Welcome to Escribiente

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, and we welcome guests and members of the public who have an interest in learning more abut the fine art of beautiful writing. Please see our Meetings page for full details and directions and download our Newsletters for reviews and photos from our workshops and programs.


Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome, so just drop by! We meet the first Wednesday of most months at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque (southwest corner of Elizabeth and Southern).

August 3, 2016, 6:30pm

Show & Share

Members share their experiences from the summer workshops, including Ghost Ranch and the Show of Hands conference in Asheville, and more.

The NM State Fair is on the horizon! If you need help with your framing, we will have a table set aside with assistance with wiring the back of your piece.

Upcoming Workshop:

Decorated Letters with Nancy Culmone

September 24–25, 2016

Contact Jan Florence to register. Details to come.


Download Screen Res PDF2016–1 (April)

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  • Cover: Janice Gabel, from Lettering in 3D class.
  • Envelopes from Alan Jackman (exhibit review)
  • Julie Gray's Lettering in 3D workshop review
  • The Story of Yellow
  • In Memory of Joseph A. Teresi (1918 - 2015)
  • Photo gallery: Escribiente programs and classes
  • Amity Parks'A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye(Graphite Techniques) workshop review
  • Escribiente Library – new additions
  • Study opportunities (Ghost Ranch, Italy)


The Victorian Pen

Workshop with Heather Victoria Held

View Flickr Photo Album from this workshop

Heather led students through simple drawing exercises which were then transformed into innovative decorative designs. The pointed pen was combined with coloured pencil, watercolour and gilding in this workshop. We focused on traits and colours that were popular in Victorian decorative designs. Starting with simple corner flourishes we gradually expanded into more intricate and detailed designs.

Visit Heather’s website.


Also check our page of Local Calligraphy Classes offered by Escribiente members.


Our recent Lettering in 3D workshop with Julie Gray was fabulous! Click the image below to view class images on Flickr, or read more about this workshop (with images from Julie).

Flickr album

New Mexico State Fair 2015

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Expo New Mexico

Escribiente members display their fine art of beautiful lettering at the State Fair each year in the Creative Arts Building at NM Expo, Albuquerque. Below is our show from September 2015:

NM State Fair album montage

View Flickr slideshow of the Calligraphy exhibit at the 2015 New Mexico State Fair.


Artisan Crafted Penholders


Escribiente member Rodger Mayeda crafts beautiful penholders and sells them through his Etsy store. If you’d like to order, order on the first of each month, as Rodger closes his store as soon as he has enough work for each month!

Read about their construction here and here.


Escribiente Mentor Program

Escribiente has a mentor program for new members. Our objective is to assist new members with calligraphy and the many things associated with it. This is not designed to teach a hand, but to assist with various techniques and questions such as:

  • How do you do that?
  • I want to do this – but where do I start?
  • What should I use ( i.e. ink, tool, paper)?
  • Guidelines?
  • I can’t make that letter, what am I doing wrong?
  • Squash??? Well that is what it sounded like. (Gouache)
  • Can you do calligraphy on this?
  • And the many more questions that we all had when we were first starting out.

It will not all be on your shoulders, if you don’t know the answer you can find out or refer them to another member that you think would know the answer. But the best thing that will happen is the possible friendship that may develop for you and Escribiente. This will make the new member gain confidence in their ability as a calligrapher and feel like one of us (experienced calligraphers anyway) much faster. I remember the excitement of looking at all the strange tools, the mystery of how do they make those pens make letters like that and many other questions.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or having a Mentor, contact Jan Florence: H 505-281-5771 (call first) - C 505-269-8867; email: