Monday, September 26, 2022

Next meeting (different location!):


Saturday, October 8, 2022;   10:00 a.m. - noon
Baylor University Campus, Waco, Texas

Meander Book

Get ready for a fast, fun, and simple bookbinding workshop! Member Virginia Green, associate professor of art and graphic design at Baylor, will teach us the Meander book, which is basically an accordion book created out of one sheet of paper. We will make one with separate covers made from paste paper and other art papers. The inside pages are letterpress printed and are waiting to be adorned with color and letters! We will also discuss optional ways to use this versatile binding.

Tools to Bring (we will also have these on hand):
Bone folder
Colored pencils
Pens (must have colored ink)
X-Acto or Ulfa knife
Cutting mat
12-inch ruler (for measuring and cutting)

Directions to the Dept of Art & Art History in the Hooper-Shaefer Fine Arts Center: From I-35 to Exit 335-B to South University Parks Drive. Drive east going past Dutton Street to the main entrance of Baylor University. Turn right at the large Baylor University sign with 3 flag poles and drive to the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, the large building on the left. Visitor parking is available in the right-side parking lot. Or search your map app for “fine arts baylor” and select directions from your location. Enter the building at the side entrance by the yellow sculpture, “Lewis Art Building.” Go left through the doors and the room is at the top of the ramp. For assistance, call 254-366-2085.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Next Meeting: Saturday, September 10, 2022

 10 am at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Waco, Texas

Pencil Lettering
with Jeanne Dittmann

Pencil lettering can be quite simple, using the most basic of tools. And it can be as complex as you want it to be, using those same basic tools as well as many others.

For the morning program, we will revisit and expand on what we started in February, but don’t worry if you weren’t there or don’t remember what we did. It will be a new beginning with our friend the pencil (and its companion, the eraser).  

And the afternoon workshop will take us even further with that simple tool, exploring letterforms as well as getting more comfortable with our pencil friends.

These are the rules for everyone, whether you’re coming just for the morning or for all day:

Rule #1: Do NOT spend any money preparing for the day. Bring a pencil and eraser — any pencil* and eraser you already have.
Rule #2: Bring some blank paper — any paper you already have, and the less fancy, the better. Don’t bring a super smooth paper that’s good for pointed pen lettering — paper with a little tooth is good. If you have a portable sharpener, bring that too, but don’t go out and buy one.
Rule #3: Bring a printout or a photo on your phone of a 5-7 letter word that you like the look of (any lettering style). Especially for afternoon workshop participants, you will be writing that word repeatedly, so make sure it’s something meaningful to you and preferably doesn’t have the same letter repeated multiple times (banana is not allowed

*I already know you’re going to have questions about this. Any #2 pencil, HB pencil, or other soft pencil will be best. Any pencil with a number and H (such as 5H,) will be too hard for our day’s play. Do NOT bring a mechanical pencil unless that’s absolutely the only pencil you have, but if you have a lead holder and like using it, please bring that. If you are addicted to color and cannot abide spending the day with graphite only, you may bring a colored pencil in addition to your graphite pencil (I know who you are!). But I’m serious about not spending money. Bring what you have, and I’ll have some tools for you to play with, as well.


Online Registration Form for Jeanne’s Pencil Lettering          
Please register no later than: Tuesday, September 6th !

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

Pay via PayPal at this link.   Select SEND, log in, enter the amount ($20 or $35 for non-members) and add “pencil lettering workshop”, then complete the transaction. 

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 & Café,  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.