Friday, October 7, 2022

OCTOBER 2022 SCIBNOTE

October 2022
 A Message from the Guild President
 A little late this month with getting the blog up. October came out of no where, wasn't it just July? As usual I have been taking too many classes and just not able to keep up with everything. Also, my never ending endeavor of trying to get organized (I think it's a lost cause). Covid, though not so much in the news is still out there and has affected several of my family and friends, fortunately all were vaccinated and came through fine. We are scheduled for our 3rd booster next week. Happenings in the Guild

 July 2, 2022
 Quote: "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others". - Jonathan Swift 
 July is membership renewal month for our guild members. Membership dues have been increased to $20. 1st increase in the history of MCG. A free workshop with Suzie Beringer is planned for October 1, 2022 in place of our regular meeting. It will be on Suzie's "Dirds". Supply lists will be sent to everyone. You can be present for the zoom meeting or watch the recording. Our Annual Picnic is planned for August 6th and will be at Ginny's house and this will be our last visit to Ginny's as she is moving to Florida. We will do a book exchange as usual. Bring a wrapped handmade book for the exchange. 
Show and Tell: 
View Padlet as well.

Renee's Birthday Cards

Tina's Fodder

Tina's Book

More of Tina's Fodder



 August 6, 2022
 Quote: "Learning never exhausts the mind". Leonardo da Vinci 
 There were 7 of us that met at Ginny's house and 3 via Zoom. Much fun and merriment at seeing each other in person. This was the last time Ginny will host us as she is moving to Florida, so this day was bittersweet for all of us. Angela and Anna both won $25 gift certificates for John Neal, and Judy won John Stevens bool "Script". Those who participated in the book exchange brought wrapped handmade books which were placed on the table. We picked numbers out of a bowl to determine the order we were able to choose a book. Then whoever was first picked a package and then the next person could pick from the pile or pick from someone who had already picked. 

Show and Tell:
 Check Padlet as well.

Books From Our Exchange

Books From Our Exchange

Books From Our Exchange



 September 10, 2022
 Quote: Letters act as practical and useful signs, but also as pure form and inner melody". Wassily Kandinsky
 We discussed the Christmas exchange which will be a book or an ornament (your choice). Since we are not having a regular meeting in October (Suzie Beringer workshop) we were asked to decide if we wanted to participate and let either Lucia or Renee know by September 30. Angie and Ginny gave a wonderful demo on embossing. This included making stencils and double embossing. This is a very popular technique as it really dresses up a piece. 
At our November meeting we will Show and Tell our Dirds and anything else you would like to share.
December 3rd will be our Christmas exchange of either an ornament or a book, please get those in the mail by mid November so they will reach the intended in time for the meeting. 
Show and Tell: 
See Padet as well



A Letter from Ginny VanderHey

I was just looking at the weekly Reggie Ezell email which has been spotlighting the works of Rosie Kelly, master calligrapher, paste paper artist and friend. Rosie passed away a couple of years ago and her presence is still felt with all that have taken classes with her either in South Bend or at the annual art retreat at Lake Louise. If you have not taken any of Rosie’s classes, you have missed being taught by someone who was a true artist, displayed her work at the annual Chicago Calligraphy Collective and sold many of her handmade books. Rosie was humble and gracious with her teaching and we were so fortunate for her to come to South Bend to be our instructor several times. For several years, many of us rode the train from South Bend to downtown Chicago and either took the bus or an Uber (with Tina Cronkite, jammed into the car so we could all go together) to see all the wonderful work displayed on their walls, met several of the artists as well as ooohed and aaaahed at the beautiful calligraphy and artistry. I rode the train with Laura and Lauren, Barbara Rogan, Pat, and my dear friend Maureen Trubac. I remember the year that I was asking the conductor to wait for Angie to run from the parking lot to the train because she was a few minutes late due to the snowstorm that popped up that day in South Bend.

As I prepare my home to be sold in Elkhart after 48 years and move to Florida, I will miss the people in my three online Zoom groups, but I am thankful to have been a part of this loving and caring group that I have been involved in since the early nineties. As a newbie, I came to meetings with Diana Stamper with the look of wonder in my eyes as Anne Binder, Sharon Esmont, etc. demoed for us all the wonderful work they did. I asked Anne once if we were supposed to settle on one hand and only do that one. I am so glad that she told me no! I have learned many hands since then including about three or four a day when in the Reggie class in 2000, two weeks after my mom passed away. I was grateful to be sitting next to Linda Kanamueller who brought me a sympathy card the next month and I was so thankful for her compassion. This group has brought me many new friends and fellow artists that we can glean from. I asked Anna Schlemma many years ago if I could come over to her home for her to help me with some calligraphy process and that started our friendship and many “Art Playdays”.

Maureen joined us next and then Pat and Renee. I am also blessed by being in the company of these ladies as we sharer our work a couple of times a year.

I am not grateful for COVID, UGH!, but I am glad that someone thought of a way that we could still stay connected through Zoom. Thank you Renee for getting us started on Zoom and hope we can continue that process with classes since many of our members are now far and wide. We are now (almost) really good at it! I now belong to the “Bone Study Group”, “MCG” and “Pendragons”. I met several of the Kalamazoo area


calligraphers through the Reggie class and by driving to Kalamazoo for workshops. Lucia Leonardelli and Linda Kanamueller run workshops like a well-tuned piano.

Everything is run smoothly and they are the friendliest group, next to MCG of course. I am so happy to be on Zoom with them once or twice a month to learn something new or just to hear what others have been doing.

Over the years, I have housed many instructors including Valerie Weilmunster and Julie Wildman, who has become a dear friend and mentor. Angela Michielutti and I have been to Julie’s studio to work and share, and she has come to my home in Elkhart when she was teaching a workshop here in the South Bend area. I met Julie in Chicago at one of the CCC’s opening receptions and we invited her to come to teach us. Traci Van Prooyen, MCG member, has also stayed with my husband and I when we hardly knew each other, even though her husband warned her that I could be an ax murderer! HA!

Traci moved to Pekin, Illinois several years ago, but we have stayed in touch and she is now a member of the MCG again. She’s been instrumental in starting us on Padlet to post our work and upcoming workshops. Another friend I met through calligraphy was Cindy Bowles who had emailed me asking where she could stay for the duration of the workshop and I invited her to stay with me. She was a sweet lady and I am glad that I invited her to stay. I can’t tell you how many strangers I have invited to stay with me and so thankful for those times together.

So, as I move on to another state, I want to say thank you to all who have touched my life in calligraphy and beyond. Thank you for inviting me to Lake Louise to walk among the lake and fall leaves and for the time spent with Pat West as my roommate. It was always a magical week. See you on Zoom with new classes until you can meet again in person.

Well, I am off to help my husband with cleaning out the garage and think I will sign up for another Zoom workshop or two with Barbara Close and Pat Blair. Wait….all my supplies are packed up! Hello…John Neal???

Love you all,

Ginny VanderHey


PS On 10/5/22, since we had a very minimum of lookers, and the interest rates have risen, we may have to return in the spring to relist our home and hope a loving family will decide to buy it. So, I am not gone yet!


 PADLET LINK

CALENDAR for 2022 
October 1: Zoom-Free To Members, "Dirds" with Suzie Beringer November 5:Dirds Show and Tell

 December 3:  Zoom Christmas Exchange

THINGS OF INTEREST
 https://www.pendragonscalligraphy.org/ 

 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS To Be Determined 

 P.O. 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 Michiana Calligraphy Guild, please send to Angie West 1212 Elder Ct., Niles, Michigan 49120 or Renee Tuveson, 928 Finch Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46614. 
 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 a workshop. If there would be an emergency, for instance the birth of a 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 qualify for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up foe 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 Blose, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.. There are lots of beautiful AMERICAN FRAME Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend.

 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP Annual dues of $20 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 at meetings and our annual raffle in August, and in December our donation to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or mail them to Angie West, our treasurer at 1212 Elder Ct., Niles, Michigan 49120. 

OFFICIERS 
Renee Tuveson, President and Blog, rtuveson@reneetuveson@gmail.com 
Angie Wes, Treasurer, angie360985@gmail.com
 Judy Theurel, Secretary, judy@theurel.com 
Sharon Esmont, Study Group sesmont@aol.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

July 2022 Scribnote


JULY 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE GUILD PRESIDENT

 It has been a busy year and I can't believe it is already July! So sorry for this late posting - but as they say Life Happens! 

I have been taking many classes, is there a group for those addicted to zoom classes? Last February I signed up for "Introduction to Geometic Art" with Clarissa Grandi in the UK. I have always loved geometric art but am not a math person. Clarissa is a math teacher, but she removed much of the math and we just were able to follow her instructions and I am hooked! I can even reverse engineer simple designs and create them. I stress the "simple", though my way of doing something and the correct way are totally different!

A design I reverse engineered

I have really enjoyed her classes and am signed up for more. 


APRIL 9, 2022 Meeting

Quote: "The letters don't get their delight,when done in haste and discomfort, nor merely done with diligence and pain, but first when they are created with love and passion." - Giambattista Bodini (1740) - came from a family of engravers and himself created over 300 typefaces. Quote compliments of Anna.

Discussed: In person meetings, still watching the Covid numbers and it is still out there. Another booster is planned but most have not received it yet. Picnic in August will be at Ginny's house as in the past. Last year we were there were only 6 of us and we were on the screened in porch. Also discussed Skillshare as several members also belong and enjoy skillshare. 

Our project for this month was to share our favorite tools as this is a favorite and we have done it before.  

A quick rundown of the tool are as follows:

Anna – Vintage Page Design Wood Punching Cradle (Susan made one herself and has

sent everyone the instructions). Also, Anna enjoys the Caran D’Arche Nip Holder.

Ginny – Oblique Nip Holder and 3 types of pencils. She uses pencils all the time.

Judy – Pilot Eno Colored Mechanical Pencils and a Johnson Level & Tool 9250 Laser

Mouse .

Kristy – Sparkle Pop Pens

Laura – Sakura Micron Pens

Marty – WC Blending Solution & Gouache (Solutiona according to Renee’s

typo—sounds more exotic)

Pat – Score Board

Rose – Brody Pen and wedge brush

Renee – Sakura Gel Pens & Staedtler Mars 522 Compass

Tina – EZA small sized pen & a folded pen that she made

Other Favorites that we discussed - Faber Castell pencils, Repesco Mechanical Twist

Pencil Sharpener, Signo White Gel Pens,


 MAY 7,2022 Meeting

 Quote: "The gratification comes in the doing not in the results." - James Dean . Quote compliments of Ginny

Discussed: Our sister group "Pen Dragons" had their first hybrid meeting, that is both using zoom and in person. It was fun and interesting but they see that they will need to spend some money for it to be a really useful way to go. Our guild is much smaller then Pen Dragons and we may try a hybrid meeting in the future as Angie W volunteered to help. 

Traci V gave us a demo of Padlet and we will give it a try. Padlet is a fairly simple way to share your work and ideas to the group while not using regular social media.

Our project for this month was to do color charts using watercolor pencils. What fun this was, we really enjoyed everyone's samples.



















JUNE 4, 2022 Meeting

Quote: "Art is the one place we all turn to for solace." - Carrie Mae Weems. Quote compliments of Ginny.

Discussed: Again we discussed in person meetings, the "OWL" is a devise that sets in the center of a group and rotates toward anyone who speaks. This is apparently the best thing to use but the cost is approximately $1,000, and this is beyond our means. We will continue to research this.

We now have a new treasurer! Thank you Angie W for taking over, Laurie H has retired though she will continue to be a member. 

Dues are due in July! Membership forms will be sent out via email, please fill out and mail with your check. 

Our project this month was to do a single letter, using our watercolor pencils to illuminate.


 

Traci

Traci

Renee

Laura

Judy

Ginny

 

CALENDAR for 2022

July 2: 

August 6:

September 10 : Labor Day is Sept. 5

October 1: Free Class with Suzie Beringer "DIRDS"

November 5:

December 3:

 

THINGS OF INTEREST

https://www.pendragonscalligraphy.org/


 PADLET LINK

 

Just hold camera over this link, do not take a picture. It will take you to padlet

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

October 1, 2022

Announcement from the Board

The Board of the MCG is excited to announce a free class to the members.  The class will be “Dirds” by Suzie Beringer on October 1, 9:00 to 11:00 am with a second session from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on the same day.  

Think about having a quick lunch and some working time between sessions.

Live session limited to the first 30 new or renewing members this year.  Memberships are due July 1 every year.

The class will be available for viewing for another month.  Please contact Angie or Ginny with questions.

I found Suzie on Instagram and am wowed with her breath.  She was supposed to teach at the calligraphy conference that was cancelled this summer and we are lucky to be able to book her.  

Angie

These little quirky calligraphic birds were developed by Suzie Beringer as another way to use our lettering skills - but they are so much fun to make….flapping wings, bases on springs etc…..also, they make great gifts. There are many ways to display them which is part of the fun….the possibilities are endless.


 



Suzie’s Bio

Suzie Beringer is a lettering artist who makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. With a degree in commercial art with a life-time passion for calligraphy and mark making, she is constantly exploring new possibilities and pushing herself creatively. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review as well as other publications. As a teacher she loves to share her passion for mark making and design with others. As an artist Suzie loves the challenge and discovery that lettering on different surfaces brings. It has been said, that if something around her doesn't move quickly enough it may end up with letters on it! You can see more of her work on Instagram: penstrokedesignstudio

P.O. 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 Michiana Calligraphy Guild, please send to Laurie Heyden, 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46637 or Renee Tuveson, 928 Finch Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46614.

 

 

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 a workshop. If there would be an emergency, for instance the birth of a 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 qualify for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up foe 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 Blose, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.. There are lots of beautiful

 

 

AMERICAN FRAME

Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and  they will give us a small stipend.

 

 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

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 at meetings and our annual raffle in August, and in December our donation to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send to Laurie Heyden, our treasurer at 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46637.

 

OFFICIERS

 

Renee Tuveson, President and Blog,  reneetuveson@gmail.com

Angie West, Treasurer, angie360985@gmail.com

Judy Theurel, Secretary, judy@theurel.com

Sharon Esmont, Study Group sesmont@aol.com

 

 

Monday, April 4, 2022

APRIL 2022 SCRIBNOTE


 APRIL 1, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE GUILD PRESIDENT

 Things are looking up regarding Covid, though it is still very much out there. Still reporting new cases but we seem to have it under better control. We must continue to use our common sense when going out in public.

I have once again indulged myself in taking many (to many?) classes. Some of you may think I never stopped, but I did slow way down. I have taken quite a few one time only classes and do enjoy those, as they usually only involve a couple of hours and you are done. I will write more about my classes at a future date - too busy to share now

At our April 9, 2022 we will discuss perhaps meeting in person once again. Many of our members enjoy the ability to Zoom and we will try to incorporate this into our general meetings. 

January 8, 2022 Meeting

Quote: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie

15 members attended this Zoom meeting.

 Amity Parks in person workshop has been canceled due to the uncertainty of Covid. We felt it was unfair to expect Amity to travel and expose herself unduly to Covid and also unfair to hold on to member money any longer. We still hope to have Amity at some time in the future.

I once again did a demo on the mandalas that I demo'ed last September (at an in-person meeting) and this time we were able to include some of our Michigan members that could not attend that meeting. I used the Helix #12091 6" 360 degree protractor to make the circles. Everyone seemed to enjoy this demo.

 Show and Tell which is always a fun time for all and full of inspiration.

Ginny VanderHey
Ginny Vander Hey

Quilt by Ginny VanderHey

Laura Fuderer

Laura Fuderer

Laura Fuderer

Laura Fuderer

Angela Michielutti

Judy Theurel


February 5, 2022 Meeting

Quote: "The artist begins with a vision - a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage. _ Henry Matisse   (thank you Ginny for this quote!

14 Members attended this Zoom meeting.

Demonstration: Judy showed a trick for coloring black and white ribbon for special uses and also did a demo on alcohol inks. Great fun and inspiration. 

Show and Tell - We had 43 slides of fun and inspiration from members.

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Rose Kopec



Ginny VanderHey

Ginny VanderHey


Marty Mitchell

Pat West

Pat West

Pat West

Laura Fuderer

Judy Theurel

Judy Theurel

Judy Theurel

Judy Theurel

Judy Theurel

Traci VanProoyen

Traci VanProoyen

Traci VanProoyen


March 5, 2022 Meeting

Quote: "It is the artists business to create sunshine when the sun fails." Romain Rolland (Thanks to Ginny for this quote)

13 Members present for this Zoom Meeting

Discussion: Back by popular demand we will hold our "2nd Annual Members Favorite Tools" for our April Meeting. We are requesting that you send a photo and please include a link if you purchased online. Include style number and store if purchased locally. Please send a few days prior to our April 9th Meeting so that I can get the power point ready Please limit to 2 tools. 

Unplanned Demo's - I demo'd making a simple envelope out of a 9 x 12 piece of paper that I learned from a class I took with Anne Elser and then demo'd "The double seed of life" that I learned from Clarissa Grandi in a class I took from her. I had been doing "the seed of life" previously, but didn't know that was what it was called! This time I demonstrated with a Staedtler, Mars 552 compass. This compass is amazing and you can even use it with regular pens and markers!

Show and Tell - Tonia supplied us with some delightful pictures from a calendar the guild made in 1998! Wonderful nostalgia! And as always much inspiration from our members!

 

Guild Calendar 1998


1998 Calendar- Sharon Esmont

1998 Calendar - Rose
1998 Calendar - Joya Helmuth

1998 Calendar Diana Hutchison





Susan Kavanaugh

Birthday Cards for Diane Collins

Laurie Heyden
Judy Theurel - Alcohol ink

Judy Theurel - Alcohol Ink

Angela Michielutti

Card from Marty M. to Angie W.
 



CALENDAR for 2022

April 9: (Easter is April 17) Favorite Tool

May 7:

June 4:

July 2:

August 6: Picnic 

September 10 : Labor Day is Sept. 5

October 1:

November 5:

December 3: Christmas Party

 

THINGS OF INTEREST

https://www.pendragonscalligraphy.org/

https://www.handmadebookclub.com/



 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

To Be Determined

 

P.O. 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 Michiana Calligraphy Guild, please send to Laurie Heyden, 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46637 or Renee Tuveson, 928 Finch Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46614.

 

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 a workshop. If there would be an emergency, for instance the birth of a 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 qualify for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up foe 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 Blose, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.. There are lots of beautiful

 

AMERICAN FRAME

Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and  they will give us a small stipend.

 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

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 at meetings and our annual raffle in August, and in December our donation to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send to Laurie Heyden, our treasurer at 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46637.

 

OFFICIERS

Renee Tuveson, President and Blog,  rtuveson@hotmail.com

Laurie Heyden, Treasurer, silverbird323@jahoo.com

Judy Theurel, Secretary, judy@theurel.com

Sharon Esmont, Study Group sesmont@aol.com