Author: SACG

November 2017, General Meeting

At the November Meeting, State Representative Diego Bernal presented the Guild with a formal State of Texas Resolution. Rep. Bernal read the entire resolution, which stated the Guild was a “notable organization” whose members have demonstrated a “strong commitment to the arts and to improving the quality of life in the Alamo City.” Representative Bernal also commended our organization for being an outstanding example of civic engagement.  

During the General Meeting and Early Bird, we explored the world of gold!

All that Glitters, presented by Leslie Winakur, had Guild Members testing out new and different ways to add gold to their artwork! Members learned traditional and nontraditional gold work, from the authentic stuff to faux; there were paints, foils, inks, pens, markers, and even a bit of real gold!

Leslie led an amazing program and gave our members a great reference tool to utilize!



October 2017 Major Workshop – Ken Harris

In October, a major workshop entitled “Traditional Raised and Burnished Gesso Gilding” was presented by noted calligrapher and artist, Ken Harris. Ken demonstrated the mixing and application of white lead gesso using recipes and techniques that date back to the middle ages. Under Ken’s guidance, students then produced amazing projects of their own design applying gesso and 24k gold leaf.

The mixing of white lead gesso. The recipe is 900 years old, just as the monks did it
A letter made with a ruling pen. The negative space will be gilded. Done by Ken
A Table of very hard working students, using a feather quill to put on the liquid gesso, to lay the gold on
This lettering was done with a ruling pen on papyrus. Gilded Harris by Ken
The gesso base is on the paper, but the 24k gold leaf has not been laid yet. Student Work
More students working hard
Student work, color will be added
Student work
Letter L. Student Work
More of Ken’s gilding, calligraphy and painting
More of Ken’s Work
Gilded and painted letter A. Student Work
Another gorgeous A, student work
Mixing the tablets of gesso, to be used in the process of medieval gilding
Preliminary work on the student’s A
Ken working

October 2017, General Meeting

On September 5th, the Guild presented a program that featured acclaimed artist and calligrapher, Ken Harris. In addition to sharing original examples of his of his work, Ken delighted the group with the stories and life lessons from his distinguished career.


A sample of Ken’s early work
Great Food and Decorations
Ken Harris reflects on his evolution as an artist and calligrapher
Ken Harris, Guest speaker, October General Meeting
Ken Harris, our speaker, and his wife Jen
Ken showed his works and explained how he approached the process. He was quite Humorous!
Ken showing samples of his medieval gilding
Ken was very entertaining. His gilded version of a Faberge egg
Ken’s shared his original gilded and embossed alphabet work
Lovely Table Decoration
Members at our October General Meeting, Program by Ken Harris
Members Barbara Fry, Fernando Casillas Jr., Bonnie Houser get a chance to talk with Ken after the program

September 2017 Mini Workshop

Butterfly and Crane Origami!

This month’s Mini Workshop, Maggie Gillikin taught members how to make their own very special butterfly and a 3-D crane card as well!

Working on the 3D Crane Card
This is one of the butterflies that has been folded and is ready to decorate
These butterflies are ready to be decorated with gel pens, pigma micron pens and stickles glitter glue
The watercolors add such vibrancy to the butterfly and the crane card!
Some of our newest membres have a blast!
So glad our newest members had so much fun!
No two alike!
Maggie sent this piece of calligraphy to her secret pal, Brian. He folded it into one of his peace cranes. Lovely!
Maggie Instructs how to make the 3D Crane Card
Laura made her crane show up by color each side a different color. The crane and the card part are all ONE piece, no glue needed!
Here are a couple of the watercolored squares drying, before they could be folded into origami butterflies
First, the class used watercolors to paint their squares, which would become 3D Butterflies
Doing accurate origami folding, takes lots of concentration!
By one of our newest members
A finished butterfly on top of a one-piece folded crane card
A different look achieved by painting the crane part of the all-in-one card.. and a completed butterfly


September 2017 General Meeting

September’s meeting was all about the new updates for the Guild and the much anticipated Secret Pal Reveal!

Below are photos from the meeting and of the amazing gifts each pal received from their secret gift giver! Click on each image to enlarge it and see more details.