Author: SACG

Mini Workshop – April 2018

Joan Schmitz did a fabulous lesson, teaching the Carolingian hand! Joan also taught the history of the Carolingian hand and how and why it was developed. Carolingian hand consists of only minuscule letters. It has no capital letters, so the people used what they already had, Romans or Uncials, as capital letters.

Thanks to Joan for providing all the supplies for everyone. Everyone went home with a wooden pen holder, metal nib, container of sumi ink, in addition to a folder with great handouts!

 

April 2018 General Meeting

During this hands-on meeting, Maggie Gillikin taught us all about the history of the pencil! She showed us the many different kinds out there and how they truly are one of the most versatile and valuable tools out there!

Drawing a tree, using layers and pencils
Introducing members to many kinds of pencils, some we had never seen before
It was a fun hands on meeting
Maggie demonstrates how to safely use a single-edged razor blade to sharpen pencils to a fine point
Maggie shows how a line of tarnished silver can be used as a drawing instrument
Such concentration! It was a fascinating, hands-on experience
Tree layers

March 2018 Major Workshop

On March 3-4, British calligrapher James “Fazz” Farrell presented a great major workshop entitled “Contemporary Pointed Pen”. James’ pointed pen style is a development of the classical English Round Hand and Spencerian hands. Inspired by his interests in cosmology, astrophysics and the complex polyrhythms heard in heavy metal music, James builds on the traditional strokes and shapes using specialized arm techniques. After practicing traditional penmanship exercises dating back to the late 1800s, students produced some beautiful penwork with added color and expression.

 

A sample of James’ expressive work
JB Branzon’s Initials in Fazz Style
The class participants and their work at Discovery School, James can be seen in the upper right

Secret Pal Summer Fun 2018

Do you want to get surprises in the mail this summer?  Do you want to send someone a surprise to brighten their day?  How can you stay inspired, creative and in-touch with your fellow calligraphers, even though there is no meeting to energize you?

That’s simple – just sign up to be a SECRET PAL and let the fun begin!!  The sign-up time is going on right now.  The deadline is the April 5th general meeting.   If you have already received your bio & questionnaire, please complete it and return it to Lynn Rothe at the April meeting. If you are signing up at the April meeting, you have until the Mini Workshop on April 19th to turn it in.

Everyone will find out who their SECRET PAL is at the May 3rd general meeting.

And Shhhhhh…NO TELLING!!

 

SECRET PAL is the SACG’s summer program to keep us in touch with each other, keep us inspired and our creativity amped up.  During June, July and August, we make and send surprises to our SECRET PAL (anonymously – hence, the name SECRET) which can brighten their days and make them feel special.  YOU will be receiving things from your SECRET PAL, too, but you won’t know who is sending to you. What fun to go to the mail box and find a treasure from a SECRET someone!  And, sometimes, SECRET PALS are really sneaky and have things delivered.

It’s also fun to get together during the summer, with one or more of your SACG friends, and work on your SECRET PAL projects.  It’s really a challenge, and LOTS of fun, to work on a surprise for a person sitting right there with you and they don’t even realize what you’re working on is for them!!!   That has really happened before, no kidding.  It’s a blast to see their faces in September when they realize what you did. Or, start a project and then pass it around to a couple of others to add to it and really fake out your SECRET PAL.  That has really happened before, too!

The SEPTEMBER meeting is the SECRET PAL REVEAL when the mystery will be solved and you find out who has been sending goodies to you all summer!!   Take all the treasures you’ve received over the summer to the September meeting, so they can be displayed for all to enjoy (plus take a card or small gift to thank your own SECRET PAL).   Part of the fun is seeing what everyone has made and finding out about hidden talents in each of us.  Many of our Mini Workshops have come from something one of us has made in SECRET PALS.

Remember, the idea is to share and have fun – no stressing out allowed!

The level of your ability is not important (honest).

Minimum required is three (3) handmade items but you are welcome to make more if you are so inspired.

 

Keep in mind that this summer project is to share with your fellow guild members – doing something for someone that makes them happy feels really good and it’s lots of fun!!

***** Sign up to be a SECRET PAL and get ready for the fun to start *****

Any questions or to sign up, please contact:

       Lynn Rothe – 210-289-0261 – LHR1139@yahoo.com