Memphis Calligraphy Guildsince 1987

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Layering with Letters Workshop by Roann Mathias

Workshop Description

In this workshop, you will learn how to create multiple layers using text. This kind of layering creates interesting patterns, as well as a sense of depth in your art.  Using gesso, acrylic paint and acrylic mediums on paper, we will paint on and scrape out letterforms.  Neuland will be the primary style of lettering for this class, so there will be time spent reviewing that hand.

 Roann should need no introduction to our guild as an accomplished calligrapher and teacher.  Roann is a mixed media artist specializing in calligraphy. She designs greeting cards, stationery and calendars for Conception Abbey’s Printery House. Other clients include Cleo, Abbey Press and DaySpring. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review and Somerset Studio Magazine, and exhibited at Chicago’s Newberry Library. She has taught workshops to guilds around the country, and was on the faculty of Island Magic in 2007. See some of her work at or

Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Where: Memphis Northeast Police Precinct
              6850 Appling Farms Parkway (Whitten Exit North off of I-40)
Cost: $100 members, $125 non-members
To Register: Contact Ann Rabinovitz (901-757-2403)
                      1696 Belledeer Drive West, Cordova, TN 38016
Make checks payable to Memphis Calligraphy Guild
Questions? Contact Roann at 901-737-5614, or

Supply List:


  • Grid pad (8 squares per inch)
  • 1 Sheet Arches hot press watercolor (140#)
  • 1 pad Strathmore series Acrylic Pad, 12"x18" (available from Dick Blick)
  • And any other miscellaneous medium to heavy weight white paper that you might want to experiment with.

Tools for Writing:

  • Parallel Pen, size 6.0 (Blue cap)
  • Automatic pens, whatever sizes you have
  • Coit Pens
  • Large size speedball nibs (C1 and C0)
  • Flat brushes that you can use with acrylic paint (1/4, 1/2, and any larger ones that you already         have.) Large flat brushes, 2-3 inches wide, and a few small round brushes.

Other Tools:

  • Water containers, several yogurt size cups to hold mixed paints, cloth rags, paper towels, popsicle sticks, large flat palette knives (preferably plastic), scissors, old credit cards


  • Any acrylic paint that you may already have. If you are going to buy any, 3 colors that you like (fluid acrylics if available).
  • Matte medium, Gesso, light molding paste


  •    Oil pastels, China marker, Stencils

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Make checks for workshops payable to Memphis Calligraphy Guild
Mail to
Ann Rabinovitz
1696 Belledeer Dr. W., Cordova, TN 38016

For questions telephone Ann at
901-757-2403 or