Friday, March 16, 2018

March 2018 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 13 March 2018
23 present (2 guests)
Secret Belgian Book Binding with Kim Hetherington

Welcome & Announcements:
**Kimmi ran the meeting as Candy is recovering from a recent hip-replacement surgery.
**We welcomed 2 new guests, Shirley Dale and Merrily Johnson.
**Karen quickly reviewed the policy for checking out books from our mobile library.
**A few upcoming workshops were brought to our attention:  Painted Poetry with Sherrie Loveler June 23/24, a 2-month workshop this summer with Julian Waters, and Barbara Close in next March.
**Michael’s has a new section they call The Write Place featuring pens and finer paper like tablets and journals of Rhodia in dot or grid form.
**Kathy let us know 3-D items  (books, work on tile, fabric, canvas etc.) are welcome at Commonwheel.  We’ll also be responsible for bringing food for opening night.  More info when we’re closer to August. 
**Shelly will be doing a watercolor lettering demo from 5:30-8:30 at 555 E. Pikes Peak.  She recommends HP Premium LaserJet paper from Amazon.

Show & Share:
**Mary has been doing an online paper weaving class and brought several examples she did since we last met.
**Kimmi has 2 framed pieces featuring plastic netting she melted into a collage.
Sherry had a number of handmade cards with her fine copperplate script and embellishments.

Evening Presentation:
**Kim gave us pre-cut book board s and spine last month to cover and punch.  We were to bring these to the meeting and she made sure we all had waxed linen and needles and paper for a jig.  She demonstrated the Secret Belgian Binding technique using the overhead and then went around to help out where needed.  Once we did several rows, it started to really come together. 
**Kim also showed us how to sew our sections into the spine.  There are links to 3 different websites she recommends for further help on how to cover book boards and how to lace up the binding. 

Mary's Paper Weaving

Sherry's Handmade Cards

Kimmi's pieces

Kim's mock-up

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