Adding Colour to Monoline Romans @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Adding Colour to Monoline Romans

with Wendy Cowley

We’ll do a quick review of basic Roman capitals and proportions and then we’ll look at a simple technique for adding colour to these letters.


Ruler, pencil, eraser (These are essential for this technique)

Watercolours (Pencils or pan colours)

Water container

One piece of paper that can withstand some water (not printer bond) Arches text wove, hot press watercolour paper , mixed media paper or similar.

Graph paper will be supplied.

Reverse-Piano Hinge Book @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

with Heidi Stolp

We will be making a book! Heidi has made covers, spines, tabs, cutting templates and inside pages for a book for each of us. Also provided will be glue, beads, thread and the use of needles.
Supplies to bring:
bone folder
small watercolour brush
water container
X-acto and small cutting board
coloured pencils
a few gel pens and watercolour pencils (only if you have them)
black micron (03-05 or 08) or equivilant waterproof black pen

We should go home with a finished book and might even have some decorating done on our pages!

Calligraphy Card Circle @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Calligraphy Card Circle

with Susan King, Sherry Springall and Wendy Cowley

Our Circle will start with demonstrations from the document camera for all to see featuring a few different techniques to use with cards or other art pieces.

After the demo’s stations will be set up so you can choose to try a technique or two – depending on the time. There will also be another station that is self explanatory for making another card.

Our Calligraphy Circle is open for asking questions or for guidance from other members on things you need to know.

This should be a fun evening of CARDS, CARDS, CARDS

Supplies to Bring:


Line Dances: Flourished Borders with Heather Victoria Held @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West
May 25 @ 9:30 am – May 26 @ 4:00 pm

Line Dances: Flourished Borders

with Heather Victoria Held

The offhand flourish is a powerful design tool that can be used to create imaginative border designs. Using straight lines, refined curves and foliate elements we can create stunning borders and accents that will enhance your script lettering. Your flourishes can become as detailed and intricate as you like as we progress through the class. Colour can be added with watercolour or coloured pencil or you can choose to leave your designs in pen and ink. See what emerges on the paper.

This class is open to all skill levels.

Required Supplies:
Straight or oblique penholder with medium flexible nib such as the Zebra G
Either McCaffery Brown Ink, McCaffery Penman’s Black Ink or Old World Iron Gall
Bleedproof White with mixing brush
Pencil, Eraser, Metal Cork Back Ruler (at least 5”), Note taking supplies, Paper
Towel, small water dish
Your Favourite practice paper such as Rhodia or Maruman (Gridded or Blank)
A few sheets of cardstock dark colours as well as ivory/cream cut to 5” x7” size.
An alternative to ivory cardstock would be 140 lb. Hot Press Watercolour Paper,
or Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper. Bring what you have, and we will play!

Optional: (Bring the following supplies if you want to add colour to your designs)
A few coloured pencils in floral colours, or watercolour/watercolour pencils with
small pointed round watercolour brush and water dish.
Gold Gouache or Gold Watercolour

Note: These designs can be done entirely in pen and ink without additional colours but
are spectacular when colour is added. I will be using coloured pencil, watercolour
pencils and watercolour for the various designs. Bring anything you like to use or
opt to travel light for this class.

Heather will be using:
Metallic Watercolour or Gouache or Gold Leaf
Watercolour Pencils
Dianne Townsend Pastels (Terrages in Blue and Green)
Sakura Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Pen
Daniel Smith Watercolour (John Neal sells a Dot Card of her favourite colours)

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Captivating Curves: Creating Acanthus Foliate Designs with Heather Victoria Held @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West
May 27 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Captivating Curves: Creating Acanthus Foliate Designs
with Heather Victoria Held

For centuries, the acanthus leaf has been used decoratively in illuminated manuscript borders, sculptures, architecture, textiles and wallpaper. Calligraphers and illuminators enjoy its charm and versatility as it can meander around your page as a striking gilded border, adorn capital  letters, serve as graceful line endings or add interest on any corner of your paper. There are simple strategies to learn as you cultivate their curves and they offer endless possibilities. We begin the class in our study of the ornamental acanthus with pencil sketches and then move to designing, gilding and painting a foliate spray that will be suitable for framing. Unleash the magic of this graceful plant as we combine it with floral elements. This class will enhance yourskills as a calligrapher and illuminator as you learn how to cultivate these charming foliate curves.

Supply List:
Instructor’s Note: My supply list is constantly evolving as I experiment with new techniques. There are a variety of ways to get similar results with your designs while using different materials than what I use. Please don’t feel you have to use the exact supplies that I am using. The exception is the ink for outlining as very few products will do this job well. I recommend using either McCaffery Brown Ink or McCaffery Black Ink or Ziller Buffalo Brown Ink. Walnut Ink will not work. I have listed a few of my favourite watercolours in the supply list but you may use any colours at all. Please contact me at if you have any questions about supplies.

Drawing Supplies:
Gridded Paper or Gridded Journal for Sketches
140LB Hot Press Watercolour Paper cut down to 5”x7” size. (3-4 pieces will be plenty for your design with extra sheets available to test techniques)
Mechanical Pencil, Kneaded Eraser, White Vinyl Eraser, Ruler
Tracing Paper, 4H pencil, Scotch Repositionable Tape
Note: if you have a portable lightweight lightpad, you can bring that instead of the Tracing
Paper and 4H pencil, but please don’t feel you need to purchase a lightpad.

Inking Supplies:
Straight Penholder and Medium Flexible Nib such as a Zebra G
Either McCaffery Brown, McCaffery Black or Ziller Buffalo Brown Ink. The brown inks give a
more subdued effect than the black ink. If you substitute the ink, be sure it is waterproof and test it on a piece of your watercolour paper to make sure the ink does not feather or bleed.

Gilding Supplies:
23 K Gold Leaf (one sheet will do several projects), Gilding Medium such as Miniatum Ink,
Scissors for cutting gold leaf, inexpensive synthetic pointed brush for gilding medium (I use a size 0 or 00 for this step)
Note: These designs are spectacular when gilded, but if you prefer, you can use either Finetec Gold watercolour or Gold Gouache instead of Gold Leaf for your designs.

Painting Supplies:
Any Artist quality brand of watercolour will work, either tubes or pan colours. I use mainly
Daniel Smith and Holbein colours.
A few of my favourite colours are suggested below:
Sap Green,
Quinachridone Pink or Permanent Rose,
Terra Verte,
Paynes Grey,
Titanium White,
Manganese Blue
Shadow Violet

A small china plate is helpful for mixing colours if your palette does not have a mixing area. I always have either Titanium White or Bleedproof White with me for special techniques. John Neal Booksellers sells a Dot Card of my favourite colours which can be purchased inexpensively and will be enough pigment for several designs. Daniel Smith also sells a full range of their colours in the dot card format. Both of those options are good if you are new to watercolour and just want to try it out.
Watercolour pencils are helpful to have with you in a few floral colours like greens and pinks but not necessary. If you want to use watercolour pencils along with the watercolours the only brand that will not work well is Inktense.

Small Pointed Round Watercolour Brushes size 0 and 1. I use Kolinsky Sable Brushes, but a good quality synthetic pointed round brush will also work.
Water dish and paper towel or washable white bar towel

Optional Embellishments: Finetec Metallic Watercolours, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. I will bring Swarovski Crystals and Gem Tac Glue with me to share if you want to add a little more sparkle to these charming designs.

Click here for printable brochure Captivating Curves

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Bubbly and Brie @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bubbly and Brie: Exhibition Preview and Society Retospective

While working on the Journal, our archives revealed that the first ever calligraphy
meeting was a “wine and cheese” party.
To celebrate our Retrospective Journal, to be issued  at the June meeting,
and toast our Through Rose-coloured Glasses Exhibition, we would like to repeat
the theme of the inaugural meeting. We may even have some original journals on display.
WCS will supply the non-alcoholic bubbly and asks members to bring charcuterie style nibbles to share – keeping in mind the ”wine and cheese” theme.


Don’t forget chocolate (or whatever sweets you fancy), because there can never
be too much cheese or chocolate!

Join us for our June 26 Meeting @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join u as we celebrate more than 40 year of having fun with letters and preview our 2019 Exhibition Through Rose-Coloured Glasses. We’ll provide non-alcoholic bubbly and ask thart attendees please bing a small plate of finger food to share.

Show and Share: Rendez-vous 2019 @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Rose Wong will be presenting on her five day class  Bold & Blended – Chunky Capitals and Minuscules in Belgian Bister Inks with Amity Parks.

Other Conference attendees will also share their work.


Art Nouveau Roses with Margaret Cottle @ Jericho Hill Centre, West Art Room
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Art Deco Rose

with Margaret Cottle

Margaret will be sharing a simple technque she learned from Gemma Black for creating these lovely stylized roses. Gemma was happy to let us share this technique with all our members.


Margaret will provide handouts and a small piece of good paper for a finished product

Supplies to Bring

  • Watercolours
  • Water Container
  • Small pointed brush
  • Pencil, Ruler, Eraser
  • Practice Paper


Foundational with Suzanne Cannon @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm



Foundational Hand is one of the earliest letterform of the miniscule alphabet. It dates back to ther 10th century, but was mde popular again in the early 20th centuery by English calligrapher, Edward Johnsron. Learning the structure of these beautiful letters is the focus odf this class wirth Suznne Cannon , and will open the door to many possibilities.

Click here for the registration form: OCT 2019 Workshops