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 and, in normal times, at the Bozeman Public Library. However, our meetings are being held via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

April 2021 meeting

example of the built-up capitals that we'll be working on

Our next meeting will take place on Monday, April 12 from 2:15 to 4:15 PM. At that meeting, we will explore built-up capitals. At right is an example of the letters we’ll be playing with: built-up caps made with Speedball C-5 nib and 3 tubes of gouache on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of Strathmore Drawing 400 (the 80# kind — and I regret using this paper!). Click on the image for a closer look.

In order to play along, have the following supplies ready:

  • a sheet of paper at least 9″ x 12″ that can take some water, such as watercolor, Arches Text Wove, or multimedia paper
  • Speedball C-5 nib (or Mitchell #3 or Brause/Tape 1mm nib)
  • at least one tube of gouache or watercolor
  • palette, loading brush
  • water jar, paper towels

If you want to use guidelines, here is a PDF with the guidelines which I used for the example page. You can trace them onto your sheet using a window or lightbox. Or mark your own pencil guidelines and use a t-square. These guidelines are 17mm apart for the lettering and 4mm apart for the space between the lines.

I’ll send out a Zoom invitation a week before the meeting. If you’d like to attend and are not being included in the regular group emails, write to me ( and I’ll include you in the invitation.

Note the time change: for the next 3 months, we’ll be meeting at this new time, but still on the second Monday of each month. Here are the next four meeting dates:

  • Monday, April 12, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • Monday, May 10, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • Monday, June 14, 2:15-4:15 PM