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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Yes, it’s a new year at the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association!   And,oh! what a year it’s going to be!  We are planning 9 exciting mini workshops for almost every monthly meeting!  There will be something for everyone, regardless of skill level, at every meeting.

We are also hosting YVES LETERME for a major workshop in April 2015. (More info will be provided at a later date) Don’t forget, members get a significant discount on all workshops.

Of course that means that it is time to pay ANNUAL DUES !   The good news is that there’s still time for you to be included in a drawing for a FREE PARALLEL PEN!

Your dues must be postmarked by September 13th to be entered in the drawing to win a Parallel Pen in your choice of size!!!!!!!!

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Calligraphy Classes

Just a reminder! Several of our members conduct calligraphy classes throughout the year.  For more information please click on Calligraphy Classes in the Main Menu at left.

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2014 May Meeting

The May Meeting will be held at East Bank Regional Library on May 10th.

The meeting time is 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by!

    This month were are happy to have Gina Cox demonstrate the                  “Miracle Wedge Brush“.

This is the same brush used by White House calligrapher, Pat Blair, at an IAMPETH round robin last year.

Gina will show us how to make beautiful flower designs that can be combined with the Pointed Pen techniques we learned at previous meetings and the Kathy Milici workshop.

If you don’t have a Miracle Wedge Brush don’t worry.  Gina will set hers up so that everyone can try their hand at it.

Since Mother’s Day is May 11th she will have mat board in various colors and sizes along with some Mother’s Day quotes that everyone can use.

If you would like to make a card bring your favorite paper or card stock.

Materials List



White ink or gouache

Your favorite pointed pen nib & holder

Paper or card stock

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