Ink Drops, July, 2020

Hello COVID Calligraphers!

Well, these last few weeks have been very exciting! The programming we have initiated with our professional calligraphers is gaining attention, both across Canada, and into the US! As people learn what an extraordinary value they will get from becoming an ECS member, they have been searching us out and signing on!


Membership Renewal

Of the last 31 memberships we’ve received, 22 have been new ECS members as of July 9! We are strongly encouraging our own ECS members to get your renewal registrations completed and delivered with your payment, because we miss you and want you back! This will be a calligraphy year not to be missed. The opportunity to learn from so many highly-respected professionals is unique.

We want to welcome Betty-Lynn Morrice, Thea Paul, Yogi Grunwald, Rosemary Maundrell, and Alma Taylor (Calgary), Bev Duke (Medicine Hat), Christine Ahmad and Karen Wimmer (Red Deer, Alberta), Jennifer Peddlesden (Chestermere, Alberta), Aline Chan (Breslau, Ontario), Valerie Akkerman, Shannon Dooling, Patricia Williams, and Violet Smythe (Surrey, BC), Shirley Wong (Vancouver), Sherry Springall (New Westminster), Glenda Uthe (Kelowna, BC), Becky Riepe (Port Angeles, Washington), Laura Blaine (Kirkland, Washington), and Wendy Orr (Nokesville, Virginia), Alesia Zorn (Portland, Oregon), and Linda O’Neill to our Edmonton Calligraphic Society family!

If you are a former ECS member and have not renewed your membership, hurry up! Get your renewal going through Eventbrite. We specifically organized our 2020-2021 year to make sure you had the opportunity to continue learning and growing as a calligrapher, even though we can’t meet, and are very excited about the high-quality instruction to which you will have access beginning in September. You must sign and forward your membership form to access the Zoom/online sessions.













Remember…once you have renewed, Henry will email you the link to Sally Towers-Sybblis’ video with instructions for creating this bold accordion book (see below). When you create your own version, please take a photo and send it to me to include in the next Ink Drops! We want to see how you interpret this little incentive project with a word that is meaningful to you.



 As this pandemic continues, our professional calligraphers have ventured out into the virtual world and have been reinventing the way they deliver their classes. Many of you have been participating in these ZOOM classes, and we’d welcome a short review of your experiences to help others decide if a particular class is right for them. Some instructors are beginning to offer their popular classes for a second or third time.

Here are a few classes in which you might be interested:

Reggie Ezell has a course on learning how to gild (for beginners). He has very clear, step-by-step directions and demonstrations for a reasonable cost of $25 USD.

Barbara Close has 2 courses: Copperplate Essentials, and Contemporary Variations, each $100 USD. Randall M. Hasson is teaching “Writing With a Bent Nib”

Julie Wildman is teaching an “Alphabet Book” over three weeks for $150 USD July 14, 21, 28

Sally Towers-Sybblis has a number of fun, online classes ranging from $10-$45 CAD

Pat Blair (White House Chief Calligrapher) is offering 2 classes: “ Copperplate Lower Case” July 16, 17 11-1 PM

$55 USD and Copperplate Capitals July 23, 24 11-1 PM $55

Carol DuBosch will deliver the “Ben Shahn Letters” session she’ll be doing for the ECS on Aug. 5, 10-noon $30 USD

Massimo Pollelo has an online class “Capital Variations With Brush Pen” 52 Euros

John Neal Bookseller lists many calligraphers who are giving online classes:

Jillian and Jordan—Loveleigh Loops have many free demo videos but also have online classes.

If you have information on other classes, please send the information to me and I’ll add it to our next Ink Drops or have Amy send out a memo to our members.

Loredana Zega has three Zoom classes: “Let’s Do the Walls”, “Colour and Design in Calligraphy”, and “Flame Script”. You can find details here:


Our new members may be interested to know about our ECS Facebook group, “Calligraphy in Edmonton”.


Several people have shared envelopes they have received in our envelope exchange or from friends not associated with the ECS. If you wish to share your beautiful envelopes with us in the next Ink Drops, please forward them to me.


Thanks to all who shared these wonderful envelopes and inserts!



A few people have sent me photos of projects they have done over the last few months, but I know more of you have been busy. We want to see what you have been working on, be it practicing a new letter style, making window encouragements, writing a quote, creating a piece of art, or writing a shopping list with monoline Italic. Please share your projects and I’ll put them into the August Ink Drops! Send them to me at



Happy lettering!

Gail Fournier

ECS President








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