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Bridger Mountain Scribes

The Bridger Mountain Scribes of Montana comprises calligraphers in southwest Montana, including Bozeman and Gallatin Gateway. We meet once a month to discuss calligraphy, artists books, and other book arts, usually on the 2nd Monday of the month at the Bozeman Public Library.

We are a member guild of the statewide Montana guild, Big Sky Scribes. If you’d like to find out more about calligraphy in southwest Montana, attend our meetings, or join the guild, email scribe@bridgermountainscribes.org.

Next meeting September 9

The September meeting of Bridger Mountain Scribes will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the library in the small conference room.

Thank you, Rose, for reserving the room for our next two meetings. Mark your calendar: We will meet from 11 AM to 1 PM on Monday, September 9, and also on Monday, October 14.

There were ten of us who attended our August meeting! The topic for the meeting was glair. We mixed up our paint — tubes of watercolor or gouaches — and laid down a few washes on the left side of our paper, then added a drop or two of glair to our paints and laid down a few more washes on the right side of the paper. While our papers were drying, I donned my Home Economics cap and demonstrated how to make glair. 
A couple of us shared our year-long project, and we discussed some technical problems with the book form, and came up with several solutions.
The washes we had made were now dry. We got out calligraphy pens and experimented with lettering over those washes, comparing how the paint coming out of the pen reacted with the wash layer underneath. Many of were able to get sharper lines of lettering on the washes that contained glair.


Didn’t we do some fun stuff?:

Watercolor/gouache + glair trials

Here’s what’s on the agenda for our next meeting on September 9:

  • Barb will lead a tutorial on layering decorative papers with our completed calligraphy to make a card or small framed piece. You’ll need to bring a finished small piece of calligraphy, some decorative papers, a card or paper base for the collage. (What else should we bring, Barb?)
  • Rose will bring her tunnel book, which could be another future-meeting activity.
  • Everyone should bring their year-long project in whatever stage it’s in. Be prepared to talk about your process!
  • As always, bring whatever else you’ve been working on.

Next meeting August 12

Our August meeting of Bridger Mountain Scribes will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the library in the small conference room.

At our July meeting we had a good time sharing all the various projects we’ve each been doing. 
Rose shared her plans for the nature journaling workshop she is co-teaching.  Diana shared several of the calendars that have been a joint project for the Las Cruces guild; we discussed doing a similar thing for our next year-long project. I shared in some detail my ongoing process for creating a daily lettering journal. This led to a demonstration of one of my favorite and most essential studio tool: the lettering liner.
Several of us shared our practice on gothicized italic and discussed the surprises and challenges of the hand. One member had had trouble getting a trailing hairline, and this led to a demonstration of the best tools for that: the Pilot Parallel Pen. 

Here’s what’s on the agenda for our next meeting on August 12:

  • Beth will lead a tutorial on the making and use of glair. You’ll need a few tubes of watercolor or gouache, brushes for mixing and loading, a broad-edged pen or two or three, and some paper that will take a wash: watercolor or mixed-media paper or Arches Text Wove. I’ll bring the glair.
  • Barb will bring a layering project that we may want to do at the next meeting.
  • Rose will bring her tunnel book, which could be another future-meeting activity.
  • Everyone should bring their year-long project in whatever stage it’s in. Be prepared to talk about your process!
  • As always, bring whatever else you’ve been working on.