Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

November Meeting

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Greeting cards can be very expensive so why not make your own?

We will have three of our members, JoAnn Bates, Vicki Brandt and Valerie Cypress teaching us how to make different types of cards.

JoAnn will demo how to use the Sizzix embossing machine and how to do hand embossing. 

Vicki will be making the cards we learned in Carrie Imai’s class…except…she has taken it to the next level. Even if you don’t paint you can still do these by using words instead of objects.

Valerie will demo how to do the round vine and you can put whatever greeting you need in the center.

I have been a recipient of all of these and they are fabulous!!!

There is something for all levels so come and join in. All supplies will be provided. You will have an opportunity to make some of these cards and you can use calligraphy with all that will be shown. 

See you in November.

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Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

September Meeting

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Rainbow Writing

I wanted to give you more details about our September Program. There are many ways to do the Rainbow Writing so I wanted you to see them all with hands on experience. These ladies have agreed to help demo these. We will have five tables set up and you can take turns going to each table and learning all of the different techniques.

  1. Sheryl Bracey: Parallel Pens with cartridges and Folded Pens with acrylic ink
  2. Carol Hall: Pentel Brush Pens
  3. Ruth Haskins: Pointed nib and gouache
  4. Lilo Regen: Broad edge pen, preferably a Speedball 0 or 1 nib and gouache
  5. Carol Savage: Water writing with pearlescent liquid acrylic inks and/or Dr. Martin’s concentrated watercolors
  6. Rose Wathen: Broad edge pen and acrylic inks

Please bring any of these pens, if you have them, though we will have some for you if you do not.

John Neal, from John Neal Bookseller, has offered to send our guild 30 copies of these two Bound and Lettered magazines. Both contain articles about Rainbow Writing. Depending upon the number attending in September you will take home one or both of these magazines. He is also offering a special deal for those who have never taken or has let their subscription lapse. You can get the four Volumes of #15 for $15. It is usually $26 for the four volumes. You can subscribe at the meeting; I will have subscription forms. (I had asked permission to copy one of the articles and he offered actual magazines and a great subscription rate instead!!) Since many of you wanted this program I hope you will enjoy it!!

Sheryl

Lettering kindly provided by Sheryl Bracey

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

May Meeting

Envelope book photo kindly provided by Carol Percy.

Envelope book photo kindly provided by Carol Percy.

Come Make an Envelope Book & Learn About Hashtagging!

Due to unfortunate circumstances, our March book-making had to be postponed until May. Big thanks to Rose Wathen for stepping in with a program for everyone to enjoy on lettering!

This is the easiest book you will ever make! It requires no sewing, cutting, or glueing! At our May meeting, everyone will get to make a small book out of envelopes. It can be used as a sampler, a mini journal or a gift for a friend. Four envelopes will be provided, but these books are so easy to make, you might want to bring some of your own envelopes to make another one! All of the envelopes must be the same size but can be different colors. You might also want to bring embellishments such as tiny envelopes, Washi tape, rubber stamps, and scrapbook type patterned papers. These will enhance your book but can be added at any time with a glue stick or glue dots. If you wish to decorate your book, it would help if you bring scissors and glue.

As an added bonus, Miranda Fuller will demonstrate how to post photos of your books or other work to social media using the hashtag #nashvillecalligraphersguild. To learn more about hashtags, please see her entry in the May newsletter or visit our blog.

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Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

March Meeting

Fun with Pointed Nibs

Rose Wathen will be sharing a “FUN WITH POINTED NIBS” Program. She will be bringing paper and ink — if you have a favorite pointed pen, please bring it!

Rose says, "We will be demonstrating  flourishing and drawing for the program using pointed nibs and moon palace ink.  Come ready to lighten your  pen touch and relax into curves.”

See you there!

Lisa
President, NCG

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Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

January Program: What Do You Charge?

What should I charge for my work? Should I charge by the hour or by the number of lines of writing or number of words? What if I add color or artistic elements? Should I charge for rush jobs and delivery? What is the going rate for envelopes? How do I price a large job?

These and many other questions are important for getting our calligraphy business going and thriving. Our January Program will be an informative, interactive presentation and discussion of pricing guidelines. Beth Paul will present a detailed formula on pricing guidelines for any art form by Curt Benzle, professional porcelain artist. A generalized national survey on calligraphy will also be shared. Anyone who has information to share or resources on the subject is welcome to contribute to the discussion! We all need to work together on this topic to be fair to both ourselves and our paying customers!
Come & share your questions and experiences! 

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Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

November Meeting

NCG Founders

NCG Founders

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A Celebration of NCG’s 35th Anniversary and Beyond

Our program for November will offer a great recap for new members and a walk through the past for veterans. To celebrate our 35th anniversary, Carol Ann Baily gathered photos and put together a slide show that spans the history of the guild and Ann Cobb made a comprehensive booklet of our officers, workshops, meeting places, logos, etc. It was decided by the group that these would be nice to share at our meeting for those who could not attend the celebration in September. In addition, our guild had the distinct honor of assisting with the hosting of international calligrapher Donald Jackson’s visit to Carson Newman College in October, where pages of the commissioned St. John’s Bible were on display. Members who were in attendance will share their weekend experience with Donald Jackson, who headed the project and worked with a select team of lettering artists to render the Bible in a beautifully modern calligraphic hand, complete with beautiful illustrations.

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May
14
10:00 AM10:00

May Meeting: Yard Sale

Calligraphy by Lisa Webb

Calligraphy by Lisa Webb

Happy May NCG Members!

Our program this month is a ‘YARD’ Sale! If you plan to be a vendor, please bring art or calligraphy items you would like to sell (extra supplies you haven’t used, something you forgot you had and bought again!) Everyone will be responsible for their own bank, so please have change available and be prepared to take checks. If you have nothing to sell, you can be a buyer so please remember cash and a checkbook! This should be fun!!!

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Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

March Meeting: Italic Majuscules with Lilo Regen

Example:  Lilo Regen

Example:  Lilo Regen

The Italic hand enjoys great popularity among calligraphers. Ludovico degli Arrighi published the first printed writing manual in 1522 in which he features the italic style he called cancellaresca corsiva or chancery cursive. He gave very clear guidelines for the construction of minuscules but failed to do so for majuscules. The result is an overwhelming variety of forms. We will look for the unifying design principles of the italic majuscules. Please bring a sharpie and a 3mm broad edge marker.

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Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

November 2015 Meeting

Card design by Lynn Noga

Card design by Lynn Noga

Our next Guild meeting will be on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Plaza Artist Materials in Nashville.

Please join us immediately following the meeting as Zentangle instructor Lynn Noga presents Peek-A-Boo Zentangle cards. These cards can be used for any occasion but Lynn will be focusing on styles for the upcoming holidays. Please feel free to bring any micron pens you have. It should be great fun!

See you in November!

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