Previous Meetings

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.

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.

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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.

– 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

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.

Our JANUARY 9, 2016 meeting will be at the 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.

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.”

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

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

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!


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)
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 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:

Hope to see you there.

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
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.
~ 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
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.
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.