Friday, July 29, 2022

Next gathering: Saturday, August 13, 2022


Saturday, August 13, 2022; 
meet at 8:00 a.m. parking lot of
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church,
800 N. New Road, Waco, Texas

Field trip to Shop Austin!

With Suzi and Vicki

Bright and early on Saturday morning at 8 am, we will gather in the parking lot of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 800 N. New Road, in Waco. Car assignments will be made at that time based on who shows up; you are welcome to work out ahead of time who will travel with you. Vicki will record who’s riding in which car.  Suzi will have copies of a paper map for us to follow.  We will leave the parking lot by 8:15 am. If the church is not convenient for you, plan to meet up at our first stop (Jerry’s Artarama) in Austin.

1.        First stop in Austin will be Jerry’s Artarama, 6010 North IH-35, at I-35 and Highway 2222. All things general art supplies. Plan to spend about an hour browsing and be ready to leave by 11 am.

2.       Then we will go to nearby Austin Creative Reuse, 2005 Wheless Lane for some rummaging through gently used (or new) art/craft/office/sewing supplies. You can easily spend 3 hours (ask us how we know!?!), but we must limit our time to leave by 12:45 pm.

3.       Next stop is lunch at Emerald Tavern Games & CafĂ©,  9012 Research Blvd., (owned by new member from Round Rock Miriam Matsuda).  Check out the great menu ahead of time; it is quite extensive. Plan to leave by 2 pm.

4.       Then will stop by Kinokuniya, 6929 Airport Blvd., for all things Japanese supplies, pens, and markers. Make your list of needed items ahead of time or you will be overwhelmed with the selection from Sakura, Tombow, Pentel, Zebra, …, and papers by Rhodia, Clairfontaine, Tomoe River, … Plan to leave by 2:45 pm.

5.       Final stop of the day will be Paper Source  3200 Palm Way #116 in the Domain Shopping Center on the north side of Austin for all things paper. They sell high quality envelopes and paper goods, plus a big selection of full sheets of handmade imported papers and cool gift wrap papers. Plan to leave by 4 pm, arriving in Waco by 5:30. If a car wants to stay longer, that’s fine, or if a car needs to leave earlier, that’s fine, too.

The purpose of the day is to get out of town for a fun day, see something different, share time with friends, and do some shopping. We do hope our Austin and surrounding area members will meet up with us along the way. For questions contact Suzi Ickles at

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Next meeting: Saturday, July 9, 2022

 10 am at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

Pointed Pen Lettering

Jennifer Mauricio will be teaching us the skill of pointed pen lettering on July 9. The morning program (free) will be devoted to the basics of using a pointed pen, and the afternoon workshop ($20 members; $35 non-members) will get us into the details of writing words.

Supply list (both morning and afternoon): pointed nib and holder, ink in a small container, jar for water, paper towels. The guild will provide writing paper. If you do not have basic pointed pen supplies, Suzi Ickles will have an entry level kit of a nib in an oblique holder and ink in a container for $10 for those registered prior to June 27th.

Be sure to look at Jennifer’s Instagram account (@jennifercalligrapher) for an idea of the beautiful lettering she will be presenting.


Online Registration Form for Jennifer’s Pointed Pen Workshop          
Please register no later than: Tuesday, July 5th !

TO REGISTER:  Use the following Google link. No paper copy needed!

Pay via PayPal at this link.   Select SEND, log into your account, enter the amount ($20 or $35) and add “pointed pen workshop”, then complete the transaction. 

Monday, May 30, 2022

June meeting details:

Saturday, June 11, 2022; 10 am
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

Watercolor for Calligraphy

Sarah Pick, a member of the Central Texas Watercolor Society for 9 years, will be presenting for our June meeting.  She will be focusing on teaching the basics of water on paper.   She will show examples and demonstrate the following:

·         Damp Paper vs Wet Paper and High Pigment Brush vs Highly Wet Brush.   What causes a bloom and what causes spread and softness.

·         Flow and mix of colors on paper

·         Layering colors on paper to get a very vibrant effect vs mud

·         Various splattering effects on wet or dry paper

·         Scratching and timing on wet or dry paper

·         Softening edges with a tickle or a wet brush and the difference

·         Transparency

The idea is to help people understand how to load a brush and when and how to apply it on paper to get the effect they want.   Sarah will bring a watercolor card for each person to paint a final project.  

For supplies, please bring to the class:

·         watercolors -- at least three primary colors (blue/red/yellow) of your choice

·         scrap watercolor paper to play and learn the techniques -- ideally 140 lb or heavier and cold pressed

·         brushes -- a few of your favorites (at least 3) and maybe a square brush if you have one

·         2 portable water containers -- one for clear and one for dirty water

·         old toothbrush (optional)

·         permanent black ink pen that is NOT water soluble 

Here are a few of Sarah’s mini paintings that might be inspiration for our cards.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

May meeting details:

Next meeting:

Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
Poage Park pavilion, Woodway, Texas

Happy 34th Birthday to us!
We know that next year is the big one (35 years!), but since we love to celebrate let’s party for our birthday this year, too. The box lunch and cupcakes are on us, but you must be a current member and reply via the Google form link sent out in the email to members. We will meet at Poage Park in Woodway at 10 am for a short business meeting and then enjoy a round robin program, showcasing “A few of my favorite things” presented by Roxanne Glaser, Beth Pristash, Karon Wheeless, Gena Woycheshin, and Suzi Ickles. And then stick around for a fun lunch and cupcakes. After lunch Waco is hosting the annual Chalk Walk downtown which would be a fun artsy afternoon excursion.

Supplies suggested to bring are: Pentel Sign brush pens (for the rose), Tombow Dual tip brush markers for watercolor with a small round watercolor brush (#3-6), black waterproof pen or fineliner, and embellishing pens (Glaze, glitter, etc.), scissors, bone folder, glue stick or double-sided tape, pencil and ruler. If you don’t have these, don’t go buy them; we will have plenty to share!