Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Next party: Saturday, December 9, 2023

 Details of our Christmas party will be emailed to all guild members by December 1st. Hope you can join us for some holiday traditions, fun times, and yummy food!

Monday, October 30, 2023

Next meeting: Saturday, November 11 @ 10 am

 at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

Stone Carving
with Paul Herrera

Paul Herrera will give a demonstration and explanation of the inscription making process that was used, and continues to be used, in Father Catich's classroom workshop in Davenport, Iowa. “We have a slightly different approach than you find in other stone inscription shops. Our method is one that Father established as a sign-painter/scholar while studying ancient Latin and Greek inscriptions,” according to Paul, who taught at St. Ambrose University with Father Catich.

For the program Paul will give a descriptive overview of a stone art project in terms of the step-by-step process from beginning to the finished piece. Paul’s chosen material is recycled slate. He uses pieces that are often cut from old school chalkboards or billiard tabletops. “It is fairly easy to shape the silhouette of the stone to make the final composition of a work more interesting.” That appeals to him. “Slate also offers a surface that is easily prepared and is smooth enough to paint upon. A smooth surface is generally used although the 'rough' side of the stone can provide an interesting element as well.” Any letterform or pictorial can be cut in slate, whether it be a heavy or delicate image.

Paul will also bring examples of his finished work as well as tools and practice pieces of slate that calligraphy guild members can use for their own hands-on inscription cutting experience. 

No supply list this month.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Next meeting: Saturday, October 14 at 10 am


at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

Origami made with money…

The October program will be all about folding dollar bills into cute shapes to share or keep.  

Giving cash for gifts can feel a little like paying bills. But when it’s FUN cash, like a heart or a house or a Christmas tree, it takes on a whole new personality. Welcome, Money Origami! Linda Deal Kruse is looking forward to sharing several patterns and some tips that she has learned through trial and error. This is hands-on so bring some ones. With the holidays quickly approaching, they make great gifts to accompany your lettering. And you will take home samples to practice more at home.

Supply list:
Bring about 5-7 crisp one-dollar bills (iron them if needed)
Bone folder (if you have one)

Monday, August 28, 2023

Next meeting at the Art Center Waco!


10:00 to 1 p.m.
Art Center Waco,
701 S. 8th Street,
Waco, Texas 
(location change!)

Calligraphy overview
by guild members

In conjunction with our 35th celebration art exhibit, the guild is presenting our monthly September meeting and program at the Art Center Waco. The program (starting at 11 am) is open to the public. We will examine four different types of calligraphy from 4 members’ perspectives; each will have about 15 minutes to demonstrate and explain their style.

·         Blackletter/gothic with broad edge nibs – K. Paul Holt

·         Copperplate with pointed nibs – Jane Stanfield

·         Brush lettering with flexible felt tip markers – Karon Wheeless

·         Pencil lettering – Jeanne Dittmann

The business meeting will begin at 10 am; the calligraphy program will start at 11 am. This is not a hands-on program so no supply list, but you are welcome to bring your favorite tools to show our Art Center guests. After the program, the presenters and members will offer individual assistance and hands-on opportunities with the tools.  The new director of the Art Center, Meghan Bias, has warmly welcomed us and looks forward to future collaborations. This would be a great program to invite friends and family who might be interested in learning calligraphy.