NOLAA Program 2015-2016

The Board of the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association has been meeting all summer to plan very special activities for our calligraphers in the coming year.

We have organized:

~ a members’ calligraphy exhibit during Art for Art’s Sake

~ a major workshop with sensational Irish calligrapher Denis Brown

~ and monthly meetings covering techniques from basic calligraphy to bookbinding


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Renew, Renew, Renew

It’s time to renew your membership !

NOLAA membership card

We are planning another exciting year including workshops and demonstrations.

But most exciting of all is the return of the NOLAA Exhibit.

It will open on October 3, 2015 during Art for Art’s Sake and will be held at Mystic Blue Signs.

Remember you must be a NOLAA member in order to participate.

Click here for NOLAA Exhibit Form 2015

Click here for Membership Form 2015-2016 

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2015 May Meeting

New Orleans Lettering Arts Association meeting—Saturday May 9

Interlocking Monogram Design

East Jefferson Regional Library
4747 West Napolean Avenue, Metairie
10am — 1 pm register on the website ( members and non-members) if you will attend the meeting so we can plan for the number of participants. {Fill in Meeting Registration  form on }

 NOLAA’s final meeting of the year will be a hands-on mini-workshop in designing interlocking script monograms. Whether drawing two- or three- letter combinations, vertical or slanted script, the principles by which we interlock initials into monograms remain the same.
Yvette Rutledge of Mystic Blue Signs studied monogram design while training as a hand engraver and has designed monograms professionally for many years.
She and her husband Vince Mitchel will demonstrate the principles for joining copperplate and  vertical scripts, along with methods for variation and finishing.

Participants can use tracing paper to reposition sample letters provided by Eve and Vince, or use flexible pointed nibs to draw their own. Transfer paper will be provided for carboning the design onto good paper before final inking.

several sheets of tracing paper
pencils, eraser, ruler, scissors
smooth drawing or writing paper
fine point black marker like Pigma Micron #005, #1 or #2

flexible pen nib and holder for making script letters
your favorite black ink
small water bottle
paper towels

All designs copyright Mystic Blue Signs
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2015 Elections

At the upcoming meeting on May 9th we will elect new officers for the upcoming term.

The current slate of nominations is a follows:

President–Debbie Fleming

Vice President–Yvette Rutledge

Treasurer–Eugenia Uhl

Corresponding Secretary–Amy Morvant

Recording Secretary–Anne Phillips

At this time we will also take nominations from the floor.

A gentle reminder to our members:

Please be sure to register for the monthly meetings.  This way we can prepare enough handouts for all.

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Yves Leterme Workshops


It’s not too late!

There’s still time to join us for the unique opportunity to study with renowned Belgian lettering artist Yves Leterme.

Mr. Leterme will offer 2 two day workshops.

I. Drawn Capitals & Modern Versals- March 14 & 15 (Sat. & Sun.)

II. From Formal to Gestural-lowercase Italic – March 16 & 17

                                                                                                  (Mon. & Tues.)

Cost for each 2 day workshop: NOLAA Members – $150

                                                  Non Members – $175

If registering for both workshops:  NOLAA Members $250

                                                         Non Members $300

The workshop location is 1445 MacArthur Blvd., Harvey, LA

Click here for Drawn Capitals & Modern Versals brochure

Click here for Formal to Gestural brochure

Click here for Leterme registration form

Click here for NOLAA Membership Form 2014-2015

Click here for WORKSHOP POLICY

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2015 February Meeting

Envelope Etiquette

The February Meeting will be held at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library on February 21, 2015.

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

This month we are privileged to have Alice Labat return to show us the ins and outs of envelope etiquette.

With over 20 years of experience with wedding invitations, Alice is the perfect person to demonstrate addressing envelopes in the Copperplate style.  

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