The Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting (SCH) meeting schedule for the current year is listed below. View the meetings page for the time, location and directions to the meeting. Please arrive fragrance-free out of respect for others with sensitivities.

*** The SCH Board is in the process of planning the meetings for 2022 – 2023 year. The new meeting schedule will be posted late summer. The previous year’s schedule is shown below as an example of the kind of meetings we hold. ***

September 16, 2021

Covered, Non-Adhesive, Non-Sewn Book inspired by Hedi Kyle’s Blizzard Book with Selene Fisher via Zoom

Selene will present how to construct a book structure inspired by Hedi’s marvelous Blizzard book that holds art cards securely, but allows them to be removed, perused and rearranged to your heart’s content. This structure can be used for postcard collections or plein-air perambulations.

The supply list will be email to members before the meeting.

October 21, 2021

A Modern Book of Hours with Holly Monroe via Zoom

Holly’s digital presentation describes the steps that she takes to create her Modern Book of Hours, as well as showing the pages in the order of appearance. You will learn how she prepares the vellum, the tools and techniques that she uses for lettering, painting and for laying gold leaf. Plus a trip to the bookbinder!

November 18, 2021

Attention to Detail: Discovering and Using Subtle Changes for Refinement with Kristen Doty via Zoom

In this informal presentation, Kristen Doty will share various works in progress, and the additional steps taken, to illustrate how adding small details or changing things in a subtle way can refine and enhance the final work. 

January 20, 2022

Labeling a Map: the Classic Hands + Map Coloring Basics with Jocelyn Curry

Maps are expected to provide immediate and legible information unless they are works of art rather than way-finding visual aids. As calligraphers we can beautify maps with hand lettered labeling. A few basic hands, with variations, are all we really need to serve the purpose. In this introduction we will look at monoline and pointed pen letterforms and how they are used for map labeling. Included will be classic map coloring principles.

Supplies: 

Monoline pen ~ Micron Pigma 01 or any fine black fiber tip or gel pen

Pointed pen ~ your preferred dip nib and holder (offset or straight)

Small container of black ink

Mechanical pencil .3 or .5, stick eraser (Pentel Clic or Mono Zero)

6″ metal ruler

Colored pencils (sharpened), one each blue, green, yellow, red, brown

February 17, 2022

The Handcrafted Card with Brigitte Hefferan

Get inspired and create cards to showcase your lettering.  Using paper as our canvas and just a few basic tools & techniques, you can make note cards that will delight and surprise your friends.

Supplies:

Oblique Pen Holder with favorite pointed nib

Black Ink – McCaffrey or Moon Palace Sumi or Gouache with 6-well pallet & mixing brush, water container

Micron 01 Black Pen

HB Pencil, Eraser, Ruler, Sharpener

5 Colored pencils – red, orange, yellow, green, blue

Graph pad

Glue stick

Scissors

Bone folder

X-acto knife and a small cutting mat

$1 supply fee for additional supplies Brigitte will provide

March 17, 2022

Two Styles of Pen and Watercolor Doodles with Kay Lewis and Announcement of 2022 – 2023 SCH Board Candidates

Kay will present Two Styles of Pen and Watercolor Doodles for cards and calligraphy. It is a fun and easy way of achieving colorful florals and foliage.

Supplies needed:

Paper:  Watercolor paper #140 cut to at least one piece 4”x8” and another piece cut to 2”x10”.  Dimensions need not be accurate.  This is a great way to use up those small scraps of paper.

Watercolors:  at least the three primaries, but better a small paint box and palette so you can mix your own colors.  (Let’s not use gouache though)

Brushes:  round size 8 and a ½” flat.  Again, size not critical.  Bring what you have.  Maybe an old toothbrush too.

Markers:  Opaque fine markers like Posca

Opaque fine white marker or ballpoint pen like a Uniball Signo

Black Pigma type markers in assorted sizes

Water container, paper towels, pencil, eraser, and whatever makes you comfortable when you are playing with paint.

April 21, 2022

Sign Lettering with Posca Pens with Katherine Malmsten

Ever noticed those handmade signs and display boards in your friendly local grocery store? Using paint pens, Katherine Malmsten will give the rundown on the process of designing and making those boards. A short presentation of examples will be followed by a demonstration using these pens, including the different sizes and colors. If you want to try some of the techniques, have a few Posca and/ or Zig markers (waterproof ones) and smooth paper. Whether for grocery, garage sale, or more elegant bridal signage, these are handy tools to add to your lettering arsenal.

May 19, 2022

Books in a Box with Fantasy Scripts with Lisa Tsang and Election of 2022 – 2023 SCH Board Members

Lisa will present how to make books to fit inside these unique boxes using materials at home. She will share her thought process and demonstrate various techniques for turning an empty box into a treasure.

For the pages of the book Lisa will show us how to write Fantasy Scripts like the popular Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Star Trek scripts and examine how to make your own.

Supplies: glue stick, scissors or cutting mat, ruler, cutting knife, decorative paper, calligraphy practice papers or favorite writing supplies. I will provide lots of rubber stamps, pads, and embossing powder. Bring your imagination for a creative make-a-thon that’s sure to knock your socks off!