Friday, May 1, 2020

Next meeting via Zoom
Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10 am

April's meeting via Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives. Most of us are still staying at home. Our May meeting will be held on your computer or device on Zoom from your own home. We will have a short business meeting, then share our "torn" creations with each other.  We hope to see your smiling face and say hello!  

Vicki will send out details and the link to all members via email early next week. If you have not used Zoom, please let Roxanne or Suzi know and we will get you set up before the meeting.
Word of the Month: TORN is still on!  Write, draw, or "tear" the word TORN on a 3x3 piece of paper. After the meeting take a pic of it and send to Cindy so she can put it on our Instagram account.

Secret Pal reveal delayed until June.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Next Meeting:
Saturday, April 11, 2020; 10 am
via ZOOM!

Virtual Meeting, i.e., social distancing!

The coronavirus pandemic is changing our lives. Our April in-person meeting is cancelled for two reasons. First, McLennan County has issued an order that no more than 10 people can gather in person, and second, St. Matthew Lutheran Church is closed for now. However, a way around that is TO MEET electronically in front of our devices (desktop, tablet, phone, etc.) via the ZOOM platform. We will be able to see your smiling face and say hello to each other!

Vicki will send out details to all members via email early next week. We will also schedule a "practice" Zoom session the evening before for those who are not familiar with it. Don't worry; it's easy.

Word of the Month: SUBTLE is still on!
Secret Pal reveal delayed until May

This is NOT an April Fool's joke... unfortunately! 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Next meeting:
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10 am St. Matthew Lutheran Church,
Waco, Texas

Learn Peter Thornton's Button Alphabet
Come to the March meeting to learn Button Lettering as well as parallel pen tips! This lettering style was invented by Peter Thornton. Louie Lemoine used it (with his permission) and Bonnie Houser (with the San Antonio guild) took the class. Bonnie generously shared it with us at the Southwest Calligraphy conference. Christy Town thought it would be a great program for us to have some fun with.  

Supply list:  

  • liquid watercolors like Ecoline, Hydrus watercolors, or liquid sumi
  • parallel pen with or w/o ink; size 6.0 mm or 3.8 mm (can be ordered through MC Art Supplies)
  • marker paper by Canson, or any smooth blank paper
  • a few favorite words or short quotes 
  • two water cups
  • paper towels 
  • dinky dips or small containers for mixing colors
  • colored pencils 
  • light pad, light box, or iPad (optional) 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Next meeting:
Saturday, February 8, 2020
10 am
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, TX

Repoussage: Embossing metal!

Repoussage is a metalworking technique of ancient origin used by most early civilizations, in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by working from the reverse side.  The word repouss√© is French, meaning “pushed up,” derived from the Latin pulsare, “to push forward.” Intricate designs and lettering can be wrought on pliable metal, such as silver and copper, using this technique. Jo Anne Norwood will teach us this skill. Come see how you can adapt this to your lettering.

Pencil, eraser
12” metal ruler
Scissors or X-acto knife
Masking tape
Tracing paper
Hard surface board – glass, Plexiglas, or cutting mat
Stylus, liner/outliners that you may have, even a small metal crochet hook