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

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.

June 2017 meeting

Our next meeting will be held from 11 am – 1 pm on Monday, June 5, in the small conference room at the library.  

In May we shared with the guild another exercise we learned from Amity Parks at the fall workshop of the Big Sky Scribes. Working with pencil and paper, we developed a variety of layouts using one short quote, looked at some problems that arose with initial layouts and considered options for solving those problems. In June, we will be working on another exercise from the fall workshop, this time how to make ribbons of the strokes of our letters.

We’ve committed to making the portfolios for our year-long project at the August meeting. In the meantime, let’s get some serious work done on the contents of that portfolio. In June, bring sketches, drafts, in-progress pages, complete pages, any problems with project that you’d like to discuss with the group. Emily has finished hers, and Teresa is more than halfway through her very substantial project. Just sayin’.

Also, bring anything else you’ve been working on.

In preparation for the June tutorial, bring the following supplies:
  • pencil — medium hardness (2H, H, HB) or your favorite
  • drawing or sketch or writing paper
  • eraser
  • pencil sharpener

Be there or be square!