Sunday, June 30, 2024

Next meeting: Saturday, July 13, 2024


Next meeting:
Saturday, July 13, 2024; 10:00 a.m.
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas and Zoom

(In Person and on ZOOM! link is in email to members)
Angie Vangalis will introduce us to a very common and popular calligraphy hand: Italic. As we journey through time with our lettering styles (first Romans, then Uncial, and now Italic) our timeline is to the Renaissance, when beautiful and graceful were the desired characteristics. With our 5.0 Zig markers we will learn the basic strokes that make up all the letters and then how to put them together. Once the basic strokes are mastered, Italic letters will flow out of your hand (with some practice!). Francis still has some markers for sale for $2.50 before the program. Or be sure to bring your 5.0 Zig marker and a pencil.

If you wish to stay home, or for those out of town, join in on Zoom on your computer screen. The link is in the email with this newsletter.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Next meeting: Saturday, June 8, 2024

Meeting at 10 am at
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Waco



Uncial is another historic hand, with Greek and Latin examples dating back to the 4th century (Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus being two well-known manuscripts written in uncial) and variations of it found in many parts of the western world over several centuries. One particular variation, half uncial or insular majuscule, is found in the Book of Kells, and as a result, there remains a strong association between the Celtic nations and uncial lettering.

In June, Jeanne Dittmann will lead us step-by-step through the uncial alphabet. Uncial is a majuscule (all-capitals) hand which is characteristically very wide and rounded, with minimal ascenders and descenders. There are many modern variations of this hand, and the one Jeanne will be teaching is her own version based on instruction she’s had with Timothy Botts and other broad-edged calligraphers over the years.

The broad-edged experience you gained in last month’s program on Romans will lead nicely into this month’s practice, but if you weren’t there, this is an excellent beginner’s hand. Please bring your 5mm Zig calligraphy marker (more will be available for purchase at the meeting, in case you need another color!) and everything else will be provided. Jeanne will also make PDFs available after the program so that you can print more practice pages at home.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Next meeting: Saturday, May 11, 2024

10 am at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 800 N. New Road, Waco, Texas 


To start our coming guild year, member Paul Herrera will present the May program on the Roman letters from the days of the Trajan Column. Our lineup of programs for this year includes a progression in time from Romans to Uncial to Italic to Neuland, with some fun sprinkled in.

Some folks think that the Imperial Roman letterforms are very scary. The mere thought of writing them makes their pens quiver in fear. Paul assures us that they can be fun because they have been his friends for years and is looking forward to sharing them with us. You will only need one stylus writing tool (#2 pencil or ballpoint pen) and a wide (5 mm) calligraphy marker. He will provide your charts and away we will go. The first century Roman capitals that were cut into the base of the Trajan Column have long been considered the very best forms of the Imperial alphabet. That is why Paul will teach us the height-to-width exemplar models for our program. Happy days ahead.

Supplies: #2 pencil and a 5 mm calligraphy marker (The guild will have plenty for sale at the May meeting. It’s best if we all use the same tool. These will also be used at the June and July meetings, and maybe more.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Next meeting: Saturday, April 13, 2024

 At Saint Matthew Lutheran Church
800 N. New Road, Waco, Texas
10 am


Wonder what’s under all those pretty wraps? After 3 months of sending mail, delivering packages, and guessing, the time has come to find out who’s behind all those secrets. The April program is devoted to revealing who’s been sending secrets to whom.

To the 16 people who are participating in this oh-so-fun exchange, please be sure to bring everything you have received, including the wrapping to show off and explain (empty candy wrappers OK!). Also, be sure to create a “Thank you” card to give to the person who sent goodies to you. You will have about three minutes to present the items you received. If you are unable to attend on the 13th, please arrange for another member to bring your items to present to the group, and be sure to include a thank you card for your pal. For those who did not participate, enjoy the eye candy and wealth of ideas. Everyone, enjoy the show!