No Penabler meeting tonight, Friday June 6, 2014

Hey Inkers!

I’ve heard from a few of you asking whether we are meeting this evening. There is NO meeting tonight, June 6, 2014. Instead, I hope you all will spend some quality time with your friends and family, or by preparing for this Sunday night’s Game of Thrones episode. 😀

Happy Summer everyone, and stay tuned for more information about the Penablers and its future. 


The Enchanted Letter Workshop with Heather Held Sep. 6-7, 2014.

HVHGreetings Penablers!

I’ve good news to share with you. Remember Heather Held coming last year to teach us Spencerian Script? Well, she’s coming back again this Fall in September for the weekend of the 6th & 7th to teach us more about the contemporary illuminated letter in her workshop, The Enchanted Letter. Seats are now on sale through the Binders Art School, where we hold our meetings and workshops.

Sign up for the workshop here.

If you happened to miss her last year, you can read more about Heather by visiting her site and by reading the lovely Penabler interview: The Peace Behind The Pen, which gave us an inviting and beautiful glimpse inside her interior.

Heather is a gentle teacher, with solid and concrete advice to get your pen moving in the way it needs to. She teaches with patience, grace, and positive energy. We are so happy to have her back once again and I sincerely hope to see as many of you there as possible. This workshop is open to ALL levels, so if you’re at all nervous about your right or ability to take part in this engaging workshop, please don’t be. Come sit next to me and let’s have a wonderful time.

To read more about the workshop, details are below.


The Enchanted Letter with Heather Held

2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $175 | Max.16
ARTZ1499 | Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7, Sat. 10am – 4pm, Sun. 11am – 4pm 



This workshop is an exploration in designing and decorating a contemporary illuminated letter. The letters are based on a rounded script alphabet and transformed into meandering ribbons or graceful leaves. The student will be guided through the pencil design stage of their own unique letter as well as the decorative foliate extension. The design can be embellished with a simple 23K gilding technique or gold gouache. Pointed pen flourishes are added to the design, which is further embellished with color. The final design is evocative of the graceful capital letters found in Victorian illustrated books. Knowledge of the pointed pen as well as any rounded script alphabet is very helpful in this class although an exemplar will be provided.

Instructor Bio:

Heather Victoria Held is a freelance lettering artist and Ornamental Penmanship instructor who teaches throughout North America. She has been on the faculty of International Calligraphy Conferences and is an active member of The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting. Her work has been featured Romantic Homes, Somerset Studio, Bound and Lettered, The Spencerian Review, The Penman’s Journal and Pen World Magazine. Her work is in private collections throughout the world.