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, May 3, 2017, 6:30pm

Writing Weathergrams & Poetry Chapbook

Led by Trish Meyer

Our May program will be a chance to practice your calligraphy, especially if you just attended Yukimi's Blackletter workshop! You may use this time to create weathergrams for the Open Space event (on May 20th), or to hang in your own trees or give as gifts!

If you have complete Weathergrams to drop off for the Open Space event, we will have a Show & Share table for display. Also bring any calligraphy you'd like to share!

Poets Picnic Chapbook:

We also have the opportunity to create “featured pages” in the poetry chapbook that is being created for the Open Space event. Trish Meyer will be producing 100 copies for sale, and along with the poetry she would LOVE to have 5–10 gorgeous pages of calligraphy to advertise Escribiente! The pages will be long and skinny in shape (akin to a Weathergram), and a mockup will be on display at the meeting.

Good News! The calligraphy will be SCANNED so you can write with your favorite ink or gouache on SMOOTH WHITE paper (bristol and Rhodia will be available). You can also use COLOR as it will be printed on a color laserjet. Plus, pointed pen will work really well for this project!

Best News! If you make a mistake, you can repeat the word and I will “fix it in post”!
Because of the deadline, please complete your featured poem by the end of the meeting.
Credit will be given to the Poet and the Calligrapher at the bottom on each featured. Anyone who has a featured calligraphy page will get a free chapbook ($10 value).


For WEATHERGRAMS – You will need to bring:

  • Paper shopping bags (some will be available)
  • Nib & holder for the style you plan to use
  • Waterproof Ink (pick any color that you feel will work well on brown paper bags)
  • Apron, water container and towel to clean your nib etc.
  • Supplied: Cutting board, ruler and utensils for cutting/trimming, or bring your own
  • Supplied: Plastic sheet and newspaper to protect your table from spills, or bring your own

For Poetry CHAPBOOK Featured Page – You will need to bring:

  • Nib & holder for the style you plan to use
  • ANY ink - ANY color!
  • SMOOTH WHITE paper such as Rhodia or bristol board etc. (no texture or color is best for scanning) (some will be provided)
  • Apron, water container and towel to clean your nib etc.
  • Supplied: Plastic sheet and newspaper to protect your table from spills, or bring your own

Completed WEATHERGRAMS for Open Space will be collected at the May meeting (final deadline May 12). Hanging is scheduled for Tuesday May 16, weather permitting. Contact Trish Meyer at (505) 286-0897 to sign up for this event. See below for details.


May 20, 2017, 12 noon – 3:30 pm

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM 87047

In conjunction with local poets, hundreds of weathergrams created by calligraphers from Escribiente will be hanging on trees around the Open Space Visitor Center grounds as a temporary art installation. The weathergrams will be on display for a period of time after the event.

During the event, calligraphers from Escribiente will be creating weathergrams and these will be available for you to take home in exchange for a small cash donation to benefit Open Space.

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

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

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  • Field Trip to The Sign Store with Al Padilla
  • Ornaments for the Xmas Memorial Tree
  • 2016 Xmas Party photo gallery
  • Neuland (exemplar & text) by Carl Rohrs
  • Workshop review: John Stevens “Capital Intensive” at Camp Cheerio, by Megan Goodenough
  • Christmas Cards photo gallery
  • Photographing Calligraphy Part 1, by David Gasser
  • Valentine Cards for Meals On Wheels clients (update: 650 card goal was achieved!)
  • Call for Entries for Graceful Envelope contest
  • Tips for Lettering Artists

New Mexico State Fair 2016

The New Mexico State Fair was held at Expo New Mexico
September 8 – 18, 2016

Escribiente members displayed their fine art of beautiful lettering at the State Fair each year in the Creative Arts Building at NM Expo, Albuquerque. The Juror for this year's exhibit was Meredith McPherson, assisted by Escribiente VP Trish Meyer. Below is our show from September 2016:

NM State Fair album montage

View Flickr slideshow of the Calligraphy exhibit at the 2016 New Mexico State Fair.

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: