Calliarts April - Using Masking Fluid

Dear Members and Followers,

The calliarts for the month of April is Using Mask Fluid with Glenis Sheather.

Masking fluid dries to create a temporary mask or resist to protect designated areas and shapes, which in our case will be letters.  It can be applied like paint with a brush or treated like ink in a pen.  The result enables lettering to stand out clearly against colourful backgrounds and can be used underneath watercolours, gouache of inks. A single word done is this way gives emphasis to a piece of work.  A series of words under a light watercolour wash can be used as a background.

If you have never used masking fluid before, this workshop will allow you to try before you buy.  Glenis will provide the masking fluid for anyone who doesn’t have any.  With regards to the other materials you will need, a separate materials list will be issued closer to the workshop.

This should be a fun workshop so mark the date in your diaries.


·         Masking Fluid – only if you have it.  Don’t buy it especially as Glenis will have some for those who don’t have it.
·         3 or 4 A5 sheets of good quality smooth, hot press paper.  You may have some left over from Julie Williams’ workshop.
·         A broad edged/chisel nib – about the size of a Speedball  2, William Mitchell 1, Brause 3mm or a little larger.
·         A couple of tubes of water colour paint and/or gouache
·         A palette dish for mixing paint
·         A flat paint brush about 10-15 mm wide
·         An old, soft toothbrush for cleaning nibs
·         Water jars, rags, paper towelling
·         Blu-tac, only if you have it.
·         Layout pad
·         Usual calligraphy gear
·         A short verse or two

Teensy Weensy Writing - Workshop Report

Dear Members and Followers,

20th February 2016     Sylvania Community Hall
 We were privileged to once again have Julie-Ann as our tutor for some specialised VERY small writing layouts and ideas, using any or all of our favourite and/or interesting scripts, and using a 1561-62 “Model Book of Calligraphy” by Croatian (Hungarian) scribe, Georg Bocskay as inspiration.  This pre-eminent scribe used a vast selection of contemporary and historical scripts to display his mastery of the range of styles known to him.  The book was later enhanced by an artist, Joris Hoefnagel, with illuminations and other additions.
Julie-Ann demonstrated and described many tips for media to use for such fine writing, including the usual pencils, pens, nibs, quills, inks and ink-sticks and how to use them, plus other quirky methods of decoration using found objects etc.
How to sharpen the nibs with an Arkansas stone was important, and to clean the encrusted ink off nibs, toothpaste was suggested as the finest and least aggressive cleaner (scrape the gunge off with a scalpel); it keeps the nib clean and sharp for the finest writing.  Rule lines with a Very Sharp Pencil.
Pre-treating the paper with an extra external size can help stop any bleeding, also the paper needs to be treated with a pounce of gum sandarac before writing.  The gum needs to be finely pounded in a mortar and pestle, and stored in a silk pouch, plus kept as free from contamination as possible.
Using good quality A5 pieces of paper, we worked on some pieces of writing using varying ideas, layouts, and media.  For the 12 of us there, it was a busy and interesting day – in fact more time would have been nice, but we kept the 6 hours so fully occupied, that I was exhausted by the time we went home.  Julie-Ann was flat out all day and we were all appreciative of the effort put in to construction of the workshop and the amount of information imparted.
It was a wonderful day, and our thanks to Julie-Ann for all of her efforts.
Kath McEwen

Starry - The Word a Month

Dear Members and Followers,

The stars were out when those of us participating in the word of the month presented the word 'Starry'.
Don your sunglasses and view the results.

World War 1 in Pen & Brush Exhibition

Dear Members and Followers,

Calligraphy Southscribes, Inc. proudly presents:

Special Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Dear Members and Followers,

Saturday 12th March 2016 is both the AGM for us at 11.30am plus a Special Meeting at 11am to discuss what we should if we fold.

We implore you to attend both meetings so that your views can be heard on what will happen to Calligraphy Southscribes, Inc. and be brought up-to-date on the happens of last year. A new committee will be chosen at the AGM as positions will be becoming vacant.