November Cover Art

*Cover art by Leslie Winakur

Recent Happenings!

September 2017 Mini Workshop

Butterfly and Crane Origami! At September's Mini Workshop, Maggie Gillikin taught members how to make their own very special origami butterfly and a 3-D crane card as well!
A different look achieved by painting the crane part of the all-in-one card.. and a completed butterfly
These butterflies are ready to be decorated with gel pens, pigma micron pens and stickles glitter glue
First, the class used watercolors to paint their squares, which would become 3D Butterflies
Maggie Instructs how to make the 3D Crane Card
The watercolors add such vibrancy to the butterfly and the crane card!

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.
Ken showing samples of his medieval gilding
Members Barbara Fry, Fernando Casillas Jr., Bonnie Houser get a chance to talk with Ken after the program
Ken was very entertaining. His gilded version of a Faberge egg
Ken's shared his original gilded and embossed alphabet work

October 2017 Major Workshop

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.
Letter L. Student Work
A piece by Ken Harris, the Instructor
The mixing of white lead gesso. The recipe is 900 years old, just as the monks did it
A Table of very hard working students, using a feather quill to put on the liquid gesso, to lay the gold on
Another gorgeous A, student work
Gilded and painted letter A. Student Work

*Click on any of the above titles to see more photos from the event!

Calendar At-A-Glance


November 2nd

-6:30 PM - 9:00 PM -- Early Bird and Program: Hands on: All that Glitters, with Leslie Winakur -- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap


December 7th

-6:30 PM - 9:00 PM -- Holiday Potluck

-- Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 510 Belknap


-There will be no Mini Workshop or Board Meeting in November or December

Upcoming Events

November 2017

General Meeting - Hands On: All that Glitters, with Leslie Winakur

All That Glitters… might be gold, might not be...

In this Early Bird and Program we will explore some nontraditional ways to apply gold to our work.

We will use both real and imitation gold, in a variety of forms. This will be a hands on opportunity to try different types of gold media,
including several gold paints, gold foils, and real gold. Along with the different golds, we will try some different bases for gold leaf.
So join us for a glittering evening of fun with a material that has intrigued people for centuries.

No supplies required. You bring your enthusiasm. I will bring everything else.

Leslie Winakur

December 2017

Holiday Potluck

SACG will be collecting donations for the local Battered Women’s Shelter at the December General Meeting/Potluck Dinner. Here are a few items that you may consider brininging:
  • $10 Target, Wal-Mart, or other retailer gift cards for their gift exchange.
  • Non-perishable holiday food items to provide holiday food baskets for transitioning families.
  • Diapers, new underwear, socks of various sizes for adult women, boys, and girls to help meet the need that always seems to increase around the holidays.
There is a basic list of supplies for most SACG workshops. Check the Calendar for additional supplies required for specific workshops. If you need help understanding something on the list, ask an established member. They'll be happy to help!

Join Us!

The San Antonio Calligraphers’ Guild meets on the first Thursday of the month, September through June, at 7:00PM in the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap Place. An “Early Bird” Program begins at 6:30PM followed by a business meeting and program. Membership in the Guild is open to all who are interested. The dues are $24.00 annually to cover the period from July 1st through June 30th of each year. Secondary memberships are $12.00 for each family members. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings before paying membership dues.