Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Next meeting: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Love to Make and Take!

Our February program will be full of ideas for Valentine’s Day that you can “make and take” with you. Maggie Griffin will show us some cutting and folding hearts using simple materials. If you like to give cash for gifts, Linda Deal Kruse will teach us some dollar bill origami for fun stars, and Amy Taylor will present using clear embossing powder as a resist for watercolor. These ideas are perfect for making friends, significant others, and little ones feel the love!

5x7 piece of watercolor paper, scissors, X-acto knife and cutting mat, glue stick, cardstock, pencil, bone folder (if you have one), five $1 bills (the crisper the

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Next meeting: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Watercolor Loveliness

Want a new way to complement and emphasize your lettering? Watercolor wreaths are a fun way to frame your favorite quotes with a pop of color (and nature)! Becca Cassady will teach us step-by-step how to create these decorations. While there are many wreath styles, Becca will walk us through her approach to painting wreaths and how you can make them your own by using common wreath elements (flowers, leaves, etc.) and watercolor techniques in unique combinations.

Please bring:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Round or pointed round watercolor brushes (a variety of sizes is fine; I frequently use around sizes 4-6)
  • Your favorite pan watercolors 
  • Water container and paper towels
  • Pencil

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Next Meeting: November 11, 2017

Producing the Speedball Textbook

Angie Vangalis with the Texas Lettering Arts Council will present the November program on the Centennial Edition of the Speedball Textbook which was published in 2015. The textbook was originally created to introduce the newly invented Speedball pen in 1915. The Speedball Textbook is unique in its prominence, distribution, and popularity; artists in many diverse fields routinely credit it as their "first lettering book.” Angie has directed two international calligraphy conferences in Dallas (2005 and 2014) and is currently an organizer of several calligraphy events. She will bring extra copies if you wish to purchase a signed one from her. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Next Meeting: October 14, 2017

Creating Folded and Other Handmade Pens by Jeanne Dittmann

Lettering tools come in all shapes and sizes.  You can spend lots of money at Paper and Ink Arts and John Neal Booksellers buying all of the pens and nibs.  However, there are also some really ingenious and creative tools that you can make with some basic supplies you might just have around your house.  These tools can create some very interesting, spontaneous calligraphic marks and letters.

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve seen these tools but have never gotten around to making them at home.  Well, I finally got around to it this year and it’s great fun!  We will experiment with making cola (folded) pens as well as some other surprising materials.

Never let lack of supplies keep you from coming, as we always have supplies to share, but please bring if you have it:
  • some large-ish paper to experiment on -- at least 9x12 and nothing expensive -- save the good stuff you learned about in Karon’s program for your work at home
  • any kind or color of liquid medium to write with: black ink, liquid watercolor, walnut ink, etc.
    • for the afternoon program, bring something other than black ink, but black is fine for the morning if that’s what you have
    • be sure your jar has a wide opening, or bring something to pour it in
  • water container for cleaning pens
  • cloth for wiping pens – a piece of an old tshirt works great
  • sharp scissors you’re willing to cut metal and plastic with
  • a little piece of fine sandpaper or an emery board
  • small cutting mat
  • exacto knife

Other supplies will be provided, and you’ll go home with a couple of new writing tools!

And remember, you can still sign up for the afternoon workshop: “Lettering with Folded Pens.”  Just make note of the additional supplies (at the back of the newsletter) you should bring for that afternoon of creative fun.  Registration + supplies is $23 for members ($25 for non-members).

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Next Meeting:
Saturday, September 9, 2017

“Which paper should I choose?” is a question often asked by calligraphers.  Karon Wheeless will lead us in looking at a variety of papers for use in practicing, layout, making a card or a book, or creating a finished piece to frame.  Following an introduction to paper and a short demonstration of how to make your own recycled paper, each person will receive a packet of papers containing several different paper samples.  We will discuss the papers as we write on them, testing which papers and writing fluids work well together.   

* 3 or 4 of your favorite writing tools (nibs, pointed brush pens, calligraphy markers, parallel pens, etc.)
* inks, watercolors, or gouache, if you bring nibs
* white gel pen and/or white ink (to use on darker papers)

* water container and paper towels

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Folded Forms Bookmaking Workshop
with Sha Towers
(instead of a regular meeting)

Saturday, August 12, 2017
9 - 12 noon at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas
$20 registration fee plus $10 materials fee

In this workshop, we'll explore several creative and innovative structures incorporating folded papers. While the focus will be on forms and structures, I think you'll find them to be wonderful vehicles to feature your lettering and visual arts and may even help you discover new ways of thinking about your art. This will be a great non-lettering class to bring a friend to!   

Each attendee will produce a set of sample books during the workshop that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects. The structures we will explore include the single-page book, the reverse hinge binding, woven accordion, and blizzard book.  

Papers will be supplied for class. Please bring the following tools (if you don't have some of them, don't worry, we will have enough to share): 
❖ pencil and eraser 
❖ bone folder 
❖ awl
❖ scissors 
❖ metal straight edge 
❖ x-acto knife/blades 
❖ cutting mat 
❖ glue stick (archival, acid-free, preferred but not required) 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Next meeting: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10 am
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

Dancin' Versals for today's lettering

For the July program Suzi Ickles will teach how to draw your own versal letters to use on cards, envelopes, artwork, or on whatever you want. 

For the July program Suzi Ickles will present information on versals, both historical and contemporary. After a brief introduction, you will start creating a small individual 2x2 versal of the letter of your choice. 
Suzi will provide all papers, tape, and handouts.

Supplies to bring:
* pencil and eraser
* Micron pens (waterproof) 01 and 03 (or similar)
* 3-4 watercolor pencils (we will have some to share)
* small brush and water container
* stylus