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!


Upcoming Programs 2019 – 2020

The 2019–20 Programs and Workshops will encourage enjoyment and experimentation around the theme of "Pointy Tools"! Our two workshops will be with Lee Ann Clark in November 2019, and Mike Gold in April 2020. – Elizabeth McKee & Janice Gable

Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our monthly meetings. Guests are welcome. Please note that these programs may be subject to change. (Members receive email reminders one week beforehand, and new members are encouraged to meet earlier for Q&A in the lobby.)

Weds, October 2, 2019 @ 6:30pm

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

Calligraphic Ornaments with a Pointed Pen

with Bill Kemp

October’s program is brought to you by the Pointed Pen!

Bill Kemp will show how to lay out traditional calligraphic ornamentation with a pencil and then demonstrate how to ink them in with a pointed pen. He will give some basic rules for ornament design and feather plumes. 

This should be good practice for those familiar with the pointed pen and informative to those who are just learning. Bill is a master penman and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this subject.

You will need to bring:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Tablet for taking notes
  • Pointed pen with a holder if you have one, plus ink
  • Seat cushion (optional)

Weds, November 6, 2019 @ 6:30pm

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

Calligraphy with the #2 Pencil

with Patty Hammarstedt

November’s program is brought to you by the #2 pencil!

The ubiquitous # 2 pencil is an ideal pointed tool with which to practice and perfect flourishes as it can move freely across paper without ‘drag’. And, for a growing number of calligraphers this is the preferred writing implement for their fine artwork.

In this program Patty Hammarstedt will demonstrate how to use flourishes to add emphasis and sophistication to calligraphic letter forms.  Members will learn the components of successful flourishes and simple practice techniques to help achieve successful flourishing. The holidays are fast approaching so why not add a bit of elegance to your holiday cards and letters!

You will need to bring:

  • A couple of Number 2 pencils
  • An eraser
  • A sharpener if you have one
  • A semi-transparent ‘layout’ tablet such as Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout or tracing paper tablet
  • Seat cushion (optional)

Patty Hammarstedt is a calligraphic artist and photographer whose work can be seen on her Facebook Artist Page (even if you don't have a Facebook account) and on her website.