Meetings 2017 – 2018

CAGT meets at Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC) on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday afternoons at 1:00 p.m., as scheduled. Guests are welcome to attend one general meeting to learn about the Guild. For more information, please contact us at

October 12, 2017: Butterfly Nibs and Alternate Tools with Mark Lurz

7:00 pm: Meeting starts

Board members will greet you already at 6:30, if you want to browse the library.
Ursula will look after your thirst with a punch, the rest of us bring snacks.

This is our AGM. The present board members agreed to stand for another term.
If you like to help us, we would love to have your support.

Fresh from Switzerland:

Pelikan 4001 inks: $8
Walnut ink: $4
Schmincke Rich Gold bronze powder: $20

Mark will show you how to work with this gold.
Then we explore the Ruling (Drafting) pen and the Butterfly nib.

You bring:
Practising papers, some with a good “tooth” – texture.
Any ink
Water jar
Fine brush
Mixing brushes
Palette or mixing dish
Some paper towels
Scissors and an old pencil
Should you own a ruling pen or butterfly nib, please bring it in.

We’ll attempt to make our own butterfly nib.

November 9, 2017: Fun with Gold

6:30 pm: Library is open
7:00 pm: Meeting begins with updates and info on what’s new.

Viktor Palys shows the laying of gold leaf as used in his traditional Ikon paintings.
Mark will cover the contemporary approach to different gold and silver applications.
Small pieces of gold leaf and black paper will be available.

If on hand, you will bring:

1. Glassine paper
2. Sharp scissors
3. Fine brush
4. Soft larger brush for lifting gold leaf
5. Any gold size – underlying medium to raise gold
6. Oil pastels – gold leaf sticks to it
7. Any gold or silver pens, markers or brushes
8. Any gold from a tube, jar or shell
9. Hematite or any burnisher
10. Silk cloth
11. Straw – used as breathing tube
12. Black or dark coloured heavy paper
13. Palette and water jar

January 14, 2018: Communication from Caves to Screens

This coming Sunday, Jan. 14, we meet at one o’clock in the afternoon.

The topic is: The History of Writing

Our member Lee Thureson will enlighten us with the history of our Western Alphabet.

Using power point she will delve into the beginnings of writing and follow the major scripts to the present.

If you are a history buff you will enjoy seeing Lee’s presentation.

We will have time for Sweets & Drinks

If your Christmas cookies did not all get eaten, please, bring them to sweeten the afternoon. (Ursula will look after our thirst)

As usual there is a bit of business.

AGM for NPCC a week later,

Ordering materials from John Neal Bookstore:

We will place one order.

Go to: and bring your wished for items written out to the meeting.

March 8, 2018: Cosmic Calligraphy with Anthony Trask

The fascinating history and mystery of the alphabet continues with Graphic Designer and Calligrapher Anthony Trask. Anthony will share what he has learned connecting the 22 letters of the ancient Phoenician alphabet to a path of constellations in the sky and to the 22 Major Arcana Tarot cards. He is posting his intriguing letters on Instagram:

March 25, 2018: Decorating and Illuminating Initials

Illuminating & Decorating Initials (rescheduled from February 11, 2018)

Nancy, Ramona, Susan and Mark will present their unique approach to embellishing initials and will guide you through your creation. (Just in time for your Valentine’s Day card)


Your basic tool kit and if on hand:
Some card stock (for that Valentine’s card)
Cutting tools
Water jar
Mixing palette
Water colours and gold
Coloured pencils
Aquarelle pencil crayons (two colours that you like)
Fine line markers
Pentell brushes and ZIG markers
Embossing tool such as ball stylus, ballpoint pen with no ink, or knitting needle

April 12, 2018: Colour

This coming Thursday, April 12, 2018 we meet at 7:00pm for our monthly meeting. Come earlier if you want to check the library.
We will tackle COLOUR.
Please bring:
Palette or mixing dishes
Flat brushes or strong mixing brushes (stir sticks?)
Water jar
Paper towels or Kleenex
Any gouache you have, including black & white
White paper
A short introduction into colour theory will prepare us for the practical work.
This Thursday is also the deadline for registration and the payment of $5 entry fee for our upcoming exhibition: Calligraphers on the go…
We are to have our pieces ready by April 22.
If you have not eaten your Easter chocolates or if you have other snacks,
please bring some to our meeting.
Ursula will look after the punch

June 14, 2018: Summertime Social

In a good week, Thursday, June 14, we will meet once more at 7 o’clock. We come together in a party mood before the summer break. Ursula and I will look after the drinks, you can help with some finger foods.

Planned are:

Material Exchange
Bring your unwanted tools, papers, books etc. for sale or exchange. Please mark your items with a price and come earlier to set up.

Pen Pal
Some of us have been partnered with a Pen Pal. Please bring the mail you received over the year and we will try to guess who your pal is.

Calligraphic Flower Garden
For this project we need your artistic endeavor. You will create a simple calligraphic piece centered on the topic of a flower. If you like the challenge you will get the chance to win a flower in the raffle.

Library Books
Outstanding books? Please return them now.

Social Evenings
Officially our Guild does not meet in the summer. However, Cory has reserved studio space at Neilson Park Creative Centre for the Thursday evenings of July 12 and Aug. 9, 2018. These are opportunities to work with others, get inspired and receive help from experienced calligraphers.

Summer Meet-Ups in July and August

If you’re in town, let’s get together and enjoy each other’s company, discuss and display calligraphy pieces we are working on, learn something new, snack a little and maybe even get a head start on 2019’s exhibition piece. Consider these bonus get togethers!

On Thursday, July 12, let’s meet in Studio A2 and have a show and tell about the art pieces, envelopes, letters, etc. that we are working on. Cory will also lead a fun activity on creating mandalas. Mandalas are round geometric patterns that are fun and easy to make. Lee made a beautiful mandala art piece that was displayed during our CAGT exhibition in May. If you can, shake out your kid’s (or grandkid’s) backpacks for compasses and protractors. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these tools, Cory will have some extras on hand. Please also bring along your regular calligraphy tool kit with pens and and inks and let’s enjoy the evening!

This will also be a great time to brainstorm about art pieces for the 2019 exhibition. Snacks contributions are always welcome.

Later in the summer, on Thursday, August 9th, let’s meet again and try our collective hands at brush lettering. Brush lettering just seems to go well with an easy, breezy summer.

We hope to see on you on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Calligraphy Kit

Bring your kit to meetings or classes so you have your learning tools on hand!  Contents  can include sketchbook and/or notebook and pencil/lead holder, silent pencil sharpener, ruler, bone folder, scissors, tracing paper, cutting mat and knife, glue stick, markers, pen holder/nibs, ink and tools or materials of your preference.