The SfC offers free programs to the public throughout the year as part of our mission to support and share calligraphy in Southern California. 

Upcoming events

    • May 21, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom - online

    Presenter: Michelle Morin

    SPONSORED: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM: In this class, we will use both composition principles and intuition (improvisation) to make fun and beautiful modern flourished borders for your calligraphy or handwritten pieces. Michelle will  use a pointed pen with metallic watercolors, but you  may use any tool and any ink you prefer (see materials list for suggested alternative  monoline or pressure-sensitive tools).
    These borders can coordinate with many calligraphic hands, including Copperplate-based and Spencerian-based pointed pen scripts.  Michelle has  used these borders around and in her calligraphy sketchbook pages and art pieces, on cards, and as custom stationary borders.
       Experience with preparing and using a pointed pen is recommended but not required if other tools are used. 

       In this class, we will learn:

    • How to make easy shapes that become the components of a modern flourished border
    • How to combine those shapes as you move along the page border, in either an intuitive process or through intentional planning and, if you wish, a grid system
    • How to vary the shapes and styles to create different looks, using metallic watercolors, watercolor pencils, and/or different types of pointed nibs

    ABOUT MIMO: Michelle Morin ("Mi Mo") enjoys learning and creating in many visual arts and calligraphic traditions, including mixed-media, watercolor, and hand bookbinding, as well as calligraphy and lettering using pointed pen, pointed brush/marker, pencil, and other tools.  Mi Mo teaches a Copperplate-based Modern Calligraphy and runs regular calligraphy study groups and creative meetups online.  She is also a collector of fountain pens, hoarder of art supplies, avid journal-keeper and journal-maker, Program Chair for Pacific Scribes, corporate lawyer, and mom. and @calligra_mi.

    Your favorite pointed pen holder (straight or oblique), at least two different pointed nibs, ink, preferably in a few colors, and paper of your choice that works well with your inks and nibs.  
       These are the nibs, inks, and paper I like. You do not have to buy exactly what I use! Use what you have and what you love:

    • Nibs: a softer nib such as a Hunt 101; a slightly firmer nib such as a vintage Gillott 404 and/or a Nikko G or Zebra G might be fun to try as well. 
    • Inks: I will be using half-pans, quarter pans, or sample “dots” of metallic watercolors (i.e., rewetting dry watercolors and painting them onto the nib). My current favorite makers are:
         - Shipped from US (find online or on Etsy): Cloverset Lettering (she rotates colors often and I love her sample dots because they are bigger than average); Iuile Watercolors; Tiny Cactus Designs; Coliro Finetec.
         - Ships from outside the US, so availability/shipping time may be an issue: The Creative Kinds, And Flower Tales. (both on Etsy)
    • Paper: 
      - For class practice, anything that works with your pointed pens and watercolor pencils. Marker paper such as Canson XL or Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout will work for the pointed pens.
      - Crane’s Lettra, which is a yummy but expensive 100% cotton paper with a bit of tooth, is great for this type of watercolor pencil work and also works for pointed pen, though your nib may catch on the fibers.
      - Southworth 100% Cotton resume paper (in white or ivory,  in 24 or 32 lb) is a bit smoother than Crane’s Lettra.
      - Tomoe River (extremely lightweight, smooth, 52 gsm Japanese stationery paper) is very good for writing with pens and fountain pens. It  works with pointed pen and I love writing letters with it.
    • Watercolor pencils and a fine-point waterbrush, such as the Pentel Aquash or similar. (Or simply use a soft-graphite pencil!)
         - I suggest having a selection of warm and cool reds or pinks, warm and cool greens, a few blues and purples, a yellow, and any other colors you like.  For example, in Derwent Inktense I like Fuchsia, Poppy Red, Apple Green, Teal Green, Peacock Blue, and Mustard.  You could buy  singles from your local art store or if you want to try them out.
         - I suggest a good artists’ quality brand, such as Derwent Inktense or Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, because rewetting the pigment with the waterbrush will have more impact. 

    • May 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • TBD - West Valley location In-Person – Outside
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    Demonstrator:  Carrie Imai

    Sponsored by – San Fernando Valley Region

    Description - Paste paper designs have been used for centuries to decorate book covers and papers. A close relative of the finger-paintings of our youth, the basic paste paper technique involves dampening a sheet of paper, coating it with colored paste, and then drawing various implements through the paste to create deceptively sophisticated designs. It’s simple and fun!

    Join us for a creative time making your own unique hand-painted paste papers. Paste and paint will be supplied along with some Tyvek.

    Please bring:                                                                                                           Your own combing tools                                                                                         Your own papers (i.e. Arches Text Wove or any water-tolerant papers)

    Workshop Details:

    Workshop Fee - FREE

    Registration is for current Society for Calligraphy members only Sign-ups are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Limited number of participants. 

    For more information please contact Carrie Imai at: carrie@carriedesigns

    • June 11, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom

    Presenter: Veronica Phillips

    Sponsored by 

    About the workshop: Join us for a journey to explore the exciting variations of Versal letters… 

    We'll start with basic warmup exercises and study the versals using pencil and broad edge pen.  Alternative letter forms will be shared and we'll end with creating a couple of greeting card designs you can personalize with your own hand.

    Workshop will be recorded and available to registered participants for one month. 



    Funky Romans

    • Text weight Paper-I like sulphite paper.  It's inexpensive and is a great alternative to Arches Text Wove.  The paper is available at Dick Blick in 50, 60 and 80 lb. Any decent drawing paper will be great.  9 x 12 is a good size to work with
    • Ruler
    • pencil.  I like the Blackwing, but any pencil that's soft, 2B will be good.
    • Nibs for lettering.  I like to use Mitchell size 6.  It's the smallest. I also love the EF66 nib too.  Use what you have!  
    • Black paper, a couple of sheets
    • Dr. Martin's Bleedproof white paint, or your favorite white paint or other that shows up on dark paper

    Supplies for greeting card project

    • White and/or Kraft paper cardstock
    • Stencils of images - florals/botanicals, etc.
    • Scissors
    • Glue stick
    • Craft paint, a few colors (or ink pad with blending tool)
    • Small fabric bits from your stash
    • Book pages from your stash (dictionary, music, maps, etc.)
    • Rubber stamp script if you have, or small pattern
    • Piece of vellum/clear tracing paper
    • Your own practice paper from this class
    • Bookbinding tools: Awl, thread, needle

    Questions? Kristi at NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. ** You must ask permission of the artist/ instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.

    • June 12, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Culver City Veterans Memorial Building





    Please RSVP by June 7 at this Google doc location:

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    Guest Speaker:

    Dr. Vanessa WilkieWilliam A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts & British History at the Huntington Library and Gardens

    "Emblems, Icons, and the Elites who Loved Them: Decorated Manuscripts in Early Modern England"

    In 16th and 17th century England, writers, poets, and artists from various social stations and homelands moved to London to court the patronage of the aristocracy.  They intended to woo their elite clientele by filling the pages of books and manuscripts with vivid heraldic devices, emblematic icons, mottos and verse, thus creating constellations of visually striking iconography.  This talk explores these codicological monuments of honor that complicate our modern conventions of genre.

    Dr. Vanessa Wilkie curates the renowned collections of medieval manuscripts and British History at the Huntington Library and Gardens.  She has published on female editorial practices, patronage, and death rituals. Her forthcoming book A Woman of Influence: The Spectacular Rise of Alice Spencer in Tudor England (Atria/Simon & Schuster) will be available April 2023.


    Culver City Veterans Memorial Building

    4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

    (Corner of Overland Ave and Culver Blvd)

    Free parking located along Culver Blvd

    For questions, contact Chava Gerber at

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