over Reggie papers) or an inexpensive paper such as Strathmore 400 series drawing paper.
– Awl – or a sharp needle to poke holes in file folder and paper. (I will bring the left over Reggie needles that I have for people to use).
– Bone folder
– a sharp knife to cut/tear paper – a kitchen paring knife or fettling knife used in ceramics works nicely.
– small cutting mat if you have one (I’ll bring some extras).
– 12″ metal ruler
– Pencil
– X-acto knife
-Scissors

The example book shown uses the purple file folder and unlined Japanese paper for the cover and Strathmore paper for the signatures. The book is 6″ long by 4 3/4″ high.

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Pamphlet Stitch book – upright

Pamphlet Stitch book

Pamphlet Stitch book – opened

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Pamphlet Stitch book – colorful file folders used for the spine and inside covers

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!
Martha

 

March 14, 2015
Patty Roemer: A Little Book

Get ready to make up some sample cards and fold out books, so you can use some of that nice paper you have collected for years.Supply List: I will be supplying the paper for the samples that you will be making, but here is a supply list for the additional materials for the “Make and Take” mini workshop for our March Meeting.

Paper and pen for notes
Metal ruler (12 inch ok)
Scissors
bone folder
two kinds of glue:
1) Recollections glue runner
2) Zig memory systems permanent, 2 way chisel tip glue

If you were not able to sign up at our Feb. meeting, please email me at roemerpatty@gmail.com so that I will have a paper packet for you.

This should be fun, we will put together some samples you can use as gifts, or cards for your calligraphy projects. Gonna make you work a little, but it will be worth it for you to get a few projects from classes I’ve taken, or ideas from things I’ve received as gifts. Some good ideas for all that pretty paper you’ve collected along the way. Join us and play with paper folding to make some really neat stuff.

Square Card Instructions (Explosion Book)

Photos of explosion books:
http://www.making-mini-scrapbooks.com/explosionbook.html

Hope to see you there.
Patty

February 21, 2015
Jessica Yee: Off Hand Flourishing

Jessica will be teaching some basics of off hand flourishing. Some cute tricks to make your letters fun. You will need the following:Oblique Pen holder or straight pen holder
Any G series nib or flexible nib (pointed)
Old world ink, ziller ink, mccaffrey, walnut or higgins eternal
Pencil
gum arabic (or share with someone if you don’t have)
potato or ammonia (YES, I said potato)
layout bond paper or smooth white paper that will hold up to a lot of ink being laid on it.
pen rest (so we don’t get the tables dirty)
screw top dinky (SMALL) dips. its easier to clean up the spill of .5 ounce then 3 ounces of ink.

January 17, 2015
Chris Mulder: Using Three Design Elements
Game On! — Playing with Design Elements

Do you ever stare at a blank piece of paper and wonder how to start? Have you ever gone for days without holding a pencil or pen in your hand except to add something to your grocery shopping list? Feeling rusty, uncertain, even intimidated? Well, join me on Saturday, January 17, and I’ll teach you some ways to overcome those problems. We’ll get those creative juices flowing again, and get you excited about the possibilities of putting pen and pencil to paper. I’ve got a great game I invented that engages your right-brain to open up that “flow” we all need to tap into when we’re being creative. We’ll circumvent the little “judge” who lives in our left-brain just waiting to point out where we’re going wrong. You’ll be amazed at what you discover.
Supplies:
~ Good drawing paper; something with a light to medium tooth, that is suitable for both pencil and pen. At least 4-6 pieces need to be cut into about a 5 x 5″ size. You’ll need to be able to fold this paper, so don’t bring anything that’s really thick.
~ Colored pencils, if you have them.
~ Pens or markers in various colors. If you have both fine and broad points, bring both.
~ Regular graphite or mechanical pencil with a lead that leans more towards soft than hard.
~ Pencil sharpener
~ Eraser
~ Fine point pen, black ink.


Previous Meetings: 2013-2014

Dates: There are nine monthly Saturday meetings this year, September through May, including a social event in December.

Place: New venue: starting September 2013, Raleigh First Assembly Church, 3249 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Click HERE for directions on the church campus.

New time: starting September 2013 we will meet from 10 am to 1 pm with the 30-minute business meeting starting at 10 am.

Programs: 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.

Standard Meeting Agenda

10:00 – 10:30 Business meeting
10:30 – 10:45 Show ’n Tell
10:45 – 11:00 Break for program set-up
11:00 – 12:45 Program
12:45 – 1:00 Tear down and clean-up

Dates, Times and Programs

September 14, 2013
Zentangle with Sampada

October 12, 2013
Free your folding pen, Gesture with a ruling pen with Harriet Davis

November 9, 2013
Uncial with Don King

December 14, 2013
Holiday Social

January 11, 2014
Colored Pencil with Chris

February 8, 2014
Creating Kerrlligraphy with Kerr

March 8, 2014
Getting Knotty with Julia

April 12, 2014
Ribbon lettering with Nell

May 10, 2014
Photography for the calligrapher with Nita Whitfield
Supplies:
Bring one of your pieces, that you would like to have a really nice artistic image of it
(not mandatory)

Summer break – meetings resume in September…

September 13, 2014
Elizabeth Porcher Jones will be coming to teach us in September. She is a well-known Charleston calligrapher who has graced many weddings with her talented pen. She will be giving us a slideshow about some of the weddings she has worked in Charleston, telling the ins and outs of weird materials used, what she does onsite at events, etc. There’s even a chance of her doing a workshop that afternoon after lunch! More info to come as becomes available (title, cost, length).

October 11, 2014
Amy Jo Edwards, founder of Healing Ceilings, will be visiting our guild and speaking to us. Healing Ceilings is a non-profit community of artists and supporters dedicated to transforming cancer treatment experiences for Adult Cancer Patients through appropriate, original, evidence-based ceiling art. This meeting is our chance to paint and letter 2’x2′ ceiling tiles that will be placed in the ceilings of cancer treatment centers all over the state and beyond.
Supplies:
You will need to bring with you some acrylic paints, flat and round brushes (for painting and lettering), paper towels, a container for water, and a ruler.

November 8, 2014
Morning session: Catherine Mauney Langsdorf will be coming from the mountains of NC to teach us how to letter on “chalkboard”. Members will buy their own supplies, if they want. Otherwise, they can watch and listen.
Afternoon workshop: She will teach a workshop on “Pointed Brush Lettering” from 2pm – 5pm. The cost will be $30. Both Supply Lists will be forthcoming.

December 13, 2014
December Social! Fun, food, and games!


Previous Meetings: 2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 year, our monthly programming revolved around the subject of “The Decorated Letter.” We studied decorative techniques and methods used down through the centuries in Celtic, Romanesque, Ottonian and other period styles. A major workshop on Versals and Gilding with Peter Thornton took place to reinforce the Decorated Letter theme.