Thursday, September 6, 2012

SEPT 2012 CGA meeting

The first meeting of the 2012-2013 CGA year is:
10:00 a.m.,  Saturday, September 8, 2012
at ART Outfitters,  917 West 7th Street,  Little Rock

It is the first in our "Year of Nuts & Bolts." The program will focus on NIBS & PENS. An expert panel of seasoned calligraphers (read 'oldies but goodies') will explain penpoints, markers, and fountain pens for doing calligraphy and lettering. Please feel free to bring any pens you have to show or to get dissected, learn to clean, or to play Stump the Calligraphers.

Since we haven't seen each other since last meeting year, please come early for coffee and visiting. There will be coffee and snacks at 9:30. You may also use this time to set items on a Show&Tell table. PLEASE bring recent calligraphic finds or projects to share. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00.

Also, remember that dues are $15.00 for the coming year. Paying your dues by Saturday's meeting will insure your inclusion in our Membership Directory for this year.

Thank you. See you SATURDAY!

Those of you with an iPad, here is the link to an interactive book on pointed pen styles, and it's FREE! It's also wonderful. 

There is also a pdf file which is fabulous, too, but it is not interactive.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cola Pens

(editorial note: Yes, we meet at an art supply store, that, yes, I own. However, I have no problem with making art supplies! I love thewhole thought of making the tools to make art. That said, here's the scoop.)

We made pens from aluminum cans! We really did! They worked great.

It isn't a traditional broad-edge or p
ointed pen style lettering tool. It is for very large, very expressive strokes with a note of unpredictability. There was an unexpectedly small group for this experiment, and it's a shame. We really had a lot of fun, and all decided that this is a lettering device we will use (or in Paula's case - teach others to make) in the future.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gilding Secrets (Shhhhhhh!)

A kindly wizard came by to share the secrets of adding beautiful, shiny elements to our lettering. She (Joyce) brought her extensive knowledge of the supplies and practice to 'illuminate' those of us who wish to add sparkle to our pieces. Thanks Joyce!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Calligraphic FOOD?!?!?

The September meeting of the CGA is going to be a Potluck with a twist. Your 'covered dish' or other offering should fit the descriptions of "Calligraphic Food." Use your imagination to determine just exactly what that means and bring your creation to the meeting.

September 11, 2010
10:a.m. (Business & Planning meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.
at: ART Outfitters
917 W 7th St, Little Rock, AR
for directions, call 501-374-4323.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Meeting - November 14, 2009

CGA member, Suzanne O, will demonstrate a repousse technique using aluminum foil! Come prepared to be delighted by how this technique can enhance your future projects.

Meeting: Nov 15, 2009; 9:30am; ART Outfitters, 917 W 7th, Little Rock. For directions, call: 501-374-4323.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meeting October 10, 2009

Members will be making their membership directories at the October 10th meeting. We will be doing a 'disk' binding. It is a mechanical (as opposed to handmade) binding method. Something different!

Visitors are welcome and will be invited to assemble a directory for an absent member.

Binding system information here:

Watch the blog for updates.

Meeting: Oct 10, 2009; 10:am; ART Outfitters, 917 W 7th, Little Rock. For directions, call: 501-374-4323.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Meeting 2009 Sept 12

The first meeting of the 2009/2010 year happens September 12. (Remember, dues are due for the new year.)

This year's VP/Program Chair Sharon is planning to introduce (most of) us to Artist Trading Cards! ATC groups are popping up all over. The idea is to produce original artwork in a set size and trade with others who do the same.

Members should bring supplies and items to decorate small pieces of watercolor paper (provided by ART Outfitters.) Think: scrapbook / stamping / collage / small lettering tools / miniature add-ons/ etc.

After the meeting, the store is hosting an informal swap with other artists in the area. Stay awhile to see what others are doing and swap some of yours!

Watch the blog for updates.

Meeting: Sept 12, 2009; 10:am; ART Outfitters, 917 W 7th, Little Rock. For directions, call: 501-374-4323.