To keep us energized with lettering throughout the year, we’ve created the 8″x8″ Letters and Lines challenge!

At the beginning of each meeting, all ECS members are invited to display a piece that they’ve been working on. Your submission is meant to be a work in progress, not a finished piece. Your submission can be anything – use it as an opportunity to experiment with a new-to-you writing instrument/ink/paper, get feedback on work from a class or workshop, or show off your grocery list…and let the ink flow on. We’ll also provide monthly suggestions in case you’re stuck for ideas.

Remember that the Letters and Lines submissions are an opportunity to share and learn from one another. See how happy accidents and mistakes are handled. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from one another!

Make sure to bring along something you have worked on or discovered since the last meeting. We welcome both finished works, as well as works in progress, a practice sheet or even some interesting samples of lettering you and others might find inspirational.

Monthly Challenges for 2017/18:


October…The Ties That Bind

ECS ends it 30th year anniversary celebration this month. Official precious gem is a Jade or Emerald, the flower is a Lily and the colour is green. Do your italic practice lines in green ink…use a variety of pens and nibs.



Do you remember the words to ‘In Flanders Field’ ? Can you draw a poppy? Maybe you have a favourite funny quote about memory loss…go any direction you can possibly think of…have fun!



So much to celebrate as we approach the end of 2017 and celebrate the new year! Time to try the gold and silver, sparkle and glitter…more is more!

We have chosen the word Jingle for our card workshop at the December Meeting…how many ways can you write, flourish and decorate that word. Bring your practice sheets or a finished example of that one word.


February…Songs of the Heart

Time to think pink or capture a musical memory in your lines and letters this month. Find some tunes on your favourite device and let your pen rock out the lyrics. Experiment with how different genres of music may affect your lettering? Hint: do not play hard rock when doing script on wedding invitation envelopes!!!


March…Shades of Green

You want to write on green paper, use green ink or channel the luck of the Irish and try out a completely new technique or product in this month’s challenge.

Or ‘go green’… upcycle a frame, write on some vintage paper or make a junk journal page with your junk mail. Maybe this is the month you do a collage (clip file page) of lettering styles …share what inspires you!



The movement of the pen over paper is often called the ‘Dance of the Pen’.

Perhaps you will find a quote about dance or write out a list of dances (google it ) or dance through your practice sheets with grace. Bring whatever you are inspired to letter about Dance for the meetings opening segment.



Here’s your chance to go wild…do some cut out calligraphy, letter with a broken pen, combine bits and pieces of this years practice sheets in a collage format. Write out a sentence in the five lettering styles we have learned this year…The quick brown fox etc…


June…Book Making

This month we will have our closing Member Appreciation event and will be making books. If you have made or purchased other handmade books, please bring them to display on our Letters and Lines table that will be adjacent to the classroom.



Here are some samples from April (Drips and Drops) and May (White at Night) of 2017.