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.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Next meeting: Saturday, August 12, 2023, 10 am

Next meeting:
at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 800 N. New Road, Waco, Texas

with Amy S. Nielsen, Davenport, Iowa

Calligrapher/Artist Amy S. Nielsen will be conducting a 2-day calligraphy workshop at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Waco on August 11 and 12, 2023. She will be teaching a semi-formal calligraphic broad-edge handwriting called Petrarch. It is the invention of Father E. M. Catich based on his decades-long study of the Roman alphabet. Father Catich was Amy’s teacher and mentor (and Paul Herrera’s!). He is recognized as the foremost authority of the Imperial Roman alphabet, the foundation of Western calligraphy. You will find that she teaches with the same energy and enthusiasm as he did.

Day 1:

Friday, August 11, 2023; 9 am - 4 pm; $70 all day
AM Session – A study and practice of the semi-formal hand called Petrarch; definitions, proportions, guides, and broad edged pen writing. We will cover the basics of the tools and progress to writing the Petrarch letters.

PM Session – Learn some great ways to layout the size and style of letters that you are about to write. The way layouts are constructed can increase interest, mixing styles and sizes, to create the most for your quote and message.

Online Registration Form for Amy Nielsen’s Petrarch Friday Workshop
Please register by:
Mon., Aug.  7th !

TO REGISTER:  Use this link for the Friday Google form. No paper copy needed! 

Pay via PayPal at this link.  https://paypal.me/WacoCalligraphy?locale.x=en_US   Select SEND, log into your account, enter the amount ($70 or $85) and add “Petrarch Day 1 Workshop,” then complete the transaction. 


Day 2:

Saturday, August 12, 2023
AM Session 10-12 noon FREE– For the Saturday morning program Amy will go back through the Petrarch letters, take questions, and catch up those unable to attend on Friday. You will receive the full set of handouts.

PM Session 1-4 pm, $30 for members, $45 for non-members– You will learn the special characteristics and ‘personality’ of the flat-edged brush as contrasted with hard-tool calligraphy. We will layout and create a broadside piece that will showcase ALL you have learned during this workshop.

Online Registration for Amy Nielsen’s Petrarch Saturday afternoon Workshop
Please register before:
Mon., Aug.  7th !

TO REGISTER:  Use this link for the Saturday Google form.  No paper copy needed! 

Pay via PayPal at this link.  https://paypal.me/WacoCalligraphy?locale.x=en_US   Select SEND, log into your account, enter the amount ($30 or $45) and add “Petrarch Day 2 Workshop,” then complete the transaction. 

Supplies for any of the sessions: you will need to bring a 3.8 Parallel Pen or C-2 Speedball or another similar sized nib of your choice. Marker layout paper for practice. Bristol or cover stock paper no smaller than 11”x14” for your final project (we will have some). Any water-based paint or ink along with your usual calligraphy kit of tools. Half-inch flat brushes will be provided by Amy for your use during the Saturday class, which may be purchased after if you like.

About Amy:
  Amy is a graduate and former faculty member of St. Ambrose University in Davenport (the site of next year’s international calligraphy conference, Roman Holiday!). She began her career at Hallmark Cards, then moved on to graphic design for various advertising agencies before returning to her passion of art instruction at St. Ambrose. Now a freelance artist, Amy continues her successful career as a commercial artist and art instructor at local libraries and galleries in addition to her duties as president and founding member of the nonprofit Art Legacy League in Davenport, Iowa.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Next Meeting: Saturday, July 8, 2023

Copperplate Calligraphy

presented by Jeri Wright 

Have you ever wondered how all those beautiful lettering artists on Instagram seem to just touch their pens to paper and beautiful letters flow out?  It does not happen by magic.  It takes much learning, practice, and testing to get the right combinations of ink, nib, and paper. For the morning program (free), Jeri Wright from the Dallas guild, Kaligrafos, will be discussing tools that she has found helpful and her go-tos for pointed pen lettering, and teaching basic letter shapes. The morning from 10-12 is our meeting and free program; the afternoon from 1 to 4 is the $30 workshop.

Supply list:  

·         Pointed pen staff and nib of your choice.  Good beginner nib suggestions are:  Nikko G (in your party gift bag!) or Zebra G, either a straight staff (better for lefties, also in gift bag) or an oblique holder (better for righties).

·         Paper – Canson Marker Layout paper is a good choice (at MC Arts in Waco).  Smooth paper is a must. It needs to be translucent enough to see the guide sheet underneath. No copy paper.

·         Ink – Walnut ink, sumi ink, or Ecoline are some suggestions.  Whatever you prefer.

·         Padding to place under your writing paper.  A pad of paper or thin fun foam works well.

·         Pencil and a rag or tissue to wipe your nib off.

For the afternoon workshop ($30 for members and $45 for non-members) Jeri will take us past the basic shapes and letters and into the remaining lower-case letters. Then we will write words and phrases. Registration link is below. 

Online Registration Form for Jeri’s Copperplate Workshop
Please register no later than:
Wed., July,  6th !

TO REGISTER:  Use this link for the Google form. No paper copy needed! 

Pay via PayPal at this link.  https://paypal.me/WacoCalligraphy?locale.x=en_US   Select SEND, log into your account, enter the amount ($30 or $45) and add “Copperplate Workshop,” then complete the transaction.