November - Calliarts and Meeting

Dear Members and Followers,

November, the final meeting and calliarts for 2015. It would be great to see you at the meeting and if you cannot make that, then the calliarts afternoon with Glenis, ensures we will go out creatively for the year.


Swing Cards give you the opportunity to recycle greeting cards.  There are a variety of patterns for these cards; the one I’m going to show you has a concertina insert.  I’m suggesting you use a Christmas theme, however you can use any theme you like depending on the picture/s you have.  For those of you who haven’t before used your calligraphy to address envelopes or write a verse for your hand made cards we will cover those as well.

Materials List:

·         A picture from a recycled card, postcard, scrapbooking paper, etc. up to but no larger than 8cm x 9cm.  The picture can be any shape but squares and rectangles are the easiest.

·         1 x sheet of A5 (21cm x approx. 15cm) card for the outer card, with grain running parallel to the short side, to match colours in picture.*

·         1 x sheet of A5 lighter weight card for the concertina insert, with grain running parallel to the short side.  The colour can be a contrast, complementary or the same colour as the outer card.*

·         Double sided tape (6mm wide is best) or UHU glue – whatever you like to use for gluing cardboard.

·         2 paper clips

·         Sticker strips and greetings for decoration (optional)

·         Cutting mat

·         Sharp cutting blade

·         Bone folder

·         Metal and plastic rulers

·         Lead Pencil

If you would like to address an envelope to go with your card bring your usual calligraphy gear.

* If you bring A4 sheets of cardboard you can make 2 cards.

All rights Reserved Glenis Sheather

All rights Reserved Glenis Sheather

October Meeting Summary

Dear Members and Followers,

If you weren't able to attend the October Meeting, then here is the latest update for you.

More Items to Note:

  • Dragons Lair Exhibtion
  • Christmas Party
  • Special Meeting to be called March after the AGM
  • 2016 - 25th Anniversary of Calligraphy Southscribes

There are 7 bookings for the Jerusalem hand on 17th October so that will go ahead There are 4 bookings at present for the next lettering course, Colour Calligraphy commencing on the 21st October, it was decided that this would go ahead but owing to unforeseen circumstances it will be reduced to 4 weeks and Gloria Scott will be the tutor for the whole course. Those who have already paid for the 6 weeks will of course receive a refund. Meril is away from 28th September to 11th November so Pat has agreed to take workshop bookings/enquiries for that period.
I do encourage you to book in for the Colour Calligraphy course, the correct use of colour is something we all need to be proficient at as it can really enhance a piece of work as well as being fun.
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.

The next magazine will be in December. Please look out for any articles, good web sites etc that might be worth putting in. It is your magazine and can’t happen without people contributing. Email suggestions/articles to Penny
Membership: the membership remains at 24 financial members and 5 life members.
Blog: There were 607 page views this month, most being for the visit to the Mary Rose and then the September meeting summary followed by workshops. With The USA having the most viewers after Australia.

Social Activities: The Victoria Barracks Tour will take place next year in late February or early March. There is also a possibility of a behind the scenes tour of the Capitol Theatre later in the year. Further details to follow.

25th Anniversary 2016: The survey to members and past members will go out in the next couple of weeks inviting them to take part in the celebrations and to write down any historical anecdotes/facts/recollections that could be complied into the proposed history of Calligraphy Southscibes.
Apart from the history it was agreed that we would do a piece of collaborative work in the form of a wall hanging with a completion date of late October next year.

Each member who participates will do a designated letter (pulled out of a hat) Each letter will be on a 12 x 12 cm piece of paper. (the paper will be provided by Southscibes so there is uniformity)
 The minimum letter size must be 8cm x 8cm.
 The letter itself can be any colour any design you wish, it does not necessarily have to be centered.
 The letters will form the words CALLIGRAPHY SOUTHSCRIBES
 When all letters are completed they will be mounted on a black background.
 As we have more or less the number of members as the letters we need it would be fitting if every member were to volunteer to do a letter and then the project would be truly representative of Calligraphy Southscribes. The project will be coordinated by Penny so could you please let her know of your intention to participate by email as soon as possible.

Exhibition at Dragon’s Lair: This is confirmed and will be for the month of April 2016 .Cathy, Kay and Glenis to have a meeting with Dragon’s Lair on Monday so more details will be available after that. It is confirmed that work needs to be mounted only, not framed. The theme will still be World War 1 and the exhibition title will be the same as for the Hazelhurst Exhibition. Please think of entering a work, even if you are not too experienced, it only needs to be small and you get a real buzz seeing your work hanging in an exhibition!

Christmas Party: This will be on 12th December from 12pm to 2pm at Sylvania as usual. Entry fee is a Christmas card. Do put this in your diary it is a fun day and a good opportunity to relax and just have a chat.

Winding up of Calligraphy Southscribes: If there is a slight possibility that this could happen in the future we should have something in place well beforehand to avoid any difficulties. There is nothing specific in the constitution regarding this.
There will be a special general meeting following the AGM for an amendment to be made to the constitution to allow for this.

Calliart: the next Calliart is 14th November “Swing cards” with Glenis. Glenis showed us some at the meeting and they would be ideal for Christmas cards so do come along.
WORD OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER IS ZEST – a different challenge this month as it is a very short word! We had some great ones for friendship, keep them coming.
Penny Laver
Minutes Secretary

Workshop - Colour in Calligraphy

Dear Member and Followers,

The final lettering course for 2015, reduced to 4 weeks takes a twist and looks at colour. Our founding member Gloria Scott, will each be teaching four weeks of the course designed to increase your knowledge or introduce you to the concept of colour and calligraphy.

Calligraphers paint pictures with words, so the colour/s you choose for your script or background design can have a real effect on the feeling and emotion of your work. 

The classic combination of black, red & white will always look good, but colour will make your work sing.

To commence, we will be creating a colour wheel and then it will be onto use of colour in our calligraphy.

Equipment List for Weeks 1:

  • Gouache, 14 ml tubes (Winsor & Newton) Series 1 only – ($8.70 Eckersley’s although 20% off until end of October) retail $7.45 each from Parkers Fine Arts, Cambridge St, The Rocks.
  •  Permanent white 
  • Lamp black  
  • Lemon yellow (cool)  
  • Spectrum yellow (warm)
  • Sky blue (cool)
  • Ultramarine (warm)
  • Bengal rose (cool) 
  • Flame red (warm)

 Brushes - Eckersley’s have Cotman synthetic sable and Parker's their own brand

  •  4 x no 4 bristle brushes for mixing.
  • 2 good quality brushes for painting. Suggest No1 and No 3

But whatever you get, your brush must be able to retain a good point as you paint – don’t bother with sable brushes at this stage unless you already have them.


  • 2 white ice cube trays, or small white porcelain dishes (Asian) for mixing. 
  • Artline, indelible liner. Fine. 
  • Small, narrow roil of Gladwrap (or similar) 
  • 2 water jars, plus chux or old towel.

We will work with the colour wheel, tertiary colours, tones and tints, progressing to colour in letterforms, using either straight edged brushes or nibs,working on tone-on-tone.  Enrolments are asked to bring a verse or prose tocomplete the exercise.  Please bring usual calligraphy equipment, A3 layout pad etc.
All rights reserved - Gloria Scott

All rights reserved - Gloria Scott

October Meeting and Calliarts

Dear Members and Followers,

Don't forget that our monthly meeting and calliarts afternoon is fast approaching, Saturday 10 October.
All members are invited to the meeting and everyone is able to come along to the calliarts afternoon. Bring your usual calligraphy gear plus any pens you don't know how to use or what to use them for, as this month's afternoon is "Pens and their Uses".

Workshop - Jerusalem Hand

Dear Members and Followers,

Our latest one day workshop is the Jerusalem Hand originally conceived as a calligraphic script by Margaret Shepherd but our tutor Valerie Keevers will be instructing us in her version of this hand.

Jerusalem Hand - tutor Valerie Keevers

The Jerusalem Hand is an interesting and contemporary script based on the ancient Hebrew writing style originally conceived by Margaret Shepherd and further developed by Valerie Keevers.
In this full day workshop we will be writing English and we will also look at some styles of decoration making this a very useful hand to add to a portfolio of skills. 

Places are limited so bookings are essential.
CONTACT: Patricia Moody  9521 5878  

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

Calliarts - September

Dear Members and Followers,

The Calliarts afternoon for September was creating little books, expertly demonstrated to us by Penny. I think we did her proud with our results.