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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 2017 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 13 June 2017
19 present (1 guest)

Welcome & Announcements:
**We welcomed Wendy Zieres, a friend of Cheryl’s from church.
**Leslie needs birthday cards to send to guild members as well as general cards for sympathy or get wells. 
**Karen S reminded us we now have Bound & Lettered and Lettered Arts Review subscriptions available to check out in the mobile library. 
**Our beloved Kay will be moving to OK to be closer to her daughter.  She will leave a huge hole in our guild. 
**The annual picnic in August will be held at Candy’s house this year in addition to a book fair and silent auction.  Please bring any duplicate books or give aways (to include paper/tools/etc.) to our monthly meeting in July.  All proceeds from the sale of these items will go to West Side Cares.
**Jemma Black will be presenting a workshop in early September.  More details to follow.
**12 people attended Cheryl Dyer’s workshop a few weeks ago.

Show & Share:
**Kathy S did another Manitou Springs piece for Commonwheel.
**Cheryl had samples from Cheryl Dyer’s Italic workshop.
**Kimmi had some wild creations using postage stamps.
**Candy brought water-colored evergreen tree cards she plans to use for her Christmas cards!

Presentation: Suminagashi  (Su mi NA ga shi)
**Suminagishi is a kind of marbling with inks that originated in China over 2,000 years ago and moved on to be a popular art form in Japan.  Kay told us it is easier than doing marbling and doesn’t have to be done quickly.   Paper without sizing gives the boldest colors, and as we found out, most envelopes have been sized. 

**We had two trays of water, one brush loaded with soapy water and the other dipped in one of 6 colored inks.  She showed us how to make concentric rings, blow them out of shape and drop our envelope onto the surface to pick up the inks.  It was quick and easy and very fun!   

and for our evening presentation.........Suminagashi envelopes!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 2017 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 9 May 2017
26 present (1 guest)

We enjoyed a potluck dinner to thank the Board for their work with the guild, and there was plenty to go around!

Welcome & Announcements:
**Amy's daughter, Laura, joined us for tonight's meeting.
**Cheryl Dyer will present Italic Variations and Creative Envelope Designs this June 3 & 4.  You can see some of her work on her website
**The guild has subscribed to Lettered Arts Review and Bound & Lettered.  You can check them out at the library Karen brings each month.  The latest edition features a photo of Cecelia's white lettering on a blue t-shirt.
**A maker Space is available at the East Library on N. Union for anyone interested in teaching a class.  Sherry taught an introductory Italic and Pointed Pen class at the same library last Saturday.  There were 10 students and 6 on a waiting list!  More classes to follow!
**Elizabeth Hasen is offering classes in Paper-making at Cottonwood.
**Carole brought a color grid she designed using the Procion fabric dye colors from Carol Pallesen's workshop in Oct.  She found the dyes did not fade over the past 6 months when exposed to bright sunlight.

Show & Share:
**Cecelia brought some of the engraved leather items she plans to sell at conference this year.  She had leather desk guards/pads and little trays both with her own lettering engraved in each piece.
**Kathy S had a sample post card she hopes to present for sale to the city of Manitou Springs.
**Cheryl brought in her semi Zentangle piece entitled "Wander".
**Kimmi painted an old wooden box and lettered the top with white brush lettering as a gift box.

Presentation: Chalk Board Art
**Leslie went above and beyond introducing us to chalkboard art.  She had several examples on hand from wooden gift tags to food signs used for buffets to boards full of sample designs.  She had handouts with exemplars and banner designs for us to try.  We each received a board of our own and dustless chalk to take home.  Leslie taught us to season our new boards by rubbing a piece of chalk all over the surface and then wiping it off with a rag to prevent "ghosting" (seeing a chalk image after it has been erased).  This was a lot of work on her part and a lot of fun for us!

Cecelia's engraved leather
Kathy's "Postcard" (top)
Kathy's "pseudo" chalkboard art 
Cheryl's "Wander"

Enjoying our potluck

Sample food signs
More sample signs

Wooden Gift Tags

Leslie's Sample Art
Book Leslie Recommends
Seasoning our board

Pat S

Kathy S





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Tom H

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We're Back!!

We intend to use this blogspot to post pictures of work from our Show & Share time along with abbreviated minutes from our monthly meetings.  Please check back from time to time!  tjk

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 2013 Meeting

MeetiMeeting Minutes 12 Nov 2013

31 present (6 guests-Jean, Thurman, Linda, Barbara, Lauren, Connie)

Welcome & Announcements:
**Cecelia began by reminding us that our meetings start at 6:30.  Candy will open the doors at 6:00, we can come in anytime after that, welcome and announcements will be from 6:30-6:45, demos from 6:45-7:00 and our presentation from 7:00-8:30.  Clean up will be from 8:30-8:45 in the hopes that we are out of the door for the janitors by 9 PM. 
**Meeting themes for 2014 will start with Jan thru March featuring the Foundational hand for beginners and intermediate.  April is TBD and May Colored Pencils.  15 minute in-house demos will be Versals in Jan, Gothic in Feb, Copperplate in Mar, Uncial in April, and Pointed Brush in May. 
**4-week classes are $60 for 4 lessons, and after all 4 are attended, the guild will reimburse each student $20. Feb dates are Thurs 6/13/20/28 3-5 pm and 6:30-8:30 pm with Cecelia teaching brush lettering for beginners and intermediates in her home.  Cheryl will teach Italic on Tuesdays in Mar in her home. Cecelia will teach Gothic in April and Cindee will teach Uncial in May.
**Workshops booked for 2014:  January 25/26-Jill Berry teaching Painted Papers (16 students/$75 each)  March 22/23-Yves Leterme teaching Modern Versals open to all (16 students/$75 each)  March 2425/26 Yves Leterme’s Master class (10 students/$110 each)
**Save your Thanksgiving and Christmas card tops to send to St. Jude’s so they can make them into other cards for sale.
**Our annual Christmas party will be at Deb’s.  Start time is 6:30.  Please bring food to share and 25 cards if you’d like to participate in our card exchange. 

**Cecelia used the camera/projector to demonstrate samples of Foundational hand with a Pilot Pen and showed us the difference between the basic round style and the waisted version with a manipulated angle. 

Presentation: A Cut Above
**Kay showed a variety of cards and projects she cut into letters and shapes to create a foreground.  She passed out black cardstock to fold into a card and then we cut tree forms out and slid marbled paper in behind it.  Some opted to cut a horizon and/or add a moon.  It was important to keep the borders connected to the interior forms in order to stay connected.  Some good ideas for Kay came from a book on stained glass.  It was a great make and take night!  Thanks, Kay!

Presentation: A Cut Above
**Kay showed a variety of cards and projects she cut into letters and shapes to create a foreground.  She passed out black cardstock to fold into a card and then we cut tree forms out and slid marbled paper in behind it.  Some opted to cut a horizon and/or add a moon.  It was important to keep the borders connected to the interior forms in order to stay connected.  Some good ideas for Kay came from a book on stained glass.  It was a great make and take night!  Thanks, Kay!