Calliarts - September

Dear Members and Followers,

Yes, it's that time for me to be reminding you that the next meeting and a great Calliarts afternoon is soon approaching.

This month we are going to get creative and create a book or two. To tantalise you:

Design Courtesy of Jean Riley

We will be making a small pamphlet sewn book with folded covers which require no gluing. This little book would be suitable as a notebook to keep in a handbag or pocket. The finished size is 12cm x 10cm. Although it is not glued the construction is quite sturdy.

The first photo is the completed book open and the second with the cover closed


Paper for text block: an A1 size sheet of paper, about 120gsm, cartridge paper is ideal and cheap, but use any you like provided it is not too thick.

Covers. 2 sheets of A3 size very light card, about 160gsm, (Mei-teintes will work well) in two toning or contrasting colours. If you have it bring a third sheet in case we have time to do a second book

Decoration: If you wish you can add some Japanese paper or other decoration to the covers.

Other equipment

·         The largest cutting mat you have
·         Craft knife with a sharp blade.
·         Pencil
·         Ruler – 50 or 60cm if you have one or the longest you have, preferably a steel one for cutting.
·         Eraser
·         Thread – embroidery thread is fine or something similar.
·         Sewing needle – not to small – one that will easily fit your thread through the eye.
·         Small scissors
·         Bone folder
·         Awl or similar to put the sewing holes in your text block – a large needle will be OK.
·         Small size bulldog clip x 2

We may have time to do a second book and you will have sufficient paper from your A1 sheet for this.

Calligraphy Southscribes - Report Embossing Workshop – Sat 18 July 2015 – Tutor Pat Moody

Calligraphy Southscribes

Report Embossing Workshop – Sat 18 July 2015 – Tutor Pat Moody

This workshop was held at Club East Sutherland and we had a full complement of thirteen participants for a very creative day of experimenting with the art of embossing.
Pat showed us the basics of how to create our own designs and transfer them to card or plastic and cut stencils from them, these were then used to give an effective embossed image on card or paper. Certainly a challenge with some very interesting results. Also how to get different results with simple pre-cut stencils using a variety of tools. A most enjoyable day with plenty of ideas to continue playing at home.

Report by Meril Bowyer

Workshop - Rustica Ancient and Modern

Hi All
A reminder about our September Lettering course - Rustica Ancient & Modern
 Starting on Wednesday  2nd September and running for four weeks until 23rd September.  Time: 7pm-9pm.  Reduced Cost for 4 week course $70 for members and $80 for non-members.
Tutor:  Valerie Keevers    Code:  LC/VK/3-15
Attached is material requirement list and workshop booking for your information.
Please let me know if you would like to enrol in this course as soon as possible.  If you have any queries or require further information please email us.

August 2015 Meeting Summary

Workshops: The next workshop is on Saturday 15th August, Running Bookhand with Gloria Scott. There has been a less than ideal response to this workshop and I do urge you to consider booking in. Runnning book hand is a very good script to have in your repertoire, it is a lovely script, quite versatile and not too difficult.
The next Lettering Course commences on 2nd September, Rustica with Valerie Keevers. This is historically a very interesting and important script, so again, do consider booking in for this as it is not often taught.
Workshop Bookings: Please email your booking and payment information (including the code) to Meril Bowyer at or post to PO Box 714 Caringbah 1495. Direct debit details are available if you prefer to pay electronically.
Workshops 2016: We have more or less finalised the Full Day Workshops, Lettering Courses and Calliart for next year and have some exciting things in the calendar which I hope will inspire you to come along to some of them. We would love to see some fresh faces.
The Lettering Courses this year will cover the Gothic period and beyond.
Term 1: Textura (Glora Scott)
Term 2: Fraktur (Patricia)
Term 3: Rotunda (Glenis)
Term 4 Modern Batarde (Valerie)
Full Day workshops:
20th February: Julie-ann Williams: “Teensy Weensy” – small writing on a variety of objects such as pebbles.
April: Patricia: Italic variations:
June: Penny: Artists book
August: Glenis: Art Deco lettering.
October: Valerie. Working with vellum
If Colleen Little becomes available we will add an extra workshop with her towards the end of the year.
25th Anniversary : Next year we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary which is quite an achievement for a small organisation. We would welcome your suggestions as to how to mark this occasion both artistically and socially. Please put your thinking caps on and if you have any brilliant ideas send them off to our President. Patricia
Magazine: An e-magazine will be coming out in September, if you have anything to contribute or have seen an interesting article on the web please email it to Patricia
Word of the Month: it is pleasing to see some of newer members taking part in this. It is a challenge to do something interesting with just one word but we are receiving some very interesting and imaginative pieces of work. You can of course write that one word as many times as you like. Keep up the good work and those of you who have not yet participated do consider it, you can join in any time. Just remember the criteria. The word for September is rhythm. Have fun!
Social Activities: Seven of us went to the Maritime Museum on Monday to view the Mary Rose Scroll which was most interesting and hopefully it will remain on display. An enormous amount of work went into it and a great feather in the cap of those Southscibes who completed it. Thanks to Mirielle for arranging our visit. Afterwards we had a very nice lunch in Darling Harbour.
Out next social activity is the tour of the QVB is confirmed for Monday September 14th. The time to be advised but will be around 10.30/11 am followed by brunch/lunch. Mirielle will check and confirm time.
A tour of Victoria Barracks is proposed for early next year – probably March.
Calliart: The next Calliart is on the 12th September - a simply sewn pamphlet book with a folded cover which is a handy size

The Australian Heraldic Society

The Australian Heraldic Society.

We invite you to attend a lecture


Philatelic Covers as a Source of Heraldic Art

to be delivered by

David Phillips
This event will take place on

Friday 28 August 2015

(Doors open 6:00pm ? Lecture commences 6:30pm)
and will be held at

The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts

Level 1

280 Pitt St, Sydney
Entry is by gold coin donation and refreshments will be available prior to the lecture. There will also be a raffle.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 26 August 2015

For bookings and inquiries please contact the Hon. Secretary, Stephen Szabo by telephone call or text message on 0431 701 055, by post at

The Australian Heraldry Society, PO Box 107, LAWSON NSW 2783,

or by e-mail on
The world of philately is a rich source of heraldic imagery, especially on postage stamps. Philatelic covers, especially those commemorating the anniversary of an institution, can also often feature heraldic or quasi-heraldic images. In this well-illustrated presentation David Phillips, retired lawyer and librarian and prolific author on heraldic and vexillological topics will discuss just some of the 4300 philatelic covers in his collection which include heraldic material. It is a lecture that will be of interest to heraldists and philatelists alike.

David F Phillips describes himself as ?an American dilettante, amateur scholar, heraldist, retired lawyer, retired librarian, Buddhist and harmless eccentric?. He grew up in New York, was educated at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has spent most of his adult life in San Francisco, where he continues to live in an active and busy retirement. He has written numerous articles on heraldry and flags, and has edited or written several books on heraldic themes, including Emblems of the Indian States and The Double Eagle.

Running Bookhand - One Day Workshop

Dear Members and Followers,

Calligraphy Southscribes will conduct a one day workshop on August 15, 2015 at the Sylvania Community Hall, Canberra Road, Sylvania.

The tutor for the day is Gloria. She has kindly provided a materials list and some examples for your information.

"This is a useful hand.  It is simple, unadorned, with many applications.
Very adaptable to colour work and decoration."

Should you need more details on the workshop please email us.

Running Bookhand:
usual calligraphy gear, eg:
A3 layout paper - available from Eckersley
0.4 fine line pen
folder with plastic sleeves for handouts and notes
pen, Speedball series C No.3 and holder
or Shaefer cartridge pen with 2 mm broad nib
or Manuscript cartridge pen with 2 mm broad nib
or Zig calligraphy writer, double ended, 2.0 or 3.5 mm
or Artline calligraphy pen, fibre tip 2.0 mm
Ink: either china black or FW ink
small jar and paper towels for nib cleaning
slope board if you have one

Calligraphy Southscribes, Inc. is kindly supported by Sutherland Shire Council