Bridger Mountain Scribes

The Bridger Mountain Scribes of Montana comprises calligraphers in southwest Montana, including Bozeman and Gallatin Gateway. We meet once a month to discuss calligraphy, artists books, and other book arts, usually on the 1st Monday of the month at the Bozeman Public Library.


We are a member guild of the statewide Montana guild, Big Sky Scribes. If you’d like to find out more about calligraphy in southwest Montana, attend our meetings, or join the guild, emailĀ

Our July meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, from 11 am to 1 pm at the library in the small meeting room.

We’ll be experimenting with all kinds of metallic and white inks, paints, markers, etc. on black paper. I’ll bring Pro White and Dr. Martin’s Pen White, as well as my favorite metallic watercolors: FineTec. I’ll also bring my favorite gold and white gel pens. Do you have some white and gold media that you are willing to share with the group so that we can test them ourselves? If so, comment on this post so others can see what you’re bringing and we can get a nice variety.

What to bring:

  • metallic and white watercolor, gouache, ink to share, for experimentation
  • whatever palette, brush, etc. people will need to use your shared media (for example, if you bring gouache or watercolor you might also bring a little dish, a mixing brush, and a small container of water; if you bring a gel pen or marker then nothing else is required)
  • black paper — a pad of Strathmore Artagain would be great, or any other black paper you have on hand; I cut mine down to 5″ x 7″ to make experimental records I can keep for future reference
  • dip pens at a size you like to use – broad-edge and/or pointed
  • water jar, pen wipe (cloth rag)
  • a sturdy board to use as a tilted writing surface

June meeting … and upcoming dates

We had a lively June meeting. Some of us shared our progress on the year-long portfolio project, as well as other work we had done.
I shared a couple of calligraphy new books I’ve gotten over past couple of months. I thought I’d include the details here:
  • Alice: A Survey of the Calligraphy of Alice. Jerry Kelly was the driving force behind this book showcasing the long career of Alice Koeth, a New York scribe. Available at John Neal Bookseller now, I bought it at a discount when it was a Kickstarter project.
  • Rachel Yallop’s copperplate tutorial book. She has self-published the book, and I purchased it from her for $28 by clicking on a PayPalMe link that she sent. If you’re interested in buying a copy, you can probably get a link from her by requesting it via

Then we explored pencil ribbon lettering. Rose, Justine, Donna, and I learned how to do this from Amity Parks at the fall Big Sky Scribes workshop in Great Falls this past October. We had a good time, and made these, shown at right.

Diana shared some things she learned this winter in Las Cruces. She had taken a workshop with Connie Furgason which focused on experimenting with white and metallic media on black paper. This looked like so much fun, we decided to conduct our own experiments at our July 11 meeting. We’ll bring white and metallic media to share and experiment with on black paper. The easiest black paper to obtain locally is Strathmore Artagain, available at Michael’s as a pad of paper. More details to come.

Here are our next meeting dates:

Tuesday, July 11
Monday, August 7
Monday, September 11 (pending availability at the library)

All from 11 am until 1 pm.