Saturday, February 25, 2017

Next Meeting:
Saturday, March 11, 2017
10 am, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco Texas

Envelope Book for Words of the Month
Linda Hardwick will be teaching how to make a booklet to hold the 10 words of the month that we have been making for this guild year. The 3”X 3” cards will be placed in the envelopes and linked together forming a hinge. A cover will surround the envelopes, which will be bound with yarn or string. The word for April, exotic, will complete the 10th envelope of the book. If members did not participate in the word designs, the book can be created to hold other items, such as notes for a friend.

Supplies:   (Envelopes will be provided.)
* Pencil, 12” ruler (and triangle, optional)
* X-acto knife, cutting board, scissors
* Bone folder or stylus
* Small or medium weight yarn or string (at least 4 ½ to 5 feet long)  (Don’t buy yarn, but if you have some, bring it to share.)
* Beads or charms (optional)
* Decorative paper (at least 8” X 6”): Paper should be cover-stock weight, at least 120 lb. Bring watercolor papers that you have inked, or painted; paste papered; marbled, etc. If paper is painted on both sides, the inside will look colorful, too. Or, if you leave it white on the reverse side, you will be able to write on the inside cover.
Once you learn to make this simple book, you can decorate them many different ways and sizes. The sky is the limit!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Next meeting:
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10 a.m.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

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 can be wrought on pliable metal, such as silver and copper, using this technique. JoAnne Norwood will teach us this skill. Come see how you can adapt this to your lettering. 

Pencil, eraser
12” metal ruler
Scissors, X-acto knife
Narrow masking tape
Tracing paper
Hard surface board – glass, Plexiglas, or cutting mat
Stylus, liner/outliners that you may have (we will have extras, don’t go buy any)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Next meeting:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, 10 a.m.

Uncial is an ancient script used in the 3rd through the 8th centuries. It means “one inch" because it would fit complete between two lines with no capital letters. With the expense of writing, it not only saved parchment and ink, but could be written quickly.  It is found in the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Irish book of Kells. Even though it is an ancient style, it is very adaptable to modern day uses from long poems to greeting cards to place cards and is a fun alphabet to know. Cheri Coulon will teach a basic uncial style this month.

o   Supplies:
•  Speedball size C2 nib & holder or Brause nib size 3
•  any color ink (if you do not feel comfortable yet with dip pen and ink, then you may bring a broad edge felt tip marker)
•  practice paper- laser paper will work
•  fine tip felt tip marker in another color
•  pencil, eraser, 12" ruler
•  small container for water and paper towel
•  an envelope (any size) or two for addressing, so bring addresses, too. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Next Meeting:
Saturday, November 12, 2016
10 a.m. to noon, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Waco

Conferences and classes!
There are lots of ways to expand and enhance your lettering and learn new techniques. Two ways are attending conferences and taking online workshops. At the November meeting Debbie Dunn will share details on a Watercolor Lettering class she recently took online from Val Webb. Karon Wheeless and Suzi Ickles will concentrate on the international calligraphy conference “A Show of Hands” which was held last year in Asheville, NC. Karon will share some of the techniques she learned in the Neuland class and will teach everyone how to make an easy origami-fold book that requires no sewing or gluing.  Suzi will provide details about the LetterWorks conference for 2017 that will be in Ogden, Utah. All materials will be furnished.  Just come and enjoy!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Next Meeting:
October 8, 2016

Creating C O L O R-ful Backgrounds

Are you tired of writing on plain, white paper?  October's program will highlight some techniques to create COLORful backgrounds to enhance your beautiful writing.  Amy Taylor will demonstrate products such as: the gelli printing plate, gelatos, spray inks, stencils, modeling paste, distress inks, color bursts, and plain old markers.  During the second half of the program, there will be time for you to try each of the products to determine what you may want to add to your Christmas Wish List!

Supplies to Bring:
*Small pieces of watercolor paper (around 3x5 - 4x6), about 8-10
*Apron if you wish.
Amy will have index cards for those who don't have watercolor just get better results on watercolor paper! 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Next meeting:
Saturday, September 10, 2016; 10:00 a.m.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

Black letter
Blackletter is a formal, ornate style of lettering.  It looks difficult, but it is one of the easiest styles to learn.  You can use it for bookmarks, short text, titles, and certainly envelopes! President Jane Stanfield will lead us into this beautiful “hand” stroke by stroke and letter by letter.

Please bring:  8 squares-to-the-inch grid paper (if you have it - I will have extra to share); 3 mm nib of choice (Speedball C-2, Brause 3, Tape 3, Mitchell 1) (no felt tips, please); staff to hold nib; black ink; loading brush (cheap small bristle brush).  If you prefer to dip, bring small shallow container to hold about ½” of ink (or Dinky Dip only if you already have one) (I have several extra 6-well plastic pallets to share).  Another option is an eye dropper to transfer ink to your nib – we don’t want any ink spills!!!  Container for water; wiping rag (like a torn t-shirt); masking tape to tape down your bottle of ink to keep it from spilling;  pencil/eraser/ruler; 005 or 01 black monoline pen. 

If you have any questions, please call Jane Stanfield or email at

WORD OF THE MONTH:  Unique! How "unique" can you be? Show us on a 3x3 piece of paper.

Monday, June 20, 2016

July 9, 2016 meeting
10:00 a.m.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church 
800 N. New Road, Waco, Texas  

Suzi Ickles will present the program on writing with pigments. Please see the July 2016 newsletter on the Resources page for a full list of supplies to bring. If you do not have something, come anyway and we will share. 

If you want to keep a Word of the Month, you have to bring one. This month we are going "flashy." Letter the word FLASHY and use your imagination to decorate it on a 3x3 piece of paper.