Members and guests of Escribiente meet the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. (No meetings are held in January, July and December, unless noted.)

Meeting June 2009

We feature an informative program for all levels of calligraphy at each meeting, including speakers, hands on projects, social time to meet other calligraphers, and generally a good learning atmosphere. Everyone with an interest in creating beautiful letters is welcome!


Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome. Please note that these programs may be subject to change. (Members receive email reminders one week beforehand.)

Programs 2017–2018

To guide us, and better serve our members, the Programs and Workshops Committees chairpersons (Patty Hammarstedt and Beth McKee) have developed a Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to ENCOURAGE the study and practice of Calligraphy as a craft and art form, to FACILITATE individual excellence, and to CULTIVATE understanding and appreciation of its history through conduction of sponsored programs, workshops and activities that EDUCATE, INFORM and INSPIRE through instruction as well as free interchange of ideas and techniques.

“With that in mind, the committees have put together a ‘themed’ year focusing on Bookhand/Foundational. The 2017-18 Programs and Workshops will encourage enjoyment and experimentation using this upright alphabet with a 30 degree pen angle devised by master penman and typographer Edward Johnston in the early 20th century.

We will gently weave Bookhand/Foundational into each program and workshop. It won’t be boring! We plan to make the year cohesive, but also lots of fun drawing flourishes in the air, penciling monoline forms, penning basic Bookhand/Foundational, stretching our letters with ‘big & tiny & short & tall’, writing on cloth, creating a Bookhand book, and pressurizing pointed pen versions!” 

Download Foundational Supply Kit PDF. See also supplies required for each program.

Join us for a fun year of exploring! – Patty & Beth

View 2017–2018 Meetings Archive

December: Holiday Potluck

Usually the first Saturday evening in December. Details and location will be emailed to members. Spouses and partners welcome.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:30pm

Board Meeting

Board meetings are held in July and January at the usual meeting location. All members are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:30pm

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

Big & Tiny & Tall & Short

Presented by Patty Hammarstedt

At this month’s program, members will continue exploration of Bookhand/Foundational by breaking some of the rules. Words such as ‘wispy’, ‘bolder’, ‘broad’, ‘squat’ generate varying visual images and can be individually interpreted accordingly by changing letter height, width or slope. Members will be guided through a series of exercises in altering the ‘feel’ of their letterforms using a variety of nib sizes.

Supplies to Bring:
  • An assortment of Speedball C-series nibs or Mitchell or Brause equivalents
  • Nib holder
  • Non-waterproof ink
  • Pad of Grid Paper
  • seat cushion (for added height)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:30pm

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

Capital Caps

Presented by Beth House

This month’s program will add a very important segment to the ever expanding Bookhand/Foundational repertoire – CAPITALS! Based on Roman proportions, these capitals are simple yet majestic in their upright, vertical stature. Members will follow a handout, first by writing sans serif versions and then moving on to serifed versions. Don’t miss this opportunity to complete your sentences with capitals!

Supplies to Bring:
  • A Speedball C-2 nib or Mitchell or Brause equivalents
  • Nib holder
  • Non-waterproof ink such as Higgins Eternal
  • Pad of grid paper
  • seat cushion (for added height)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:30pm

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

Writing on Woven

Presented by Janice Gabel

At this month’s meeting guidelines and grid pads will be put away! Instead, members will explore the world of colorful acrylic inks and paints using nibs and brushes to write on pre-prepared canvas. This is a perfect follow-up to this year’s previous programs as Bookhand/Foundational is particularly well suited for these slower-paced letterforms. Canvas and acrylics will be provided by Escribiente.

Supplies to Bring:
  • An assortment of Speedball C-series nibs or Mitchell or Brause equivalents
  • Nib holder
  • A 1/4” - 1/2” chisel brush if you already have one
  • Acrylic inks (FW work well) if you already have some
  • Water containers for mixing acrylics and rinsing nibs and brushes
  • seat cushion (for added height)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6:30pm

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

Bookhand Bound

Presented by Beth McKee

Because Bookhand/Foundational is considered the ideal calligraphic hand for text within books, this month’s program will lead members through the process of text layout and binding. Jan Tischold’s formulaic text block layout for successful text design layout will be discussed, followed by hands on binding. A pre-printed text block will be supplied to members for binding a simple 5-hole pamphlet stitch binding which will serve as both ‘dummy’ and instruction for future reference. Supplies will be provided by Escribiente, but please your own bookbinding supplies if you have them.

Wednesday, June 6, 2017, 6:30pm

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

The Pressure’s On

Presented by Bill Kemp

The year of Bookhand/Foundational is coming to a close yet would not be complete without a bit of pointed pen experimentation. Members will be briefly introduced to the pointed pen and then move on to the ups and downs of creating thick and thin strokes using pressure and release directly on a provided handout. Pointed pen calligraphy produces an especially pleasing texture and offers a sound foundation for further exploration and design.

Supplies to bring:
  • A Nikko G pointed nib
  • An offset nib holder or straight nib holder
  • A bottle of ink
  • seat cushion (for added height)