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.

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