December 6th, 2013 Penabler Meeting: Holiday Garland

Dear Penablers!
Our next meeting will be Friday, December 6th from 6-8Pm. We’ll be making a miniature version of a holiday garland you can make with supplies you’ve already got at home. This garland’s message made with capital letterforms of any hand, can be made at any scale. Both small and large can store flat and be mailed easily. I’ve mailed larger ones in a FedEx envelope to out of town relatives. A small one is wonderful, too, and great for tighter spaces. Your garland can also be two-sided, displaying holiday cheer in two languages, uniting two families, countries, or celebrating the arrival of twins…
What will yours say? Here are some suggestions:
• Bah, Humbug • Noel • Merry Christmas • Whatever • Peace • Happy Holidays • Happy New Year
Come on the 6th with holiday cheer (or not!), a snack or drink to share, and the supplies listed below.
• Colored paper in a palette you enjoy.
• Calligraphic tools and ink
• adhesives (glue, tape, stapler)
• scissors/xacto knife
• String, thin ribbon, or twine
Optional items:
• hole punch
• greenery (real or plastic) I’ve got some to share.  
See you soon!

Workshop: Decorated Versal Letters with Peter Thornton

Decorated Versal Letters with Peter Thornton
2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $175 | Sat & Sun: Feb 8 & 9, 10am – 5pm
The desire to decorate lies within us all and for over 1500 years the letter has served us well. Beginning as a signpost to the reader it quickly became an object of beauty as an end in itself.
Using the wonderful letters of Adolf Bernd (1909 – 1994) for inspiration, and as a starting point, we shall examine 3 areas of his (and our) major interests: a) the backgrounds; b) the letterforms; and c) the color harmonies.
In this workshop, for ALL levels of ability, we shall begin with simple exercises in color unity and contrasts in shapes, patterns and themes of Adolf Bernd’s (and ours) choices which will lead to the decoration of both historic and/or contemporary letters.Throughout the workshop there will be demonstrations and examples related to water color techniques and AB’s work. A feature of the class will be to take/use colors from nature and transfer these onto our backgrounds and letters.

See you there!
~Atlanta Penablers

Peter Thornton Calligraphy Workshop: February 8-9, 2014


Dear Penablers,

Exciting news here – calligrapher Peter Thornton is coming to Atlanta for a weekend workshop February 8, & 9th, 2014. He’ll be leading us through “Decorated Versal Letters” and we’re so excited. More information coming soon about this new and exciting workshop.

Meantime, we’re looking for someone to host him while he’s here (FEB 7TH, 8TH,  & 9TH) so he’s well-rested and comfortable. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Jacob Gunter ( at Binders.

And many thanks to our volunteers at last weekend’s Penabler demo table for Artfolio 2013. A good time was had by all and I loved sitting next to each of you. Check out the fun pictures we took of our amazing and generous hands fast at work.

Much love to all,