Monday, May 14, 2018

May 2018 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 8 May 2018
18 present (3 guests)
Brush Lettering with Shelley Hitz

Welcome & Announcements:
**We welcomed 3 guests who also became new members!  Nancy Johnson, Jan Cederberg, and Mariah Olson.
**We will be making paper beads with Carole and Cheryl.  Carole brought srips of different kinds of paper for us to start collecting as well as examples to inspire us.  She asked us to watch a 20 minute video before coming next month.  The link should be found in the upcoming eDigest.
**Our featured exhibit at Commonwheel in August needs a title!  The Board will make a selection from member suggestions sent in before the next Board meeting.  We also need to have our own pieces numbered and titled and given to Kathy by the end of July.  She will need publicity photos to promote the showing.
**Our next workshop will feature Sherrie Loveler and “Painting Poetry”, a no lettering workshop creating marks and background designs the weekend of June 23/24.  Cheryl will accept registrations checks after a postmarked date of May 15.
**Shelley Hitz will also offer a one day brush lettering workshop on June 23.

Show & Share:
**Cecelia had a beautifully lettered name for a recent addition to her sister’s family. 
**TJ had 3 wedding versals inspired by Adolf Bernd.
**Cheryl showed us her doodle book she adds to while watching TV!

Evening Presentation:

**Shelley gave us a brief introduction of how she became proficient as a writing coach and an artist.  Her approach to brush lettering was very helpful showing incremental steps. She used a variety of brush markers and even did some demonstrations with Crayola bullet markers.   Shelley explained the benefits of using smooth paper as opposed to watercolor paper to preserve the tips of nicer brush markers.  All in all, it was a very inspirational time.

Shelley's Samples

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 2018 Meeting

Meeting Minutes 10 Apr 2018
24 present
Fun with Pointed with Sherry Weaver

Welcome & Announcements:
**All framed pieces for the August gallery exhibit at Commonwheel must have a wire hanger.  No saw-tooth hangers are acceptable.  Any sayings or quotes used by individuals who are alive or have been dead less than 75 years are copyrighted.  You must acquire their permission to use.  Please note some translations of the Bible and hymns that are not public domain are also under copyright restrictions.
**TJ wrote out detailed directions for lacing spine of the Secret Belgian Binding books we made.  Email her if you’d like a copy.
**Candy and Cecelia are recovering nicely from their recent surgeries. 

Show & Share:
**Cecelia brought a garden-themed lettering piece she plans to print onto fabric.
**Tom had a lovely airbrushed painting of Bartlett pears on canvas.
**Jim & TJ brought books they finished.  Jim used some of his own marbled paper.
**Carole brought a book entitled “Silent Music” featuring good color combinations and hand lettering.

Evening Presentation:

**Sherry passed out exemplars of a variety of cartouches and embellished flourishes she enjoys doing as well as scraps of colored paper for us to use.  She likes using Pearl-Ex metallic watercolor paints and McCaffrey’s inks.  She demonstrated several examples step by step encouraging us to turn our paper and use pressure for thickening parts of petals.

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