Load That Pen, Pull That Stroke
There are many opportunities to practice your calligraphy and we are happy to help you with ideas for how to do just that!
The Coc Practice Project
Members and visitors to our site are invited to learn about and brush up on the traditional calligraphic hands by participating in a calligraphy challenge that changes biweekly.
The idea is to have fun, refresh old skills or learn new ones, and to get and provide constructive feedback, all in the spirit of our shared love for calligraphy.
Our members have a long history of meeting in small groups to share their work and projects, and tips, tricks, critiques and advice. Long-time friendships and some great calligraphy have been the result.
One current open Meet Up rotates its location to various coffee shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul on different Sundays. It’s a great way to see what others are working on, do some lettering of your own, and become a coffee critic.
For current members, we would love to hear more about your groups, especially if you have been part of one for a long-time. We would like to share your experiences here.
Contact us with stories—and questions about how you can get involved in a meet-up—at email@example.com.
Christmas Card Exchange
Wouldn't you love to be able to bring in the mail in December and see envelopes and cards that remind you that you’re not the only calligraphy lover who’s caught the holiday spirit?
In November, the card exchange coordinator sends out a call for calligraphers to both make and receive Christmas cards from other participants. The names and addresses of the other card-making elves who want to get in the holiday spirit are distributed, so if 15 people are in, you will make and receive 15 cards.
The only guideline is that you are the one who makes the cards (and yes, it counts if you have made or designed a card that you have had printed in quantity).
If you’ve never participated before, this is a great way to spread and receive some holiday cheer, as well as see your fellow Colleagues’ creative holiday impulses at work!
If you’d like to participate in this year’s exchange, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
External Promotions and Practice Opportunities
This is a call for traditional and nontraditional lettering, calligraphy, type design, letter carving, graphic design, book art and fine art which employs hand lettering or calligraphic marks as a major element. Works created since January 1, 2015, are eligible (except those previously published in Letter Arts Review). All works selected will be published in Review 2017 (Vol. 32 Issue 1, to be published in 2018). Download the PDF.
The Washington Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers invites calligraphers and artists from around the world to participate in their annual Graceful Envelope Contest.
There is no entry fee and no excuse not to do this! See many years of wonderfully creative winning envelopes here.
In these days of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, it’s nice to be encouraged to pick up a pen and practice the art of vintage social media – the handwritten letter.
February is International Correspondence Writing Month and InCoWriMo’s motto is “One a day. Every Day. February.” Just do it.