The SfC offers free programs to the public throughout the year as part of our mission to support and share calligraphy in Southern California.
Artwork by Ginger Cook
Sponsored by San Diego chapter
Take a break from your hectic holiday prep and join us as we relax with friends, via Zoom. We’ll learn about making the perfect cup of tea and other related factoids, before sharing our favorite affirmations.
Beforehand, we’ll ask you to send us two or three favorite quotes/affirmations*, to be compiled and later shared with our San Diego mailing list. The aim will be for everyone to choose a favorite, or two, and create a piece of calligraphy.
For members willing to share their resulting artwork, the entries will be posted on our Instagram account and in our newsletter and prizes will be awarded to two members who submit (random drawing for $25 discount to a San Diego chapter workshop).
*Please send your quotes/affirmations to Marsha by Dec 1.
Questions? E-mail Marsha at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Presenter: Marjorie Grace-Sayers
SPONSORED: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley Chapter
About the program: Have fun making a Victorian Puzzle Valentine!
This origami-inspired structure is folded from one large square of paper.
It can be decorated with words and images on both sides and viewed 6 different ways. We will spend a few minutes viewing the history of this Valentine and make an easy pattern. Then we will fold our good paper and lay out our plan for the final project. No prior skills are needed and the materials list is short (use what you have on hand). You can also come up with variations and other uses for the structure.
Come spend a couple of hours being creative!
About Marjorie Grace-Sayers: Marjorie Grace-Sayers began studying calligraphy in 1999 with DeAnn Singh but is a life-long crafter. She has studied and produced work in watercolor, photography, handmade books, mixed-media, paper crafts, quilting, needlework, etc. She has taught art to students from preschool through seniors, as well as mini-classes for Letters CA, at the SfC Retreat, and at Designing Letters Studio. She is also a retired music teacher and flutist with Bachelor and Masters Degrees in music from USC. Marjorie has been a member of the Society for Calligraphy for nearly 20 years and currently serves on the Board as Secretary.
For the pattern:
For the finished valentine:
Self-registration required (will open soon)
Questions? Alessandra at email@example.com. 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.
Presenter: Michelle Morin
Sponsor: San Diego Chapter
A hand-bookbinding tutorial using found and chosen materials to make custom, sewn-spine journals
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: In this class, we will use found materials (cracker boxes, recycled junk mail, used wall calendars, leftover or offcut art papers, etc.) to create and hand-bind satisfyingly chubby “junk journals” using long stitch and chain stitch bookbinding techniques. We’ll learn how to make a custom-fit piercing guide and how to make a piercing cradle from recycled materials. You’ll also learn to see potential recyclable journal material all around you! As time permits, we’ll share ideas for decorating and using your jumbo junk journals and show you a smaller, pamphlet-stitched variation on the “jumbo” journal.
Making a journal yourself, from found or recycled materials, is incredibly freeing… and addictive. These books can be used for so many types of creative expression! I use mine as mixed-media art journals, sketchbooks, storehouses for ideas or images I want to explore later, and as a place to stick collage art… the sky’s the limit.
ABOUT "MIMO": Michelle Morin ("Mi Mo") enjoys learning and creating across several visual arts and calligraphic traditions, including mixed-media, watercolor, hand bookbinding, calligraphy and lettering. Mi Mo teaches Copperplate-based Modern Calligraphy and has hosted calligraphy study groups and creative exploration meetups in-person and online. She is also a collector of fountain pens, hoarder of art supplies, avid journal-keeper and journal-maker, Programming Chair for Pacific Scribes, lawyer, and member of several calligraphy guilds. You can find Mi Mo on Instagram @michelle.l.mo and @calligra_mi.
Bookbinding supplies to have handy:
Material for the cover and pages of the junk journal
(a big part of the fun is gathering the materials for the cover and the pages!)
Cardboard box, such as a graham cracker box, frozen pizza box, or Ritz cracker box, cut and prepared as follows:
A collection of papers folded into signatures (see image). The height and width of each folded signature should be the same as or smaller than the height of your book cover. Recto and verso (right and left sides of the folded signature) need not be symmetrical. For example, if a page is really long you could fold one side in rather than trimming it. Or if it is too short you can have one side be just a flap.
Examples of papers to collect for book pages
**Don’t worry if the scrap or recycled paper is very thin: you can put two or more sheets back-to-back and later, after the book is finished, you can glue them together.
**Don’t worry if all your pages are not big enough. It’s OK for some pages to be smaller than others.
A handout will be sent in advance, with instructions/suggestions for preparing your pages and cover.
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:
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. @michelle.l.mo 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: