Saturday, January 07, 2017

Brush Lettering Class Jan 7/8 has been rescheduled for Jan 21/22 due to inclement weather

Attention Brush Lettering Workshop Registrants!

There will be no Brush Lettering workshop this weekend, at Binders Buckhead
Jan 7/8, 2017 from 11AM-4:30PM, due to inclement weather.

Our makeup dates are two weekends from now: 
Sat/Sun January 21st/22nd from 11AM-4:30PM.

If these dates do not work for you, please contact Preston Ferguson 
( at Binders for a full refund or call 404-237-6331 x 208.

I will be offering this content as a class and another workshop at my Decatur location later in the year. Stay tuned for more details. 

What you’ll need in class: 

• Supplies can be purchased at Binders (with a 10% discount) for anything on the supply list 
you don’t already have. (Please see supply list at the bottom of this email.)

• Please bring a $5 fee payable to the instructor (Anne Elser) the first day of a class, 
lesson or workshop for a printed set of the Exemplar Packet we will be using. This helps cover
the costs of both online storage of the file and cost of printing. 

I also bring them to each class to avoid shipping charges. 

Smaller containers are .50 each and sold in quantities of 12 for $6.00.

Larger containers are $1 each and sold in quantities of 2 for $2.00.


I teach classes and workshops in 4 Atlanta locations:

• Dunwoody
  Spruill Center for the Arts: does not charge for parking available 
  in the side, front or rear of the building. 

• Decatur
  Aikido Decatur: does not charge for parking. Free side street parking 
  available if the parking lot is full. 
  My Home Studio: for private lessons. Free parking in residential lot.  

• Buckhead: There is no charge for parking at the Binders Buckhead 
  location in the Disco Kroger Parking lot. 

• Old Fourth Ward: The Ponce City market complex where Binders 
  is located charges for parking. You may pay for parking at parking 
  kiosks anywhere on the complex. I use smartphone app ParkMobile


I love social media. It’s how many of us found each other, right? 
I’ll be snapping pictures periodically of our time together in class 
and sharing the experience with followers, so if you see yourself, 
please feel free to tag yourself. 
If you do not wish to be photographed, please tell me beforehand.
If you’d like to share the love of what you’re doing in my classes on social media,
use hashtag #madewithanne on Instagram and/or Facebook to keep us all connected. 

Sniffing, Smiling, and Petting:

This is my dog Inga and I bring her to my classes and workshops when I can. 
She will not jump up on you unless you slather yourself with bacon grease.

If you have an dog allergy or phobia, please let me know beforehand (now!) 
so that everyone (this means you) is comfortable. 

Keeping in Touch:
If you'd like to be on my mailing list beyond class, please 

The other thing I'd like you to know, is that I have a Facebook page up 
called the The Atlanta Penablers. I started the group a few years ago 
when Binders first began hosting calligraphy workshops from visiting 
instructors from around the world. In the past we have had weekend 
Yves Letterme, and Bill Kemp, and more!

Checking in on the Penablers Facebook Page is easy and free 
and it's a great way for us to stay connected on a more regular basis.  

Here’s a link to the Calligraphy Spotify Playlist of the inspirational music I often play 
while working and in my classes and workshops.

Calligraphy Suppliers & Links:
Below is where I go to get hard-to-find calligraphy supplies. 
If you see something I’m using and it’s not at Binders, it’s here:

My favorite Pens:
If you’re looking for a hand-turned wooden oblique penholder, 
there are several available at the two stores above. 
My favorites are hand made by Heather Held and her husband Chris. 
Chris turns them and Heather paints them.
Contact Heather if you’d like to commission one. 
My own links:

Thank you very much for signing up for a class or workshop with me. See you soon!


Supply List:
• Mechanical Pencil for drawing guidelines and an eraser

• Sketching Paper: 
* Transparent Layout Paper for practice work.
Suitable Brands: Bienfang Graphics 360 100% Rag Marker Paper, Borden & Riley #100S Smooth Cotton Comp, and Strathmore Layout Bond 400 Series

• Paper for final work:
* Cover weight stock in any color. Arches Watercolor Paper, Canson , Strathmore Artagain Black Pad, and many more are all acceptable brands. 

• Brushes: 
* 2 sizes of brushes: Small and Medium
* Pentel Aquash Water Brushes or Color Brushes or Pocket Brushes. Some of these are already loaded with ink. These are all acceptable. You may choose to use the inks inside, or keep them unloaded, so you can dip them into any ink or paint you so choose. 

• Paint/Inks: 
* Black or Walnut ink of your choice (any brand you enjoy.)
* (optional colored inks) Liquid Acrylic Inks in your favorite colors including one white and one black/dark brown. Suitable brands: Liquitex INK!, Daeler Rowney FW Inks, Dr. Martins Liquid Acrylic Inks. 
* Later in the course we will be creating our own colored inks with watercolor/gouache mixed with gum arabic and water. Windsor and Newton paints are my favorite, but if you’ve other brands you prefer, please feel free to use them. 

• Ruler
• Palette for mixing colors
• Paper Towels: Viva or blue shop towels
• Water Container: to clean your brushes and thin out paint

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Anne Elser 2017 Class & Workshop Offerings

Happy Almost New Year to all of you! 

Below are new classes and workshops I will be offering in the Atlanta area for 2017. 
Click the links for details and sign up. 

I've added a NEW teaching location in Decatur, GA
Aikido Decatur: 104 Sycamore Place, 30030
Parking is free and we're located in the city of Decatur, near fun shops and restaurants.

(I am still offering classes and workshops at Binders (Ponce City Market and Buckhead) and at Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody.)

I cover any of the subjects listed below and have the following slots available: 
Saturdays from 10am-12:30PM
Mondays/Fridays from 12-2:30PM

NEW Children's Cursive Classes in Decatur, GA
Thursday After School one-hour 6-week courses for Cursive Handwriting to children ages 9-12. Aikido Decatur: 104 Sycamore Place, 30030

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Artist Anne Elser makes her living as a calligrapher, painter, designer, and as an instructor in these fields. She believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all.
Binders Art School, Spruill Center for the Arts, or Aikido Decatur are not responsible for any possible typos here. These dates, times and prices of the classes I teach there can be verified at or Spruill Center for the Arts.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Telescoping Box Weekend Workshop

Telescoping Box Weekend Workshop - Aikido Decatur

This is a two-day weekend workshop: Sat., Jan. 28th from 10am-5pm and again the next day on Sun., Jan. 29th from 10am-5pm.

Spend a fun weekend making a box base with a separate custom-fitted lid – the Telescoping Box! We’ll learn how to customize them for a variety of uses: storing pencils, art & craft supplies, trinkets, books, business cards, etc.  A functional, yet decorative work of art, this box is made from 2-ply chipboard you measure and cut and covered with Japanese decorative papers: Kozo, Yuzen, and Lokta papers, as well as pages from vintage recycled books, maps, and prints.

We’ll also learn how to create custom sections as divided inner walls of your box.

We’ll take a break to eat lunch and by the end of class, you’ll be very proud of your first beautiful, strong and functional box(es).

Min. 4, max. 15 students.

We’ll take about an hour break each day to eat lunch somewhere in the city of Decatur (you may also bring your lunch) and by the end of class, you’ll be very proud of your first set of telescoping boxes! Anne’s workshops are meaningful, educational, enriching, and fun.

About Anne
After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center, Anne Elser began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher. 

With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter. Students find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.

She currently teaches private lessons from her home studio in Decatur, classes and workshops year round at Binder Art Supply in Buckhead and at their Ponce City Market location, as well as Thursday afternoon classes at The Spruill Center for the Arts, and classes and workshops at Aikido Decatur. She also travels in the states and abroad conducting workshops.

Her work has been featured in books and magazines across the country, and for both private and corporate clients such asTiffany&Co, Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, Paces Papers, Landor, Martha Stewart Weddings, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Clicquot Veauvé, World50, Ogilvy, and more.

Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all.

Please Note: Anne Will be bringing her dog to this class. If you have an allergy or phobia that she needs to be aware of, please email Anne

This is an All Skill Level course.

Supplies provided by instructor:
• 4-ply chipboard measuring guide
• Wet Bookbinding Adhesive to use the 1st day of class. I will demonstrate how to prepare your own adhesive so that you can use yours the second day of class.

Supply list: (purchased separately by students.)
Many of these items can be purchased at Binders Art Supply in Buckhead or their Ponce City Market location. They give a 10% student discount and have a very helpful staff to help you find products.
Another source for supplies is Paper Source in Virginia Highlands or the Shops at Lenox in Buckhead.

• $7 supply fee to instructor payable the first day of class

• If you would like to make a telescoping box to fit a book you’ve made or any other object, please bring that object with you, so we can accurately measure them for precise results.

• 8 oz. bottle of Sobo glue

• 1.5 oz. container of Lineco® Pure Methyl Cellulose

• 2 Ziploc 16 oz. plastic containers with threaded lids (to prepare and store your glue mixture and methyl cellulose.)

• Lineco® bone or horn folder (real bone or horn, not plastic, please.)

• Decorative Cover Papers (This is decorative handmade paper that comes in many different patterns, textures and weights. Common names are: Washi Paper, Japanese Decorative Papers, Kozo Paper, Yuzen PaperLokta Paper. Pick at least 3-5 sheets you like that are not tissue paper thin or too stiff to be bent without cracking, and that can withstand adhesion with wet glue. We will cover our boards with this paper and within the pages of your book for collage and binding. ) Binders Art Supply carries a beautiful variety of colors and patters, as does Paper Source. Below are a couple more links to some papers that would be appropriate.

• (optional) Paper from recycled vintage books, illustrations, maps or ephemera to collage with your other decorative papers.

• 2-ply chipboard or “book board”

• Beeswax

• Wax Paper

• Mechanical Pencil

• Exacto Knife & blades

• Self-healing cutting mat (at least 12 x 18)

• Lineco® glue brush or stiff & springy kiddie craft glue brush (at least one inch wide). Paper Source also carries a good glue brush.

• Non-slip metal ruler

• Scissors

• Paper towels

• Work Apron

• Chocolate

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This is an adult class. Children's classes coming soon!

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is free and easy. Spaces provided at front parking lot of building and nearby street parking is also available if we fill up the lot.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please bring all supplies needed. Any extras (like paper scraps or drawing materials, feel free to bring.)

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Anne Elser:

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?