Monday, March 30, 2020


Can you say “Cabin Fever”……. Not very far into this and already have cabin fever!
 Meetings, classes and things I have signed up for have all been cancelled! So I am going the “ON-LINE” route to try and keep my sanity. Thank you God for Skillshare, Udemy, and Teachable, don’t  know what I would have done without them! My only outings have been to the grocery, regular doctor and dental appointments. My dog Stella had surgery on her eyelid. She had the stitches removed last Friday, we didn’t even go into the vet. We called them from the car and they came out and got her and brought her back after removing the stitches.
We have cancelled our monthly meeting for April and hope we can get together in May. Stay tuned. We have cancelled our workshop with Amity Parks, but hope to reschedule soon.
So….What have I been doing? VINTAGE PAGE DESIGN - they have a Handmade Book Club that I have recently joined, though this is now closed Ali Manning will open it up again at the end of April. This is a wonderful and very helpful site that some of our guild members have joined. The archives are wonderful, they have a facebook group that has regular meet ups and just can’t say enough good things about it.
I had signed up for a watercolor class with “Forever Learning” but the virus put an end to that. They have hopes to start up again in April but I thing it may be May. So I have signed up with Tracy Lizotte and her Academy. There is a monthly charge but she has lots of videos and instruction and she also has twice monthly on line Q and A’s about painting and marketing and past meetings are also available to view.
Skillshare  www.skillshare.come/home I have been taking a class with Jen Sweeney, she has several classes using the wedge brush and I have been having a ball! Started my Christmas cards for next year!

Teachable Have been taking a class in copperplate with Youngehae Chung of Logos Calligraphy and Design. I also took a class in flourishing with her. She is a fantastic left-handed calligrapher.
So I have managed to keep myself busy, with only momentary breaks in my sanity. I have been trying to keep in touch with family and all seem to be managing the stresses of this virus fairly well. I hope all of you have been healthy through this difficult time.

JANUARY 2020 No Meeting

FEBRUARY 1, 2020
Quote: "Normalty is a paved road. It's comfortable to walk. But no flowers grow" -  Vincent Van Gogh.
Marty M. was in charge of the meeting as I was in Chicago in a workshop with Suzanne Cunningham. Sharon E. did a great job with her demo of a punch cradle. For Valentines, Marty made little boxes and put heart shaped chocolates in them for everyone. Anna was the lucky recipient of a pan of Fine Tec. Show and Tell always the highlight. 

Pat's beautiful clouds

March 7, 2020
Quote: "What is not started today is never finished tomorrow." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Two potential new members visited our meeting Ashley and Jamie, they found us through a google search. Yay Google! Many things discussed including IAMPETH, Amity Parks Workshop, the special collection at the Hesberg library, Angie is teaching again at Penn HS. I gave a demo in making poinsettias and leaves with the wedge brush and assisted anyone with questions. Show and Tell was inspiring with Anna's books and Ginny brought a couple of quilts she has been working on.
Ginny's quilt

Anna's book

Anna's book

Anna's book

Upcoming workshops:
March 27, 28 and 29, 2020 Amity Parks – Cancelled due to Virus

                                               2020 CALENDAR

All meetings are held at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Cleveland Road, unless otherwise specified.
APRIL 4 – Meeting Cancelled to Covid 19
MAY 2 – Bring your favorite tool!
MAY 30 -  Paste Paper Playdate – 9am to 5 pm- Christ the King Lutheran Church
JUNE 6 – Ginny Vander Hey will demo Gwen Weaver lettering.
JULY 11 – Angie West will make a brass folded pen per instructions from Carol Dubosch.
AUGUST 1 – Picnic
SEPTEMBER 12 – Laurie Heyden – covered boxes
OCTOBER 3 – Ginny Vander Hey will demo Sherri Kiesel letters.
NOVEMBER 7 – Anna Schlemma will demo Rosie Kelley lettering.
DECEMBER 5 – Christmas Luncheon

 Ginny found instructions for using the Phantom Liner and I have reprinted them here, I will bring copies to the next meeting if anyone has difficulty reading these. Also there are a couple of youtube video links at the bottom of the article.


by Renee Tuveson

I received an email from a friend saying that she and her husband had gone to Hillsdale College (Hillsdale Michigan) to see an exhibit by Jake Weidman. She said they were "Just blown away" by his work. She knew I loved pointed pen, she sent a few photos and said if I had the time I should go.
I have always been impressed with the work of Jake Weidmann, I follow him on Instagram. What a wonderful exhibit! To see his work up close and personal was indeed mind blowing. Most of his pieces are quite large and incredibly precise. He is a very talented young man, and to achieve all that he has at such a young age is incredible.
Below is a link to a TEDtalk that he did and some pictures I took at the exhibit. I urge you to follow him on Instagram, where you can see "work in progress.


by Renee Tuveson

Policy for MCG
Our workshops seem to have people sign up and then decide not to attend. We have been very generous in returning monies paid for the workshop if someone decides not to attend at the last minute, but we are going to have a change in this policy.  There will be a nominal fee if you drop out of the workshop.  If there would be an emergency, for instance, a birth of a child or grandchild, illness, etc., then the board will take this under advisement to decide on a course of action regarding a refund.  Also, if the workshop is filled and there is someone to take your place, that would also quality for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up for the workshop, make sure that you put that date on your calendar as a commitment.  We have a small calligraphy group and we struggle to fill workshops at times.  We need all of you to attend as many as possible so that we can continue to have quality instructors. 
Are you on Facebook? If so, look up your favorite calligraphers because they are on Facebook also.  I like to look at Barbara Close, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.  There is a lot of beautiful calligraphy on these pages that will get your inspired.  Also look at Joanne Fink and Barbara Lever’s Facebook Page.  And then, there is always Pinterest.  Oh my, so many places to be inspired!

PO Box in South Bend – Due to a lack of much mail at our Post Office box in South Bend, we have suspended any mail sent to that address.  If you have anything to send to the MCG, please send to Laurie Heyden, 18292 Courtland Drive, South Bend, IN 46637 or Ginny VanderHey, 51854 Stoney Creek Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514. When monies are due for a workshop or dues, they will now go to one of these addresses. 


American Frame – Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend.
Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. Our annual dues have not changed in many years and are put to good use for supplies for our make it/take it meetings, annual raffle in August, and, at the end of the year, we give to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send it to Maureen Trubac, our treasurer.
Renee Tuveson ,
Marty Mitchell, 
Laurie Heyden, Treasurer, Silverbird323@yahoo.comm
Judy Theurel,
Sharon Esmont,
Renee Tuveson – Blog Coordinator

If ever you would like to add to the newsletter/blog, please contact one of the officers, and we will get that information to Renee Tuveson. Something you have done or have seen would be welcomed into our information.

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