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January Meeting

Good Afternoon Scribes!
We are fast coming to the end of 2016 and the time where people think of resolutions for the new year!  Out here in Forks, we begin our new year with a “Fun-A-Day” month, where we commit to working every day on a project of our choice and then celebrate our accomplishments with a time where we bring our projects together and enjoy and support each other’s work!
So often, we work alone as calligraphers! And sometimes it is easy to lose track of our own progress.  I would invite you each to find one way to use January just keep track of your own skill and developing vision as calligraphers.
It need not be difficult…maybe begin your daily lists of chores with a calligraphic heading, or write your shopping list in pencil calligraphy letters.  Or, copy the headlines of your newspaper in different calligraphy fonts for a month….overlap them!
We also have a great opportunity to gather together and learn and play with color and letter forms.  Rebecca Wild will be with us for our January meeting!  She will be doing a two part presentation.  Part of her presentation will be a revised form of her story of lettering and her development as a calligrapher!  It may be a great time to think about your own development as a calligrapher! She is also doing a workshop with us.  As you know, she is a very fine teacher and we always go away with new techniques for calligraphy and design.
Below you will find two attachments that Shannon has prepared for us about our January meeting.  Be prepared for a small fee for the paper that Rebecca brings for her workshop!
Remember, also, that for our sharing time, any handmade holiday cards that you have either made or received would be good to bring to the meeting!
See you all there, and bring any friends you think might enjoy the presentation!
Pam Hunter
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Letter Stories
 
Through a visual presentation, Rebecca will tell the story of her own calligraphic and art journey from a full-time scribe in Washington DC to an artist and teacher in the Pacific NW. She will also relate how a relationship with letters and calligraphy has changed the lives of some of her students.
 
 
Rebecca Wild is a Pacific NW artist and calligrapher from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Her work pairs a love of letter forms with the luminous characteristics of drawing materials and paint. She uses text as a tool for both conveying message and creating abstraction. Raised in West Virginia, she has a B.A. in studio art from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She was an art instructor for 25 years in Portland, Oregon and teaches workshops and classes throughout the Northwest.
To view her work visit www.rwildart.com
 
Please bring the following tools
Water Jar
Paper Towels
Wiping rag
Words that inspire you
Walnut ink
Small pointed paint brush
6 mm Pilot Parallel pen or similar size nib
4H and HB or 2B pencils or similar
A few sheets of scrap paper 8 ½ x 11 (can be printed on one side)
A roll of blue painter’s tape or frog tape
 
Bring if you already own:
Chalk pastels or pan pastels (a few colors)
Embossing stylus
220 sandpaper if you are using stick pastels
Bone folder
Wipies
 
Following Letter Stories Rebecca will demo an art project.
She will provide Strathmore paper for you to work on.
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December/January Meetings

There will be no meeting in December.  Enjoy the holidays!  On January 13th, Rebecca Wild will be our presenter.  More information to come.

November Meeting

We had a very creative November program with Linda O’Neill presenting Watercolor Word Gems.

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An art piece by Genaveve Starr

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Art Pieces done by Sandee Freeman

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It’s amazing what you can produce on a 4×4 piece of watercolor paper!

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We were also blest to have Phil Castell a local postage stamp collector come and share his extra stamps.  It made you take time to think what you could do with calligraphy, a decorated envelope and some special themed postage stamps.

Our October Meeting

At our October meeting, Shannon Savage demonstrated making non-traditional inks.   She mixed Gouache,  dry pigment  powder by Kremmer, black Chinese stick ink using a black slate grinding stone, and colored Chinese ink sticks using a gaken dish.  She and Pam Hunter provided a wide variety of quality art paper for each of us to try.  It was a rewarding day to visit with others, and find out how the different non-traditional inks responded to being written on quality paper.  I have never given much thought to grinding my own ink but after seeing the demonstration, the vibrancy of the inks and how they flowed I would like to give it a try.  The inks were so superior in color to the bottled inks.
by Becky Riepe
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Scribes at Things to Do in Sequim

We had a display table at the Things to Do in Sequim event at the Sequim Prairie Grange on October 1.  There were about 50 clubs and organizations there for the community to learn about them.  We had a lot of interest in our guild, many people saying they didn’t know there was such a club.  It was a great way to let people know we exist and many were encouraged to come to a meeting to learn more.grange-table

Terri Kruger’s One Day Classes  

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