Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 2018 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 13 Feb 2018
23 present (1 guest)

Welcome & Announcements:
**Front Range Bible Institute will be meeting downstairs next month so there will be more activity than normal in the building.
**No new nominations for Board Member were submitted. Pat Schrabel motioned to keep the same board members for 2018 and Mary Rhodes seconded the motion.  All were in favor. 
**Candy and Cecelia will both be absent for our March meeting due to surgeries.  We wish them well, and in the meantime, Kimmi will run the March meeting and Kim will present the evening program.
**We were introduced to Cindy Sonnek who came for the first time after meeting Kim at a library bookbinding class!
**Shelley brought canvas bags to stencil on for tonight’s meeting for $3.00.
**There is one slot left for Jacqueline Sullivan’s workshop the end of March called Luscious Layers, creating abstract backgrounds for lettering.  A supply list is available from Cheryl.
**IAMPETH will be meeting Aug 6-11 this year in Milwaukee.  Registration opens March 17th.
**Bemis Art School is looking for teachers to teach 4-6 week classes. Please contact Tara at Bemis for more information.
**We were reminded of our responsibility to fill Commonwheel Gallery in Manitou this fall with original pieces to be hung on the wall and available for sale.  Any 3D pieces, such as books, are encouraged. 
**Kay came back for a surprise visit!!  She thanked the guild for all the cards that were sent to lift her spirits after leaving us last June.  She is only one of two known calligraphers in Grove, OK and has already taught one class on pencil Romans with the other woman and they plan to teach more classes in the future.  Perhaps they can get a guild started out there.
**Yves Leterme has a new 4-6 week on-line class on Romans if anyone would like to look into that.
**Kim passed around backing and spine pieces to be covered at home prior to next month’s book-binding presentation. She said silk ribbon is an acceptable thread to use. Basic copy paper can be used for the sections.

Show & Share:
**Mary shared her paper-cut PEACE card done in an on-line paper-craft class.  She also had 3 cards featuring paper weaving.
**Kimmi created a “Bird Lady” with reprints to sell at Commonwheel and shared another piece she plans to submit.
**Tom showed us a gorgeous hummingbird photo he digitally manipulated.

Evening Presentation:

**Cecelia handed out copies of our guild logo in 2 sizes and a corresponding sheet of freezer paper.  We were to tape the logo to the freezer paper and cut the logos out with an exacto knife.  We had a choice of black or white fabric paint.  Once we cut out the stencil, we were to iron it onto our laundered fabric/apron/bag and after making sure it was properly secured, we were to stipple the fabric paint carefully over the stencil, being careful of the cut-out counter spaces.  Once we were happy with the amount of paint we had applied, we lifted the stencil off and left it to dry for 24 hours before using a dry iron to heat set it at home.  It was a great project with an understanding for making our own stencils in the future.  Thanks, Cecelia!

Mary's Paper Weaving I
Mary's Paper Weaving II
Mary's Paper Weaving III

Mary's PEACE
Kimmi's Bird Lady


Tom's Hummingbird

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 2018 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 9 Jan 2018
25 present (1 guest)

Welcome & Announcements:
**We welcomed one of Betsy’s co-workers, Crystal Foglmann, a new member and active calligrapher, to our meeting.
**Annual dues are due in February.  Checks should be given or sent to Sherry.
**Elections will take place next month and anyone is eligible to present someone’s name for a position with their permission. 
**Candy will take over the Guild Member birthday list while Leslie looks after her mother in GA.
**Carole will be presenting our meeting next month when we’ll be stenciling our guild logo onto prewashed t-shirts, aprons, or fabric bags.  The guild will provide the black or white fabric paint and a list of supplies will be sent out in the next eDigest.
**If you’d like your Valentine’s Day cards canceled with a stamp from Loveland, CO, get them in the King Sooper mailbox or to their post office by Feb 1.
**Three local libraries (21C, East, and Sand Creek) have open times for doing crafts in their spaces. 
**Give your card tops from Christmas or any other occasion to TJ.  She sends a box to St. Jude’s about once a year for them to recycle the tops into cards for sale.
**Our next workshop entitled ‘Luscious Layers’ is set for Fri/Sat March 23/24 with Jacqueline Sullivan at Cottonwood. Checks for registration can be sent to Sherry with a postmark no sooner than Jan 22.  There are 16 slots available. 
**Congratulations to Shelley for being named as one of the top 100 websites for writers in 2018!

Show & Share:

**Theresa showed us one of the examples of Kim’s ‘Secret Belgian’ book binding.  

**Kimmi created a sweet little pocket book of the 12 Days of Christmas a s a gift for her daughter this year.

**Carole made and covered a box to store several photo albums and scrapbooks she created as part of a wedding gift.

Evening Presentation:
**Kathy Sullivan introduced us to some of Andrew Fox’s Calligraphic Animals via his book ‘Learn To Draw Calligraphic Animals’.  She also had examples of animals created using the words as texture inside spaces made to resemble animals either through flourishing using a pointed pen or various designs using an edged pen.  She showed us how we could trace a shape and fill it in with what we do best when it comes to lettering styles. 

From Andrew Fox's book

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 2017 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 13 Nov 2017
24 present (1 guest)

Welcome & Announcements:
**We welcomed a friend of Karen’s, Hieu Smith to our meeting.
**Peggy Hayes joined the guild.
**Kimmi is hosting our annual Christmas Party this year!  Directions and more details will be forthcoming.  We will feature our card exchange after our potluck.  The guild will provide the meat and we will provide the sides.  It will be December 12 at 6:30.  Please RSVP so we know how much meat to buy.
**We have secured Jacqueline Sullivan for ‘Luscious Layers’ at Cottonwood Fri/Sat March 23/24.  There are 16 slots available with more information to come closer to the event. 
**Deb Pruitt promoted 2 gallery showings.  One is the Saturday after Thanksgiving with all pieces for sale under $100.  The second one is on First Friday at Cottonwood.
**Karen reminded us we subscribe to Letter Arts Review and Bound & Lettered that can be checked out of out of the traveling library she so faithfully brings each month.
**We have been invited to feature our collective work at an art show next August at Commonwheel in Manitou Springs.  Pieces can be flat, (framed, matted, and wire hung) or 3 dimensional.  It would be good to have extras on hand to fill in for what sells.  Reproductions are fine.  We need to provide food for the opening for Manitou’s 3rd Friday’s Art Walk.  No advertising is needed on our part and all pieces should be ‘for sale’. The commission is we get 60% and they take 40%.
**We are planning for a retreat next year at St. Francis Retreat Center on Friday, Oct 26, 2018 with a program to be determined, and another one in 2019 at the Hideaway around the weekend of October 19, 2019.
**Candy asked if Shelley would be willing to teach us a fun, bouncy letter style next year and she said YES!
**Kim Hetherington will be teaching a pop-up card class in January and other classes every other Saturday.  Look on their Facebook page under ‘Binders Keepers’.
**Pat suggested we add members’ business info/website addresses to our member roster.
**Kathie shared the book ‘Uncommon Numbers’ by Brenda Casey showing the various ways and styles numbers can be used.    She also promoted the use of the Speedball Textbooks as inspiration for layout and design.  They are small and very portable when traveling.

Show & Share:
**Carole showed paper beads she and Cheryl made from paste paper and strips of magazines they will feature as a meeting ‘make and take’ sometime next year. 
**Kimmi showed the fabric she printed off in Cecelia’s 4-hour stand-alone class at Cottonwood as well as her sketchbook for the cruise she took in Sept. 
Evening Presentation:

**Tammi Jo showed us how simple Akim Cursive is.  She had examples of Hans Joachim Burgert’s work and had us analyze a sample of his writing to evaluate the hand’s characteristics.  It is a mono-line alphabet made with a swaying rhythm of sweeping u’s, w’s, and y’s and arching n’s and m’s and h’s.  Pop’s of color can be added to the borders she created around cards.

Kimmi's Creatures

Card ideas using Akim Cursive 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 2017 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 10 October 2017
23 present (1 guest)

Welcome & Announcements:
**Peggy Hayes came for the first time. She came at Sherry’s invitation after having taught a class at 21C. **Dues for the newbies get sent to Sherry who will also be our instructor next month for Variations on Pointed Pen.
**Sally will be teaching a basic beginners class in her home for the next 3 Friday mornings from 10-12. Dates are Oct 13/20/27.
**Paper and Ink Arts have new “how to” videos on their website. Check them out!
**Carole’s mother, Betty, turns 90 on Nov 10. She has end stage COPD and is confined to her room. Carole would like any and all of us to shower her with cards. She passed out info and a mailing address.
**Carole is also Publicity Chair and would like to get together for an informational meeting. Sign up was passed around.
**Cecelia will teach another Paper & Fabric Design class at Cottonwood on Wed, Nov 1 from 1-5. She is accepting only 4 students. The class is $85 and you’ll bring home a stack of paper or fabric you’ve designed in class.
**Leslie asked for birthday card sign-ups for the remainder of the year and months into 2018. There will be a card-making party at Cheryl’s sometime in Feb. Time and date to be announced.

Show & Share:
**TJ showed Jorge’s Prayer Warrior board of the US with nice brush lettering done in acrylic paint. **Cecelia shared one of the pieces she did in Jemma Black’s class.

Evening Presentation:
**Kimmi encouraged us to use Wacky Letters for a poem or saying we brought. She had exemplars from Ewan Clayton’s class he taught during conference here using Ben Shahn’s lettering style and Emily Brown Shield’s lettering. We were asked to write something in block form using white gouache, Doc Martin’s, or a gel pen. It was a lot of fun and easy to do! Thanks, Kimmi! 

TJ's Show & Share
Cecelia's Show & Share
Emily Brown Shield
Kimmi used a white gel pen on this one
and a small broad nib and Dr. Martin's

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 2017 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 11 July 2017
23 present (1 guest)

Welcome & Announcements:
**We welcomed our guest, Lynn McMillen, to our meeting.
**Candy will collect the cards and/or bookmarks for Kay and send them to her new address in OK.
**Candy will also collect the items we bring for the silent auction next month.  Leslie and Sherry will run the show and all proceeds will benefit West Side Cares.
**There is a fabric and paper design class at Cottonwood Gallery Sept 16th from 1-5 pm that includes a printing set up for a reasonable fee.  Contact Cecelia for more details.
**Sign-up for Jemma Black’s workshop will begin at the end of the month on a first come-first serve basis.  Registrations with in the postmarked dates will be collected and randomly selected if there are more than 15 registrants.  There will be a wait-list in that case for the 2-day workshop at Cottonwood, most likely dealing with Versals.
**Denis Brown published a new book in June, “Brown Calligraphy”, and presently available only from his website
**The Lending Library is always available during our meetings.  Please take some time to see what we have in that big suitcase Karen lugs back and forth from her home each month!
**Conference Update, LetterWorks 2017:  5 from our guild attended the recent International Conference in Utah last month.  Cheryl took Sherri Lovler’s ½-week class ‘Painting Poetry’ working with design elements and creating abstracts by making cool marks and her ‘Big Magic: Taking Calligraphy Out of the Box’.  Kimmi took Suzanne Moore’s ‘Studies in Contrast’ painting techniques/book making class.  Cindy took Jane Shibada’s ‘Uncialicious’ ½-week class on modern pointed pen along with Suzanne Cunningham’s ‘Beginning Modern Script Variations’.  Cecelia also took Sherri Lovler’s ‘Painting Poetry’ class focusing on design backgrounds, foregrounds, and mid-color. Deb also went, but was sick tonight.  Everyone said they got a lot out of their classes and there was still accolades about how wonderful our conference had been.

Show & Share:
**Cecelia shared some of her work from conference with us.

Evening Presentation:
**Carole did a fabulous job pulling all her resources together to present an overview of color, color harmonies, and color theory, explaining terms, demonstrating color with a sampling of her quilts, and providing handouts with her best advice on color palettes and color wheels to just name a couple things with suggestions if we’d like more information.  We even learned that using a small piece of red cellophane allows us to see the value of a color more clearly!  She set up 3 stations for us to explore more on color with one table set up for trying out a wide variety of colored pencils from across the globe, giving us an opportunity to see which ones we liked best.  It was a ton of material to cover in just one night, but she did a fantastic job!

Sample Name-tag Cecelia and helpers created for conference 
Leather pouch created by Cecelia!
Cecelia's Show & Share

Cecelia's Marks 

Carole's Presentation