Calligraphers’ Guild of Manitoba

Fostering creative expression through hand lettering and related arts

The Calligraphers’ Guild of Manitoba offers instructional workshops and classes with local and national artists. Classes offered include: traditional and contemporary calligraphy, and book and paper art.

For more workshop information, please email: Edith Banman.

Paper marbling

Class instructor: Janet Carroll,
Winnipeg paper marbler and book artist
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Woodhaven Community Club
200 Glendale Boulevard, Winnipeg
9:30am to 4:00pm

Fee: $45 (members), $55 (non-members)

Join us for a day of paper marbling. We’ll review basic procedures and allow plenty of time for creative improvisation. We’ll use Pacon 12″x18″ coloured and white papers, but bring other sheets if you wish. Other materials will be supplied.

Towards the end of the afternoon, we’ll make a small notebook developed by calligrapher Thomas Ingmire. It opens flat and has decorative paper covers. For supplies, bring a bone folder, x-acto knife and cutting mat, 4 needles plus thread, glue stick, small ruler or triangle for trimming, and a small weight. Janet will supply paper for the pages and covers.

marbled paper, Janet Carroll

Button alphabet

Class instructor: Violet Smythe
Saturday, April 28, 2018

St. John’s-Ravenscourt School
400 South Drive, Winnipeg
9:30am to 4:00pm

Fee: $45 (members), $55 (non-members)

Learn about some of the ins and outs of your parallel pen before learning this fun hand created by Peter Thornton. We will also look at some variations of the Button alphabet. All levels are welcome.


  • paper (Strathmore sketch paper series 400)
  • Pilot parallel pen (6.0 mm), ink cartridges, walnut ink or other favourite inks
  • rolling ruler or ruler
  • colour pencils and sharpener
  • ball point pen or pigma pen
  • pencils (mechanical or otherwise)

Optional supplies

  • 5.0 mm automatic pen
  • Zig calligraphic pens (or equivalent)
  • white gouache
  • liquid watercolours (Dr Ph Martin, Pēbēo)
  • no. 10 envelopes that take ink well

Supply fee: $4 for colour exemplar

Button alphabet, Violet Smythe

Adventures in watercolour,
a techniques class

Class instructor: Violet Smythe
Sunday, April 29, 2018

St. John’s-Ravenscourt School
400 South Drive, Winnipeg
9:30am to 4:00pm

Fee: $45 (members), $55 (non-members)

In this workshop explore a myriad of techniques used in watercolour painting to create unique backgrounds. You will have a wonderful booklet of techniques to reference for all your future projects.


  • watercolour paints and watercolour palette
  • watercolour pencils (optional)
  • gouache, if you have
  • Twinkling H2Os or similar watercolour paints
  • watercolour brushes – flats and rounds
  • water container, paper towel
  • pipette(s)
  • pencil, ruler, Pigma pens
  • masking fluid (prefer Pēbēo brand) and an old small round brush for applying
  • watercolour paper – 140 lb cold press cut into 5″ x 5.5″ rectangles (minimum of 18 squares)
    TIP: Strathmore 11″x15″ watercolour pad yields 6 squares per sheet
  • white, gold, silver gel pens
  • white vinyl eraser
  • salt: table, coarse, Epsom, kosher, sea
  • X-acto knife and sharp blades plus a cutting mat/board
  • paper punches i.e. flowers, leaves, etc. (optional)
  • old toothbrush
  • apron

Supply fee: $5 for exemplar and additional supplies

Watercolour techniques, Violet Smythe

Past workshops

2016-17 | 2015-16 | 2014-15 | 2013-14 | 2013

A handmade journal for the changeable mind!
January 27, 2018
Class instructor: Lauren Campbell
Handmade book with removable pages, Lauren Campbell

Breaking the Rules, October 21, 2017
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride

Mark and letter making with a ruling pen.
Kathie McIlvride, ruling pen and sumi ink

Beginner’s Uncial, September 16, 2017
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride

Fun variations on this traditional script.
Kathie McIlvride, Uncial


Workshops, 2016-17

Landscaping the Page, April 28 and April 29, 2017
Class instructor: Laura Eriksson
Laura Eriksson, The Sea

Fraktur (a form of Gothic lettering), February 25, 2017
Class instructor: Theresa de Guzman
Theresa de Guzman, Fraktur

Crossed Structure Book Binding, November 5, 2016
Class instructor: Lauren Campbell
Lauren Campbell, crossed structure book binding

Roman Capitals, October 15, 2016
Class instructor: Ike Derksen
Ike Derksen, Roman Capitals

Paste Paper and Painted Tyvek, September 17, 2016
Class instructor: Edith Banman
Edith Banman, painted Tyvek


Workshops, 2015-16

Calligraphy on the GO! and Developing a Personal Script,
May 7 and May 8, 2016
Class instructor: Sharon Zeugin
Course details, PDF
Sharon Zeugin, Calligraphy on the GO!

Lettering on Occasion: Copperplate for Beginners, Saturday, March 19, 2016
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Copperplate lettering

Sign Painting, February 13, 2016
Class instructor: Ike Derksen
Sign painting class participants at work.

Pens, Paint and Paper, January 16, 2016
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Pens, Paint and Paper

Beginner’s Gothic, November 14, 2015
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Gothic

Beginner’s Uncial, October 17, 2015
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Uncial


Workshops, 2014-15

Beginner’s pointed brush, May 16, 2015
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Jump Sing Laugh Dance

Bookbinding, March 14, 2015
Class instructor: Janet Carroll
Janet Carroll, handmade books

Decorating book covers with Tyvek, January 17, 2015
Class instructors: Edith Banman and Charlotte Konrad
Edith Banman, Tyvek book cover

Beginner’s Italic, November 8, 2014
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Thank you.

Strong Lines, Working with the Pilot Parallel Pen, October 4–5, 2014
Class instructor: Alice Young
Alice Young, strong lines


Workshops, 2013-14

Fun with capitals, April 12, 2014
Class instructors: Charlotte Konrad and Kathie McIlvride
Charlotte Konrad, variation of Roman capitals.

Paper marbling, March 8, 2014
Class instructor: Janet Carroll
Marbled paper. A CGM workshop.

Neuland, February 15, 2014
Class instructor: Ike Derksen
Ike Derksen, Neuland.

Foundational script, January 11, 2014
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride<
Kathie McIlvride, foundational script.

Painted letters and words, November 9–10, 2013
Class instructor: Lorraine Douglas

Workshop participants, starting with basic monoline letters, created unique watercolour painted letters, words and quotes.

Lorraine Douglas, Shanti.

Creating a handmade journal, October 19, 2013

Class participants, following the instruction of book artist Charlotte Konrad, created two unique journals using two types of binding, and an abundance of beautiful paper and decorative bits.

Charlotte Konrad, handmade journal.


Workshops, 2013

Monoline, May 20, 2013

Twelve dynamic letter art layouts were presented by Kathie McIlvride at her monoline workshop. Using these layouts as a starting point, participants filled their hand-crafted journals with lettering.

Kathie McIlvride, monoline lettering.

Uncials, April 6, 2013

After completing a beautifully prepared workbook, participants created perforated monograms at calligrapher Kathie McIlvride‘s full day Uncial workshop.

Kathie McIlvride, Uncial monogram.

Italics, March 2, 2013
Class instructor: Kathie McIlvride
Kathie McIlvride, Italic.

Paste paper, February 16, 2013
Class instructor: Edith Banman
Edith Banman, paste paper