Members and guests of Escribiente meet the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. (No meetings are held in January, July and December, unless noted.)

Meeting June 2009

We feature an informative program for all levels of calligraphy at each meeting, including speakers, hands on projects, social time to meet other calligraphers, and generally a good learning atmosphere. Everyone with an interest in creating beautiful letters is welcome!


Meet and mingle with local Escribiente calligraphers at our free monthly meetings. Guests welcome. Please note that these programs may be subject to change. (Members receive email reminders one week beforehand.)

Programs 2017–2018

To guide us, and better serve our members, the Programs and Workshops Committees chairpersons (Patty Hammarstedt and Beth McKee) have developed a Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to ENCOURAGE the study and practice of Calligraphy as a craft and art form, to FACILITATE individual excellence, and to CULTIVATE understanding and appreciation of its history through conduction of sponsored programs, workshops and activities that EDUCATE, INFORM and INSPIRE through instruction as well as free interchange of ideas and techniques.

“With that in mind, the committees have put together a ‘themed’ year focusing on Bookhand/Foundational. The 2017-18 Programs and Workshops will encourage enjoyment and experimentation using this upright alphabet with a 30 degree pen angle devised by master penman and typographer Edward Johnston in the early 20th century.

We will gently weave Bookhand/Foundational into each program and workshop. It won’t be boring! We plan to make the year cohesive, but also lots of fun drawing flourishes in the air, penciling monoline forms, penning basic Bookhand/Foundational, stretching our letters with ‘big & tiny & short & tall’, writing on cloth, creating a Bookhand book, and pressurizing pointed pen versions!” 

Download Foundational Supply Kit PDF. See also supplies required for each program.

Join us for a fun year of exploring! – Patty & Beth

View previous meetings: 2017–2018 Meetings Archive

Wednesday, June 6, 2017, 6:30pm

(Q&A in lobby 5pm; social time 6pm)

The Pressure’s On

Presented by Bill Kemp

The year of Bookhand/Foundational is coming to a close yet would not be complete without a bit of pointed pen experimentation. Members will be briefly introduced to the pointed pen and then move on to the ups and downs of creating thick and thin strokes using pressure and release directly on a provided handout. Pointed pen calligraphy produces an especially pleasing texture and offers a sound foundation for further exploration and design.

Supplies to bring:
  • A Nikko G pointed nib (available for purchase at meeting, $2 each)
  • An offset nib holder or straight nib holder
  • A bottle of ink, with dinky-dip container
  • seat cushion (for added height)
  • Escribiente will supply the paper for you to use at the meeting


More Details on Materials, with LINKS to Paper & Ink Arts:

An oblique holder, such as:

Ziller Oblique Holder 40:

Pocket Scribbler Oblique:


A straight holder, such as Brause Double Wooden Penholder:


Nib (Bill will have extra nibs at the meeting for you to purchase at $2.00 a nib). Recommended nib: Nikko G nib:

Ink, such as:

Walnut Drawing ink


Ink Holder (Dinky-Dip)

Because this bottle has a narrow opening, you’ll need a dinky-dip container tol help dip your nib in the ink


McCaffery’s Ink

Bill recommends any of the McCaffery colors, except black. (Black is an iron gall ink and is very acidic.) If you are going to purchase McCaffery’s Ink, then pick a nice color to have fun with. They all work very nice with the pointed pen.