Fun Program with Kellie Moeller

Kellie Moeller provided the program on Friday at our meeting. She covered 2 different topics: using Citrosolv to alter images from magazines or mailers that can be used as backgrounds for calligraphy and her brush lettering alphabet. We had an opportunity to try out the alphabet and use it to create postcards for seniors. It was a very fun meeting.

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Marbling Workshop

We had a great time at the Marbling Workshop, held on July 26th at Pam Hunter’s studio in Forks. It was beautiful day so our work had no trouble drying and we were able to do a lot of work outside. We were able to try a couple of different methods and experiment with different materials, including a silk handkerchief. Everyone was able to make quite a few different pieces. Pam provided a fantastic lunch along with the workshop and we all had a chance to relax and get to know each other. Thank you Pam for hosting this fantastic workshop. Here are some pictures from the workshop.

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The recipes for the gel and alum follow.

Gel for marbling:

2 flat teaspoons for carrageenam

1 quart of cold water

Mix in a mixer or blender and then let sit for 24 hours

Alum

Mix 1 tablespoon of alum to 1 cup of hot water (hot to the touch). Mix so that all the crystals dissolve.

Akamai and shadowing at meeting

Today’s meeting was very interesting for those who attended. A representative from Akamai Art Supply in Port Townsend attended and talked about different papers, pens and pencils that can be used by calligraphers. She brought 4 papers: Fabriano 140 HP, Edition Wheat, Strathmore 400 Mixed Media and Stonehenge, and discussed the pros and cons of using with water media. We were able to try out many types of pens and pencils that are good for use with water as well.

Example of ShadingIn addition to the regular meeting Linda reviewed techniques for shadowing calligraphic letters. Here is an example of an envelope that Linda received with shading done with 2 colors. This makes for a very interesting and nice effect.

Line, Color & Gesture

We had a great class yesterday (Sept 27) by Susan Longerot called Line, Color & Gesture.  We went through the process to make some terrific designs on paper that can be used for book covers, book/journal pages, cards, ATC’s, etc. We hope that Susan will come back soon.

She brought along some samples of her designs for inspiration.

 

We went through the creation of the designs from drawing the lines with sumi ink, adding circles and other design lines. We then added color and finished with dots and gestural lines.

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