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, email

Meeting on Monday, November 6

Our next meeting is Monday, October 6, from 11 am to 1 pm.

What a marathon our October meeting was! But we did it! Here’s a photo of the completed portfolios which I’ve also included (as a black-and-white image) in the next issue of the state guild’s journal, Nota Bene.

Our next meeting is Monday, November 6, 11am – 1pm in the small conference room. Please bring your completed portfolios — contents *and* enclosures — so we can all have a leisurely look through them.

Let’s also plan to nail down a few plans for the Fall 2018 workshop that we will host here. Let’s also continue the conversation begun last meeting about what we want to do at our meetings going forward.

September meeting recap and next meeting in October

We had a sort-of-confusing but ultimately, I hope, educational meeting today. Diana shared the Gemma Workshop on Versals. Justine and I shared what we did in the one-day workshop the day before: “Retro Deco”.

Then we got down to the business of working on our portfolio enclosures. In a cut-and-paste epic fail, I had given bad information about the materials we’d need, but we finally got that straightened out, and I think we’ve got the information necessary to prepare materials for the October meeting.

These were some of the items under discussion today:

  • book cloth — there is some available at the MSU Bookstore, but you can make it yourself
  • modern tech method: regular fabric + Wonder Under + kozo paper
  • traditional method: regular fabric + starch paste + kozo paper
  • filled paper: regular fabric + wheat paste brushed on both side and set to dry on a piece of Plexi
  • the importance of grain direction and how to determine it
  • why the gutter between the 2 boards will be 3 board thickness + the height of your stack of papers
  • how to determine the height of your paper stack with a “paper ruler”

NEXT MEETING DATES: I’ve confirmed these dates with the library.
October – 11am – 1pm on Monday, October 2, in the small conference room.
November – 11am – pm on Monday, November 6, in the small conference room.


Our October meeting will focus on putting together the portfolio enclosure for our year-long project. If you were not at the September meeting, you may not be prepared for part 2 of the portfolio building process. Please get in touch with me to get up to speed, or come prepared to observe the festivities in all their glory.

I’ve attached a corrected list of materials, all based on 6″ x 9″ pages, including helpful (I hope) diagrams that illustrate how the items fit together. Those of you there today, please let me know if you see anything that is incorrect. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
In addition to the materials listed on the attached PDF, please bring the following tools and supplies:

  • 3 similar-sized bits of your book board (pieces as small as 1″ x 3″ are fine, but certainly not more than 2″ x 6″)
  • X-acto blade or craft knife
  • cutting mat ( 9 x 12 or larger)
  • a straight edge at least 12″ long
  • bone folder, for scoring and smoothing
  • PVA (Elmer’s School glue will do, but there are small bottles at MSU Bookstore available for sale)
  • a glue brush
  • cup or dish for water, stable enough to rest your brush in without tilting it over scrap paper for gluing up (newspaper, phone book, etc.)

I will bring a paper drill and a Japanese paper punch for making holes for ribbons.

I thought you might like to see some variations on the basic portfolio. I’ve gathered together some images/examples on a Pinterest board.

I think that’s enough for now 🙂 Let me know if you see any errors in this missive. Thanks!