Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Next Meeting: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mixed Media Exploration

For our March program, three members will share secrets and fun ways to create mixed media backgrounds. 

Amy Taylor will bring her
Ken Oliver Colorburst powdered water-colors.  Nancy Cagle will share ideas for using standard pan or tube watercolors. Christy Town will get us into alcohol inks and show how incredible designs and colors can result. We will play with each in a couple different ways and find out how each technique produces different results that can be used as a background for calligraphy or in art journaling.

Supply list: whatever watercolors you have; watercolor paper pieces (about 4”x6”) bring about 6 pieces for Amy’s and Nancy’s station; watercolor brushes (about 1” flat and about a #6 round); water container; small spray/mist bottle with water; paper towels; gel pens or felt tip markers; plastic gloves (for Christy’s alcohol inks). We will have extras so don’t go buy anything new; we will share!

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.