2014 November Meeting

all that glitters

The November meeting will be held on November 8th at

 St. Francis Xavier.

Meeting time is 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

November is upon us and Christmas not far behind.  So to get you in the creative spirit we have planned a glittering program with an emphasis on gilding.

 Lisette Copping and Mary Dawes will discuss and demonstrate techniques used for Medieval illuminations concentrating on the various glues used for gilding illuminated manuscripts.

After Lisette and Mary have shared their expertise, we will have a hands on project using Instacoll and Patent Gold Leaf.  Also bring your favorite gold media, such as gold inks, paints, gouache and pens, so that we can compare them with the real thing.

Please note the change of venue for November’s meeting.  

We will meet at St. Francis Xavier’s parish office building.

444 Metairie Road

Metairie, LA 70005

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Pictures from Rosaryville

Thanks to all who made our weekend at Rosaryville a wonderful experience.

Eugenia Uhl demonstrates book making

Eugenia Uhl demonstrates book making

Eve Rutledge & Vince Mitchell demonstrate printing techniques

Eve Rutledge & Vince Mitchell demonstrate printing techniques


LaVerne Parfait teaching basic Italic

LaVerne Parfait teaching basic Italic

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Weekend at Rosaryville October 10, 11 & 12

We are anticipating a wonderful weekend at Rosaryville.

Among many other projects, Eugenia Uhl will present a demonstration on Coptic Bookmaking.

For those attending here is a short materials list provided by Eugenia.

small curved bookbinding needle

1-piece davey or mat board, 5.75 x9

20-8.5×11 pieces of paper, for inside book

30” book binding thread (we have lots that belongs to the Guild)

10 paper clips

2 medium binder clips

sumi ink and large brush OR decorative papers: 1-7.75×13 (for outside cover) and
1-5.5×8.5 (for inside cover), pvc glue, glue brush (I have a simple way of “decorating” a davey or mat board that makes a good cover.)

book cradle OR telephone book, for punching holes ( I have 2 cradles and can share)

paper cutter OR ruler, knife and cutting board, for cutting boards and papers (I’ll bring my paper cutter)

This only one of many exciting demonstrations.  So bring your favorite supplies including some good quality paper for an illuminated letter project.

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2014 October Meeting

Rosaryville Retreat:    NOLAA has been invited to attend Write from the Source, a special creative retreat at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center on the north shore the weekend of October 10-12.  The weekend is focused on using letterforms as artistic expression through an open format of art workshops, allowing experienced letter lovers to work and study while newcomers can be introduced to tools and techniques, exploring different styles, or making books, creative envelopes, gilding, block printing with wood type, etc. NOLAA workshop chair LaVerne Parfait, staff member Rosaryville, has organized this weekend of creative play. Participants may register for the whole weekend (meals and accommodations at Rosaryville are included) or may commute for Saturday’s activities.

Visit www.catholicretreatcenter.org/coming-soon.html and scroll down to the  Write from the Source post for registration information


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2014 September Meeting

Foundational Hand:    The first meeting of the year will be held on Saturday, September13, at the East Bank Regional Library (4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie) at 10:00 am.  Member Eugenia Uhl will present the basics of the foundational hand, emphasizing weight, pen angle, branching and spacing.  All levels of experience are welcome.

For the second half of the meeting we will write a page based on the layout of a medieval book, then decorate it with an initial letter. Eugenia will provide examples of initial letters and decorative borders. You may bring your own favorite poem or quote to use for the text.

There is no charge for the meeting, but we request that you to register on the website so we can get an idea of how many people will attend.

Materials List:

pencil, ruler, eraser

graph pad/lined practice paper

black calligraphy felt tip pen 3.5 or 2.0 mm OR dip pen and black ink (#2 or #3 mitchell or         Speedball c-3) Really any size can work but these are best for the book page writing. Need to be kind of small to fit and look like book hand.

2/3 sheets good paper, about 8.5 x 11

colored inks OR colored calligraphy felt tips

colored pencils or markers

your favorite long quote or poem




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