Ink Drops #03, March 2017

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The Next Meeting

is scheduled for April 5th, at 6:45-8:45 p.m.  April’s  Letters and Lines theme is “Drips and Drops” and the lettering class will be Versals.


“And the Small Become Great” Workshop








As many of you know, this spring workshop takes place May 6-7 and is being taught by LynnAnn Babuk who has graciously offered to be our guest artist. She will be teaching lettering for use in jewelry making, bookmarks, writing cards, and painting. A supply list will be forwarded to registrants and there is an additional fee of $15.00 payable to LynnAnn for specialty ordered items. Look for class examples at upcoming meetings and in future issues of Ink Drops. You can register for this workshop at the April meeting or on Eventbrite.


Check out LynnAnn doing a lettering demo and representing ECS on City TV’s Dinner Television web-program Mentors and Makers. You can find it at


Artwork by LynnAnn













The ECS Executive Team members have been working on the 2017-18 calendar of events. There are many interesting and creative developments in the works for the next year! We value input from our members. If there is an instructor, artist or calligrapher whose talents would benefit ECS, please let us know. We value your ideas!

February Outreach

ECS was asked to be part of the annual Free Will Players Brunch of Love fundraiser on February 5th at the Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club. Now in its 9th year, the fundraiser included live and silent auctions, a delicious brunch and local performers. As in the past, this event had excellent attendance (approximately 80 people) and it was a great way to promote ECS as well as support the festival. Three very dedicated ECS members were there to demonstrate calligraphy and provide information on ECS and its initiatives. Thank-you Jeanine Alexander, LynnAnn Babuk and Gail Fournier for being there to represent ECS.

Lettering by Jeanine








Four ECS members attended the Chinese New Year event to promote calligraphy. Thanks goes to Jackie Doll, LynnAnn, Jeanine and Gail. Way to go, ladies!



ECS has an opportunity to partner in an evening fundraising event with a local Women’s Senior Softball team. The evening includes a stage performance by hypnotist Keith Miller, a silent auction and food. According to Keith’s website, he “is one of the most engaging and charismatic performers in western Canada. After many years of studying magic, Keith stumbled across a hypnosis DVD and was instantly hooked. His performing background in magic made the transition seamless and he fell in love with studying any form of hypnosis he could get involved with.  He is a certified stage hypnotist, certified hypnotherapist, and sports performance expert. At every show, Keith has new volunteers do wild and zany things like becoming incredible boy bands, badminton racket banjo players, or falling in love with the wink of his eye.  Any event becomes unforgettable with Keith’s comedy hypnosis show.” For more information on his performances, go to This is a great opportunity to help ECS raise funds while having fun at the same time! For tickets please contact ECS through our Facebook pages or this website’s contact page.


Some Art pieces created for December’s theme – PEACE

































Annual General Meeting

This is an early reminder that ECS will hold its AGM on May 3rd. Now is the time to learn what it takes to be an Executive member if you are considering a position on the Executive Team. There are also short term positions such as Membership and Library. Talk to an Executive Team member if you are interested in these volunteer opportunities.

 Volunteer Appreciation Night

ECS will be show its appreciation by planning a workshop night for its members on June 7th. Sally Towers-Sybblis will facilitate a mini-book workshop that would normally cost $75 per person. But ECS will subsidize this workshop so it is anticipated that the cost will be only $25/person to attend. Light snacks will be served. For more information on Sally, go to


There are still a few ECS items for sale. Please support ECS by purchasing these unique gifts for yourself or your calligraphy friends.

Lettering books ($10 each or $15 for book and pen),







2017 calendars ($15),







Art Gallery of Alberta passes, paper and more. Shop before the meeting.

Do you have an art form you would like to demonstrate? The Paint Spot is hosting one-to-two hour mini-demos and looking for artists to demonstrate. Artists will receive a $50 gift card for facilitating. Anyone interested in taking part, contact Shelley Banks or The Paint Spot.

Community Workshops Instructed by ECS Members

(For information on the following events, contact the artists.)

LynnAnn Babuk – Black Letter Gothic, Harry Ainlay High School, 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Mondays, March 6, 13 & 20. Register through EPS Metro Continuing Education at or call 780-428-1111.


LynnAnn Babuk – Round Hand Script, Harry Ainlay High School, 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 4, 11 & 18. Register through EPS Metro Continuing Education at or call 780-428-1111.


Shelley Banks – Parallel Pen Design Drawing, The Paint Spot on Saturday, April 8. Register at or call 780-432-0240.


Jeanine Alexander – Parallel Pen Alphabets, The Paint Spot on Sunday, April 9. Register at or call 780-432-0240.


Jeanine Alexander – Improve Your Handwriting, Saturday, May 13, Harry Ainlay High School. Register through EPS Metro Continuing Education at or call 780-428-1111.


Shelley Banks – Five Books in Five Weeks, The Paint Spot on Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. Register at or call 780-432-0240.


Jeanine Alexander – Beauty & the Brush, The Paint Spot on Sunday, May 28. Register at or call 780-432-0240.


Shelley Banks – Make a Little Box and Put a Book in It, Saturday, May 27, The Paint Spot. Register at or call 780-432-0240.


If you are teaching calligraphy and/or a related art, we encourage you to advertise on the ECS website.  The cost is very reasonable at $25/year. Your name and a description of your work will remain on the website for one calendar year. To check out the ECS artists currently advertising there, go to

ECS meeting days are held on the first Wednesday of the month in Room 231 at Mill Woods Seniors and Multicultural Centre, 2610 Hewes Way, Edmonton. Because Room 231 is a studio space, refreshments cannot be served. There is a wonderful conversation area outside of the room where you are welcome to bring beverages in spill-proof containers.

The Edmonton Calligraphic Society is 30 Years Strong! Check us out on Facebook.

Summer Classes in Red Deer

Red Deer College Continuing Education has a summer lettering course that you may be interested in. Textured Letters with Italics…Revisited combines a variety of techniques including painting, collages, illustrations, and other great explorations with drawn Versal letters. Create Italic forms for texts and great ideas for finished pieces. Barbara Close is instructing July 31 to August 4. For more information, visit



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