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A Calligraphic Tour of Tuscany

When: April 3rd, 2017 7:30 pm

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, Morrison Room

Enjoy a little armchair travel to Italy! We will visit Pisa, Siena and Florence with Christine Colasurdo and enjoy some of the calligraphic treasures that are part of Tuscany’s artistic heritage. Christine will show us images of her travels and explain a little bit about the lettering styles used by monks and craftsmen to make the magnificent choir books of the late Middle Ages.

Come one, come all to our monthly member meeting! This month, we have a very special treat in store for you in the form of a presentation on Humanist Bookhand by Laura Drager.

When: Monday, March 13th
Where: Trinity Cathedral (147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209)

Playful Letters

Drawn letters based on Humanist Bookhand, Playful Letters become 3D eye catchers. They’re so versatile, they become addictive. This script is useful for envelopes, invitations, posters, banners, and more. Beginners as well as advanced lettering artists will enjoy learning these letters.

Supply List:

Pencil, eraser, fine black pen (.5 or less), and colored pencils (a minimum of three similar colors – light, medium, and dark).
Optional: Colorless blender pencil, grey “shadow” marker, “clear star” gel pen, and a white marker. The optional items will be available for use. Paper and exemplars will be provided.

The annual International Lettering Arts Conference will be June 24 – July 1, 2017 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Registration begins July 1, 2016. Details on the conference website


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Think It – Paint It – Write It with Barbara Close

The Portland Society for Calligraphy Presents:

Think It – Paint It – Write It

A Workshop with Barbara Close

Saturday, 9/9 and Sunday 9/10, 2017 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location TBA

Registration opens April 15, 2017
(Do not postmark registrations before this date)

Registration Form

Supply List

About This Workshop

If you can Think It…you can Paint it…and then Write it. Let’s combine our forces of our Caligraphic scripts by adding a little spice to our lettering and introduce some beautiful backgrounds and exciting marks to enhance the words. Your own comfortable hand will be our spring-board to launch us outside the box and get a bit more creative with a little guidance. We will explore several lettering styles, discover drawn images and create interesting marks and line variations on the pages. With the right attitude, we can make the words dance on the page.

About The Instructor

Barbara is an internationally known calligrapher/artist and teaches in southern California, across the USA, and Canada. She thoroughly loves teaching and sharing with students. Her work includes a wide variety of lettering styles and mixed media applications, and has been in exhibitions across the country as well as many private collections. Her work has creative passion while showing the exhilaration of discovery in playful experimentations with skillful execution. She has taught at several International Lettering and IAMPETH conferences. Barbara designed the logo for Somerset Studio Magazine and The Calligraphy Collection font cartridge for Cricut. She has also designed several greeting cards for Marcel Schurman, now Papyrus.