2023 Show Schedule (2024 Schedule will be posted soon)

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Friday October 13th


4:00- 8:00 PM

Public Show



Door Prize Drawing

Ryan Krusac will be drawing the name of a lucky winner of the Friday Doorprize!
(Must be present to win)


9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Richard Pollock-Nelson


Personal Journal using cigar box lids for covers ‎

Richard of Handbound Designs will be teaching a bookbinding class at the Colorado Pen Show.  The class is tailored to bookbinders of all skills. We will be making a personal journal that has 200 pages, uses Mohawk Superfine 70lb paper (fountain pen friendly), and Waxed Irish linen thread. You don’t need to bring anything, just show up and make a journal.

The covers of the journals use repurposed cigar lids/boxes.  The journals are sewn using an easy Coptic stitch that dates back to the 2nd century. The journal opens flat for easy writing or drawing. The pages are blank but I include a dark line guide that you can put under the page you are writing on to help you write in a straight line. There will be a variety of journals to choose from.

The journals are unique and also make great gifts. So come join us.
This Workshop Has Been Cancelled - Richard is ill and will not be able to conduct this workshop.

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Nikola Pang


Italic Script‎

Join me in learning the beautiful, classical, forms of Italic script! Cancelleresca, or Chancery hand, came about from a marriage of humanist and Roman forms and really hit its stride during the period we know as the Italian Renaissance. These scripts were so popular in their multitude of variations that they quickly became adopted by both the church and became adopted throughout the old world as a standard. This widespread use lead the slanted, broad pen, script to such renown that, even today, we still call many small broad nibs "italic". Classically beautiful, flowing, very nearly ideal in readability and highly refined through the ages it's no wonder that Italic is still considered by a large number of calligraphers and typographers to be a "perfect script".

In this course we will focus on the history, forms, and execution of creating classic (and perhaps a few contemporary) Italic hands.

Fee: $70.00 per person
Class Limit :10

Attendees are invited to bring their own supplies if desired. I encourage attendees to bring a ruler, pencil, and ball point with them.

To register, email the instructor directly at Nik@entropy.ink To ensure participants get personalized attention, class size is limited 15. Signing up beforehand is recommend but not required.

“Script1” “Script2”
8:06PM - ?????


Meet and Greet Get Together

MC'ed by Fountain Pen Day!
Fountain Pen Day will MC our Annual Friday night Meet & Greet!

Bring your favorite pens, inks and papers for a pen club style meet up with other pen enthusiasts.
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Saturday October 14th


8:00–09:00 AM Setup – Exhibitors Only
09:00–5:00 PM

Public Show


8:00 - 9:00 AM

John Bosley


Fountain Pen Friendly Paper

Join fountain pen collector and paper enthusiast John Bosley for a discussion on fountain pen friendly paper. In this class you'll learn what makes paper fountain pen friendly, how different papers can affect both how your writing looks and your writing experience, which papers are the best for different writing qualities, and where to buy good paper. You'll also receive a notebook to take notes in and a paper pack filled with over 20 different fountain pen friendly papers so you can try them for yourself and decide which are your favorites.

Please bring one or more fountain pens so you can use them to test your different papers during class.
Fee: $25 / Person
Fee includes: Fountain pen friendly paper sample pack.

Class Limit :15

To register, contact John directly at john@fountainpenlove.com or register on this page https://fountainpenlove.com/product/colorado-pen-show-paper-class-registration/

Web: FountainPenLove.com
Insta: @fountainpenlove
Email: john@fountainpenlove.com
9:30 - 11:00 AM

Ian Nordeck


Discover the Power of Bullet Journals with Ian T. Nordeck

Looking for a fulfilling way to organize your life, increase your productivity, enhance your creativity and improve your mental health? Join Ian T. Nordeck in his hands-on workshop on bullet journaling and learn how to cultivate a journaling practice that serves a purpose.

Introduction to Bullet Journaling
In the first part of the workshop, I will discuss how I got into bullet journaling, my approach to using my journal, how I keep it good for my mental health, as well as reviewing tools and resources that are helpful when building a journaling practice. I will also address the question: “Couldn’t I just buy a planner?” and show you why creating your own journal can be much more beneficial.

Hands-On Journaling Exercises
The rest of the workshop will be all about putting theory into practice with hands-on exercises focused on providing you with a kick start to your journal practice or expanding on what you’re already doing. I will demonstrate different approaches I’ve found useful in my 10+ years of journaling on top of 25+ years of being a sketchbook junkie.
Demonstrations will explore the following skills and allow you to follow along in your journal: - setting up your journal
- entry types
- building templates
- monthly entry types
- daily practice entry types
- other useful templates
- creating your e.d.c.(every day carry)kit of tools

Based on the principle of design, test, evaluate, and repeat, my goal is to help you burn away the rules, expectations and anxiety of what bullet journaling is so you can move from intrigue to action. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be motivated and inspired to start a journaling practice and excited to see where it might take you.

Fee: $50 / Person

Materials Needed:
- Writing instrument(s) of your choice.
(Note: I only use a pencil in my journal because I make mistakes and erase a lot.)
- A journal of some kind.
(Note: I prefer dot grid paper in my bullet journal approach because it provides a great foundation for building entry templates, but bring what you have or what you like using. I will have dot grid journals I make available for purchase.
- Ruler or straight edge—helpful but not required.
(I’ll even show you how you can quickly make a straight edge when you’re in a pinch.)

Optional Material Fee:
I will have handmade journals I make available for purchase with limited edition covers for the Colorado Pen Show.
- $15 for a 3.5”x5.5” pocket journal with 96 dot grid pages
- $20 for a 5.5”x8.5” standard journal with 96 dot grid pages

Class Limit :15

To register, contact Ian directly at ian@nordeckcreative.com.

Jeff Becker


Create a Pocket Journal

Join us to make two (approx.) 6”x3.5” notebooks with paper covers using Mohawk Super fine paper and the pamphlet stitch, a humble, simple yet extremely useful sewing.

The first will be a 24 page book using the pamphlet stitch, the second will be a 48 page book using the double pamphlet stitch. We’ll sew & trim the papers & round the corners for a finishing touch. All for the low, low price of $20.

Fee: $20 All supplies included.

Contact Jeff to Register: boneheadned@aim.com

Mark Nassi


Urban Sketching!

Perhaps the biggest disservice someone has ever done to you is tell you that you aren’t an artist, you can’t draw, or your art sucks. Art, especially with fountain pens, is a way you can translate from your eyes to your brains, to the physical world. Urban Sketching is the practice of on-location, direct observation art.

I believe art is therapeutic. Just like any other analogue activity, we can set our pace and our duration to yield whatever we want out of it; be it for ourselves or for others. Photos are great, but you’ll remember a lot more details about a place you’ve sketched.

This course is geared toward understanding the minimum tools required to sketch, how to observe, composition, learning a few basic techniques, and give you the confidence you need to get out there and make some art!

We’ll spend the first part of the class discussing tools, strategies, and techniques. Then we’ll do a guided on-location sketch complete with a ‘throw-down’ at the end.

Participants should bring (and remember we’re traveling light):
• a pen with permanent ink; fountain pen preferred with platinum carbon or similar ink. Note please don’t use your fanciest pen. Uniball Vision would suffice as well.
• a small, sealable jar for wash (I’ll provide the wash)
• a pencil (preferably on the H or hard scale like a 4H, but any pencil will do)
• a couple of small paint brushes – cheap is fine.
• a sketchbook (A5 or smaller please) or loose paper. Higher GSM (like water-color paper) is preferred, but not necessary. I’ll bring extra loose paper if you want to bring a clipboard instead.
• If you’ve got a small watercolor palette, markers, crayons, or watercolor pencils, feel free to bring that too.
• Weather permitting, we might go outside, so a camping chair or stool could be nice as well as appropriate Colorado clothing.

Fee: $45.00 per person
Class Limit :15

To register, contact Mark directly

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Sunday October 15th



8:00–10:00 AM Setup – Exhibitors Only
10:00-3:00 PM

Public Show


Daily Door Prize Drawing



Nikola Pang


Learn Copperplate calligraphy,‎

Come learn the beautiful calligraphic style of copperplate script! Copperplate calligraphy, also known as roundhand, engrosser's, and engraver's script is considered by most to be the mother of all pointed pen hands. It still stands as one of the most recognizable and high demand design elements in pointed pen calligraphic works. In this course we will go over a concise version of its history and learn to use dip pens in order to form the basic strokes of its construction.

This course is geared towards beginners but those with more experience may attend it as a refresher course (plus it's always nice to have experienced attendees help beginners).

Fee: $70.00 per person
Class Limit :10

Attendees are encouraged to bring a ball pen, pencil, and ruler with them.
“Copper1” “Copper2”