Welcome to Escribiente

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, and we welcome guests and members of the public who have an interest in learning more abut the fine art of beautiful writing. Please see our Meetings page for full details and directions and download our Newsletters for reviews and photos from our workshops and programs.


Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome, so just drop by! We meet the first Wednesday of most months at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque (southwest corner of Elizabeth and Southern).

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30pm

(Q&A in lobby 5pm; social time 6pm)

Thirty Degrees in Ink

Presented by Patty Hammarstedt and Janice Gabel

This month’s Program will delve deeper into Bookhand/Foundational with pen and ink exploration. While viewing an exemplar handout, members will be lead through the lower case alphabet with attention to the 30-degree pen angle, vertical slope, ductus of letter formation, serifs, and spacing as time allows. There will be plenty of examples on hand for more experienced members to glean inspiration from. More details and supply list ...

New Mexico State Fair 2017

Escribiente members exhibit each year at the New Mexico State Fair in the Creative Arts Building at the NM Expo during the month of September. The Juror for 2017 was Randall M. Hassan.

View Slideshow of this year's entries on our Flickr account.

NM State Fair album montage

Latest Newsletter

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  • The Endangered Alphabet Project: A Man of Letters, Tim Brookes
  • A Poets Picnic/Weathergrams event at Open Space Visitor Center
  • Bookmarks at the Turkish Festival
  • A Tribute to Betsy Bell
  • Calligraphic Abstractions – Sherry Lovler workshop review by Beth House
  • SuBtle with a Capital B – Barbara Close workshop review by Lynda Lawrence
  • Photographing Calligraphy Part 3, by David Gasser
  • Escribiente Programs 2017-2018: IT’S FUN-dational! by Patty Hammarstedt
  • Calligraphic Painting on Canvas – Randy Hassan workshop review by Janice Gabel
  • Lettering in a Circle, by Esther Feske
  • Tips for Lettering Artists, and more

Paste Papers that Sing

with Elizabeth McKee

TWO DAYS: October 21–22, 2017

$125 for members
$155 for non-members (includes membership fee)

Download FLYER PDF with full description (page 1) and Registration Form (page 2).

Paste paper had its origins about 450 years ago when book binders added paint to their paste and used it to make patterned paper, thus creating an inexpensive decorative paper for end papers. Many of us first encountered paste paper in primary school where it is known as finger paint. More recently calligraphers realized that paste makes an excellent surface on which to letter.

Weathergrams Installation

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM

In conjunction with local poets, Escribiente members calligraphed hundreds of Weathergrams that were hung on trees around the Open Space Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation starting in  mid-May 2017.

As a fundraiser during the Poets Picnic event on May 20th, our members also created custom Weathergrams for poets. Trish Meyer created 200 copies of a limited edition poetry chapbook featuring artwork from Julie Gray, Beth McKee, Caryl McHarney, and Janice Gabel (all eight images are shown below). Along with other event sales, over $1500 was raised for Open Space Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote public awareness and conservation of Open Space lands.

If you haven’t been to the Open Space Visitor Center on Coors Blvd NW, check out their website.

In August 2016, Escribiente members created Weathergrams and donated their time to demonatrate calligraphy to the public at a similar event. View Weathergrams 2016 Photo Album on Flickr.

Escribiente Coloring Book

Members of Escribiente (Albuquerque’s Calligraphy Society) designed a coloring book featuring each letter of the alphabet. Members graphically illustrated letters for the 8.5 X 11 inch pages which were then spiral bound into a book format. The range of techniques in the book includes calligraphy, lettering, floral design, drawing, and abstract designs.

Caryl McHarney, a multimedia artist, designed and colored the front cover. She used Bookhand and Neuland calligraphy styles for the lettering. 

A few copies remain for sale from the limited edition of 175 copies which were released in May 2016. The books are for sale for $10.00 each which includes shipping.

To purchase a copies, please contact Caryl McHarney at 505-255-7883

Email Caryl at:

Escribiente Mentor Program

Escribiente has a mentor program for new members. Our objective is to assist new members with calligraphy and the many things associated with it. This is not designed to teach a hand, but to assist with various techniques and questions such as:

  • How do you do that?
  • I want to do this – but where do I start?
  • What should I use ( i.e. ink, tool, paper)?
  • Guidelines?
  • I can’t make that letter, what am I doing wrong?
  • Squash??? Well that is what it sounded like. (Gouache)
  • Can you do calligraphy on this?
  • And the many more questions that we all had when we were first starting out.

It will not all be on your shoulders, if you don’t know the answer you can find out or refer them to another member that you think would know the answer. But the best thing that will happen is the possible friendship that may develop for you and Escribiente. This will make the new member gain confidence in their ability as a calligrapher and feel like one of us (experienced calligraphers anyway) much faster. I remember the excitement of looking at all the strange tools, the mystery of how do they make those pens make letters like that and many other questions.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or having a Mentor, contact Jan Florence: H 505-281-5771 (call first) - C 505-269-8867; email: