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

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





(don't know)

Tom H