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Valley Calligraphy Guild
Schedule of Meetings, Events and Projects

General Meetings

All Valley Calligraphy Guild meetings will take place via Zoom until further notice.
Members will receive invitations by email.
Most general meetings will be
open at 6:45 PM, Pacific Coast time with time for greetings and show & tell before the start of the evening program.

All VCG members, everywhere in the known universe, have an opportunity to attend monthly meetings,
see old friends and learn new techniques.

A Zoom invitation will be sent out to all members before the meeting.


Valley Calligraphy Guild Membership
Dues for 2023-2024 are due September 2023
See the Membership page for details and our new PayPal link.


The 2023 Valley Calligraphy Guild Virtual Exhibit
is available for viewing.
Click on 2023 in Shows in the orange bar above
and enjoy three pages of new calligraphy
by members of the VCG


CHALLENGE for November

Your challenge for November is something that happens every year, and we almost forget about it, but it has already arrived...and been washed away by rain...and is back again: Indian Summer. It’s in the air (along with the falling leaves), you can feel the warmth on your skin and you can smell it. Your challenge is to create something with those sensations.

Hopefully, there will be time at the November Meeting for us to see what you created for your challenge! Whether there is time or not, always take a photo of your creation and email it to Judy Black for inclusion in the VCG Newsletter!



CHALLENGE for December

For December I would like to challenge you to create art in a way that expresses what JOY feels like in your heart. It’s easy to give joy to someone, feel joy when a baby is born, how will you express JOY?

Please take a photo of what you make to show at the December meeting and send it to Judy Black to be printed in our VCG Newsletter.


The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. 
 A state of happiness or felicity.

2 & 9

Valley Calligraphy Guild Workshop
Rachel Yallop — Copperplate Variations
December 2nd and 9th
9 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Daylight Time) on Zoom
Cost $60 for members, $85 for non-members

view more samples of Rachel's Copperplate variations
click for flyer



VCG Sale at the 23rd Annual Authors & Artists Fair
10 AM - 5 PM
in the Atrium of the Lane County Events Center
796 West 13th Ave
Eugene, Oregon

DONATIONS Please create and donate cards and other calligraphy related items. Envelope sizes for cards should be 4 3/8" x 5 3/4" or 4 3/4" x 6 1/2" and please put them in clear cellophane sleeves if you have them. Arrange to drop off your donations with Judith Bailey, (541) 505-9926, or Angela Miller, (541) 515-0874,

NOTE The deadline to drop off card donations, etc. is Thursday, November 30.

VOLUNTEERS If you would like to volunteer to be a scribe or an elf on the day of the fair, please contact Angela Miller, (541) 515-0874,

14 Valley Calligraphy Guild General Meeting
Program - Cards, Cards, Card, Show us your Cards
Let us see a card you have made and tell us how you did it. Demonstrations welcome.
Holiday cards, Birthday cards, Valentine cards, Get Well cards or cards for any other occasion or non-occasion.

TBA Valley Calligraphy Guild Members Show
at Seize the Cafe
2465 Hilyard St, Eugene
Watch this space for details
11 Valley Calligraphy Guild General Meeting
Past programs currently available only to VCG members

Valley Calligraphy Guild General Meeting - Februrary

Sue Greenseth is a professional calligrapher and graphic artist. She is an officer with the Portland Society of Calligraphy and teaches calligraphy workshops throughout the US. Her program will be teaching us her Neuland along with fun ways to embellish the script.


  • 6mm Pilot Parallel Pen (inked up and ready to go!) 
  • Paper: I prefer Gilbert Bond, but I'll leave it up to each individual to choose what they like best. 
  • Guidelines: People can rule their own lines, or they can use the guide I've attached. We'll also talk about working at a very small 2 pen width X-height, but not spend much time there. 
Optional materials:
  • Pens: Glaze pens, glitter gel pens, Signo Uni-Ball
  • Markers: thin black markers such as Pigma Micron 01, or Pilot Hi-Tec-C 03 (or whatever they have)
  • Pencil for shading.
  • Click to download Neuland exemplar and guidelines

Valley Calligraphy Guild General Meeting - March
: Carolingian demonstration by Yuki Tanaka
Supply list
• Nib — 3mm — nib like  Michell #1/ Speedball C-2,  pen holder & ink  or
• Pilot Parallel Pen 3mm 
• practice paper — layout bond or your favorite

click for exemplar, guidelines and samples



by Sheila Waters from Under Milkwood

Valley Calligraphy Guild General Meeting - April
PROGRAM - Embellishing Copperplate with Aries Manoff
Watch Aries as she adds simple embellishments and cartouches to Copperplate pointed pen lettering. See designs that would work with any pointed pen script and can be used to add extra pizzazz to an envelope or card.
Supply list
Practice paper – HP Premium 32lb or whatever you prefer to practice with
Blank card
Straight pen or Oblique pen
Sumi Ink
Walnut Ink
Fintec (Colorio) Watercolor
G Nib (more stiff)
Brause 66EF Nib (very flexible!!)
Paper Towel

Sample & supply list

  Valley Calligraphy Guild General Meeting - May

Program: The Magic of Mica with Suzie Beringer
Who doesn’t like a little sparkle and shimmer? Come and learn why Suzie loves to work with mica. She will discuss some of the many things she does to make hers unique.


Valley Calligraphy Guild General Meeting - October
Program - Folk Art and More! A Pilot Parallel Pen class with Violet Smythe

Handouts for the meeting
Circle Templates for Mandalas
Pilot Parallel Pens
Folk Art and More handout

Supplies for meeting
· Pilot Parallel pen—whatever you have in hand—sizes 6.0mm to 3.8mm will be demonstrated
· Fountain pen inks (Pelikan, J Herbin, Robert Oster, etc. ) and or Ecoline liquid watercolour and or walnut ink
· layout paper that takes your favourite ink  without bleeding
· 1/4” graph/grid paper
· Ruler and pencil
· watercolour, white gouache, palette, brush for loading, water container, paper towels
· Card stock and or watercolour paper and or Strathmore Watercolour cards
· compass

See flyer
Click for Violet's blog

  VCG General Meeting - November
Program: Exploring your ruling/folding pen with Judy Black
We will be playing with ruling/folding pens, so dig them out.

If you do not have one, don’t worry. You can watch YouTube Videos and make one.
How to make a Folded Pen
DIY Folded Ruling Pen
How to make a Soda Can Pen

  Judy will show different types of these pens and the marks that they make. Everyone can experiment with pens, make marks and show us what you created.
Heidi Stolp will demonstrate some lettering styles that can be adapted to the ruling/folding pen’s unique mark making capabilities.

Special Information
Check Workshops web page for upcoming events

Send camera-ready submissions and holiday cards for the next issue of the
Valley Calligraphy Guild Newsletter
Please turn in items and
information to the Newsletter Team

Judy Black
2684 Chad Drive
Eugene OR 97408
541 485-2336

Edie Roberts
2366 Washington St.
Eugene OR 97405

Index to Valley Calligraphy Guild Newsletter 1981-2012 click for pdf

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